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AUTUMN EDITION MAR-MAY 17 TAKE ME HOME I’M FREE

Queensland Rail Travel Onboard Magazine

All aboard the LARC in 1770

Holiday escapes on the Tilt Train Full steam ahead to

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Meet Abigail from Nogo Station


Welcome aboard What a wonderful time to be travelling around Queensland, there is always an air of excitement as Autumn arrives. With new tourism products, community events, festivals and great holidays on offer, the choice is endless on where you can travel and discover Queensland. If you are looking for a great holiday idea, then jump aboard the newly refurbished Tilt Train. The Tilt Train travels and connects to some of Queensland's most iconic tourist destinations along the coastline and is a quick and convenient way to access the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Capricorn Coast, Bundaberg Burnett, Fraser Coast and South East Queensland regions. Train travel offers an experience unlike any other, whether starting your holiday, visiting family and friends, your journey aboard is as much a part of your experience as the destination. In this edition we meet Abigail from Outback Pioneers in Longreach, a passionate cook who is keeping the outback homestead baking traditions alive, read about her love of the land and the inspiration behind her first published cookbook. We also head west to a great line up of events in Outback Queensland. You too could get a group together and take the train to enjoy the lively hospitality our great Queensland Outback is renowned for. For more than 150 years, Queensland Rail has built a strong reputation for supporting the communities in which we operate. In 2017, we introduce our top five not-for-profit partners that are supported through a range of activities such as fundraising, volunteering and employee engagement opportunities, community partnerships, payroll giving programs and in-kind promotional opportunities. No matter where you are travelling to today, we trust that you will enjoy your experience aboard and thank you for choosing to travel with us. Sit back, relax and enjoy your journey with Queensland Rail Travel.

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Editor Lisa MacLean

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Route: Brisbane to Rockhampton Distance: 639 kilometres Duration: 7 hours, 30 minutes

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A Locals guide to the "River City" Brisbane

Introducing Yamani, an inspiring collective of singers

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LIFESTYLE

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24 Introducing Yamani 26 Tastes of the Outback with Abigail 28 Help the Red Cross this Easter

Around Queensland Spotlight on the Tilt Train Tilt Train escapes Get set for glittering Gold Coast Games Full steam ahead to Cloncurry Capture the Train

ESCAPE 18 A locals guide to Brisbane 20 Southern Great Barrier Reef escapes 22 Australian Age of Dinosaurs

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ONBOARD GUIDE 40 The latest in-train movies 42 The latest TV shows 44 Fun and Games

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There are many wonderful experiences across Queensland to combine with a rail journey. Here are just some of the new tourism experiences on offer around the state. WHITSUNDAY WONDERS The Whitsundays welcomes a brand new $4.7 million vessel, Sea Quest, to Cruise Whitsundays' fleet. Promising a whole new level of 'comfort cruising' to Whitehaven Beach. Sea Quest is purpose built with a customdesigned boarding gangway so that guests walk directly off the boat onto the sand, barely getting their feet wet. Better still, it opens the way for a range of new tours, including a picnic lunch tour, offering a full BBQ lunch freshly cooked on Whitehaven Beach by Fish D'vine. cruisewhitsundays.com GOLD COAST, WE HAVE LIFT-OFF! Let your inner Astronaut fly free at the newly-opened Spaceflight Academy on the Gold Coast. Australia's first and only Astronaut training centre is open to the general public, offering one to five-day Space Camps, Space Simulators, Rover Robotics and Rocket Workshops, and also a Spaceflight Discovery Centre. Make like Neil Armstrong and hop into a high-fidelity spaceflight queenslandrailtravel.com.au

simulator, just like those used in NASA's astronaut training program, or simply engage in a hands-on space education workshop, and discover the science behind exploring space. spaceflightacademy.com.au ILLUMINATED WRECKS TOUR Just when you thought you'd ticked all that Tangalooma has to offer, Tangatours have introduced an Illuminated Wrecks Tour. Hop on board their purpose-built glass-bottom boat, to experience the nocturnal beauty of 15 deliberately sunken ships. The boat's underwater LED lights will flaunt starfish, dugongs, dolphins, shovelnose rays, turtles and more than 200 different species of colourful reef fish, plus a dazzling demonstration of bio-luminescence. tangatours.com.au DISCOVER TWO WORLDS IN ONE DAY Experience the World Heritagelisted Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest in one day! Transfer from Port Douglas to the

Rainforest and join the Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk with local indigenous guides. Then join Sailaway and cruise to Low Isles for an afternoon of snorkelling, sailing and island exploring. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel with turtles in their natural habitat, a glass bottom boat tour and island heritage walk. Then sit back for the Sunset Sail back to Port Douglas with beverages and canapĂŠs and coastal views of the Coral Seas and Daintree Rainforest. sailawayportdouglas.com

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Unique animal experiences in Queensland There are many experiences throughout Queensland where you can get up close to some of Australia’s iconic wildlife such as hatching turtles, majestic humpback whales and swimming with the fishes on the Great Barrier Reef. Discover some of the unique animal experiences to include in your next holiday.

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SUNRISE WITH WALLABIES ON THE BEACH Cape Hillsborough Beach, also known as Casuarina Beach, provides one of the most iconic Australian photo backdrops, the 'Roo on the beach' at sunrise. Wallabies and kangaroos scour the morning tide for mangrove seed pods, seaweed and coral sand dollars. Enjoy the sunrise as wild marsupials bound up and down the beach. Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 45 minutes north of Mackay, is where you'll find rainforest meets the shoreline, volcanic headlands, eucalypt forests home to koalas and kookaburras and prehistoric rock formations. mackayregion.com.au

SWIM WITH MINKE WHALES ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF Amongst the many wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, the opportunity to swim with the dwarf minke whales would have to be one of the most amazing. Between the months of May and August pods of Dwarf Minke Whales migrate through the tropical waters off Port Douglas and frequent the Agincourt reefs. Poseidon holds one of only three permits in the area that allows our passengers to swim with these curious and friendly creatures. poseidon-cruises.com.au

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VISIT A TURTLE HOSPITAL The Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital in Townsville provides a dedicated facility where sick and injured marine turtles can be cared for and rehabilitated. The hospital operates under and promotes the C.A.R.E (Conserve. Act. Rehabilitate. Educate) philosophy playing a key role in raising community awareness in relation to threatened species and encouraging behavioural change that contributes to nature conservation. During the day, visitors can join a Turtle Talk and visit the hospital. reefhq.com.au

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BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY KURANDA Home to over 2000 butterflies, the Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda is a magical experience. Species include the electric blue Ulysses, the majestic green and yellow Cairns Birdwing and the Monarch butterfly, all of which are bred in the on-site breeding laboratory. Knowledgeable guides will take you through the rainforest aviary. Wear something bright and let these beautiful and colourful creatures flutter around you as you wander through! australianbutterflies.com

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Putting and comfort into long-distance train travel

In earlier days, if one wanted to visit family and friends, gather much-needed supplies or, simply discover another part of the world, train travel was the primary mode of transport. As the world evolved and with it travel, the act of hopping aboard a train for an adventure in far off locations also changed. A shame, given travel by train is an opportunity to see the world from an entirely different perspective. Fortunately, much like our European cousins, many people locally and internationally are once again seeing the value in this mode of transport - exploring Queensland by train is making a comeback. When travelling on one of the top of the line Tilt Trains recently, it wasn’t hard to see why. Long distance travel can be fraught with tension – there are the hours of driving, the traffic jams, having to share music choices and of course, the unwelcome delays added to the journey every time a pit stop needs to be made. There’s not much opportunity to enjoy the sights along the way or to relax, because all you can think about is making it to your destination.

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For this city dweller, catching the Tilt Train was an unexpected and thoroughly enjoyable experience. From the moment I stepped on board in the comfort of my Business Seat, I felt at ease, taken care of and ready for a mini adventure. It was plain to see my fellow passengers were feeling much the same. Whatever their reason for using the Tilt Train – heading home from a city escape, visiting friends and family or exploring Queensland differently – they were as ready for the experience as I was.

truly comfortable and enjoyable one – a home away from home on the tracks. Albeit a fast one! Don’t believe me? Given how intense the Queensland heat can be, fully functioning air-conditioning goes a long way in terms of comfort and endurance and, stepping onboard into perfectly set climate control was more than a welcome relief for all. As was the complimentary orange juice to kick off the journey! I quickly discovered the complimentary Wi-Fi services and double power adapters to keep all of my mod cons fully charged throughout my journey. This is ideal for those travelling with younger family members in need of entertainment and perfect for those of us who like to drain our batteries by photographing the passing scenery.

Whilst many set to organising themselves for the journey, ensuring everything they needed was in reach, others set to making friends with their neighbours, chatting about their train adventures, where they had been and where they were headed next. There was a true sense of camaraderie, particularly amongst those travellers who’d taken this Most of us have travelled on journey and this particular train planes. And most of us covet the before. emergency exit for one reason and one reason only - the leg Whether opting to travel Economy room. Without exaggeration, the comfortable seating and or Business, the Tilt Trains are ample leg room onboard the some of Australia’s fastest trains, Tilt Train puts economy plane travelling at speeds of up to seating to shame. The wide arm 160km per hour. They’ve been rests, foldaway foot rests and fitted out to make your journey a

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reclining seat feature make your long-distance journey about as comfortable as it can get. (And when you feel like a little nibble from the comfort of your seat, you simply lower your convenient folding tray.) While the scenery is beautiful and constantly changing, some travellers love the opportunity to switch off a little. And for these moments, the Tilt Train delivers the goods with quality in-seat entertainment. Yes, you read that right. If you forget your playlist or just want some variety, you have four radio channels available, simply plug in and play with your complimentary earphones or use your own compatible earphones. There’s something to cater to most tastes – choose between smooth and easy listening jazz, today’s music with a smattering of classic rock, the classics from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s or, for those with a penchant for comedy, a dedicated comedy channel. (Word to the wise, to avoid strange looks from fellow passengers, try to keep the giggles to a low volume.) With screens positioned at the front of the carriage and suspended above the aisle, you can watch your journey on the map, occasionally view the tracks


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from a live video stream or, immerse yourself in the television and movies being shown (check your take-home copy of Embark for your train’s guide). The team onboard the Tilt Train clearly understand the importance of maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, as there are regular helpful reminders about menu items available from the galley and delivered to your seat. The menu offers a selection of substantial hot meals or something lighter and, if you’re a regular Tilt Train traveller, you’ll love that the menu is updated seasonally. If you’re after something else, the cheerful staff make their way through each carriage with a trolley, from which you can purchase fresh sandwiches, snacks and a variety of beverages.

falter. Every staff member I encountered was helpful, accommodating and friendly. And, in a few instances, I witnessed the art of true customer service, when staff anticipated travellers’ needs for assistance, offering it before they could raise their hand. It’s a rare trait and one that shouldn’t be overlooked when choosing your next adventure away. Whether escaping the city for a relaxing change of pace, or heading down the coast for a city adventure, the Tilt Train is definitely the way to go. Avoid the long-distance fatigue behind the wheel - sit back, relax and arrive with a smile.

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Getting to your next escape is easy aboard the Tilt Train, with many stations along Queensland’s coast between Brisbane to Rockhampton, where you can hop off and explore many destinations, such as the Fraser Coast, Bargara, Town of 1770 and south to the Gold Coast.

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Escape aboard the Tilt Train, destined for the Town of 1770, one of the most beautiful places on the Queensland coast. Your accommodation nestles alongside a north facing beach, protected by a natural headland. Enjoy a day at the beach unlike any other, with an amphibious adventure across waterways and down endless stretches of sand.

Inclusions • Return Economy Seat aboard the Tilt Train from Brisbane to Whether you are coming to Brisbane to see a show, watch your Miriam Vale favourite sports team, or simply looking to getaway and explore • 4 nights at Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa, Town of 1770 with the ever changing city, getting to Brisbane on the Tilt Train is breakfast daily a great way to hop on board, watch a movie and enjoy the • Experience the LARC! with a full day Paradise Tour. Discover hospitality along the way. the National Parks and waterways bordering the picturesque Town of 1770 on an amphibious craft. Visit Bustard Head Inclusions Lighthouse with a guided tour of the lightkeeper’s cottage • Return Economy Seat aboard the Tilt Train from museum Rockhampton to Brisbane • Enjoy a full day Lady Musgrave Cruise to Lady Musgrave • 3 nights at Hotel Jen, Brisbane Island and lagoon. The largest true coral cay on the outer • Explore the city at leisure perhaps join a Brisbane Greeters Southern Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day snorkelling or walking tour, take in a free guided tour of Roma Street explore the natural beauty of the island on a guided nature Parklands and visit the many restaurants and cafes walk • Return coach transfer from Miriam Vale Railway Station to Escape with a 4-day city getaway Town of 1770 from Rockhampton

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Hervey Bay and Fraser Island Hervey Bay is one of Queensland’s best natural holiday destinations offering the world’s closest whale watching encounters with humpback whales as well as easy access to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. The perfect place to escape for a short break and is just over four hours by Tilt Train from Brisbane. Inclusions • Return Economy Seat aboard the Tilt Train from Brisbane to Maryborough West • 3 nights at Oceans Resort and Spa, Hervey Bay with breakfast daily • Explore World Heritage-listed Fraser Island on a full day tour • Return RailBus transfers from Maryborough West Railway Station to Hervey Bay

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Get set for Gold Coast Games!

Imagine relaxing on a beachside balcony, sipping cold drinks as the sun sparkles on the surf while cheering some of the world’s best athletes going for gold just metres away. That’s not a dream but an attainable target when Australia’s tourism capital Gold Coast hosts the Commonwealth Games from April 4-15, 2018, with selected events also to be staged in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns. #ShareTheDream is one of the GC2018 slogans and visitors to the Gold Coast for next year’s Games – the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade – will experience world-class sports action while enjoying the buzz and excitement of a fun-filled Gold Coast holiday. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will feature more than 6600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations contesting 18 sports and seven para-sports. It will be telecast to a global audience of 1.5 billion people. Games organisers are determined to #ShareTheDream and the spectacular beauty of the Gold Coast will be incorporated into many events across the GC2018 sports, arts and culture programs.

