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WINTER EDITION JUNE - AUGUST 19 TAKE ME HOME I’M FREE

Queensland Rail Travel Onboard Magazine

DISCOVER THE OUTBACK IN 2019

Also inside... 10 Islands you've never heard of BIG things of Outback Queensland Winter Events to take you deep into Queensland's Outback Onboard Entertainment


Welcome aboard Winter is such a great time to travel in Queensland – with mild temperatures and clear blue skies, it’s the perfect backdrop for a holiday in one of our many great regions across the state. In Queensland, 2019 has been announced as the Year of Outback Tourism. Queensland Rail is proud to support Outback Queensland after the hardships endured by the long drought and the recent floods in parts of the state. In this edition of Embark we are celebrating Outback Queensland with feature articles on this vast region that is such an important part of our long-distance network. Read all about the great Outback Queensland events on offer this winter. There are so many to choose from that something will surely capture your interest and imagination. Here are just a few to get you planning! If you love the movies, then consider Winton’s annual Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, developed by the passion and drive of the Winton community, a region fast becoming known as the “Hollywood of the Outback”. The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is back again this August celebrating 60 years, and it’s more than just a rodeo – it’s nothing short of a week-long program of fun and celebration. From the Isa Street Party to three days of non-stop rodeo action, live rodeo rock concerts and entertainment, these events bring communities together. Celebrate the very best that Queensland communities have to offer – the people, the food, outback experiences, heritage and culture. To get you through the days of cooling temps, jump onboard The Westlander from Brisbane and head out to the award-winning Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, a massive 10-day fiesta running from 19-24 September, celebrating the much-anticipated burst of colour that paints the city when spring kicks in.

I hope you enjoy our feature articles on Great Outback Station Stays, the amazing Outback Lookout Points that will inspire your inner photographer and the story of the many “Big Things” you can visit out west. So please consider a visit to Outback Queensland in 2019 and help to drive dollars back into tourism operators and local businesses who have been doing it tough. And of course, winter in Queensland means the EKKA will once again bring the Outback to the city. Queensland Rail is pleased to offer 50% off rail fares for adults and children aboard the Tilt Train to the EKKA to encourage our regional friends to come to Brisbane and enjoy the show. Fares will go on sale in early July 2019. For more information and full terms and conditions, please visit our website at queenslandrailtravel.com.au. We enjoy reading and seeing your reviews and pictures of time spent onboard our services, stations and out and about in Queensland, so please like us on Facebook, leave a review on Trip Advisor or tag us @queenslandrailtravel to share your rail experiences. Queensland Rail is committed to maintaining high standards of safety, reliability and comfort for our customers. For your safety onboard today please use the grab rails, backs of seats or the corridor walls as you move through the train, as unexpected train movement can cause injury. Queensland is full of wonderful, friendly communities and I hope your journey travelling across our beautiful state today is a safe, convenient, comfortable and welcoming one. Our onboard customer service team are here to assist you so please, sit back, relax and enjoy your journey.

Acknowledgements Editor Samantha Cameron Creative Designers Lisa Mahoney Sheldon Rautenbach Production Manager Rowena Wiles Editor-in-Chief Sarah Douglas Editorial Contributors Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Tourism partners Queensland Rail Travel's Charity Partners

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Travel Fleet Queensland Rail Travel covers the largest and most comprehensive network of long-distance and tourism trains in Australia. Our fleet comprises a mix of traditional and heritage carriages hauled by diesel locomotives, modern electric and diesel hauled tilt trains and a traditional railmotor. Our long-distance services travel the Queensland coastline and into the outback, from Brisbane to Cairns, Longreach and Charleville and Townsville to Mount Isa. Our tourism services offer a unique rail experience in north Queensland and the Gulf-Savannah.

Route: Brisbane to Cairns Distance: 1681 kilometres Duration: 24 hours

Brisbane to Cairns 5 services per week Cairns to Brisbane 5 services per week

Route: Brisbane to Bundaberg Route: Brisbane to Rockhampton Distance: 351 kilometres Distance: 639 kilometres Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes Duration: 7 hours, 30 minutes

Premium Economy Seats: 135 RailBeds: 35

Business Seats: Economy Seats:

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Brisbane to Rockhampton 8 services per week Rockhampton to Brisbane 7 services per week

Route: Brisbane to Longreach Distance: 1325 kilometres Duration: 26 hours

Brisbane to Longreach 2 services per week Longreach to Brisbane 2 services per week

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Route: Townsville to Mount Isa Distance: 977 kilometres Duration: 21 hours

Townsville to Mount Isa 2 services per week Mount Isa to Townsville 2 services per week

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Route: Brisbane to Charleville Distance: 777 kilometres Duration: 17 hours

Brisbane to Charleville 2 services per week Charleville to Brisbane 2 services per week

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Route: Normanton to Croydon Distance: 94 Miles

Normanton to Croydon 1 service per week Croydon to Normanton 1 service per week

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Route: Cairns/Freshwater to Kuranda Distance: 37 kilometres

Cairns/Freshwater to Kuranda 2 services per day Kuranda to Freshwater/Cairns 2 services per day

Gold Class Seats: 56 Heritage Class Seats: 500-750 (depending on carriages in the consist)

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Ten islands you've never heard of

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Eight reasons to visit Outback Queensland

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How to do Warner Bros. Movie World in a day

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Queensland by Rail

Coral Sea

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Cape York Peninsula

Kuranda

Cairns

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Mount Isa Cloncurry

Townsville Whitsunday Islands

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AROUND QUEENSLAND 6 Ten islands you've never heard of BEST OF 8 Outback lookouts 10 Ten outstanding station stays SPOTLIGHT 12 Five of the best waterfalls in Atherton 14 BIG things of Outback Queensland ESCAPE 16 18 20 22

Eight reasons to visit Outback Queensland How to do Warner Bros. Movie World in a day Celebrate ski season, Queensland style Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

A LOCALS GUIDE 24 Jeff's guide to Toowoomba GOURMET 26 Family eats in Cairns

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EVENTS 28 Cultural events in 2019 30 Winter events in Queensland 32 Mount Isa Mines Rodeo 33 Winton’s Outback Festival GET SOCIAL WITH US 34 Connect with us 36 All aboard with us 37 Get to know our team 38 Meet our suppliers COMMUNITY 40 Young Care - living independently 41 Cancer Council Queensland - celebrates a special day ONBOARD GUIDE 42 Onboard Entertainment - Movies 43 Onboard Entertainment - TV Shows 44 Onboard Entertainment - Family Shows 46 Fun and games 48 Timetable 50 Travel safe guide 5


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Ten islands

you've never heard of... Author: Tourism and Events Queensland - Christine Retschlag

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Sure, you’ve heard of Hayman, Hamilton, Heron and a few of the others, but did you know there’s a whole host of other Queensland islands you’ve probably never, ever considered?


around queensland 7.North West Island

Further away from the Gladstone coast, 75-kilometres to be precise, sits North West Island. Part of Capricorn Cays National Park, this island is the largest Coral Cay in the area and is ideal for camping, bushwalking, reef walking, diving, snorkelling and studying nature. The fishing is reported to be good here, too.

1.Frankland Islands

Five islands make up the Frankland group, 45-kilometres southeast of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. You’ll need your own boat to get to High, Normanby, Round, Mabel and Russell Islands but the trek is worth it. You can camp on Russell and High Islands and there’s plenty of bushwalking, boating, fishing, snorkelling and diving to be done around this group.

