To step aboard The Australian rail system is to step into a different world, a world “down under,” as it is fondly described. Ride on rails that will bring you a journey filled with rugged terrain, luxury, and overall warmth that can be found nowhere else on the planet.
Discover the pioneering spirit of Australia’s Outback with a journey aboard The Westlander. This scenic journey from Brisbane travels across the Great Dividing Range and through the rich farmlands of the Darling Downs before arriving in Charleville, the largest town in south-west Queensland. Enjoy a comfortable journey in a choice of sleeper or seat, with a welcoming club car offering appetising meals and the chance to meet fellow travellers. An array of Outback experiences awaits in and around Charleville, including the new Cosmos Centre, a dedicated stargazing observatory; the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service Base; and the opal fields of the south-west.
Come aboard The Westlander and discover the true pioneering spirit of Queensland’s Outback. The air-conditioned Westlander offers you a choice of First Class and Economy seating and sleepers, and the certainty of an unforgettable travel experience.
A relaxing experience
The journey runs between Brisbane and Charleville and once underway, you soon leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind as you travel across the incredible Great Dividing Range. Very soon, you will travel through the rich farmlands of the Darling Downs at relaxed pace bound for far western reaches and famous Charleville, the largest town in South West Queensland, and gateway to unlimited Outback experiences.Charleville is the perfect stepping stone to any number of different outback attractions. You can head off and visit a working property and after an exciting day of new discoveries, try a hot and steamy, yet thoroughly relaxing, artesian spa. Then, when night falls, view the stars with crystal clear clarity at the eyeopening Cosmos Centre. Let The Westlander take you there to experience life on the land, the wonders of the universe and the true colours of Queensland.
I have decided to take the Westlander back to Charleville on my return trip to Birdsville, staying the break at Corones Hotel.
I am so happy to hear there are power points in the sleepers…that will be even better as I can enjoy a movie when it is dark as the trip will be 17 hours…The train leaves Roma Street 7.15pm and arrives at Charleville midday the next day.
The Time-Table for the Westlander