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Beach volleyball will be played at Coolangatta adjacent to the iconic towering Norfolk pines along Marine Parade; the road walk race is expected to include the esplanade at picturesque Currumbin Beach; the road cyclists will tackle the lush green hills of the Currumbin Hinterland; the triathlon will transition at Southport Broadwater; and expect the men’s and women’s marathons to weave through some of the world’s most spectacular beachside real estate at Surfers Paradise.

surfboard – an iconic keepsake of the Gold Coast lifestyle and a gift all five ambassadors have now received. “The Commonwealth Games is an amazing experience for athletes and spectators, and in 2018 it will be the Gold Coast, my home town, showcased to the world,” the Gold Coaster proudly said after her ambassadorship was announced.

As the countdown clock ticked past One Year to Go on April 4, 2017, former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, Chairman of the Games organising Kurrawa Park at Broadbeach committee GOLDOC, said the will be a nightly entertainment remaining year would be vital precinct open to the public in the preparations for the while Festival 2018 events will 2018 Games and delivering on be staged at venues across the #GreatnessRarelySeen. region. Another GC2018 slogan is “It is our hope that everyone #GreatnessRarelySeen and Games every man, woman and child in organisers have recruited some the Commonwealth - gets swept true greats of Australian sport to up in the excitement,” he said. help spread the message. Organisers aim to make the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Sally Pearson (athletics); Cameron Games as affordable as possible McEvoy (swimming); Anna Meares for families. (cycling); Kurt Fearnley (parasports) and Laura Geitz (netball) Tickets to some events will be have been appointed as GC2018 just $10 for children and $20 for ambassadors to share with the adults while 80 per cent of tickets world their knowledge of the Gold will be $80 or less. Coast, Queensland and Australia. Several Games events will be Sprint hurdler Pearson, a gold free, including sections of the medallist at the London 2012 marathons, triathlons, road cycling Olympic Games and Glasgow and road walking. Applications for 2014 Commonwealth Games and tickets to Games events opened a former world champion, was in April (some popular events and the first ambassador named and ceremonies are subject to a ballot) presented with a commemorative while general sales open in July.

Four new venues are being built and 12 existing sites are being upgraded for the Games. Several GC2018 venues, including the new Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane, the upgraded Southport Aquatic Centre, the Coomera Indoor Centre, the Hockey Centre at Labrador and the Nerang Mountain Bike Centre, are already open and ready to go. Major competitions to be used as “test events” over coming months include the prestigious Sudirman Cup badminton championship (the first time staged outside of the northern hemisphere) at the new Carrarra Indoor Sports Centre and the Australian Open lawn bowls championships (June 10-23) at the revamped Broachbeach Bowls Club. It is not just investment on Games venues that is seeing the Gold Coast put on a new face as it prepares to be the fifth Australian host city of the Commonwealth Games, or its predecessor the British Empire Games (after Sydney 1938, Perth 1962, Brisbane 1982 and Melbourne 2006). Australia’s most popular holiday destination is in the middle of an unprecedented re-invention as new tourism venues open and dozens of old favourites are revamped.


spotlight Leading the way is the $345 million expansion of Star Entertainment’s Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino at Broadbeach which will see a new 200-metre, 700room hotel and apartment tower rise ahead of the Games.

long-hidden gems in addition to its well-known laid-back surfing lifestyle and retro beach culture. Burleigh Heads, a popular camping and caravan site for families, now also has one of the trendiest strips on the Coast.

Popular Pacific Fair, just across the road from Jupiters, has taken shopping to a new level after a $670 million redevelopment.

James Street is not much longer than the 100m dash but is packed with gold medal-worthy new coffee shops, boutiques and cafés including Social Brew, which has helped bring alive a previously ignored alleyway, and an eponymous gallery by worldrenowned surfing and landscape photographer Sean Scott.

Also completed and open is the swish new $160 million The Kitchens food court in Robina where the eclectic selection of tantalising restaurants and cafes includes Jimmy Grant’s, the first restaurant in Queensland by celebrity TV chef George Calombaris. Other new dining hotspots on the northern end of the Gold Coast include Watermark Hotel’s Clifford’s Bar and Grill (named after 19th century champion rower Thomas Clifford), Crowne Plaza’s stunning upgrade of SiFu (a six-star Asian experience), Balthazar (fine dining in a private cellar for just 18 people) and Hideaway Kitchen and Bar (Broadbeach’s newest cool kids hang out decorated with colourful umbrellas). The Southern End of the Gold Coast is also pulling out all stops to ensure visitors enjoy its

Other eye-catching dining hotspots include Café Dbar which has stunning views from atop Point Danger on the QueenslandNew South Wales border, 8th Ave Terrace, a funky roof-top space at Palm Beach, Balter Brewery (owned by a group of pro surfers led by Mick Fanning) and ubertrendy coffee shops Dust Temple and The Salt Mill. For family outdoor fun beyond the Gold Coast’s famous beaches, consider Holoverse in Southport – a world-leading attraction which uses Queensland-developed technology to take patrons into stunning holographic worlds. Also new is the $20 million KDV Sports complex, where tennis

champion Henri Leconte is among the investors. The facility has 40 golf driving range bays over two levels, a 12-hole golf course, computer swing analysis, an 18-hole mini golf course, 20 tennis courts (including eight clay courts), three Padel courts (a fun cross between squash and tennis) and an 85-seat restaurant. As champion sprint swimmer Cameron McEvoy said after being named as a GC2018 ambassador: “To have the Commonwealth Games in my own backyard, the place I call home, will be a special time.”

(Clockwise from top) Gold Coast Stadium, host of the opening and close ceremony; Surfers Paradise Beach; Borobi, the Blue Koala mascot; Sally Pearson, Ambassador to the Commonwealth Games 2017.

Take the Train With events being held across Queensland from the Gold Coast to Cairns, take the train for a great alternative to driving or travelling by coach. Sit back and enjoy the convenience aboard our services. Your Tilt Train ticket includes connecting city network services to the Gold Coast from Brisbane. For timetables and information about our rail journeys, visit queenslandrailtravel.com.au

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A railway built on Steam Queensland in 1865 was a huge colony with a comparatively small population. Many communities in these remote regions wanted and required their own railway as a guarantee of success for farming and settlements and, for a connection with the world beyond their own day-to-day. Queensland railways were originally built with the intention of providing a means of developing the interior of the colony, and since then have been an integral part of Queensland’s economic growth in agricultural produce and mineral development. Railway lines became an essential commodity for mining towns as their primary mode of transport. The railway to Cloncurry had its beginnings with the ‘golden railway’ built from Townsville to Charters Towers, in 1884. The uncertain future sustainability of the gold field led to the construction of a railway built

primarily with economy in mind. The long lived wealth of the Charters Towers field led to the line being rebuilt for the future, a process that has followed for many decades since. A newly elected government in 1880 saw a boom in railway construction. Sir Samuel Griffith, then Premier of Queensland secured an impressive 10million pound loan (equivalent to about 10billion dollars in today’s currency) to extend the railway and connect Queensland communities. Whether new mining settlements, mineral wealth, farming, pastoralists or squatters; a variety of groups and regions wanted the railway to service their unique needs. Initially it was the graziers that won the support and the railway lines went west to Charleville (1888) and from Rockhampton to Barcaldine (1886) and eventually, Longreach (1892).

Following the graziers, gold again was the driver for the line westward, with the discovery at Woolgar fields, 100 kilometres from Richmond. Bringing a rush (gold rush) to the region it became a vital post for transport of miners to the area.

the then more glamourous ‘Mail Trains’ to Townsville.

In 1902 the pastoral industry provided the driver to extend the line 114 kilometres across the rolling plains of the north west, from Hughenden to Richmond. Nearly a million sheep and half a million cattle were pastured across the region. The crippling drought in the beginning of the 20th century provided another reason to extend the line, to allow pastoralists to move livestock. The countryside being flat and even allowed for rapid construction. The line opened to Richmond in June 1904 with two timetabled trains per week servicing the area.

In November 1905 parliament approved the one hundred and forty six kilometre extension to Julia Creek, but the real goal was Cloncurry, and its mining wealth. The line would be built in quick time, lines laid across river beds until bridges could be built. Some of the fastest records were made in hand track laying in Australia, at that time. One hundred miles, (161 kilometres) were laid by the end of June in 1907, averaging out four kilometres per week.

These trains transported passengers and goods stock to Hughenden and connected with

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& best in the west handicraft, cooking and art to 2017 marks the 38th year for the Cloncurry and District Show. From humble beginnings in 1980 to now, the Cloncurry & District show has earnt the reputation of being the biggest and the best show in the west. With entries from across the state as well as across the district, the Cloncurry Show proudly showcases what it truly means to live in the 'Curry'. Visitors to the show will sample the best of the region from queenslandrailtravel.com.au

trade stalls and sponsors displays, giving all attendees a colourful picture of life out west. Over the last 37 years the Cloncurry & District Show committee have built up a well-deserved reputation of providing fabulous entertainment that offers something for all the family. From exciting horse events, ringers rally to cattle displays, from live music, roving entertainment to daring circus acts; the crowds are constantly kept entertained.

The Cloncurry & District Show is an event not to be missed in the west - make sure you mark it in your diary for 2017 and, why not travel by Steam Train for a truly momentous journey.

(Clockwise from top) Down at the station, the Mail train is in at Mount Isa, in 1931. Queensland Rail Historical Collection; Q150 train (2009) between Cloncurry and Mount Isa.

The extension to Cloncurry was driven by the demand and high prices for copper, at the beginning of the 20th century for the new electrical industries of the world.

The line opened officially to Julia Creek on 29 February 1908, but trains were running from Julia Creek, taking passengers, as soon as 18 June 1907. Beyond Julia Creek the first train steamed into Cloncurry on 14 December 1907.


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All aboard for an authentic steam train journey heading to north-west Queensland to celebrate Cloncurry’s momentous milestone of 150 years and the 38th annual Cloncurry and District Show. Townsville - Cloncurry - Townsville - Brisbane 12 - 28 June 2017 Come and spend a couple of days, visit some of the area’s most popular attractions and enjoy the 38th Cloncurry and District show. Sample the best of the region from handicraft, cooking and art to trade stalls. There will be plenty of fun and fabulous entertainment for the whole family. Step back in time and travel by steam train with Queensland Rail’s beautifully preserved historic wooden carriages hauled by historic

steam locomotives. The journey will take you along the once known Great Northern Railway Line, with stops along the way at Charters Towers, Hughenden, Richmond and Cloncurry. This historic steam train journey will be one not to be missed and will recreate the romance of the great steam train era once more, almost a century since it first connected these great regional towns.

Get a group together! Ask us about booking your group or get your friends together, on the steam train!

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capture the train Photo Competition

The winner will receive a one-way Economy or Premium Economy Seat rail journey to any destination in Queensland for two people.

#capturethetrain Can you capture the spirit of rail in Queensland through the lens of your camera? We are inviting all budding photographers, whether you are travelling on one of our services, a local resident where one of our trains travel through, or just travelling around Queensland. Submit your best photo of your train journey or favourite train for your chance to win. Queensland is full of beautiful and exciting destinations just waiting to be discovered, and what better way to experience them than through the magic of rail.

Enter for your chance to

How to enter Take a striking photo of one of Queensland Rail Travel’s long distance services that captures the spirit of rail travel through ‘Landscapes’ in Queensland and meets the conditions of entry. Email your winning photo to qldrailtravel@qr.com.au with your name, email address and phone number. For full terms and conditions visit queenslandrailtravel.com.au


spotlight They say a picture is worth a thousand words and through the lens of a camera, one shot can tell a story full of adventure and beauty. Congratulations Raymond Miller, the winner of the previous competition, who took this beautiful photo of the Spirit of the Outback service travelling through the landscape north of Gympie.

Last edition Winner Congratulations Ray Miller! Queensland Rail Travel are encouraging budding photographers to pick up their cameras and set up a unique shot for their chance to win. We’re putting out the call to anyone along the network, whether they are travellers, commuters or locals, to get out there and take a photo of their journey on any part of our long distance network, or of their favourite train. The winner of the last Queensland Rail Travel Photo Competition, Raymond Miller, said the competition had given him the chance to get his work published and was still deciding how to use his prize.

“I’ve been a train-enthusiast my whole life; it runs in my family from when my grandfather was a tram driver back when New South Wales still had trams,” said Mr Miller. “Train photography has been a bit of a hobby of mine for the last 10 to 15 years.” “I live right off the train line, so I keep an eye on the website to see when trains are coming through to try and get some shots at different times of the day. Nice and early in the morning is my favourite time to shoot – when it’s crisp.” The winning photo was taken just North of Gympie, with the Spirit of the Outback reflected perfectly

in a nearby lake as it passes through. “As for when I’ll use the tickets, it’s hard to say. It’s a big year for my family, my first is starting prep and my third is due in June, so we’re just trying to decide where and when we go – but it’s an awesome offer and I can’t wait to make the most of it.” Mr Miller encouraged anyone with a passion for photography to submit a photo for their chance to win.

to enter. The winner will receive two Premium Economy tickets to anywhere in Queensland, as well as having your photo published in the next edition of Queensland Rail Travel’s onboard magazine, Embark. It’s a great opportunity to expand your portfolio and see a little more of what this great state has to offer. To find out more visit queenslandrailtravel.com.au

The competition is open to everyone and all budding photographers are encouraged

Winning photography - Spirit of the Outback

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to Brisbane TIPS Pack a light jumper, sometimes it can get a bit chilly in the evenings which catches some people by surprise. HINTS Take a wander down some of the lane ways there are some great little hideaways and retreats to find. If you are finding it a bit hot during the day, take the free "city hopper" ferry for a ride up and down the river, its a great way to cool down and see the skyline from the water!