2.Quoin Island

While many have heard of Heron and Wilson Islands off Gladstone on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, few know of the gold that is nearby Quoin Island. It will take you only 15 minutes by boat from the mainland to a private retreat on 10-hectares of the island. Visit the turtle rehabilitation centre here.

3.Sweers Island

Life is sweet at Sweers Island, situated in the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria, considered to be where the outback meets the ocean. While many are lured here for the fishing, there’s also plenty of other activities such as bird watching, nature walks, bushwalking and boating.

8.Thursday Island

If you want to soak up the culture of Queensland’s Torres Strait Islanders, head to Thursday Island in Tropical North Queensland. There are several hotels, motels, lodges and a hostel here. The Grand Hotel offers views over Endeavour Strait, Horn Island (which has a modern motel and a hotel) and Prince of Wales Island.

4.Keswick Island

Perched off the coast of Mackay, in the Whitsundays, sits pretty Keswick Island. Stay in a fully-catered guest house, and enjoy the abundant nature, which has contributed to this being nicknamed the “treasured island”. There are birds, bees and bushwalking here, as well as diving and snorkelling.

5.Facing Island

9.Coochiemudlo Island

6.Haggerstone Island

10.Russell Island

Another island off the Gladstone coast in the Southern Great Barrier Reef that has received little press is Facing Island. Travel just 12-kilometres by boat from the mainland for secluded beaches, camping, 4WDing, fishing, surfing and unspoiled bushland. You’ll love the expanse of sandy beaches here. For ultimate seclusion, head to Tropical North Queensland and 600-kilometres north of Cairns near the tip of Cape York you’ll find this remote island. There are only seven structures on this property – four huts, a beach house, pavilion and jetty. Go sand boarding, fishing, spearfishing, skin diving, snorkelling, bird watching and beachcombing.

Situated between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, you’ll find this island with the cutesy name, which some say is the “jewel of Moreton Bay”. This tiny land mass – it’s only five square kilometres in size – is named after the prominent red rock on the island. There’s a motel, private accommodation or the aptly-named Quirky Cottages. Also in Moreton Bay off Brisbane sits Russell Island, which is practically a city compared to Coochiemudlo. There’s a host of accommodation here, from private holiday homes to motels and hotels. Check out the Gooramundra Trail walking track on this island. Image captions from top left to right: Haggerstone Island; Frankland Island; Quoin Island; Thursday Island; Keswick Island - Cathy Finch; Coochiemudlo Island

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Outback Queensland Lookouts you need to visit Author: Tourism and Events Queensland

To fully discover a destination that’s famous for endless horizons, natural wilderness and ancient landscapes, you’re going to want a good vantage point. However, finding a lofty outlook in a landscape best known for having some of the lowest elevations in the country (ahem, Lake Eyre), can prove tricky. Unless, that is, you know how to find higher ground. Whether you’re looking for a bird’s eye view of a low-lying gorge, or want to see a city skyline #outbackstyle, here are nine scenic lookouts guaranteed to give you a whole new perspective of Outback Queensland.

COBBOLD GORGE LOOKOUT

BOOLIMBA BLUFF AT CARNARVON GORGE

This hidden outback oasis will leave you with a new perspective of the outback. Forget desolate landscapes of dirt and endless horizons, when you arrive at Cobbold Gorge you’ll be treated to one of Outback Queensland’s most colourful natural wonders.

Sandstone cliffs encase the vibrant colours of Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland’s central highlands. Boolimba Bluff sits 200-metres above Carnarvon Creek, offering impressive views over the mouth of Carnarvon Gorge.

From the top of the escarpment, marvel at the narrow gorge flowing between sandstone walls standing 30-metres tall. The magnificent outback hues of the sandstone cliffs cast their reflection in the pea green gorge, boasting the kind of vistas you’ll want to pepper your Instagram feed with!

The 6.4-kilometre return walk is the main lookout over the gorge, passing through the breathtaking beauty of its diverse environment. Fern forest, rocky outcrops, giant boulders and ancient Aboriginal rock art are just a few of Carnarvon Gorge’s hidden treasures.

Region: Gulf Savannah Closest Town: Cobbold Gorge Village and Forsayth

Region: Carnarvon National Park, Maranoa Region Closest Town: Roma and Emerald

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DUWADARRI LOOKOUT

BIG RED IN THE SIMPSON DESERT

Duwadarri Lookout (also known as Adel’s Grove Lookout) is a 1-kilometre walk in the magical Boodjamulla National Park. Don’t be fooled by the short distance of this climb (it’s short and steep), but the top of the ridge will reward walkers’ perseverance with views of the emerald Lawn Hill Creek running between yellowed limestone plateaus and sandstone cliffs. Stop at the top of the ridge to catch your breath before continuing along the cliff towards Indarri Falls Lookout for more views and a quick dip.

There are no signposts or boardwalks at this lookout made entirely of sand. The notorious 40-metre high sand dune, Big Red, is the largest of the Simpson Desert’s 1,140 dunes. Big Red is a fourwheel driver’s playground, offering a challenging start to crossing the Simpson. Once at the top, spectacular views greet off-roaders who have truly tested their car’s capabilities in the soft sand. If you make it to the peak in time for dusk, then you’ll witness a Big Red sunset as the golden sun retreats behind the desert-hued horizon of the Simpson.

Region: Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, Gulf Country Closest Town: Gregory and Burketown

Region: Simpson Desert National Park Closest Town: Birdsville

LAKE MOONDARRA Region: Gulf Country Closest Town: Mount Isa

NATHAN GORGE LOOKOUT

As a general rule, where there are lakes, there are lookouts. And you’re going to need one to take in Lake Moondarra in all her 23.75-kilometre2 glory. Not only is this body of water full of fish, and big fish (barramundi and sooty grunter) at that, it’s also the town of Mount Isa’s water supply. You’ll find the artificial lake and lookout downstream from the township along the Leichhardt River. On a clear day, expect bright blue water that positively pops against the rocky facade that surrounds the lake like a cauldron. The view from the top is not only a good one from a natural point of view – but also to see what was once the largest water scheme in Australia financed by private enterprise.

CALLIDE LOOKOUT

Region: Sandstone Wonders Closest Town: Biloela There are three lookouts to choose from for magnificent views of the Callide Power Station, Callide Dam and the area’s mining operations. Like the Mount Isa City Lookout these also give an industrial edge to Outback Queensland’s otherwise ecological lookouts, while flaunting the astounding size of the town’s Callide mine and power station. While one lookout will give astounding views of the power station, and another of the mine, the Callide Dam Lookout will give keen anglers an advantage to scope their scaly competition with the spectacular views of Lake Callide. It boasts one of Queensland’s highest quality inland fisheries, housing barramundi, sleepy cod, yellow-belly and red-claw.

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Region: Sandstone Wonders Closest Town: Cracow and Taroom

Calling all adventure lovers! The view from Nathan Gorge Lookout will take your breath away, with ancient rock formations dotted with Indigenous arts and eucalypt forests that merge with cabbage tree palms. Nathan Gorge is way off the beaten track, one for the truly intrepid traveller. Enjoy the sounds of the Dawson trickling down below in the background, making this an adventure for all five senses!

