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places to visit between cairns and brisbane

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places to visit between cairns and brisbane

visiting australia in sept-november 2013.

would like to visit the following places on our way from cairns to brisbane - atherton tablelands, kurunda, binna burra-lamington national park, whitsundays, frazer island, great barrier reef.

we are hoping to use trains for most of our travel and would be grateful for an itinerary to make the best use of our time - we will probably take 14-18 days to do this leg of our trip

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1. Re: places to visit between cairns and brisbane

Check out the Sunlander train I think.

You are kind of limited with trains though as all the places you mention are not directy accessible by train . You will have to then get to them somehow- via tours? Hire car?

Cairns/Port Douglas 3-4 days

Atherton tablelands -2-3 days, Kuranda 1 day max part of train and skyrail

Lamington NP 2 days

Fraser Island. Acess from Hervey Bay 2-3 days

Whistundays- 3 days

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2. Re: places to visit between cairns and brisbane


Have a read through the link below - it will give you details you require regarding this coastal route.


For train info -

For more information go to www.traveltrain.com.au or http://www.railaustralia.com.au/sunlander.php


For passes -


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3. Re: places to visit between cairns and brisbane

From Cairns to Brisbane you have the choice of two services; The Sunlander, with optional sleeper and Tilt Train for Business Class travel and speed. If your intention is to make ‘individual stops’ along this route; I would suggest this website to economise on your rail tickets. It is designed for overseas visitors at a much cheaper rate with unlimited travel. It affords you bus transfers from places like Proserpine Station to Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour - Whitsunday Islands and Maryborough Station to Hervey Bay – Fraser Island.

For your consideration; regarding tickets and passes


Please note, it does not cover Tourist trains; i.e. Kuranda Scenic Rail in Cairns, and some destinations you mentioned are best seen by hiring a car or taking a tour within that region. I would also suggest taking the maximum time of 18 days and note of the time in which you arrive for the purpose of accommodation.

Cheers Angie

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