Sheldon is a Brisbane local and works for Queensland Rail Travel as the Brand and Production Coordinator. Sheldon loves events that come to Brisbane and shares some of the best dining and hidden gems scattered around the "river city". I have lived in Brisbane for over 10 years working in the travel industry and other tourism companies before settling at Queensland Rail in 2009.

I enjoy my Tennis and love it when the Brisbane International hits town, seeing some of the worlds best play is very exciting. What I really enjoy most about Brisbane is all the dining options and the laneway culture that is starting to emerge in the city, the little hole in the wall style eateries that have some pretty unique dishes to try out.

Working at Queensland Rail is exciting, I have had the opportunity to travel on many of the services and my favourite being a trip on the Spirit of the Outback. Being someone that likes food, I really enjoyed having a chef onboard preparing all the meals, everything was delicious! I would recommend this train to anyone.

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Places to go

Take a day trip to Southbank and Goma, South Bank is known for its famous beach overlooking the river and city skyline. Visit the renowned GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) to view exclusive showings or catch a musical at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. If you are after dining, head on over to Little Stanley and Grey Streets, here you will find over 30 cafes and restaurants. After you have had the perfect meal, head across the road and watch a movie at the Cinema after a big day exploring. Getting to Southbank is easy, grab a quick ride on the City Cat ferry or walk across one the four bridges connecting Southbank to the city.

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South Stradbroke Island is the place to go once you have completed your city explorations; with daily tours and transfers leaving the Brisbane Transit Centre, it's never been easier to have an island getaway just for the day. Stradbroke Island is famous for its long golden beaches, fantastic little places to eat and dolphin spotting from the picturesque cliffs. The beaches offer sparkling blue waters that have lifeguards on duty so you can enjoy the sun and water safely.


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Sights to see Story Bridge Adventure Climb is one of the best ways to get a good view of the growing Brisbane CBD and surounds. With daylight, twilight and evening climbs, you can be sure there is a climb to suit anyone! The climb begins at the base with an introduction to the bridges' contruction and history before embarking on the climb up hundreds of steps. When you reach the peak there is a photographer on hand to capture the moment and make sure your tour is a memorable one. A must do for any Brisbane visitor, or local!

Mount Coot-tha is the perfect little morning or afternoon getaway from the rush of the city. Enjoy a cup of coffee, lunch or dinner from the cafe available at the summit. If the views are not enough for you, try one of the many walks up and down the mountain and catch climpses of koalas, wallabies and waterfalls! Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is located a short ferry ride away and is one of the best places to go to cuddle everyones favourite little furry bear! The sanctuary has been open since 1929 and is one of Brisbane oldest attractions.

Things to do Queensland Museum offers world renowned exhibits and some great interactive "free" fun for the kids and family. Check out the Dinosaurs in the atrium! If you are looking for something more unique then visit the Brisbane Planetarium where you can see shows and night time viewing is also possible on clear nights. West End is a suburb just a short bus ride away (or walk if you are up to it!) West End has plenty of places to eat and has always been a favourite of Brisbane locals. From Greek to Italian food and Turkish to African food, there is always something to find in West End. Try a beer from Archive Beer Boutique's selection of over 400 bottles! Or have a relaxing breakfast at the iconic Gunshop Cafe. Queen Street Mall is the centre of Brisbane's shopping scene. If you are a first time Brisbane visitor then this is the place to start off your holiday! With world brands and flagship stores this busy street hosts events, and

Take me There! Discover what relaxation is all about aboard the Spirit of Queensland, as it journeys the Queensland coast between Cairns and Brisbane. Choose to travel in a Premium Economy Seat with its leather seats and generous legroom or upgrade to a RailBed, a spacious seat by day converting to a lie-flat bed at night. With its modern seating and entertainment options, the Spirit of Queensland will have you relaxed from the moment you step aboard to the moment you arrive at your destination.

pop up stores that sees over 27-million visitors a year coming to enjoy the 1000+ events that take place on the busy strip. Visit Eagle Street Pier if you want to enjoy a relaxing dinner at some of Australia's best restaurants, all while relaxing by the waterside enjoying views of the Story Bridge. Enjoy a steak at Cha Cha Char or a celebrity chef dinner at Matt Morans Aria, Eagle Street Pier is a great place to visit for any evening escape. XXXX Brewery Tour is a must for any Brisbane visitor! Learn to pour the perfect glass of fresh beer and enjoy a meal at the brewery restaurant all while you enjoy the surrounds of this 135-year old Brisbane icon. Catch a train to some of the many Gold Coast Theme Parks, Tryout Movie World with some amazing family rides and shows or take some more daring rides at Dreamworld. If rides are not your thing, take a trip to Sea World to see some shows or hop on a boat to go whale watching.

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Explore

Hop on board the iconic pink amphibious LARC! vessel for a journey into history over vast sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, where you will experience the same magnificent beauty that greeted Lieutenant James Cook.

Upon arrival at the light station you will be struck by the immaculate surroundings and this is in no small way thanks to a long list of volunteers who over the years have contributed to restoring and maintaining the isolated site.

Just last year, a group of 1770 LARC! Tours have been Rotarians from the Gladstone operating in and around Bustard area contributed to saving some Bay since 1994 and this business of the white picket fences which is a true Queensland gem, owned can be found in the graveyard. and operated by the same family There is an obvious dual love who originally began the business. and commitment for this remote location, by those who volunteer Neil Mergard remembers helping with the Lighthouse Association, his Dad; Des, build the 1770 and by those involved with the Marina building in the 1980’s. 1770 LARC! Tours eco And today, for Neil, there is an tour business. Their passion for ultimate feeling of pride every the historical site, for wildlife, time he departs that marina on a for marine life and for the 1770 LARC! Tour, in his ex-military environment as a whole shines Lighter Amphibious Resupply through on the seven hour Cargo (L.A.R.C) vessel. Paradise Tour. It is sometimes hard to tell if it’s his guests, or him as their skipper, that's having the most fun! He calls that LARCtastic! And there’s a whole range of other LARC lingo that Neil and his crew can share with you when you visit them in the Town of 1770.

If climbing the original stairs to the balcony of this lighthouse, hearing tales of triumph and turmoil as early settlers and lightkeepers attempted to tame the remote wilderness, and absorbing the collection of lighthouse artefacts in the restored head light-keepers cottage are not Their favourite adventure is called your highlight of the day…then the LARC! Paradise Tour, a full day it will be easy to guess what is… eco tour exploring the immaculate SANDBOARDING!! Bustard Head Light-station, National Parks, tidal creeks and an After the Lighthouse tour, you're entire 27km of gorgeous beaches. transported to the 35-metre high sand dunes of Middle Island, The lighthouse tower at Bustard where the guides will give you Head was in fact Queensland's a quick lesson and then set you first coastal lighthouse, built in free to sail down the hill, breeze 1868. Automation of the light in your hair! And for those feeling occurred in 1986, and in 2013 a little adventurous, you can skim it became Queensland's only right off the dunes splashing and operating lighthouse open to the skipping across the water. It’s a public for tours.

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delight to see that almost every guest takes part in this great old fashioned fun! The entire coastline of Agnes Water and the Town of 1770 offer such an awesome array of outdoor activities – SUPing, kayaking and surfing are the most popular and you can book a tour or a hire for each of these activities during your visit.

Cruise

The Town of 1770 is the closest point by sea to Lady Musgrave Island and therefore the ideal destination from which to access the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Passengers enjoy less time traveling by sea and spend more relaxed time exploring the wonders of a true coral cay. Day trips to Lady Musgrave Island provide a whole other outdoor exploration where you can choose to snorkel and swim or explore the Great Barrier Reef from a glass bottom boat. 1770 Reef Great Barrier Reef Eco Tours operate daily cruises to this national park island and offer snorkelling, glass bottom boat coral viewing and an entire day of soaking up the Southern Great Barrier Reef. The lagoon at Lady Musgrave Island is a favourite for all ages and offers an 8 nautical mile circle of coral protection, creating a haven for over 1300 varieties of brilliantly coloured fish and over 350 species of both hard and soft corals. Plus, you can get up close with other resident marine life including swimming with turtles and spotting manta rays.

The day cruise is all inclusive with boat transfers, snorkelling, guided island nature walks, a glass bottom boat tour, morning/ afternoon tea and a buffet lunch with fresh prawns.

Stay

Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa is one of Queensland’s newest 4.5 star resorts. Opened in 2015, the resort is true to its namesake, with the feature being an incredibly enticing u-shaped lagoon, with rooms, restaurant and full resort facilities nestled off the showcase swimming pool. Take the time to indulge at the on-site Day Spa, complete with dual Vichy Shower and an extensive range of services with Waterlily and Li’tya products. Being in a small seaside village, the friendly faces and helpful nature of the staff complete this great all-round experience, especially the quality dining options in Plantation Restaurant. Of course, not much can beat a tropical cocktail by the lagoon, with a favourite room type being the swim-up rooms, offering a delightful patio to pool experience, you’ll feel like you’re truly in paradise! People come to this region to experience a destination that offers a more authentic holiday. One that allows them to be touched by nature, indulge their adventurous spirit and reconnect with family and friends. The Southern Great Barrier Reef offers a real Robinson Crusoe experience with all the comforts of home. To find out more visit gladstoneregion.info and plan your holiday today.


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paradise Soak up the

At the town of 1770 and Agnes Water. The picturesque coastline of the twin seaside towns of Agnes Water and Town of 1770 offer the perfect place to escape for couples or families.

Famously known as the birthplace of Queensland, Seventeen Seventy was named after Lieutenant James Cook and his crew from the 'Endeavour' who came ashore on 24 May 1770. It's a coastal departure point for many reef trip operators and fishing charters to the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

The Southern Great Barrier Reef lets visitors feel like they are on a journey of discovery, as if they are seeing places no one else has ever encountered. Even the most well-travelled visitors are often left speechless by the experience of getting up close and personal with life in this remarkable section of the Great Barrier Reef.

Experience the 5-Day Southern Barrier Reef package Discover the Southern Barrier Reef with return Economy Seat aboard the Tilt Train from Brisbane to Miriam Vale and transfers to the Town of 1770. Relax with four nights at Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa, including breakfast. Experience the LARC! with a full day Paradise Tour and enjoy cruise out to Lady Musgrave Island and lagoon.

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Unearthing in Outback Queensland Just 24km south-east of Winton is a giant mesa called The Jump-Up, a primeval place with huge cliffs and gorges and panoramic views of the rolling plains. It’s a different world—a beautiful wilderness area and home of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum.

On a guided tour you will also see the bones of the country’s most gigantic dinosaurs, the plant-eating sauropods, with the bones of Diamantinasaurus matildae, (Matilda) and Australia’s newest dinosaur Savannasaurus elliottorum (Wade).

From humble beginnings as a fossil preparation workshop in a farm shed, the Museum has grown rapidly into the most productive fossil preparation facility in the Southern Hemisphere with the world’s largest collection of Australia’s biggest dinosaur fossils.

The guided tour is split between three areas—the Laboratory, Collection Room housed in the museum’s multi-award-winning Reception Centre and Dinosaur Canyon which includes four outdoor exhibits of life-sized dinosaurs. Find out how the Winton area evolved over time, where and how the dinosaur bones are found and what’s involved with digging them up. See fossils being worked on and revealed in all their glory for the first time in at least 95 million years, then puzzled back together again, researched and displayed for everyone’s fascination and enjoyment.

The Museum’s success and popularity can be attributed to the discovery of vast quantities of fossilised dinosaur bones and the hard work and enthusiastic support of hundreds of people who love to work, live and breathe the dinosaur dream. The facility houses a unique collection of Australian dinosaur fossils including those of Australia’s biggest meat-eating dinosaur Australovenator wintonensis (Banjo).

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For many visitors, a Museum tour sparks a

Once upon a time, when dinosaurs roamed the land, Outback Queensland resembled a landscape more telling of a temperate forest than the dusty plains known to tourists today. Fast forward 95 million years to the outback of today, where scientists are slowly piecing together this fascinating period in Outback Queensland’s history. greater interest and desire to get involved. One program offered to members of the public is the Prep-A-Dino experience. If you’d like to experience the thrill of working with real dinosaur bones, all of which are new to science and each a national treasure, you can! This program allows people to work with museum staff to remove rock from the fossils with pneumatic scribes prior to them being studied by palaeontologists. In the words of Mike Radel, who stayed for 10 days to attain his

Honorary Technician certification, it was “a rare and thrilling endeavour … addictive.” The Winton Dinosaur Capital of Australia VIP Pass is available at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum and Dinosaur Stampede National Monument. The Pass includes a guided tour of the Fossil Preparation Laboratory, Collection Room, and Dinosaur Canyon (from April 2017) as well as the Dinosaur Stampede National Monument at Lark Quarry Conservation Park.

A terrifying moment captured in time!

The Dinosaur Stampede National Monument at Lark Quarry Conservation Park is the site of over 3,300 dinosaur tracks, created during the only known dinosaur stampede on the planet. In a remarkable piece of scientific detective work, scientists from the Queensland Museum have pieced together, from the


escape footprints left behind, a dramatic tale of hunter and hunted. About 95 million years ago, western Queensland looked vastly different. In stark contrast to the arid climate of today, the landscape was characterised by a great river plain, with towering conifers and lush vegetation interspersed with sandy channels, swamps and lakes brimming with freshwater mussels, lungfish and crocodiles. It was in this setting that a herd of around 300 dinosaurs, some as small as chickens (such as the carnivorous coelurosaurs) and larger plant-eating Ornithopods, were drinking on the muddy shore of a lake when, out of nowhere, a large meat-eating dinosaur appeared and the panicked herd bolted for cover. Unfortunately, this was an ambush. Trapped by water, the herd was forced to run back towards the predator, colliding and running over each other until eventually they ran past the fearsome theropod, herded together again and ran away from the site. This prehistoric activity was recorded in the mud, preserved by the natural environment, immortalised in stone and uncovered by accident in recent

times to become the only known record of a dinosaur stampede in the world. In a unique twist, the footprints of the meat-eating predator at the Dinosaur Stampede National Monument have now been shown to potentially match the foot of Banjo—a dinosaur found near Winton and housed at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum.