DINOSAUR CANYON

Region: Central West Queensland Closest Town: Winton Considering that Dinosaur Canyon overlooks some seriously ancient archaeology, this lookout was built with modern architecture in mind. The new Dinosaur Canyon at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum allows visitors to wander amongst the landscape and dinosaur statues on a 300-metre high pathway, which travels through galleries of life-sized exhibits: Dinosaur Stampede, Pterodactylus, Kunbarrasaurus, Death in the Billabong and Valley of the Cycads exhibits. The sculptures sit amongst boulders and vegetation and will leave you wondering whether you’re in Outback Queensland or Jurassic Park – the former being far less frightening.

MOUNT ISA CITY LOOKOUT Region: Gulf Country Closest Town: Mount Isa

Introducing Outback Queensland’s answer to the Hollywood Hills – the Mount Isa City Lookout. Being the largest city in Outback Queensland, it has the skyline to prove it. The lookout guarantees sweeping 360-degree views over this mining city and its surrounds; this is the town that put Queensland’s mining industry on the map, after all. Swap Outback Queensland’s vast horizons with silhouetted smelters and twinkling stars with city lights. There’s no bushwalk through the wilderness, or steep rock climbs here. In fact, you can pack the sneakers away all together because this lookout is entirely accessible by car. A global signpost will put your location in perspective, as you marvel at the size of this outback town.

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Ten outstanding station stays for Queensland’s Year of Outback Tourism... and the events that will bring the country to life.

When the Queensland government announced 2019 as the Year of Outback Tourism with the aim to grow the state’s calendar of remote events, all eyes turned to its big sky country for inspiration. After all, Outback Queensland is the birthplace of Australian legends (Waltzing Matilda was first performed in Winton), it’s a place that shaped a ‘fair go’ attitude (Australia’s first worker’s strike was in Barcaldine), and it launched some of the nation’s most impressive events (cue Birdsville Races and Winton's Vision Splendid). It’s also home to the best station stays in the land. To help celebrate the Year of Outback Tourism and support the graziers, the small business and the tourism industry impacted by the drought and then the big wet, here’s ten places to station yourself around an event.

Author: Shelley Winkel

1.Noonbah Station,

via Longreach: Fiery sunsets, dazzling stars, and breathtaking peace is how owners Angus and Karen Emmott describe the 52,000-hectare beef cattle station that’s been in their family for four generations and is now a popular station getaway. Guests can camp at a secluded waterhole, or sleep peacefully at the Old Schoolhouse, a renovated corrugated iron cottage where Angus and his siblings were schooled by Air. noonbahstation.com.au EVENT TIP: Stop here on the way to The Vision Splendid (28 June-6 July) just ask Angus and Karen about the secret back road to get to there faster.

2.Bonus Downs Farmstay, Maranoa:

Get a true taste of station life and hear first-hand about farming practices straight from the owners Lyle and Madonna Connolly. A tour of the quintessential grand homestead is a must-do before hitting a queenslandrailtravel.com.au

swag, the shearer’s shed or the Jackaroo’s cottage for the night. bonusdownsfarmstay.com.au EVENT TIP: Just ‘down the road’ (150-kilometres) is the Cobb & Co Festival in Surat in August (15-25 August).

3.Shandonvale Station,

via Barcaldine: Dust off your stereotypes (and your city clothes), this century-old station gets the gong as the fun capital of the farm scene thanks to the chance to go heli-mustering, catch a fresh water yabbie, and a little bit of old-fashioned butchering. The four bedrooms in the 100-year old Shearer’s Quarters offer queen beds, 1000-thread count sheets, a fully-functioning kitchen and a classic claw-foot bath. Take the train to Longreach and take the farm limo (aka the ute) to the property. shandonvalestation.com.au

4.Moble Homestead, Quilpie: Join proud wool producers, the Rutledge family, at their home in Quilpie

and get a true-blue outback experience. The property, which has been passed down through five generations, has been renovated to include two huts, a homestead garden room, and a Governess’ quarters-comecottage that literally floats above the waterhole. Sit around the campfire with the family as you get to know the locals of the outback. Huts and rooms start from $150 per person including dinner and breakfast. EVENT TIP: Spend a day at the Quilpie Diggers Races (September) before going on station.

5.Gilberton Outback Retreat: A pimped up tin

shed on a property that’s almost the size of Laos is what you’ll find at Gilberton Outback Retreat, an 88,000-square kilometre station that is home to 1200 head of cattle and one incredible guest cabin. This station was started in 1869 and has been passed down through seven generations. Guests can relax, get involved

in station life, fossick for gold (hello good fortune!) or explore Indigenous rock art located around the property. Gilberton Outback Retreat is a four hour drive southwest of Cairns. gilbertonoutbackretreat.com

6.Wallaroo Outback Retreat, near Carnarvon:

It’s a huge 71,000-acre cattle farm but that’s where the farm experience stops. At Wallaroo Outback Retreat guests trade shearer’s sheds for eight tepee tents (with real crisp linen and posturepedic beds) six bathrooms, two rustic firepits and an incredible timber lodge built from wood milled straight from the land. The retreat is the brainchild of farmers Pauline and Justin MacDonnell, a couple who grew up in the region and fell in love with cattle country dotted with cycad-filled gorges and Aboriginal Rock Art. Tents start from $120 per night, with a minimum two-night stay and the retreat can only be booked by one group at a time. wallaroooutbackretreat.com.au


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7.Herbertvale Station:

Trade the horse for Shank’s Pony and follow station owner Shelley Hawkins as she leads a five-day, 66-kilometre trek across the northwestern pocket of Outback Queensland – on foot – and mostly on her Herbertvale Station. Small group tours depart from Mount Isa and continue on the limestone gorges of the Boodjamulla National Park. Hikers enjoy guided trekking, sunset refreshments, chefprepared meals and an alreadypitched tent and sleeping mat for $3150 per person. trekwesthiking.com.au EVENT TIP: Head to the Rodeo of the year, Mount Isa Rodeo (9-11 August).

8.Charlotte Plains Farm Stay: 54-kilometres

from Cunnamulla is a sheep station so large that it once pushed 60,000 animals through its huge shearing shed every year. While the number of sheep has decreased since then, the farm is still a true working property (take the three

hour tour and find out more), loved for its artesian bores and mineral rich baths. Stay in self-catering shearers quarters, the shearing shed (open air) or powered sites for campers and caravans. charlotteplains.com.au

9.Kilcowera Station:

Halfway between Thargomindah and Hungerford is Kilcowera, a 49,000-hectare working cattle station with a pretty Shearer’s Quarters campground with BBQ’s, fireplaces stocked with wood, picnic tables and a basic camp kitchen set amongst green lawns and shady trees. Take the 60-kilometre selfdrive tour around the station past lagoons, creeks and waterholes, and then stay in the comfortable Shearers’ Quarters or one of three separate campgrounds, one on the edge of Cardenyabba Lagoon. kilcowera.com.au EVENT TIP: Join the cowboys, bull riders, shearers and stockmen at the Cunnamulla Fella Festival on Friday, 30 August.

10.Myella Station: The

first owners of Myella Station hit the jackpot, literally, when they purchased their farm as part of a 1935 land lottery. Today their descendants’ main job is to fatten cattle into prime beef exports, by buying males at two years old and feeding them quality grass. Their other job is sharing their home with guests from all around the world, setting up informal 4WD farm tours and teaching visitors about wildlife, bush tucker, conservation, and farming practices. A two-day package at $270 per person includes bus transfers from Rockhampton (125-kilometres northeast of Myella), all meals, two horse rides and farm tours. myella.weebly.com/

The Spirit of the Outback travels to Longreach from Brisbane twice a week.

EVENT TIP: Check out the Rockhampton River Festival from 12-14 July.

