Spirit of the Outback train sleeper bed

All Aboard the Spirit of the Outback Train to Longreach

Butterflies, dragonflies, cockatoos, and hawks fly outside my widow while kangaroos hop into the distance and cows and calves lazily raise their heads to watch us go by. Then she appears. A Brahman cow has been startled by the train and with us on one side and a fence on the other she has nowhereRead More

Richard Kinnon, Kinnon & Co, Longreach Outback Queensland

Richard Kinnon, Kinnon & Co Longreach: Ten Questions

On my first night in Longreach in Outback Queensland I sat next to Richard Kinnon of Kinnon & Co at dinner, and became inspired by the way he and his family created a new business for themselves in difficult times. In 2006 the Kinnons realised they needed to do something to help offset the toughRead More

Catherine Walker, X-Wing Tours, Brisbane

Catherine Walker, X-Wing Tours Brisbane: Ten Questions

As an Arrested Development fan I loved the idea of getting my Gob on and zipping around on a Segway, hopefully avoiding any Lucille Two moments while I was at it. On a recent trip to Brisbane I finally had the chance, but rather than stepping up onto one of the original Segways my firstRead More

Spirit of Queensland's RailBeds, picture courtesy of Queensland Rail

The Spirit of Queensland Train’s RailBeds

I can now say that 160 kilometres per hour is the fastest I have travelled on land, and I did it in my sleep. I also did it while watching the Queensland countryside go by, and taking in a movie. As I lay in my RailBed on the Spirit of Queensland tilt train, hurtling throughRead More

Queensland's Sunlander Train

Queensland’s Sunlander Train: Last Trip Coming Soon

Back when Elizabeth was being crowned Queen and Edmund Hillary was climbing Mount Everest, Queensland’s Sunlander train was taking to the tracks for the first time. One of the Top 25 Rail Journeys in the World (as voted by the Society of International Railway Travellers, and they should know), for sixty years the Sunlander hasRead More