Experience the 7-Day Winton Explorer package

Preserved inside a modern building, the amazing Dinosaur Stampede National Monument is accessible to everyone at Lark Quarry Conservation Park. The beautiful red earth and spinifexstudded landscape is a dramatic contrast to the moist green world that existed at the time of the dinosaurs. The Dinosaur Stampede National Monument is located 110km south-west of Winton. The road to the trackways is suitable for conventional vehicles, however approximately 65km of the road is unsealed.

2017 departure dates now available, early bookings recommended

For more information visit dinosaurtrackways.com.au (Clockwise from top) Prep Team; Australian Age of Dinosaurs; Prep a Dino Experience

Step aboard the Spirit of the Outback for a Winton adventure. The 4-night stay in Winton includes tours to the Dinosaur National Stampede and the Australian Age of Dinosaurs. There is time to explore the spectacular scenery at Carisbrooke Station and Bladensburg National Park, plus visit the local attractions in Winton, including the Qantilda Museum and the Royal Open Air Theatre.

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Voices of an Ancient Land

By Jo Hoban

I’m standing in Kuril Dhagun (State Library of Queensland’s Indigenous Knowledge Centre) listening to six Indigenous women singing their hearts out at the launch of their album, Yamani – Voices of an Ancient Land. I’m moved by their voices, my eyes wet with tears on a couple of occasions.

Though not Indigenous myself, I have recently learnt more about the once abundant and diverse Indigenous languages that were in use when white man first colonised Australia. There were hundreds in the late 18th century. Sadly, most of those languages are now sleeping, and many of the remaining few have faded to a murmur. But there are strong first language advocates that continue to lift their voices in order to revitalise their languages for both themselves and future generations. As I listen to the songs being sung in Kuril Dhagun, I feel their significance and am uplifted being in the same room as the singers – a group of Indigenous women with proud hearts and the meaningful goal of affirming their and their people’s cultural identities through language. The group includes Leonora Adidi (Kalaw Kawaw Ya – Torres Strait), Faith Baisden (Yugambeh – Gold Coast), Joyce Bonner (Butchulla – Hervey Bay), sisters Melinda Holden and Bridget Priman (Warrgamay - Ingham), and Ethel Munn (Gunggari – Mitchell).

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Now, I’d imagine that making an album is not an easy thing to do for any musician. And collaborating with a group could present numerous challenges. What’s extraordinary about this project is that these ladies are recording novices, none of them considered themselves particularly adept song writers or singers, and the production process went smoothly—apparently a most enjoyable affair! Even more remarkable is that the eleven songs on the album feature five different Indigenous languages, and all the women sing on every track. The satisfying sounds washing over my consciousness, and lifting my spirits, suggest a longer, familiar collaborative relationship. Perhaps this is a result of the group’s prior work together in The Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee (QILAC).

advocate for Queensland’s first languages, the heritage languages of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Yamani album project was an extension of their QILAC work. It came about when the women decided to each bring a song in their language to share at one of their meetings. The musical gathering struck a chord that day; it highlighted how important contemporary song is in sharing language and encouraging language use in modern families. Inspired, the women sought sponsorship and connected with the Wantok Music Foundation (www.wantokmusik. org/), an Australian-based, notfor-profit music label. Wantok represents Indigenous and Melanesian artists to facilitate cultural exchange and empower communities. When music producer, David Bridie, who has a close association with Wantok Music Foundation, The six Yamani vocalists are all key climbed aboard the Yamani members of QILAC, which formed canoe, the women were delighted. in 2005. They are passionate and David is a member of renowned knowledgeable language workers, Australian band, My Friend the hailing from different Indigenous Chocolate Cake, and he was also country, who came together the sound producer on the films to form a state-wide body to

‘Satellite Boy’ and ‘Bran Nue Dae’ which featured top Australian performers, including Jessica Mauboy, Ernie Dingo and Geoffrey Rush. The Yamani women note Bran Nue Dae as an all-time favourite. With the final addition of experienced vocal coach, Kristina Kelman, who insists “everyone can sing”, the team set their hearts and minds to the task at hand. Over a twelve-month period, Kristina led the women in music training and David led the studio recordings and post production. The women live at great distances from each other hailing from Bamaga, Roma, Townsville, Cleveland, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg; however distance was not going to keep this project from happening. “Because we sing together in five languages, we had to teach our language and learn the other four languages,” explains Joy Bonner, QILAC Chairperson. The women explain they were nervous at first, but soon found their groove. Each found they connected most with a different stage of the process. For example, Ethel (now aged 84) had


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Join with us, by listening or singing along, to let our ancient lands once again – and in ever louder volume – hear the voices that hold and tell its stories. A 14-minute documentary about the production process is currently available for viewing on the entertainment program aboard Queensland Rail Travel: Yamani: Voices of and Ancient Land. Like the album, it’s an uplifting film which elicits laughter and tears as the women grow in song and love.

carried with her an old Gunggari people songbook since her youth—it contained a collection of songs that were documented with her people around the campfires when she was young, and she was finally able to experience the songs’ coming back to life. Leonora was able to work with the group to workshop a poem, based on her grandmother, into a song. The group has created something lasting and special. Yamani showcases a varied, harmonious collection of catchy songs; it makes for easy listening, especially good in the car or at

a relaxed family gathering or barbeque (my kids love it – they don’t need to understand the language to connect with the music!) Of course, if you’re an Indigenous person, the album will be all the more poignant. And if you’re non-Indigenous, you’ll smile when you hear the symbolic rendition of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ in Yugambeh, the language of the Gold Coast. According to music producer, David Bridie, it is hoped “that the music will encourage Indigenous Australians everywhere to continue to sing in their languages, and to use their songs to help the rest of Australia grow to better appreciate this

place that is home to all of us.” Moving forward, the goal is that the Yamani album will be used by teachers to assist in providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives within the Australian curriculum. A study guide has been developed that provides guidance for teachers committed to teaching for reconciliation through the use of quality Indigenous content and cross-cultural pedagogy. QILAC uphold that “providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives within the curriculum is fundamental to strengthening identity and cultural esteem for all Australians.”

The QILAC ladies have developed close friendships through their collective efforts in creating the Yamani album. QILAC chairperson, Joy Bonner, says “It has been a wonderful, challenging and joyful experience.” From my non-Indigenous perspective, I’ll definitely keep listening to the Yamani album. It’s now part of our home’s digital music library, so will live on. Learning about the Yamani project, and getting to know the songs on the album, has helped me to better understand and engage with local Indigenous peoples and some of the challenges they face.

For further information visit qilac.org.au The Yamani Study Guide and CD can be purchased from theeducationshop.com.au

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the outback traditions

For many older Australians, rosella jam, fluffy scones, iced cakes and homemade lemonade are part of nostalgic memories of a time when life was a little slower and every home had home-baked treats to welcome visitors. Now those heading to Longreach can taste this culinary heritage and take home delicious goodies that celebrate outback tastes. Meet Abigail Mickan, a young woman who is keeping the outback homestead baking traditions alive. Abigail Mickan is part of the Kinnon family, famous for their award-winning Outback Pioneers holidays and experiences in Longreach. As the daughter of Richard and Marisse Kinnon, she grew up on a remote outback station and, from a young age, loved the role of helping her grandmothers in the kitchen.

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Today, she and her husband Reuben run the Kinnons’ Nogo Station and she has created her own home-business sharing the baking and recipes she used to make for the family and station workers. “There was always somebody to be fed – shearers coming in for smoko, my hungry brothers looking for a packed lunch or someone dropping by for a yarn,” Abigail says. “We always had a cake or slice or biscuits on hand and homeschooling left me time to bake and to learn all the secrets of successful recipes.” As part of a family that epitomises the resilient and inventive outback spirit, it’s not so surprising that Abigail started planning her own recipe book and food range when she was barely in her twenties.

Tastes to take home

Those who stay at the Kinnon & Co Outback Accommodation will Abigail is gradually developing also find a small welcome pack of her selection of cookies, jams, preserves and pickles, which are all Abigail’s biscuits waiting for their first outback cup of tea. hand-made at Nogo Station. You can find the range at The Station Store in the heritage heart of Longreach. They make perfect souvenirs to take home for friends or to remind yourself of happy outback days. “When we lived so far from shops – about 100 kilometres from Longreach – it made sense to make our own jams and preserves when ingredients were in season. My two grandmothers between them had a recipe for everything!” Abigail says. “To me, these recipes are tastes of the outback and tastes of my childhood and I love to share them.”

Visit Nogo Station

The Outback Pioneers Nogo Station Experience takes visitors to Nogo Station on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Abigail is always there to welcome her guests. As well as exploring the historic station, discovering its connections with the legendary larrikin Captain Starlight and seeing a sheep-shearing demonstration, visitors get to enjoy what is possibly the best smoko (morning tea) in the west, all prepared by Abigail in Nogo’s kitchen. You probably won’t need lunch after this generous spread of homestead baking!


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Experience the 8-Day Longreach Package You can also chat to Abigail about her recipes and her kitchen garden, which grows many of the ingredients that have helped sustain remote stations over the years. If you like, you can also meet the chooks (hens) that provide the eggs for the baking and perhaps a poddy calf or two.

Bake Your Own

Abigail’s ‘Tastes of My Outback Life’ recipe book, published in 2016, is much more than just recipes. Designed and photographed by Abigail, it also includes family photographs, anecdotes about the times she cooked different recipes and her memories of happy occasions growing up in outback Queensland. It captures a way of life that city kids could only dream of but one that is still going strong in remote regions of Australia.

This first volume is ‘Smoko’, which features baked treats including old favourites like scones, Lamingtons and slices, as well as more recent additions to outback hospitality. There are some amazing cakes too and many of the recipes use flavours like passionfruit and lemon from the kitchen garden. The new 64-page book is $29.95 and can be purchased online or at The Station Store in Longreach. To find out more about the Nogo Station Experience, other award-winning Outback Pioneers experiences and Kinnon & Co’s Outback Accommodation visit outbackpioneers.com.au

Take the train and experience Nogo Station on an 8-Day Longreach package, including return First Class travel aboard the Spirit of the Outback, accommodation in Longreach, touring in Longreach and Winton, plus a tour and smoko at the historic Nogo Station.

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(Clockwise from top) Abigail Mickan; Nogo Station; Spirit of the Outback First Class Lounge

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Win a signed copy of Abigail’s new book ‘Tastes of My Outback Life’

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More than 1,000 Queensland donors are needed to give blood over the long-weekend in order to prevent a shortage of blood products needed by cancer patients and road trauma victims. Public holidays pose a challenge for platelet supplies, a short-lived component of blood used to save lives in emergency situations and chemotherapy. These donations are vital to helping people like little Charlotte O’Brian. Diagnosed with leukaemia as a nine-monthold, she relied on 26 blood transfusions throughout her chemotherapy treatment. “It’s absolutely vital. I know that without blood transfusions… she wouldn’t have survived,” Charlotte’s mum, Danielle said.

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This Easter, thousands of Australian families will be hoping that people make a blood donation, to ensure their loved ones make it through the long weekend. But supply isn't guaranteed, unless people step up to donate on the Easter Monday public holiday.

“Our family will be forever grateful for all the donors who helped to keep Charlotte alive through her treatment, and we encourage more people to donate.” Thankfully Charlotte is now in remission. She wants to be either a doctor or a ballet teacher when she grows up. With one in three of us needing blood in our lifetime, the Blood Service is calling on new donors to lay down arms. “If someone you loved was unwell or battling a serious illness, you’d do whatever you could to help,” Blood Service spokesperson Jemma Falkenmire said. Blood donation is one of the easiest ways to help people, and one of the greatest gifts a

person can give. The tiny pinch of a needle may last a couple of seconds. Yet your blood could mean a lifetime to the person who receives it. It only takes an hour to give blood, with most of that time dedicated to answering a few simple questions beforehand, and eating and drinking in our refreshment centre afterwards.

red cells, plasma, and platelets. Red cells carry oxygen around the body, plasma is the liquid component, rich in antibodies which help boost the immune system, and platelets help the blood to clot. Blood is then distributed to hospitals where it is administered to the patients who need it.

Your donation will then be sent to one of our processing centres where it will be tested to ensure there is nothing wrong with your blood. You’ll learn your blood type, be given a donor number, and be able to book another appointment with ease.

We know that many people have the desire to give blood and help out, but aren’t sure how to do it. We're happy to answer your questions.

Once the donation passes our stringent testing, it can be broken down into three components:

WHERE CAN YOU DONATE? To find your nearest Blood Donor centre across Queensland, please call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au bookings are essential.


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BLOOD DONATION FACTS • Just 3% of Australians roll up their sleeves to make lifesaving blood donations, yet 1 in 3 of us will need it in our lifetime. • 1.3 million blood donations were made in Australia in the last 12 months, 450,000 of those were made in New South Wales and the ACT. • A standard donation is less than 10% of your total blood volume and may be given safely every 12 weeks. • Blood has a short shelf life, and regular donation appointments helps the Australian Red Cross ensure a consistent blood supply for those who need it. WHO CAN GIVE BLOOD? Generally speaking, anyone between 16 and 70 years of age who are in good health. There are some exemptions that relate to

travel, lifestyle and health status. All blood types are required. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GIVE BLOOD? Every day more than 5,000 Australians give blood at an Australian Red Cross Blood Service donor centre. It's your chance to relax, be pampered, enjoy a free snack – and feel great knowing that you're saving lives. • You will be asked to complete a form that asks questions about your general health. • You will then be interviewed by a trained staff member to assess your suitability. • If you go ahead, a tourniquet is applied, your skin is cleaned and a needle is inserted into your vein. The tiny pinch of the needle only lasts a couple of seconds. • It will take only 5 to 10 minutes

to make the actual donation. After giving blood, you will be given your choice of something to eat and drink while relaxing in the refreshment area, the whole experience is over in 1 hour. WHAT HAPPENS TO MY BLOOD? In one donation, 490 mls of blood is taken. The blood needs to be processed as quickly as possible, as orders from the hospitals come in constantly. The donated blood is tested at a processing centre to ensure it is safe for use as donated blood product.