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Five of the best waterfalls on the Atherton Tablelands

Rolling hills, thriving rainforest, natural waterslides and a whole lot of adventure… sound like your ideal weekend day trip? Then let me introduce you to the Atherton Tablelands. Located inland from Cairns, there’s one thing that really sets this Tropical North Queensland region apart. The waterfalls. And in my opinion, there’s only one thing better than spending a day chasing waterfalls… and that’s photographing them. So, pack your camera bag, grab your car keys and point your vehicle south out of Cairns to start this 267-kilometre itinerary made for waterfall wanderers.

Author: Tourism and Events Queensland - Kate Duffy

1. NATURAL WATERSLIDE AT JOSEPHINE FALLS Just a one-hour drive south of Cairns, Josephine Falls is a great start to your day chasing waterfalls on the Tablelands. Here the waters of Josephine Creek flow like a three-tiered champagne tower, offering triple the fun at the one location. Unpack your swimmers, shoot down a natural waterslide at the Bottom Pool, then spend the morning lazing on smooth granite boulders. Wander further along the rainforest path and get your inner Tarzan on, swinging on thick vines at Middle Creek. Continue to the end of the path and you’ll reach the viewing deck over the Top Pool, which is a great spot to set your tripod up. The money shot: Base yourself at the Bottom Pool to capture the joy of revellers shooting down the rock slide. queenslandrailtravel.com.au


spotlight 2. BEST REWARD AFTER A HIKE, EVER: NANDROYA FALLS If you like EPIC, Nandroya Falls is for you. Imagine facing a massive moss-covered concave wall, with water crashing 50-metres below into a large pool, that just happens to be perfect for swimming. Nandroya Falls is seriously impressive – we’re talking of a scale that would make even Shaquille O’Neal feel short. Located along the Palmerston Highway, keep an eye out for the ‘Henrietta Creek’ sign. This is the car park you need to access the start of the walking track to Nandroya Falls. A dense winding rainforest trail will lead you past large buttress root trees, Silver Falls (just a taste of what’s to come) and finally Nandroya Falls. Ideal for the more adventurous weekend warrior, the reward at the end of this 2.5-kilometre hike is well worth the effort. In the wet season the path can be slippery, so wear supportive shoes (and don’t forget to check yourself for leeches once you’re back at your car!). The money shot: Put your wideangle lens on and pull back to capture the full scale of this beauty.

3. MUNGALLI FALLS, WITH A SIDE OF AWARD-WINNING CHEESE Stop at Mungalli Falls in time for lunch and after snapping a shot of this pretty cascade, continue

You’ll find the falls along the Waterfall Circuit – a popular 17-kilometre loop road accessible off the Palmerston Highway featuring three stunning waterfalls in a row – Ellinjaa, Zillie and Millaa Millaa.

Millaa Millaa Falls is that you can drive right up to them. Swim out into the large pool and clamber onto the rocks under the falls for a freshwater experience that’s as invigorating as a polar bear plunge.

Just a 15-minute walk from the carpark down a dense rainforest staircase, Ellinjaa is one of the best waterfalls for anyone that likes silky-white, long-exposure waterfall photos. It’s almost impossible to take a bad shot here.

With a large lawn surrounded by rainforest ferns, Millaa Millaa Falls is also a great spot to take an afternoon break and stretch out with a picnic rug. There are change rooms and toilet facilities located in the car park at the falls.

4. LAVA COLUMNS AT ELLINJAA FALLS

The money shot: Leg it up the log and strike your best Jungle Book pose.

Climb up onto Mother Nature’s best-placed log and strike a pose for your most stunning Instagram photo yet at Ellinjaa Falls.

5. EASY ACCESS TO MILLAA MILLAA FALLS

The money shot: For something different at the mostphotographed waterfall on the Tablelands, why not get the drone in the air?

onto Mungalli Creek Dairy (open daily 10am-4pm). Famous for their biodynamic and natural farming practices, these guys do a killer Ploughman’s Lunch, which includes a number of the dairy’s award-winning cheeses, organic local meats and lots of warm fresh bread. The money shot: Set up at the bottom of the falls where the cascading water widens out, ideal for a long-exposure snap.

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BIG things of Outback Queensland Author: Outback Queensland Tourism Call us crazy, but we have a deep love affair with big things here in Queensland, but it’s not all giant roadside produce (Big Pineapple, anyone?), Outback Queensland has an array of big attractions to fill your holiday adventures. Hannah Strahan of Outback Tourism did the legwork in sourcing the best. Get your selfie A-game on and hit the wide-open plains as you tick off these iconic attractions on your #OutbackQueensland bucket list.

THE CUNNAMULLA FELLA Town: Cunnamulla

While there’s an abundance of life-dedicated songs in many iconic Outback towns and attractions, the ‘Cunnamulla Fella’ popularised by Slim Dusty, is one of the most well-known. Paying tribute to the region’s pastoral heritage and stockmen of the time, the Cunnamulla Fella has gazed over the Southwest town since 2003 and is a popular point of interest for any aspiring photographer! If you’re visiting Cunnamulla for the first time, ask the locals about the Artesian Time Tunnel, Heritage Trail, Bowra Sanctuary or even the town’s secret sandboarding location. The Cunnamulla Fella Festival is an annual three-day event that showcases the best of the outback lifestyle from 30 August to 1 September 2019.

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BIG RED SAND DUNE Nearest Town: Birdsville

AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST DINOSAUR Town: Eromanga

Leave those big Queensland beaches for another day, as you adventure to the ‘furthest town from the sea’! Located in the small town of Eromanga, the Eromanga Natural History Museum is home to ‘Cooper’, a 95-98 million-year-old titanosaur who is the nation’s largest dinosaur! The experts tell us that ‘Cooper’ once stood 30-metres long and 6.5-metres high, putting him in the top 10 largest dinosaurs in the world! But… it doesn’t stop there; as the museum also showcases some of the world’s largest megafauna not far from the big wire dinosaur in Knotosaurus Park!

THE PLIOSAUR AT KRONOSAURUS KORNER Town: Richmond

Kronosaurus Korner in Richmond not only houses a fascinating collection of awe-inspiring marine reptile fossils but welcomes travellers from around the world to visit its iconic blue pliosaur, ‘Penny’. With a recent new coat of blue paint, big smile and 100 ‘teeth’, Penny is any photographer’s go-to-attraction before entering what’s known as one of the world’s ‘finest fossil institutes’. For those still pondering the thought of sea creatures swimming through the Outback…you’ll be intrigued to know that this area was once a big inland sea, millions and millions of years ago!

Standing at over 40-metres tall, ‘Big Red’ lies on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert and is claimed to be the desert’s biggest sand dune! As a fourwheel driver’s dream location and a destination in itself; it is every ‘big things’ enthusiast’s perfect photo opportunity. As we all know that catching a sunset from the top of Big Red is an experience not to be missed, you’ll be chuffed to know it’s just 37-kilometres from the iconic town of Birdsville in the Diamantina Shire. For those who enjoy an outback festival or two, the Big Red Bash is the perfect outback event! It holds the title of the world’s most remote music festival. Be sure to tell your mates – you’ll be guaranteed nothing but a great big amazing time!


