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Heading back home after 2000km on Queensland Rail.

What an adventure!        As a train travel novice this journey was an unknown to me. Most of Queensland’s east coast was also unknown to me. Looking back, the first change I would make would be to take an ipad … Continue reading

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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Qld. At Last a Beach!

My Kingdom for a Beach and a High Tea! Forgotten just how wonderful it is to have such a beautifully long beach. I’ve come all the way down the coast from Cairns and although there were plenty of beaches, there’s … Continue reading

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Fraser Island -Hervey Bay -Maryborough & Tilt Train to Brisbane -Express to Nerang -Gold Coast, Qld. 9 hrs & 375km.

A Very Long Way for a Coffee and No Scones! 7.50 am. Ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay. 8.40 am. Bus from River Heads, Hervey Bay to Pialba, Hervey Bay. 9.50 am. Bus Pialba, Hervey Bay to Maryborough West … Continue reading

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Airlie Beach, Qld. Just Cruising in the Glorious Whitsundays.

Waking up in Paradise Arrived after dark last night so there was no way of knowing what was outside my room. Voila! A glorious view of the Whitsundays!    Enforced shore leave today as I hadn’t got my act together … Continue reading

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Townsville-Airlie Beach Tilt Train. A 275 km Scone Free Zone.

Quiet, comfortable and enjoyable travelling on the Tilt Train and much faster than the Sunlander. The omnipresent sugar cane is never far away and  the mountains follow our journey south.  Somehow, I managed to travel in between meal times. Dining was … Continue reading

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Townsville, Queensland. A Surprising City.

Townsville turned out to be the ‘capital’ of Northern Queensland and is half way between Cape York and Brisbane. As the train came into Townsville, it was surprising to see how large it was and how long it took to … Continue reading

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Cairns-Townsville, Qld. Pikelet or Scone Class on the Sunlander Train?

All aboard the Sunlander for Townsville & Beyond.    Up early again for breakfast & the beginning of my railway adventure. Queensland Rail has two trains that run from Cairns to Brisbane. The Sunlander is a traditional train with seats, overnight … Continue reading

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Cairns-Kuranda Scenic Railway, Qld. A Marvellous Ride ****4stars

Bygone Train Trips and Stony Creek Falls Took the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a wonderful ride on the old bench seats in the vintage carriages, plenty of room today! Found yet another Rail Australia site which informs us Route: Cairns – Kuranda Duration: 90 minutes Distance: 34 … Continue reading

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Port Douglas, Qld. Snorkelling with Wavelength on the Great Barrier Reef. A Must! ****4 stars.

GET IN & GET WET!   JUST SUPERB! 7am. Hardly had time to catch my breath before it was time to get the bus from Cairns to Port Douglas for my snorkelling adventure with Wavelength. A little anxious about being out … Continue reading

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Cairns-Brisbane with Queensland Rail. 1691km in 24-31 hours?

Now where’s a map & my Tevas? Off to Northern Queensland so I need a map & my favourite Teva sandals. No idea where or whether I will find scones here, but it’s all part of the adventure and there … Continue reading

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