• The platelets will more than likely be used to help a cancer or Leukaemia patient • The plasma may be used to help a haemophilic or a young child with an immune disorder. Plasma is used to make as many as 17 lifesaving medical products. BENEFITS OF BLOOD DONATION • You are potentially saving a number of people’s lives • You will find out your blood type • You will be informed if there is a problem with your blood health

The blood donation will be broken down into three components: red cells, plasma, and platelets. • Red cells may go to a road accident victim or a new mother undergoing surgery post birth.

(Clockwise from bottom left) Blood Donor Centre; little Charlotte O'Brien

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TAKE THE WESTLANDER TO SOUTH WESTERN QUEENSLAND

CATCH THE SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK

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From Brisbane, the train travels west to Charleville with coach connections to Quilpie and Cunnumulla. Enjoy a complimentary in-seat snack pack depending on your travel sectors and light refreshments available for purchase from the Economy Lounge, throughout the journey. Sit back and enjoy the comforts onboard. Take the Train to Charleville with great value fares.

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EASTER IN THE COUNTRY 13 – 16 April Roma Come and enjoy a real experience in bush hospitality and a wide variety of fun activities for the whole family this Easter. From the kick off on Thursday 13th April when we stage Outback Tucker Under the Stars at the iconic Roma Saleyards to open the festival to the biggest professional rodeo in Southern Queensland. On Easter Sunday, enjoy horse racing, mud buggies, country markets and so much more. QUILPIE CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS 26 – 30 April Quilpie Did you know that in 2017 Quilpie will be turning 100? To celebrate, a jam-packed calendar of events is planned. Some main events include a meet and greet barbecue and bowls; official welcome ceremony and book launch; street parade featuring vintage vehicles and floats.

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The perfect way to travel to Outback Queensland begins onboard the Spirit of the Outback. From the comfort of your seat or sleeper, you’ll enjoy a journey through ever-changing scenery and rugged terrain between Brisbane and Longreach. First Class customers can enjoy hearty meals in the Tuckerbox Dining Car and relax in the Shearers Rest Lounge. Economy customers can enjoy quality takeaway meals and refreshments from the Shearers Rest Servery.

CULLY FEST OUTBACK AND ABORIGINAL FOLK FESTIVAL 17 – 19 November Toowoomba The annual festival is a friendly, down-to-earth gathering, where artists maintain Outback traditions and inspire community spirit by sharing their skills. Kids can join traditional and contemporary performance art workshops, and Australia’s best musicians will come together and celebrate all that’s great about the Outback and Aboriginal cultures. OUTBACK FRINGE FESTIVAL 1 – 2 July 2017 Quilpie A diverse festival curated to celebrate the arts within the Channel Country and encompass a program of music, film, visual art, comedy, dance, theatre and live demonstrations. There will be an array of performers, tutors and creative minds from Australia wide as well as workshops that everyone can participate in.

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OUTBACK WRITERS' FESTIVAL 20 – 22 June Winton Located in the iconic town of Winton, the home of Waltzing Matilda, the Outback Writers Festival, brings writers and readers together to exchange the telling of outback Australian stories. You will hear from award-winning and best-selling authors - their trials and tribulations of writing and successful publishing. In addition there will be writing master classes for those interested in fiction and non-fiction writing and publishing. This is an event for all ages who have a love for books.

incomparable program of classic and contemporary Australian films with special events, conversations and masterclasses with film makers, directors, actors and actresses, kids club and special events

OUTBACK FESTIVAL 19 – 23 September 2017 Winton 2017 will include some exciting new entertainment options, as well as some recent favourites such as the Charity Sunset Dinner Extravaganza under the Outback stars. Sports fans can test their skills with some grueling sporting challenges including the Outback Century Cycle Challenge - the THE VISION SPLENDID OUTBACK toughest, flattest cycling event in FILM FESTIVAL the Outback, and Outback Iron 23 June – 2 July Man, Woman and Junior events. Winton Perfect for families or anyone 9 days / 30 films / A zillion stars who loves the Aussie Outback. Winton's Vision Splendid Outback The festival's hilarious signature Film Festival is a film festival like event, the Quilton Australian no other. It celebrates Australian Dunny Derby, will top off five days film and culture under the stars of of quirky events, warm Outback Winton in Outback Queensland. hospitality and nightly live The Festival combines an entertainment.


events Pack your bags for a fantastic line-up festivals and events in 2017. Get your friends together, book the train and head out west to experience the fun, hospitality and celebrations in Outback Queensland. Here are some of the upcoming festivals and events for 2017 and the best way to get there is by rail. these and other events visit queensland.com/events and start planning today.

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TAKE THE INLANDER ON THE TRACK LESS TRAVELLED

A great alternative to driving or travelling by coach hop aboard The Inlander and experience the heritage and natural treasures of North West Queensland's. Sit back and watch the passing scenery as the train travels from Townsville, through Charters Towers to Julia Creek, Cloncurry and Mount Isa. A complimentary in-seat snack pack is provided, depending on travel sector with light refreshments available to purchase from the Economy Lounge. So sit back, relax and enjoy the convenience aboard our service.

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DIRT N DUST FESTIVAL 7- 9 April 2017 Julia Creek Experience real outback hospitality when the tiny North West Queensland outback town of Julia Creek swells from 400 people to 3,000 in one weekend! Over three jam-packed days of fun and entertainment feature Australia’s toughest sprint triathlon - and a gentler one for the juniors, horse races, bull rides, live music, Australia’s Best Butt competition and novelty events such as Bog Snorkelling, it’s a dusty weekend for the whole family! CURRY MERRY MUSTER FESTIVAL 3 – 6 August Cloncurry Since 1954 the ‘Curry Merry Muster’ has provided Cloncurry and the surrounding region with all the thrills and spills of rodeo, brimming with community spirit. Today the event has grown to a festival boasting a pro-rodeo renowned as Australia’s highest

single payout professional rodeo. The Festival will incorporate the popular Street Parade; annually attracting in excess of 40 themed community floats. A launch to the weekend festivities to follow the Street Parade incorporate community stalls, food, bar and live entertainment. MOUNT ISA MINES ROTARY RODEO 11 - 13 August 2017 Where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, east meets west and man meets beast. Three days of non-stop rodeo action - bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc, rope and tie, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping. Immerse yourself with unearthed and behind the scenes tours. Throw in Rodeo Rock Concerts, Festibull and many more into the mix and you've got one big party.

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EVENT QUEENSLANDS TOP EVENTS

Top events in Queensland. Experience Queensland’s thriving arts scene at acclaimed theatre, opera, music and symphony venues along with plenty of gigs and live bands performing. Discover a few of the arts, music and cultural events coming up around the state. To find out more about these and other events visit queensland.com

CMC Rocks Queensland 24 March 2017 Ipswich The biggest international country and roots festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Delivering an explosive array of international and national country music superstars over three massive days and nights. cmcrocks.com Take the train to Brisbane with connecting trains to Ipswich

Felton Food Festival 26 March 2017 Felton Valley, Toowoomba Experience a weekend of authentic country life at the Felton Food Festival. Sunday is festival day with market stalls, crop tours, cooking demonstrations and family entertainment to experience. Meet a local farmer, learn about the paddock to plate process and see how science is changing agriculture. Special guests include Costa Georgiadis, Alison Alexander, Alistair McLeod, Jerry ColebyWilliams, George the Farmer, and country singer Brendon Walmsley. Coach transfers available from Toowoomba. feltonfoodfestival.org.au Take the train! One-way Economy Seat from Roma to Toowoomba from $49 per person. queenslandrailtravel.com.au

Feast of the Senses 23 March 2017 Innisfail North Queensland's premier tropical food event! Showcasing an amazing variety of exotic tropical Fruits, Produce, Seafoods and Meats it is like no other festival in Australia and is truly a feast for all of your senses. feastofthesenses.com.au

Roma Easter in the Country 13 - 17 April 2017 Roma All aboard on the Westlander to Roma and join in the festivities this Easter. The festival offers a range of activities for the thrillseeker, the cultural buff, as well as something for for those that like to take a more leisurely pace. easterinthecountryroma.com.au

Visit our website for best rail fares available to your next event

Head west aboard The Westlander to Roma in an Economy Seat from Brisbane from $65 per person.

Festival of the Wind 9 April 2017 Emu Park, Capricorn Coast A free family day out based on the art of kite flying. There will be plenty of beach games, competitions, market stalls, rides, entertainment and fireworks display. Visitors can make their own kites from kits on sale and then try their hand at flying their creation on the beach. festivalofthewind.com Take the Tilt Train to Brisbane, see our website for the best fares available!

Groovin the Moo 28 April 2017 Townsville Bringing you a stella line up of international and national acts as well as some amazing Queensland bred musicians. gtm.net.au Get your friends together and take the Spirit of Queensland to Townsville, student fares save up to 40% off.


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Quilpie Centenary Celebrations 26 - 30 April 2017 Quilpie Did you know that in 2017 Quilpie will be turning 100? To celebrate this milestone, they've put together a jam-packed calendar of events including a street parade featuring vintage vehicles and floats and a Centenary Ball. visitquilpieshire.com One-way Economy Seat from Toowoomba to Quilpie from $104 per person.

Barcaldine Show 6 May 2017 Barcaldine The show includes all the entertainment, displays, demonstrations and competitions you would expect of a rural show in a relaxed atmosphere and then some, a highlight of the district social calendar. Come along and see the goat races - they have to be seen to be believed! One-way Economy Seat aboard the Spirit of the Outback fom Rockhampton to Barcaldine, from $82 per person

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival 18 May 2017 Gold Coast

Port Douglas Carnivale 26 - 28 May 2017 Port Douglas

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe 27 May to 3 September 2017 Brisbane

International superstar Bonnie Tyler, Australian legend Ian Moss, US act Slim Jim Phantom Trio, Ray Beadle, Kevin Borich, and Cash Savage and the Last Drinks are just a few of the big names set to play at the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival driven by Frizelles. bluesonbroadbeach.com

Enjoy local and international performers and producers showcasing the region's spectacular tropical lifestyle and location. Enjoy Paradise on Plate, Macrossan Street Parade, Family Beach Day, Wine and Music Festival and the Wonderland Spiegeltent. carnivale.com.au

Take the Tilt Train to Brisbane, see our website for best fares available!

Get your friends together, and catch the Spirit of Queensland to Cairns.

It will be the first major Marvel-related exhibition to be staged in Australia and the largest ever presented in an art museum. Including original artwork, film props, costumes and more, the exhibition will bring to life the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe with characters including Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Black Panther, to name a few. The exhibition will follow Marvel heroes from comic book page to cinema screen. qagoma.qld.gov.au

Captain Cook Festival 19 - 21 May 2017 Town of 1770 The 25th annual Captain Cook 1770 Festival commemorates the landing of Lieutenant James Cook on 24 May, 1770 at Bustard Bay. The award winning festival caters for the whole family with live entertainment, market stalls, an art show, Indigenous dancing and a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night. 1770festival.com.au

Wholly Cow Month 1 - 31 May 2017 Rockhampton You're invited to a month long celebration of beef during May. Enjoy a range of events, restaurant menus, recipe cards, tours and more from the Beef Capital of Australia Rockhampton. whollycowmonth.com.au

Take the train from Mackay to Brisbane in a Premium Economy Seat aboard the Spirit of Queensland from $162 per person.

Visit our website for best rail fares available.

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Community Supporting our

For more than 150 years, Queensland Rail has built a strong reputation for supporting the communities in which we operate. The “Making a Difference” employee engagement program was designed to genuinely consult and engage with all employees to ensure their views and ideas were taken on board as Queensland Rail chose the charities, foundations and other not-for-profit community groups it would partner with.

Queensland Rail has established a handful of quality partnerships that have been supported through a range of activities such as fundraising, volunteering and employee engagement opportunities, community partnerships, payroll giving programs and in-kind promotional opportunities. Addressing corporate social responsibilities helps underpin Queensland Rail’s corporate vision - connecting communities and communities connecting, which references the essential role the organisation plays in facilitating social and economic outcomes across the State.

Queensland Rail’s Top Five Not-for-Profit Partners Cancer Council Queensland

Guide Dogs Queensland

One person is diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes in Queensland. Cancer Council Queensland provides all Queenslanders with the best possible prospects of preventing, detecting, effectively treating and surviving a cancer diagnosis.

Living with vision impairment can be a daunting and isolating experience, but Guide Dogs Queensland provides the support Queenslanders who are blind or vision impaired need to live their lives to the fullest.

Their focus is unique in Queensland, focusing on research, prevention, advocacy and support to help all Queenslanders, all cancers. And while their initiatives have local value, delivering outcomes for more than 26,000 Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer each year, the relevance of their work extends globally, influencing cancer control worldwide. cancerqld.org.au

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While Guide Dogs are the furry faces of their organisation, Guide Dogs Queensland also provides a range of vital orientation and mobility services to inspire and enhance freedom, independence and confidence. With the support of the community, Guide Dogs Queensland is able to transform the lives of those who need their help the most. guidedogsqld.com.au


community The Starlight Children’s Foundation

RSPCA Queensland

Starlight's mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families. When a once-bright life becomes dulled by needles, hospital visits and painful treatments, Starlight helps sick kids forget their illness and re-discover the joy of childhood.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Queensland (RSPCA Queensland) is the state’s oldest, largest and leading animal welfare charity, dedicated to improving the lives of all domestic, farmed and native animals throughout Queensland.