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THE BIG BOTTLE TREE

THE BURKE AND WILLS DIG TREE

BANANA THE BULLOCK

Standing at 6-metres high, with a width of 9.51-metres and a crown of 20-metres, this big natural beauty can be found close to the Big Rig Visitor Information Centre. The tree survived a transplant from a local property back in 1927 to its current location at the end of Edwardes Street. Dating back to approximately the 19th century, the tree has now reached maturity and is one of the many flora lining the streets of this iconic Queensland town. But don’t think it doesn’t aspire to get bigger; the tree’s trunk is still growing at approximately 1-centimetre per year! Grab a photo or two with your mates when travelling along the Warrego Way, as a trip to Roma wouldn’t be complete without it!

Although the Dig Tree is not the biggest tree you’ll see here in Outback Queensland, it’s certainly big in Australian history. Believed to be between 200-250 years old, the Heritage-listed coolabah tree located near Thargomindah is an Australian icon and an ongoing reminder of Australia’s pioneering history. Playing a vital role in the Burke and Wills expedition from Melbourne to the Gulf in 1860-1861, this tree and its nearby ‘face’ can be explored alongside a long haul tour with our mates from Outback Aussie Tours, Travel West or Adventure Australia Trek & Tours!

With a town name like Banana, you’d assume the town to be fielded with big delicious yellow fruit bearing palms! However, there’s not a banana tree in sight, instead, you’ll find a big yellow bullock with this delightfully fruity name. Named after his yellow ‘hide’, the bullock was a favourite of the local stockmen in the 1860s and now proudly stands in the centre of town. For those first time Banana travellers, you’ll be glad to know you can reach all the wonders of the region in next to no time, as Banana is a key junction point between the Dawson and Leichhardt highways!

THE BIG EASEL

THE BIG MEAT ANT

THE BIG RING

THE BIG RAM

Emerald’s big easel is not only a tribute to Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting, but also represents the region’s major sunflower plantation and annual sunflower festival. The easel stands at a whopping 25-metres tall and can’t be missed when travelling through the town! The painting itself weighs 4.5-tonnes and is the largest painting in the southern hemisphere! If you don’t manage to spot the big easel, head to Clermont Street and you’ll encounter its big presence right next to the Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre.

Meat ants are described as “the most abundant, conspicuous and ecologically important group of ants in the nation”; and this guy right here is millions of times the regular size! As one of many great points of interest along the Matilda Way, the ‘Meat Ant Country’ (Augathella) welcomed its installation in 2011. Just like the Big Prawn or Big Banana, it’s an interesting ‘big thing’ that represents the local ‘Mighty Augathella Meat Ants’ football team who’s fearless in their attack against any opponANT.

Where else in Outback Queensland could you find a big ring, but the appropriately named town of Sapphire? Originating in another ‘gem’ of a town – Rubyvale, this big structure actually took over three months to build and was relocated to its new home of Sapphire outside Pat’s Gems in 1981. Since the late 1800s, many fortunes have been made and treasures found in this region! So, if you’re lucky enough to find something special in the famous fossicking fields, why not put a BIG ring on it?

While he may not be as soft as your average merino, the Big Ram’s presence on Shamrock Street symbolises the significant wool and sheep industry of the Blackall-Tambo region. Located just down the road from the only remaining steam operated wool washing plant in Australia (The Blackall Woolscur), the Big Ram also reminds travellers of ‘Queensland’s Sheep Belt’ that carves its way through the centre of the state… Want to know more? Ask for a tour with local ‘Outback Mate hero’ Stewart Benson at the Blackall Visitor Information Centre right next door!

THE BIG STOCKMAN Location: Longreach

When adventuring across the road from the Qantas Founders Museum, you’ll be greeted by the Big Stockman located at the front of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Take a selfie or two with this guy then head into the museum that has nothing short of great big stories to tell! The exhibits comprise a combination of historical artefacts, images, audio-visual presentations and displays, all of which provide an interpretive and fascinating story of the outback. Let’s not forget the ‘Outback Stockman’s Show’ presented by John Hawkes (or ‘Hawksey’ as the locals know him) is a ‘must do’ on anyone’s itinerary! Set under the great big new Outback Entertainment Centre, you’ll be fascinated by Hawkey’s well-trained horse tricks, sheep shearing, cattle dog demonstrations and his big friendly white bull.

Town: Emerald

Town: Roma

Town: Augathella

Nearest Town: Thargomindah

Town: Sapphire

Town: Banana

Town: Blackall

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It’s the Year of Outback Tourism: Eight reasons why you need to visit in 2019

It might be the Year of the Pig for the rest of the world, but in Queensland, it’s the Year of Outback Tourism.

And that deserves a big yeehah! If you’ve seen the news, you will know our Outback towns have been in crippling drought for the past seven years, which has a major economic impact for everything out west. We know you can’t make it rain, but you can make a positive impact. Simply visit Outback Queensland, help to drive dollars into small economies and make 2019 the Year of Outback Tourism. If you’ve been umming and ahhing about a trip west for years, it’s time to jump aboard a train. We’ve got eight good reasons to do Outback Queensland this year.

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escape 1. YOU CAN WIN ONE MILLION DOLLARS

Cue the Doctor Evil meme, you read it right, *one million dollars*. That’s right, there’s one million dollars on the table if you join the Outback Queensland Masters (golf competition). The premise of this golf event which comes with a sizeable prize pool is simple – play your way across a number of courses in Outback Queensland before teeing off at the million-dollar hole in Mount Isa. If you successfully swing a hole-in-one at the million-dollar hole, you’ll find 2019 is really your year of the Outback! Whether you’re an amateur or pro – one thing’s for certain – you won’t be playing on your usual bright green course. You can expect to come home with red dirt in your caddy bag from this progressive tournament. 17 June - 28 July

2. THERE ARE NEW EXPERIENCES

If you’ve already been there, done that and bought an Outback Queensland souvenir stubby cooler, 2019 gives new reason to revisit already travelled territory. There are 15 new outback tourism projects turning soil as you’re reading this creating brand spanking new attractions for you to visit. On the development list is swanky new luxury glamping, five-star artesian baths, a glassfloored bridge across Cobbold Gorge and a new home for Australia’s biggest fossil: Cooper the dinosaur. Seriously, you’ll want to start researching your travel plans to work out how you’re going to connect them all.

3. YOUR FAVOURITE EVENTS ARE RETURNING

Enjoying the title of Australia’s quirkiest event, Outback Festival

will be returning to the small Queensland town of Winton this September 24-28 in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Coinciding with 2019’s ‘Year of Outback Tourism’ there is no better time to journey to the heart of Queensland’s outback, home of Waltzing Matilda and Australia’s dinosaur trail. Enjoy breakfast with Bush Poets, fill your day with quintessentially Aussie experiences and relax in the evening at a sunset dinner extravaganza featuring live entertainment from Australia’s best country music stars.

4. TAKE A LUXURY WALK

Whilst we can affirm one of the best ways to see the outback is through the Spirit of the Outback window, you need to see Trek West’s interpretation. This is the kind of luxury guided walk you need in your life, traipsing the northern corner of Queensland. The only interruptions to stop you in your hiking tracks will be stunning vistas, rather than the trills of mobile phones (there’s no reception out here, folks). Long days of hiking are rewarded with a gourmet cuisine and wine served under a blanket of stars. Gourmet food isn’t the only thing that differs from the usual long-walk format, you can forget lugging large backpacks – there’s staff for that on this hike too.