Starlight is an integral part of a complete health care system, and works in partnership with healthcare professionals. Their programs are underpinned by the World Health Organisation's (WHO's) model of social health – where improving mental and social wellbeing has a positive impact on overall physical health.

RSPCA Queensland requires $42 million annually to support animal centres, programs and services. As a non-government, community based charity, RSPCA Queensland receives less than 1% of government funding and relies on donations, bequests and sponsorships from ordinary Queenslanders, just like you.

Starlight disrupts the relentless cycle of pain and trauma and offers a welcome break so that sick kids can simply be kids. starlight.org.au/

RSPCA’s mission statement is simple, but powerful: Helping Animals, Enlightening People, Changing Lives rspcaqld.org.au

Youngcare Australia has a severe shortage of appropriate housing for people with high care needs. At present, there are over 700,000 young people living in, or at risk of entering aged care. Youngcare is working to liberate and empower young people with high care needs by providing choice to live the quality of life we all deserve. A solution focused organisation, Youngcare is connecting industry leaders, government and community to drive change and provide innovative solutions to ensure that no young person has to wake up in aged care. youngcare.com.au

To learn more about our community partnering visit queenslandrail.com.au, call 07 3072 5771 or send an email to csr@qr.com.au

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" All in all a good trip" Spirit of the Outback, reviewed on Trip Advisor, December 2016 Just completed a journey to Longreach 1st Class Return. Fun trip. The food was fantastic and plentiful. Brian's scones and desserts were to die for. The staff were exceptionally helpful, especially BAR STAFF WHO WERE KEPT BUSY. A pre programmed tablet helped pass the time in the 'squeezy' sleeper. Fascinated by the winding tiny corridor, a bit like 'Dorothy's Yellow Brick Road'. Very comfortable in the Dining Car and the Lounge car. All in all a good trip.

"Well Done" Rockhampton Tilt Train December 2016 Full compllments to the young staff on the Tilt Train to Rockhampton . They were calm, happy and totally professional in the manner and dress - 5 star service. Their efforts made the changes from bus to train travel easy and enjoyable, even handling some unsettled passengers with respect while staying fully passenger focussed and keeping everyone well informed. Congratulations and thank you to them. To Qrail, thank you for your thoughtful handling of the need to bus passengers to catch the train in Gympie. The snack provided was just right and the staff you employ and train indicate that management are queenslandrailtravel.com.au

customer centered and skillful organisers, Well done.

"Special thank you" Spirit of Queensland January 2017 On the 3rd of January 2017 the Spirit of Queensland departed from Brisbane, heading north to Cairns. When we got to Rockhampton after midnight, we were informed we couldn't go may further due to a wash out south of Sarina. We couldn't go any further until 9am the next morning. So the (Spirit of Queensland) gave out Breakfast vouchers, and the dining car was open at all times with free tea and coffee. Three buses were brought from Rockhampton and made the rest of the journey to Mackay and Cairns, but on our arrival to Mackay we were all given a free hot lunch. Special thank you to all for your kindness and seeing us all home safely.

"Please pass on our thanks" Tilt Train - December 2016 We booked two groups in recent months and on both occasions we could not be happier with the service. We had two cricket teams travelling and your understanding of our requirements was very good. We had to make some additions to our booking and these were accommodated with no problems at all. The communication between us was outstanding even though most

was done by email. Your response time, even over weekends, was also outstanding. The information provided in the emails and with bookings, invoices and ticketing arrangements was also very good. I am pleased to say that we were satisfied with our train travel experience (seating, food and check in) and the service provided by Queensland Rail and its staff. Everyone was very helpful and made booking in 30 people and their cricket and personal gear fairly trouble free. Even when bags were more than 20kg, provision was made for us to share the weight across other bags. Thank you and I would be happy to travel this way to Bundaberg again in the future.


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Spirit of Queensland November 2016 A wonderful experience on the train. Food was good quality and quantity. Rail beds are comfortable and you do get some sleep, but remember you are on a moving train. Steven and staff are friendly and helpful. Plenty of room in the shower.

Gulflander reviewed on Trip Advisor October 2016 We were a group of 8 doing the Queensland Rail 6 day Gulf Savannah Experience. Travelled one way from Normanton to Croydon. The train departed at 8.30am and was due in at Croydon at 1.30pm. We all sat in the front vehicle for the view out the front windows. Very good commentary by Ken the driver along the way. Stopped at Blackbull about half way for refreshments and you are able to use the tin mug given as a souvenir when you get your ticket and trip guide at Normanton Station. The ride is quite shaky and bumpy. A few in our group were able to reach their 10000 steps by just sitting in their seats. The countryside was very dry due to the lack of rain in the past wet seasons.

"Scenic - done it" Kuranda Scenic Railway January 2017 We took a day trip catching the train from Freshwater where there is a small museum showing the history of the railway - so it is advisable to get there at least 45 minutes before departure to learn a bit about the history in the museum. The trip has a lot of great views from the 100 year old carriages but be prepared for these to get very hot as obviouly there was and still is no air conditioning in these vintage stock. The 90 minute journey is steady and unrushed with a stop to see some waterfalls. Cold towels were a welcome surprise and very welcome in the heat of the carriages. There is an interesting and detailed narrative throughout with advance warnings of fantastic photo opportunities. All in all its a hot but relaxing trip on an ancient train with great views. Sit back and soak the experience up.

"Fantastic Experience on the Railway" Kuranda Scenic Railway February 2017 Fantastic information provided about the history of the area. Staff went above and beyond to assist the public and were very polite and helpful.

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PLEASE REMAI When the train is departing a stati Your safety onboard

Our aim is to make your journey as comfortable and secure as we can, all whilst preserving the property of Queensland Rail and our passengers. Our on board staff are here to make sure your journey is as pleasant as possible. if you have any queries or require assistance please do not hesitate to advise staff.

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Please take a moment to read through the Safety Card in the back of the seat pocket or cabin. While walking through the train steady yourself by placing one hand on the corridor wall or on seat backs. If the train swerves, you will be able to avoid falling onto your fellow passengers. When your train pulls into the station, stand away from the door until passengers have finished embarking or disembarking. Then, step carefully up or down onto the train car. Please be mindful of the gap from the train and the platform. Keep your money, valuables and travel documents with you at all times.

Onboard Health Travelling long distances can cause muscle stiffness and poor circulation, especially sitting for extended periods. DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) occurs most frequently among people who are immobilised. Immobility for even short periods can cause DVT. We recommend the following for our customers travelling on our services (based on a recent statement by The Australasian Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis): • • • • •

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Drink plenty of (non-alcoholic) fluids during travel. Wear loose, non-restrictive clothing. Stand up every hour or so to ease lower back pressure. Tilt your head from one side to the other; bring your ear to your shoulder. Repeat 10 times on each side. Clasp your hands together behind your head. Push your head back into your hands and hold for five seconds. Repeat four times. Circle your shoulders back and forward with your arms by your sides. Repeat four times. Push your back into the seat and arch forwards to stretch your back. Repeat four times. Push your knees and thighs together, tighten your buttock muscles and hold for five seconds. Repeat four times. With your foot, trace the letters of the alphabet to keep the circulation going. Regularly mobilise the ankles and massage the calves. Be vigilant for the symptoms of DVT, in particular pain in the calves, during and for up to a month after long journeys. If symptoms occur, seek medical advice without delay.

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Clean and tidy casual dress standards apply Footwear must be worn when moving throughout the train. All children under the age of twelve (12) must be under the direct supervision of their parent or guardian at all times whilst on the train and platform Do not create a disturbance or nuisance on trains No operating sound equipment or playing a musical instrument on a train without earphones, or with earphones at a noise level likely to be a nuisance Avoid conducting loud conversations with fellow travellers or on your mobile phone No smoking on trains or on platforms No consuming alcohol not purchased onboard No consuming alcohol in unauthorised areas No blocking or causing obstructions in aisles of carriages Passengers must board the train with an acceptable standard of cleanliness and personal hygiene, and maintain this standard throughout their trip

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Onboard Entertainment Guide Movies Florence Foster Jenkins | PG COMEDY DRAMA | Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy New York heiress (Meryl Streep) who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Brilliant performances in this period comedy-drama which follows the life of a character who has seen a revival of interest this year. Hugh Grant and Rebecca Ferguson costar in this biopic directed by Stephen Frears. Highly rated film which is the polar opposite to the action blockbusters.

Ms. Streep is a delight, hilarious when she's singing and convincingly on edge at all times. Neil Genzlinger - New York Times. Available on:

Elvis and Nixon | M

Eddie the Eagle | PG

COMEDY | Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer The untold true story behind the meeting between the King of Rock 'n Roll and President Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalised in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. Available on:

COMEDY DRAMA | Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tom Costello The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Available on:

Marley & Me | PG

Mr. Bean's Holiday | PG

Nina | M

Peter and Wendy | PG

COMEDY DRAMA | Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Alan Arkin A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog. Available on:

COMEDY | Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe, Steve Pemberton Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes where he unwittingly separates a young boy from his father and must help the two come back together. Available on:

BIO DRAMA | Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, Kevin Mambo The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson. Available on:

ADVENTURE FAMILY | Stanley Tucci, Dan Tetsell, Laura Elphinstone Lucy Rose, a 12-year-old girl waiting for treatment for a heart condition, reads "Peter Pan" to sick children and dreams her own version of the magical story. Available on:

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Independence Day: Resurgence | M ACTION | Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullma Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defenses be enough? Available on:

Love and Friendship | PG ROMANCE DRAMA | Kate Beckinsale, ChloÍ Sevigny, Xavier Samuel Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica – and herself too, naturally. Available on:


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Song for Marion | PG

Star Trek Beyond | M

The Legend of Tarzan | M

COMEDY DRAMA | Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Terence Stamp Grumpy pensioner Arthur honours his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong. Available on:

ACTION SCI FI | Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. Available on:

ACTION | Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J. Saper, Christian Stevens Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. Available on:

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | PG

The Three Musketeers | M

The Way, Way Back | PG

The BFG | PG

Cinderella | G

COMEDY DRAMA | Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly The hot-headed young D'Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent. Available on:

COMEDY DRAMA | Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. He finds an unexpected friend in Owen. Available on:

ADVENTURE FAMILY | Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind-hearted soul. Available on:

FAMILY | Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden When her father passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger. Available on:

COMEDY DRAMA | Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. Available on:

Onboard Entertainment Guide Music Sit back and enjoy the following music available on your service. Here is a selection of music albums now available on the Spirit of Queensland and Spirit of the Outback tablets.

Jessica Mauboy

The Secret Daughter Inspired by the television series, The Secret Daughter, the album is as equally fresh as it is familiar. It captures a saltof-the-earth honesty that is in no doubt a reflection of its leading actress Jessica Mauboy who takes the audience with her on an emotional and reaffirming journey of discovery.

Cold Chisel

No Plans Cold Chisel’s first new studio album in 14 years ‘No Plans’ features 13 songs drawn from recording sessions across 2010 and 2011 including the final recorded performances by drummer Steve Prestwich who passed away in January 2011 and also one of his compositions 'I Got Things To Do'.

A selection of music and comedy is available in your in-seat channel selection onboard the Tilt Train.

Bruce Springsteen

The Promise Previously-unreleased songs from the Darkness recording sessions, songs that, as Springsteen writes, "perhaps could have/should have been released after Born To Run and before the collection of songs that Darkness on the Edge of Town became."

Rachael Leahcar

Here Comes The Sun The year is off to a flying start for 20 year old Rachael Leahcar, with the release of her third concept album of Beatles covers' titled 'Here Comes the Sun'. Whilst the recording process was relatively fast and very hard work for Rachael, the results are some of her best work yet.

Ch 4

Hot Trax

Mix of today's music and classic rock music..

Ch 5

Cruise

Mix of easy listening and smooth jazz music.

Ch 6

Comedy Club

A collection of comedy skits and stand-up comedy.

Ch 7

Shuffle

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Onboard Entertainment Guide TV Shows Introducing Luke and Cody

The first winners of Channel 7’s House Rules, and now are set to become the new face of Queensland Rail Travel. Luke and Cody Cook won the hearts of viewers with their down to earth nature and country colloquialisms, when becoming the Grand Final Winners of Seven’s House Rules for 2016. Quickly becoming Australia’s favourite larrikin twins from Dalby, these boys from the bush are now “living the dream” as presenters on Seven’s boating, camping and fishing program Creek to Coast, as well as exploring this incredible state on Queensland Weekender. Keep an eye out for the charming Dalby brothers presenting the Queensland Rail Queensland Weekender feature stories in your entertainment whilst onboard your journey.

Queensland Weekender | G Join the crew and travel around the with a selection of some favourite trips including a journey aboard the Spirit of Queensland to Cairns and from Outback Queensland travel aboad the Spirit of the Outback. Available on:

Croc College | G Six Australians embark on one of the most thrilling and dangerous training courses Australia has to offer. Led by Queensland croc legend John Lever, the students learn how to handle, farm and manage the world’s oldest and largest living reptile - the saltwater crocodile. Available on:

Aussie Animal Rescue: Rescue in the Rainforest | G

Australia's Heritage National Treasures | G

Better Homes & Gardens | G

A seriously wounded Echidna that's been hit by a car is delivered to Vet, Annabelle Olsson for emergency treatment, while just down the coast, a cassowary is prepared for the risky process of release back into the wild. Available on:

Take a voyage of discovery that reveals the secrets behind a fascinating mix of treasures from Australia's National Heritage List - a collection of objects and places that contribute to Australia's national identity. Available on:

Elders with Andrew Denton |G

Gardening Australia | G

Great South East

Costa helps the Gordon family build compost bays out of recycled materials and Angus busts some of the biggest myths about native plants and how to care for them, including pruning, watering and fertilising. Available on:

Costa helps the Gordon family build compost bays out of recycled materials and Angus busts some of the biggest myths about native plants and how to care for them, including pruning, watering and fertilising. Available on:

Lyndey Milan Taste of Australia | G

Silver Kings | G

Interviewer Andrew Denton seeks out prominent elders of our tribe, each over the age of 65, to see what life has taught them. In this episode, Andrew interviews Clive James. Available on:

Heart and Soul | G

Is Sugar The New Fat | PG

A band of 30 high school girls brave tensions and heartbreak to triumph at Europe’s top music festivals. Available on:

Sugar! What’s not to like? It’s being touted as highly addictive and the biggest contributor to the current worldwide obesity epidemic. We used to think high in fat diet was to blame so who’s the real bad guy? This series takes on world-leading scientists and the food industry in an attempt to understand the truth about sugar. Available on:

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Join much-loved TV personality Lyndey Milan as she unearths the characters, places, pastures and heroes—the backbone of a thriving Australian culinary culture—and delivers a real Taste of Australia. Available on:

Join the Better Homes and Gardens crew for a mix of favourite episodes. Including some of Fast Eds recipes, visits by Dr Harry and plenty of DIY gardening tips and home decorating ideas. Available on:

Silver Kings chronicles the lives of Captain Bou Bosso and Rob Fordyce during the tarpon migration through Islamorada, Florida, exposing the passionate characters, the visual beauty of Islamorada and the fast action of fly fishing for tarpon in the most unique fishing environment in the United States... the Florida Keys. Available on:


entertainment Onboard Entertainment Guide TV Shows

Surfing the Menu - North Queensland | G Dan and Hayden take the cable car to get some Rainforest Honey and visit Dan’s Nunna who’s making her famous ravioli. They visit Mushroomers, a prawn farm then feed and pat a Leopard shark named Mo. Available on:

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The Wonder of Marsupials G Under the Grill | G Explore the incredible adaptations marsupials have evolved to deal with the unique and difficult challenges of life in Australia. From Australia’s scorching desert heart to pristine rainforests in the north, we’ll meet the biggest and the smallest marsupials, the rarest and the most successful as we journey to see the Wonder of Marsupials. Available on:

Australian celebrity chef, Sean Connolly has his work cut out in this fast-paced observational series about creating a successful multi-million dollar restaurant. Available on:

Yamani: Voices of an Ancient Land | G A short 14 minute documentary about the making of Yamani: Voices of an Ancient Land. Knowledge-holders Ethel Munn (Gunggari), Leonora Adidi (Kalaw Kawaw Ya), Joyce Bonner (Butchulla), Faith Baisden (Yugambeh), Bridget Priman (Warrgamay) and Melinda Holden have come together to produce eleven songs in five different languages to share the many voices of Australian country. Available on:

Onboard Entertainment Guide Young Travellers

The BFG | PG

Finding Dory | G

Epic | G

FAMILY | Voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. Available on:

FAMILY | Voices of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. Available on:

Cinderella | G

ADVENTURE FAMILY | Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind-hearted soul. Available on:

Robinson Crusoe: The Wild Life | G

For the Juniors | G

Round the Twist | G

Dance Academy | PG

A look at the fascinating world above us - space. With a focus on easily identifiable objects in the day and night sky, such as the sun, moon and stars, this series links the topic of "space" with the everyday experience of young children. Available on:

Nell is hospitalized when she claims to have been attacked by a dragon. While Mr Gribble takes advantage of her absence to try to reclaim her cottage, the Twist family set out to find the dragon. Available on:

Principal Raine not only refuses to reconsider including hip-hop in the Academy's classical program, but even opposes the students learning some in their spare time. Available on:

FAMILY | Voices of Matthias Schweighöfer, Kaya Yanar, Ilka Bessin A daring parrot recounts how Robinson Crusoe came to be stranded on a tropical island. Available on:

FAMILY | Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden When her father passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger. Available on:

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Get to know our team

Meet Scott

Working in the Holidays Team for Queensland Rail Travel, Scott’s role involves helping customers to plan and book their rail holidays around Queensland.

over the Glass House Mountains while sipping my complimentary juice and sharing stories with my fellow travellers was certainly a great start to a relaxing getaway.

Hi! I have been working at Queensland Rail Travel for a year now. I really enjoy assisting our customers to plan their holidays and creating the perfect itinerary for them; there is nothing more satisfying than helping someone discover the wonderful places Queensland has to offer.

Bundaberg has such a rich and interesting history, so I took the opportunity to visit the many unique attractions the area has to offer including Mon Repos, Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, Bargara and Lady Elliot Island.

One of my favourite customer experiences so far was planning a rail holiday to Cairns for two ladies that have been best friends for over 30 years and assisting them to create the same itinerary they enjoyed when they first met all those years ago. My favourite journey, which I recently travelled on, is the Tilt Train to Bundaberg in Business Class which was an amazing experience. Watching the sunset

I highly recommend visiting Mon Repos during turtle season. It was amazing to witness both laying and hatching in January and it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. The tour guides were so knowledgeable and passionate, you can book onto a ranger guided turtle encounter at Mon Repos nightly from November to March. Lady Elliot Island was the highlight of my trip. It is a 20 minute flight from Bundaberg

Mon Repos at twilight

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to this amazing slice of paradise where I was able to spend a day snorkeling along the southern Great Barrier Reef swimming with green turtles, dolphins and giant manta rays. There are also heaps of island activities that take advantage of the amazing ecosystem Lady Elliot has, such as glass bottom boat tours, fish feeding and bird watching. With the picturesque reef at your doorstep and wonderful staff on Lady Elliot Island it really feels like you’re a million miles away without a care in the world. It is so rewarding helping our customers visit some of Queensland’s must see destinations or discover some hidden gems that only our personal experience can help you uncover. I would recommend a rail holiday to anyone wanting to have a truly unique experience discovering Queensland; it will give you a lifetime of wonderful memories. Scott

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Menus

Onboard Menus

We offer a great range of meals, light refreshments and beverages available to purchase on your train service today. The food and beverage range may differ between trains and route of travel and items on the menu are subject to availability.

The Westlander & The Inlander

Snack Pack A complimentary in-seat snack pack is delivered at meal times throughout the journey (depending on journey travelled) Example Breakfast - Cereal with Milk, juice and a piece of fruit. Example Lunch/Dinner - Sandwich, small cake, juice and piece of fruit.

Savoury & Sweet snacks Cheese & Crackers

$3.00

Chocolate Bar - Cadbury Dairy Milk

$3.50

Potato Chips - Plain Chips

$3.50

Lollie bags

$2.50

Lifesavers $2.00

Beverages Coca Cola 375ml

$3.00

Lemon Squash 375ml

$3.00

Soda Water 250ml

$2.50

Hot Chocolate

$3.50

Alcoholic Beverages (served after 10am)

vegetarian GF gluten free DF dairy free We apologise in advance if your preferred menu item is not available.

XXXX Gold 375ml can

$6.00

Sirromet Shiraz 187ml

$7.50

Sirromet Sauvignon Blanc 187ml

$7.50

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Breakfast

Savoury & Sweet snacks

Breakfast Meal (GF) $7.50

Combo $5.50

Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage and Baked Beans Cereal Bowl Pack with Milk (GF) $4.00

Muffin / Biscuits or Lamington with Tea or Coffee Chocolate Bars $3.50

Corn Flakes, Just Right, Muesli

Kit Kat, Mars, Cadbury Dairy Milk

Fresh Fruit Salad (V, GF) $3.50

Assorted Mixed Nuts $3.50

Toast (2 slices) $3.00 Plain or Raisin with condiments

Biscuits (gf option available) $3.50

Lunch & Dinner

Cheese & Crackers $3.00

Muffins $3.50 Croissant $5.00 Lamington $3.50 Ham and Cheese Fruit Cake $1.50 Potato Chips $3.50

Hot meals

Plain, Salt & Vinegar, Twisties

Corned Beef with Seasonal Vegetables and White Sauce (GF) $9.50

Assorted Packets of Lollies

Classic Bangers and Mash with an Onion Gravy (GF) $9.50

Beverages

Braised Teriyaki Chicken served with Hokkien Noodles $9.50

from $2.50

Coca Cola 375ml $3.00

Pumpkin and Ricotta Ravioli tossed in a Napoli Sauce (V) $9.50

Pepsi Max 375ml $3.00

Cooked to order

Lemonade 375ml $3.00

Pepperoni Pizza with BBQ Sauce $9.00 Ham and Pineapple Pizza $9.00 Chicken Tenders and Chips $9.50 Fish and Chips $9.50 Wedges (V) $4.50

Fresh sandwiches / Salad Ham and Cheese $5.00

Lemon Squash 375ml $3.00 Bottled Water 600ml $2.50 Soda Water 250ml $2.50 Bundaberg Ginger Beer 250ml $3.50 Orange Juice 350ml $4.00 Apple Juice 350ml $4.00 Flavoured Milk Popper $3.00 Chocolate, Iced Coffee Hot Beverages $2.50

Tuna Salad and Mayonnaise $5.00

Tea, Milo, selection of Herbal Tea

Cream Cheese, Avocado, Tomato and Crisp Rocket (V) $5.00

Cappuccino / Latte / Flat White $3.50

Egg and Lettuce (V) $5.00

Extra Shot $0.50

Corned Beef and Pickles $5.00

Hot Chocolate $3.50

Peri-Peri Chicken and Salad Wrap $7.00

Hot Water $1.00

Asian Slaw and Crunchy Noodle Salad with a Coriander and Ginger Dressing (V) $7.50

Alcoholic Beverages (served after 10am)

Classic Chicken Caesar Salad $7.50

XXXX Gold 375ml can $6.00 Carlton Midstrength 375ml can $6.00 Sirromet Shiraz 187ml $7.50

Something lighter Meat Pie $5.00 Spinach and Ricotta Roll $5.00 Sausage Roll $4.00

Sirromet Sauvignon Blanc 187ml $7.50 Spirits Premix 375ml Mid Strength $8.00 Jim Beam bourbon and coke, Johnny Walker scotch and coke, Bundaberg rum and coke, Smirnoff vodka and lemon

Spirit of the Outback Servery | Exclusive Breakfast Packs Stargazers Hot Breakfast package $15.00 1 hot breakfast meal 1 fruit juice 350ml 1 cereal/milk 1 tea or coffee queenslandrailtravel.com.au

Continental Breakfast package $12.00 1 muffin 1 fruit juice 350ml 1 cereal/milk 1 tea or coffee


Menus Onboard Menus Tilt Train

From the Galley

From the Trolley

Breakfast

Fresh Sandwiches and Salads

Breakfast Meal (GF) $7.50

Ham and Cheese $5.00

Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage and Baked Beans

Tuna Salad and Mayonnaise $5.00

Cereal Bowl Pack with Milk (GF) $4.00

Cream Cheese, Avocado, Tomato and Crisp Rocket (V) $5.00

Corn Flakes, Just Right, Muesli

Egg and Lettuce (V) $5.00

Fresh Fruit Salad (V, GF) $3.50

Corned Beef and Pickles $5.00

Peri-Peri Chicken and Salad Wrap $7.00 Croissant $5.00 Asian Slaw and Crunchy Noodle Salad with a Coriander Ham and Cheese and Ginger Dressing (V) $7.50

Lunch & Dinner Hot meals Corned Beef with Seasonal Vegetables and White Sauce (GF) $9.50 Classic Bangers and Mash with an Onion Gravy (GF) $9.50 Braised Teriyaki Chicken served with Hokkien Noodles $9.50 Pumpkin and Ricotta Ravioli tossed in a Napoli Sauce (V) $9.50

Something lighter Meat Pie $5.00 Spinach and Ricotta Roll (V) $5.00 Sausage Roll $4.00 Asian Slaw and Crunchy Noodle Salad with a Coriander and Ginger Dressing (V) $7.50 Classic Chicken Caesar Salad $7.50

Classic Chicken Caesar Salad $7.50

Savoury & Sweet Snacks Combo $5.50 Muffin / Biscuits or Lamington with Tea or Coffee Chocolate Bars $3.50 Kit Kat, Mars, Cadbury Dairy Milk Assorted Mixed Nuts $3.50 Biscuits (gf option available) $3.50 Muffins $3.50 Lamington $3.50 Fruit cake $1.50 Cheese & Crackers $3.00 Potato Chips $3.50 Plain, Salt & Vinegar, Twisties Assorted Packets of Lollies from $2.50 Lifesavers, Quick Eze, Throaties $2.00 Mentos $2.50

Beverages Soft Drink 375ml $3.00 Coca-Cola, Pepsi Max, Lemonade, Lemon Squash Bottled Water 600ml $2.50 Soda Water 250ml $2.50 Bundaberg Ginger Beer 250ml $3.50 Orange Juice 350ml $4.00 Apple Juice 350ml $4.00 Flavoured Milk Popper $3.00 chocolate, iced coffee Hot Beverages $2.50 Tea, Coffee, Milo, selection of Herbal Tea Cappuccino $3.50 Hot Chocolate $3.50 Hot Water $1.00

Alcoholic Beverages

(served after 10am)

XXXX Gold 375ml can $6.00

vegetarian GF gluten free DF dairy free We apologise in advance if your preferred menu item is not available. V

Carlton Midstrength 375ml can $6.00 Sirromet Shiraz 187ml $7.50 Sirromet Sauvignon Blanc 187ml $7.50

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Brisbane to Cairns Northbound Monday

Tuesday Tilt Train Spirit of Bundaberg Replacement Queensland Tilt Train

Departing

Wednesday

Rockhampton Spirit of Tilt Train Spirit of the Tilt Train Queensland Replacement Outback