5. THE OILS ARE COMING

If Australian rock legends Midnight Oil are coming to the Outback for their first multi-day Australian music festival in over 22 years, surely you can too? Join Midnight Oil and 16 other Australian bands for three days and nights of rocking out in the desert at Birdsville’s Big Red Bash. If you’re not familiar with the Birdsville Big Red Bash, the Simpson Desert becomes the set, with the 40-metre high Big Red Dune the backdrop to the main stage. They don’t call it the most remote music festival on the planet for no reason. 16 -18 July

6. PARTY LIKE IT’S 1924

We do love a birthday cake – and The Year of the Outback gives plenty of reasons to eat it. This year marks the 95th travel anniversary for the Cobb & Co Coach, and to celebrate, the Cobb & Co Festival will follow the last run of the service from Yuleba to Surat in August. BYO horse or book a seat on one of the horse-drawn coaches to retrace every one of the 76-kilometres of Cobb & Co Mail Service No. 177. Giddy up! 15 - 25 August

7. SEE A BEFOREAND-AFTER THAT RIVALS ANY TV SHOW

If you like makeover stories you’re going to love this one, which involves a Lockheed Super Constellation ‘Connie’ N4247K

and the Qantas Founders Museum. Qantas Founders Museum were the successful bidders to restore this clapped out aircraft. It had been grounded in Manila for 25 years, before making its way from the Philippines to Longreach via a logistic effort worthy of its own documentary. The restoration project took three years with a team of volunteers piecing the iconic aircraft back to its former glory. Said to be one of only 20 surviving Constellations in the world, it’s now on display at the Qantas Founders Museum.

8. THERE’S A HELICOPTER TOUR YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE

There are few views better than an aerial view over Outback Queensland, but until recently, there have been limited ways to actually get one, short of buying a window seat with QantasLink, Virgin or REX Airlines. Enter Fox Helicopters, who offer the smartest way to get an aerial view in their 40-minute scenic trip. Departing from the Torrens Creek Hotel, the flight follows the bends of the longest river in Queensland, the Flinders River, towards the pièce de résistance, White Mountains National Park. Once only reserved for pilots and QPWS staff, Fox Helicopters offers unparalleled access to the remote wilderness of White Mountains National Park. The gorges, battlements and bluffs have to be seen to be believed.

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How to do Warner Bros. Movie World in a day

Hold on to your giant refillable soft drink, there are ways to have the thrills without the spills. Here is our ultimate guide to tackling Movie World in a day – the best insider tips for dodging crowds, conquering rides, seeing the best shows and keeping hangry little humans at bay.

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Plan and patience

A successful Movie World day out with the family takes some pre-planning. There is a lot of ground to cover, so rather than fumbling over a park map by the entrance, know where you’re going by downloading the latest park map directly from the website ahead of time. movieworld.com.au Prioritise the must-do things at Movie World with the crew, this way every member of the family has buy-in for the day ahead and nobody is left disappointed. Be mindful that things don’t always go to plan. A dropped ice cream cone, a distracting Bugs Bunny or wardrobe malfunction can derail your entire game plan. Keep calm, go-slow and allow for regular toilet stops and drink breaks. Remember to breathe – you’ve got this!

TIP: Check the online ride

maintenance schedule to see what rides are out of action. Score discounted tickets online Those in the know never pay for full-priced tickets. You can save $10 per ticket by simply buying discounted Movie World tickets online. The Village Roadshow Locals One Pass for $149 is also great value for Queensland and Northern NSW residents, with unlimited entry to four parks for 12 months. Outlets including Costco, Scoopon, Groupon and the Entertainment Book also offer great deals.

TIP: Single entry or two-day

ticket holders can skip the ticket booth and go straight to the turnstiles by scanning the barcode from a printed ticket or from a phone or tablet.

Lunch like a local

If you’ve taken the train to Brisbane and got yourself a hire car, load the car up and head on the M1 to Movie World. The

beauty of taking the car is that you can load it up with a spare change of clothes, raincoats, towels and swimmers – just in case. Although food and drinks aren’t allowed into Movie World, pass-outs are available at the gate. Save a bit of cash on the food inside and tailgate like the locals do with a packed lunch in a chilled esky.

TIP: Park your car underneath

the shady trees at the southern end of the parking lot nearest the car park exit. Whilst it’s a longer walk to and from the car, the car keeps cooler and the position allows for a quick getaway.

Go on secret Sundays

It’s no secret that outside of school holidays and the middle of the week draws the least amount of visitors to Movie World and remains your safest bet for shorter queues and fewer crowds. Unfortunately for most families with school-aged kids, it’s hard to avoid the holidays or the weekends. Here’s the secret locals don’t want you to know – it’s quiet on Sunday, particularly the mornings. Most visiting families fly out on a Sunday or want a sleep-in, having hit the theme parks the previous day. Those without kids are likely nursing a sore head from the night before, leaving Sunday mornings the opportune time for smaller crowds.

TIP: For even fewer crowds, head to Movie World on a drizzly day.

Be an early bird

To maximize your time at Movie World and avoid the crowds, arrive at least half an hour before the 9.30am opening time and have first access to rides, which run from 10am. By the

time the late risers arrive, you’ll have dodged the long lines and be a few rides ahead of the pack. Take advantage of your early-bird status by choosing the most popular rides that usually have the biggest wait times to ride first. For the family rides, the junior Road Runner Rollercoaster fills up quickly as it caters to both pre-school and primary schoolaged kids. Get in first on the popular Yosemite Sam Railroad before the queue builds. The ride only has a handful of carriages and chugs at a sluggish 2-kilometres per hour. The Justice League 3D – The Ride is another one worth hitting first as this shoot-‘em-up laser ride is notorious for a long wait. For the older adrenalin junkies, make a beeline for the newest addition to Movie World and the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster. Everyone is chomping at the bit to experience DC Rivals Hypercoaster a 1.4-kilometre roller coaster which plummets 59-metres and reaches a gut-wrenching 115-kilometres per hour. Early birds should also take on the Arkham Asylum Coaster ahead of the crowds. The ride combines 360-degree virtual reality experience with ‘five stomach-churning inversions’. Last, but not least, be sure to ride Wild West Falls Adventure Ride ahead of the crowds. The iconic flume ride draws people of all ages, which can lead to queues beyond the sheltered area.

TIP: Really hate waiting?

Queue-jump on the popular rides with a Fast Track Pass, giving you a dedicated line and unlimited entry for select rides between 10:30am to 4:30pm.

Establish a family meeting point before any of the fun stuff. Make sure you have a plan if the family becomes separated. Set a central meeting point and talk through what to do if the thrill-seeking temptation separates your group. Some ideal meeting spots include the fountain by the entrance, Main Street’s Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream or the Looney Tunes Carousel in the kids’ zone.

TIP: To easily identify your little ones if they’re lost, take a photo of what they are wearing. Be sure to have your mobile number on your child to contact – a Sharpie works nicely.

Hire a locker

Never be the one stuck holding a loose cap or half-eaten bag of fairy floss again. Lockers are located by the park entrance opposite the photo centre on the main street, next to the Roxy 4D Theatre.

TIP: Bring gold coins to pay for the locker. They range from $10-$20 for the day, depending on size.

Don’t miss a show or two

Between rides take a rest on the lawn under the shade of the giant awning as Warner Brothers favourites including Shaggy and Scooby-Doo uncover a murder mystery, Tweety and Sylvester offer selfies and Batman takes on just about everyone. For the petrol heads, the twice-daily Hollywood Stunt Driver show is much loved. Go behind the scenes of an action film and witness burnouts, car aerial stunts, and extreme precision driving.

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Celebrate ski season, Queensland style Author: Tourism and Events Queensland - Jasmine Hodges

With sunny days, clear nights and temperatures that stay well above freezing, winter is all kinds of awesome in Queensland. No need for a fire – a pair of ugg boots and a hoodie will do just fine. But if you find yourself dreaming of snowfields and thermal underwear, here are a few activities to channel a ski season in Queensland.

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RIDE THE GONDOLA (KURANDA SKYRAIL)

SAND ANGELS ON THE BEACH

Snowy peaks and icy slopes… will be nowhere in sight as you glide over 7.5-kilometres of glorious rainforest on Tropical North Queensland’s picturesque gondola. Journey through the trees and enjoy the warmth in your luxury glass cabin for six. Ski boots and thermals? Ha! More like flip-flops and a raincoat.

Say goodbye to snow angel-induced pneumonia. Here in Queensland we can angel ‘til the cows come home without getting cold. In fact, we wear bikinis and sunscreen while we make our angels. Sand angels, that is. Just pick a beach (you’re spoilt for choice) and go for it.

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SANDBOARDING ON MORETON ISLAND

After a long day on the sandy slopes (and a quick shower to dislodge the sand), slide into the Chalet Bar in Brisbane for a tasty belly warmer by the quaint stone fireplace. Throw in some dim lighting, Chesterfield couches and you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of the French Alps. Just face away from the windows.

Haven’t you heard? Sand is the new snow and there’s a whole lot of it ‘round these parts. Hit the slopes at Moreton Island for a spot of snowboarding with a sandy twist. And by sandy twist, we mean jumping on a thin piece of wood and hurtling down the dunes at great speed. Nothing says winter in Queensland like a killer adrenaline rush and a nose full of sand, right?

SNOW BETWEEN YOUR TOES AT WHITEHAVEN Okay, it’s not actual snow, but it's white, soft and feels super cool underfoot. Plus, there’s no threat of frostbite. Whitehaven Beach is the closest thing we’ve got to real snow. The pure white sand on this slice of Whitsunday paradise is a sight worth seeing/feeling. And the best thing about this pretend snow field? It’s a comfortable 27 degrees… in the middle of winter!

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Here’s how to spend a long weekend at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Author: Tourism and Events Queensland - Katie Goodall There’s nothing like the promise of sunshine and pretty blooms to get you through the days of cooling temps. Cue the award-winning Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, a massive 10-day fiesta running from 19-24 September, celebrating the much-anticipated burst of colour that paints the city when spring kicks in. But don’t let the name fool you, because it isn’t just the beautiful flowers that attracted over 140,000 people last year. Cue delicious local food and wine, show rides and live music from some of the country’s top performers. If you don’t have 10 days up your sleeve, we suggest spending a long weekend during the first three days of the carnival because that’s when most of the action is going down!

FLOWERS, FOOD AND WINE Kick off the weekend celebrations at the Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine, running only for the first three days (Friday to Sunday) from 10am-10pm. If this is your first time, book a tour and a local guide will show you around the gardens, or take you on a progressive food journey through the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Daily and three-day passes are available for purchase, with entry costs including all live cooking and gardening demonstrations, DIY workshops, beer and wine appreciation sessions, exhibitions and live music. And don’t think the kids are forgotten either, with their very own play space full of workshops and activities. Now this place is a foodie’s heaven, with all the best local produce of Southern Queensland Country sitting

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side-by-side: seafood, cheese, mezze platters, organic doughnuts, slow-cooked BBQ pork, award-winning tipple… you know the saying “your eyes are bigger than your belly”? Well, this festival puts that well and truly to the test. When the sun goes down, a killer line-up of performers takes to the stage.

SIDESHOW ALLEY No carnival would be complete without the thrill and excitement of adrenalinepumping rides, show bags, sideshow games and carnival food (fairy floss and dagwood dogs, we’re looking at you). Sideshow Alley in Lower Queens Park is a kids (and big kids) technicolour whirlwind, topped off with firework displays lighting up the sky each night. Like the Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine, it only runs

for the first three days of the carnival.

PARKLAND ENTERTAINMENT

THE GRAND CENTRAL FLORAL PARADE

The garden city really goes all out this time of year, with free parkland entertainment taking place at Queens Park, Laurel Bank and Picnic Point for the length of the carnival.

The Grand Central Floral Parade takes place on the first Saturday of the carnival, and again, you’ll want to arrive early to secure a prime spot. Thousands of people flock to watch the floral floats, colourful street performers, stilt walkers, carnival characters and live bands make their way through the Toowoomba CBD to Queens Park. But being a spectator isn’t just what this is about, and one of the highlights is being able to get involved yourself when, at the tail-end of the parade, free chalk is handed out so that you too can leave your mark on the city.

We’re talking everything from belly dancers and opera singers to tai chi and community yoga sessions, not to mention a diverse menu of music on offer from jazz and blues to folk and rock’n’roll. Bring a picnic blanket and set yourself up for a day’s leisure. Psst! For a twist on the garden experience, come after dark for a twilight tour of Laurel Bank Park. For just five bucks, this one-hour nocturnal tour will shine the light on the darker side of the plant life and the night-time scenes of the park.


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HOT TIPS: BEST PARKS AND GARDENS Being a carnival of flowers, it would be a crime if you didn’t actually stop (from all the eating and wine drinking) to smell the roses. While visiting Queens Park, Laurel Bank and Picnic Point, make sure you take your time wandering the amazing displays of floral colour (Laurel Bank also features the Scented Gardens, which was specially designed for the visually impaired, and Queens Park has its own botanic gardens section). But if you think that’s impressive, wait ’til you see the Chronicle Garden Competition entries. These dedicated home gardeners, business owners and schools spend most of winter preparing their gardens to delight the senses of excited visitors. With between 40-70 entries each year, we suggest picking up a copy of the

competition garden guide from the local Visitor Information Centre and mapping out your must-see gardens.

Alternatively, you can buy tickets in person at the Toowoomba Travel Centre located at the railway station.

RIDE THE TRAIN TO SPRING BLUFF

WHERE TO STAY

If you feel like venturing out of Brisbane's CBD, ditch the car for a scenic train ride to Spring Bluff on a two-hour morning or afternoon trip. Running only during carnival time, you can catch the diesel-powered locomotive from Toowoomba’s Railway Station for a scenic 35-minute journey to Spring Bluff Historic Railway Station. Here, you can explore the beautiful gardens and station, which began construction in 1864, before grabbing a bite to eat at the cafe and heading back to Toowoomba. For more information about costs and booking call Queensland Rail on 1300 732 087 or book online.

Accommodation usually books out fast when the Toowomba Carnival of Flowers comes around! If you haven’t been lucky enough to secure a room in Toowoomba, try the surrounding areas of Withcott, Highfields, Helidon, Crows Nest and Pittsworth. All are within a 10-35-minute drive of Toowoomba. The Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre also keeps a list of accommodation with vacancies, so if you’re not having any luck, give them a call.

• Wear comfortable shoes. Depending on what you try to fit into a day, you may do a lot of walking around the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. • If you’re planning to drive and park near the Floral Parade route, keep in mind that some streets in the CBD are closed early Saturday morning to allow the floats and parade participants to line up. • The parade ends at Queens Park, which means the people who are sitting at the end of the route will be waiting for approximately half an hour after the dedicated start time before seeing the first of the floats. If you don’t want to wait this long, sit near the start and then make your way to Queens Park for Sideshow Alley before the rest of the crowds converge there.