Thursday

Spirit of Tilt Train Queensland Replacement

Friday

Tilt Train Bundaberg Replacement Tilt Train

Saturday

Rockhampton Spirit of Tilt Train Tilt Train Queensland Replacement

Sunday

Tilt Train Spirit of the Spirit of Replacement Outback Queensland

Rockhampton Tilt Train Tilt Train Replacement

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Gladstone

7.43pm

10.07pm

5.12pm

10.07pm

2.46am

10.07pm

7.43pm

5.12pm

10.07pm

7.43pm

11.09pm

10.07pm

5.12pm

Mount Larcom ^

8.19pm

10.34pm

5.38pm

10.34pm

3.19am

10.34pm

8.19pm

5.38pm

10.34pm

8.19pm

11.42pm

10.34pm

5.38pm

Rockhampton arrive

9.25pm

11.31pm

6.45pm

11.31pm

4.20am

11.31pm

9.25pm

6.45pm

11.31pm

9.25pm

12.43am

11.31pm

6.45pm

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11.41pm

----

11.41pm

4.40am

11.41pm

----

----

11.41pm

----

1.03am

11.41pm

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Gympie North arrive

Gladstone arrive

Rockhampton St Lawrence ^

2.00am

2.00am

Carmila ^

2.37am

2.37am

Sarina ^

3.30am

3.30am

Mackay arrive

4.04am

4.04am

Mackay

4.24am

4.24am

Proserpine arrive

5.52am

Proserpine Bowen ^

2.00am

2.00am

2.37am

2.37am

3.30am

3.30am

4.04am

4.04am

4.24am

4.24am

5.52am

5.52am

5.52am

5.52am

6.02am

6.02am

6.02am

6.02am

6.02am

6.39am

6.39am

6.39am

6.39am

6.39am

Home Hill ^

7.48am

7.48am

7.48am

7.48am

7.48am

Ayr

8.02am

8.02am

8.02am

8.02am

8.02am

Giru ^

8.30am

8.30am

8.30am

8.30am

8.30am

Townsville arrive

9.08am

9.08am

9.08am

9.08am

9.08am

Townsville

9.23 am

9.23 am

9.23 am

9.23 am

9.23 am

Ingham ^

10.56am

10.56am

10.56am

10.56am

10.56am

Cardwell ^

11.52am

11.52am

11.52am

11.52am

11.52am

Tully arrive ^

12.49pm

12.49pm

12.49pm

12.49pm

12.49pm

Tully ^

12.59pm

12.59pm

12.59pm

12.59pm

12.59pm

Innisfail

1.48pm

1.48pm

1.48pm

1.48pm

1.48pm

Babinda ^

2.25pm

2.25pm

2.25pm

2.25pm

2.25pm

Gordonvale ^

3.21pm

3.21pm

3.21pm

3.21pm

3.21pm

Cairns arrive

4.05pm

4.05pm

4.05pm

4.05pm

Arriving

Monday

Tuesday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Service continues to Longreach travelling westbound.

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Service continues to Longreach travelling westbound.

4.25pm

2.00am 2.37am 3.30am 4.04am 4.24am

4.05pm Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Sunday

Western Services Spirit of the Outback train services

The Westlander train services

Brisbane to Longreach Westbound Departing

Tuesday

Longreach to Brisbane Eastbound Saturday

Departing

Brisbane (Roma St) #

6.10pm

1.55 pm

Longreach

Caboolture

7.06pm

2.52pm

Ilfracombe ^

Nambour

8.23pm

4.19pm

Barcaldine arrive

Cooroy

8.49pm

4.49pm

Barcaldine

Gympie North arrive

9.35pm

5.35pm

Gympie North

9.45pm

5.45pm

11.05pm

7.05pm

^

Maryborough West

Wednesday

Brisbane to Charleville Westbound Monday & Thursday

Departing

Charleville to Brisbane Eastbound Tuesday & Thursday

Departing

Wednesday & Friday

10.00am

Brisbane (Roma St)

7.15pm

Charleville

6.15pm

10.32am

Corinda ^

7.45pm

Morven ^

7.55pm

12.07pm

Ipswich

8.13pm

Mitchell

12.27pm

Rosewood

8.32pm

Roma arrive

Jericho ^

2.03pm

Laidley ^

9.02pm

Roma

Alpha arrive ^

3.08pm

Gatton ^

9.14pm

Alpha ^

3.18pm

Helidon ^

9.30pm

Wallumbilla *

12.20am

Anakie ^

6.30pm

Toowoomba arrive

11.05pm

Yuleba ^

12.40am

Toowoomba

11.25pm

Miles ^

2.10am

Chinchilla arrive

3.05am

^

^

^

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9.45pm 11.25pm 11.35pm Thursday & Saturday

Bundaberg

12.13am

8.36pm

Emerald arrive

7.23pm

Miriam Vale ^

1.44am

10.07pm

Emerald

7.33pm

Gladstone arrive

2.36am

10.59pm

Blackwater ^

9.10pm

Oakey ^

12.10am

Chinchilla

3.15am

Gladstone

2.46am

11.09pm

Bluff

9.29pm

Dalby

1.17am

Dalby

4.47am

3.19am

11.42pm

Duaringa

10.35pm

Chinchilla

2.35am

Oakey^

5.55am

Miles ^

3.25am

Toowoomba arrive

6.50am

Mount Larcom

^

^ ^

Sunday

Tuesday & Friday

Wednesday & Friday ^

^

Rockhampton arrive

4.20am

12.43am

Rockhampton arrive

12.17am

Yuleba ^

4.57am

Toowoomba

7.00am

Rockhampton

4.40am

1.03am

Rockhampton #

12.37am

Wallumbilla *

5.20am

Helidon ^

8.40am

Duaringa ^

6.29am

2.52am

Mount Larcom ^

1.45am

Roma arrive

6.05am

Gatton ^

9.00am

Bluff ^

7.30am

3.53am

Gladstone arrive

2.45am

Roma

6.15am

Laidley ^

9.15am

Blackwater ^

7.50am

4.13am

Gladstone

2.55am

Mitchell arrive ^

7.55am

Rosewood ^

9.50am

Emerald arrive

9.30am

5.52am

Miriam Vale ^

3.48am

Mitchell ^

8.05am

Ipswich

10.12am

Emerald

^

9.55am

Corinda

11.45am

Brisbane (Roma St) arrive

9.40am

6.02am

Bundaberg

5.26am

Morven

10.30am

6.52am

Maryborough West

6.35am

Charleville arrive

1.30pm

9.52am

Gympie North arrive

8.01am

Arriving

Alpha ^

1.50pm

10.12am

Gympie North

8.11am

Jericho ^

2.59pm

11.21am

Cooroy ^

8.56am

Barcaldine arrive ^

4.35pm

12.56pm

Nambour ^

9.25am

Barcaldine ^

4.55pm

1.16pm

Caboolture

10.44am

Ilfracombe ^

6.33pm

2.54pm

Brisbane (Roma St)

Longreach arrive

7.20pm

3.40pm

Arriving

Anakie ^ Alpha arrive

Arriving

^

Wednesday

Sunday

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11.55am Tuesday & Friday

Wednesday & Friday

^

Arriving

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Times are subject to change, please view the website for current service updates.

11.25am Thursday & Saturday

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10.50am

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Cairns to Brisbane Southbound Monday

Tuesday Tilt Train Rockhampton Spirit of Replacement Tilt Train Queensland

Departing

Wednesday

Bundaberg Tilt Train Spirit of the Tilt Train Replacement Outback

Thursday

Tilt Train Spirit of Replacement Queensland

Friday

Tilt Train Rockhampton Spirit of Replacement Tilt Train Queensland

Saturday

Bundaberg Tilt Train Spirit of the Spirit of Tilt Train Replacement Outback Queensland

Sunday

Tilt Train Rockhampton Replacement Tilt Train

Tilt Train Spirit of Replacement Queensland

Cairns

9.00am

9.00am

9.00am

9.00am

Gordonvale ^

9.26am

9.26am

9.26am

9.26am

9.26am

Babinda ^

10.10am

10.10am

10.10am

10.10am

10.10am

Innisfail

10.43am

10.43am

10.43am

10.43am

10.43am

Tully arrive ^

11.40am

11.40am

11.40am

11.40am

11.40am

Tully ^

11.50am

11.50am

11.50am

11.50am

11.50am

Cardwell ^

12.42pm

12.42pm

12.42pm

12.42pm

12.42pm

Ingham ^

1.31pm

1.31pm

1.31pm

1.31pm

1.31pm

Townsville arrive

3.09pm

3.09pm

3.09pm

3.09pm

3.09pm

Townsville

3.24pm

3.24pm

3.24pm

3.24pm

3.24pm

Giru ^

4.01pm

4.01pm

4.01pm

4.01pm

4.01pm

Ayr

4.27pm

4.27pm

4.27pm

4.27pm

4.27pm

Home Hill ^

4.44pm

4.44pm

4.44pm

4.44pm

4.44pm

Bowen ^

5.50pm

5.50pm

5.50pm

5.50pm

5.50pm

Proserpine arrive

6.31pm

6.31pm

6.31pm

6.31pm

6.31pm

Proserpine

6.41pm

6.41pm

6.41pm

6.41pm

6.41pm

Mackay arrive

8.06pm

8.06pm

8.06pm

8.06pm

8.06pm

Mackay

8.26pm

8.26pm

8.26pm

8.26pm

8.26pm

Sarina ^

8.57pm

8.57pm

8.57pm

8.57pm

8.57pm

Carmila ^

9.45pm

9.45pm

9.45pm

St Lawrence ^

10.20pm

10.20pm

10.20pm

Service comes from Longreach on Monday travelling eastbound.

Service comes from Longreach on Thursday travelling eastbound.

9.00am

9.45pm

9.45pm

10.20pm

10.20pm

----

1.00am

----

12.17am

----

1.00am

----

1.00am

----

12.17am

1.00am

----

----

1.00am

Rockhampton

7.10am

1.10am

7.30am

12.37am

7.30am

1.10am

7.10am

1.10am

7.30am

12.37am

1.10am

7.10am

7.30am

1.10am

Mount Larcom ^

7.58am

1.57am

8.26am

1.45am

8.26am

1.57am

7.58am

1.57am

8.26am

1.45am

1.57am

7.58am

8.26am

1.57am

Gladstone arrive

-

-

-

2.45am

-

-

-

-

-

2.45am

-

-

-

-

8.26am

2.25am

9.01am

2.55am

9.01am

2.25am

8.26am

2.25am

9.01am

2.55am

2.25am

8.26am

9.01am

2.25am

Rockhampton arrive

Gladstone Miriam Vale ^

----

9.06am

3.03am

----

9.57am

3.48am

9.57am

3.03am

----

9.06am

3.03am

----

9.57am

3.48am

3.03am

----

9.06am

9.57am

3.03am

Bundaberg

5.15am

10.05am

4.03am

5.15am

11.22am

5.26am

11.22am

4.03am

5.15am

10.05am

4.03am

5.15am

11.22am

5.26am

4.03am

5.15am

10.05am

11.22am

4.03am

Howard ^

6.02am

10.42am

-

5.46am

12.14pm

-

12.14pm

-

6.02am

10.42am

-

5.46am

12.14pm

-

-

6.02am

10.42am

12.14pm

-

Maryborough West

6.23am

10.58am

4.57am

6.01am

12.36pm

6.35am

12.36pm

4.57am

6.23am

10.58am

4.57am

6.01am

12.36pm

6.35am

4.57am

6.23am

10.58am

12.36pm

4.57am

Gympie North arrive

-

-

-

-

-

8.01am

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

8.01am

-

-

-

-

-

Gympie North

7.48am

12.05pm

6.09am

7.01am

2.09pm

8.11am

2.09pm

6.09am

7.48am

12.05pm

6.09am

7.01am

2.09pm

8.11am

6.09am

7.48am

12.05pm

2.09pm

6.09am

Cooroy ^

8.37am

12.40pm

6.42am

7.37am

2.57pm

8.56am

2.57pm

6.42am

8.37am

12.40pm

6.42am

7.37am

2.57pm

8.56am

6.42am

8.37am

12.40pm

3.05pm

6.42am

Nambour arrive

9.06am

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

9.06am

-

-

-

-

-

-

9.06am

-

-

-

Nambour ^

9.16am

1.02pm

7.05am

7.57am

3.26pm

9.25am

3.26pm

7.05am

9.16am

1.02pm

7.05am

7.57am

3.26pm

9.25am

7.05am

9.16am

1.02pm

3.34pm

7.05am

Landsborough ^

9.45am

1.30pm

-

8.23am

4.13pm

-

4.13pm

-

9.45am

1.30pm

-

8.23am

4.13pm

-

-

9.45am

1.30pm

4.12pm

-

Caboolture

10.29am

1.59pm

8.17am

8.57am

4.57pm

10.44am

4.57pm

8.17am

10.29am

1.59pm

8.17am

8.57am

4.57pm

10.44am

8.17am

10.29am

1.59pm

4.45pm

8.17am

Brisbane (Roma St) arrive

11.40am

2.50pm

9.20am

9.55am

5.55pm

11.55am

5.55pm

9.20am

11.40am

2.50pm

9.20am

9.55am

5.55pm

11.55am

9.20am

11.40am

2.50pm

5.55pm

9.20am

Wednesday

Thursday

Sunday

Monday

Arriving

Monday

Tuesday

Tuesday

Thursday

Friday

Friday

Saturday

Saturday

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Thursday & Sunday

Townsville

12.40pm

Mt Isa

Charters Towers arrive

3.30pm

Duchess arrive

Charters Towers

3.40pm

Duchess

Pentland ^

5.35pm

Cloncurry arrive ^

5.35pm

Torrens Creek ^

6.35pm

Cloncurry ^

5.45pm

Hughenden arrive ^

8.05pm

Julia Creek ^

8.55pm

Hughenden ^

8.20pm

Richmond ^

11.58pm

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1035pm

Richmond ^

10.45pm

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2.40am

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7.05am

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7.45am

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