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A locals guide to Toowoomba FEATURING JEFFERY HINDS QUEENSLAND RAIL TRAVEL CONSULTANT, TOOWOOMBA Taking care of the day to day retail operations in our Darling Downs hub of Toowoomba, Jeffery Hinds has worked for Queensland Rail Travel for five years promoting long-distance rail and holiday packages. “I moved from the coast to Toowoomba eleven years ago and love the country lifestyle. We are still so close to every modern convenience, with shops, doctors and schools all within a 15-minute drive. "Toowoomba is known as the ‘Garden City’ and locals like me love spending time in its many beautiful parks – Queens Park, Laurel Bank and the Japanese Gardens are perfect for families. If you’re after a little more

Things to Do Any train enthusiast or history buff should visit the DownsSteam Tourist Railway and Museum. Presenting an impressive display of carriages and the indigenous ‘Dreamtime Journey Coach’, tours are available for groups as well as unique functions and events held inside a beautiful old carriage or on a country-style rail platform. Continuing on Toowoomba’s history trail, drop into the Cobb & Co Museum where Australia’s finest collection of horse-drawn vehicles is on display or take a walk along the Russell Street Historical Walk, a self-guided tour taking in many of the city’s significant landmarks and architecture. Jondaryan Woolshed highlights the best parts of Australian bush life. Stay in one of the rustic cabins or bring your caravan or tent for an authentic experience at the world’s oldest and largest operational shearing shed.

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adventure take a hike up to Table Top Mountain or immerse yourself in history with a visit to the Cobb and Co Museum, Milne Bay War Memorial or the DownsSteam Tourist Railway and Museum. The recently renovated Grand Central is a shoppers’ paradise where locals flock to part with their hard earned cash and partake in some retail therapy. "Toowoomba is also a foodie’s mecca with so many fabulous restaurants offering everything from Indian, Turkish and Chinese cuisine to some awesome pubs showcasing the region’s famous beef and produce."

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A short ride out of town will see you exploring some magnificent natural scenery. Crows Nest Falls are a spectacular sight after a good rainfall and are a sanctuary for native birds and wildlife.

Sample the best of the region’s sumptuous seasonal produce at the Toowoomba Farmers Market. Open every Saturday at the Walton Stores on Ruthven Street, you can buy fresh and organic delights direct from local growers and producers.

Breathtaking views of Table Top Mountain and the Lockyer Valley are right at the city’s doorstep. Picnic Point affords a panoramic vista that goes on for miles and has beautifully manicured parklands as well as an enchanting children’s playground. The charming Royal Bull’s Head Inn is a short 15-minute drive away in Drayton. Built by an ex-convict in the mid-1800s, ghost tours are held in this National Trust treasure. Visit St Patrick’s Cathedral to see an impressive neo-gothic style church built from blue-stone in the late 1800s.

While you’re in town check out what’s showing at the Empire Theatre, a beautiful art deco style building which forms part of Australia’s largest regional performing arts precinct. Showcasing quality productions across multiple genres – comedy, drama, dance, music and cabaret – there’s something for everyone. Pubs are plentiful in this neck of the woods so why not taste-test a couple of the 70 different beers on offer at the Spotted Cow or take a drive out to the famed Rudd’s Pub at Nobby where writer Steele Rudd penned the tale of ‘Dad and Dave’. With wall to wall memorabilia and steaks that take up your whole plate, it’s a fun place to while away a few hours.

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Toowoomba comes alive in September with its week long Carnival of Flowers festival. With steam train trips to the award-winning Spring Bluff Railway Station, a huge street parade and wine and food tasting, this exciting event has everything covered.

Visit ‘Inbound’ Brasserie at Toowoomba’s heritage-listed Railway Station – set on one of its platforms, this historic venue is open for brunch and lunch Monday-Friday and dinner Friday and Saturday. Image captions from top left to right: Jeffrey Hinds at Toowoomba Railway Station; Table Top Mountain; Inbound Brasserie; Spring Bluff Railway Station; DownsSteam Railway Museum

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Eight of the best family restaurants and cafes in Cairns and Port Douglas Author: Tourism and Events Queensland - Sosarina The highlight reel from your family trip to the tropical end of Queensland may resemble a Disney box-office hit as you find Nemo on the Great Barrier Reef and swing through ancient rainforests like mini-Tarzans. But you’ll need a separate foodie wish list (or your own genie in a lamp) to keep the family fueled in between all the fun. If you’ve left Mrs Potts and your magical kitchen appliances who normally cook for your brood at home, this list of family restaurants and cafes in Cairns and Port Douglas might be your best bet.

PARADISE PALMS, KEWARRA BEACH Movie inspiration: Up Even the grumpy old Mr Fredrickson from Up would be happy (okay, maybe not happy, but he might avoid his usual frown) if his balloon travelling house made it to Paradise Palms rather than Paradise Falls. If you want your breakfast to taste like your surroundings, go for the coconut pancakes served with mango passionfruit salsa. Little fun seekers will love the bacon, egg and hash brown, minipancakes or ham and cheese toastie goodness. Lunch and dinner merge in an all-day menu, featuring family faves like burgers,

salads, pasta, fish and chips and pizza. Don’t mind Kevin (the bird) lingering around the dessert menu. Eager Wilderness Explorers can wander around the play village complete with super-slippery slide and climbing frame, play on the mini soccer field, or discuss recent badge wins in the Queenslander-style cubby. There’s even a fenced miniadventure playground for under fives right near the restaurant terrace. If your kids want even more fun, there’s a swimming pool and mini-golf (though these come with an extra cost). Where: Paradise Palms Drive, Kewarra Beach

ELLIS BAR AND GRILL, ELLIS BEACH Movie inspiration: Alice in Wonderland The menu items at Ellis Beach Bar and Grill don’t need an ‘EAT ME’ stamp on them. Big Alices start the day with a kale and kimchi brekkie bowl or a BBQ breakfast with pork from the smoker on jalapeno and cheddar cornbread with sauerkraut, poached eggs, pickled fennel, aioli and smoky Tabasco sauce. Little Alices order onesies (a poached egg, bacon and toast), mini-pancakes or classic ham and cheese toasties.

Lunch and dinner highlights include tacos or prawn, crab or calamari burgers. Kids will be left with a cheeky Cheshire cat-sized grin after gulping down calamari, fish, nuggets, cheeseburgers or sausages and salad with chips, too. Even if you’re late for a very important date, make sure you leave enough time to wander through the palm trees along Ellis Beach. Alice would recommend it. Where: Lot 13 Captain Cook Highway, Ellis Beach

PORT DOUGLAS SURF CLUB, PORT DOUGLAS Movie inspiration: Ratatouille The chefs at the Port Douglas Surf Club may have had a little advice from our French furry friend and extraordinary chef, Remy. They’ve kept some surf club old faithfuls on the menu, but they’ve also mixed it up with coral trout tacos, charro chip nachos, steamed pork buns and tempura prawn sushi. queenslandrailtravel.com.au

Book a table on the big open deck and take in the Four Mile Beach views. Ahhhhh. The kids won’t need any encouragement to finish their meals as there’s an epic enclosed playground right next door to the restaurant. Where: Corner of Mowbray and the Esplanade, Port Douglas


gourmet PRAWN STAR, CAIRNS If your Lost Boys (and girls) are Movie inspiration: Peter Pan

Unlike the Lost Boys, there’s no need to imagine your food when you board the Prawn Star! Take in the salty air as you chow down on the freshest prawns, mud crabs, cooked bugs, oysters and sashimi in the comfort of your own floating restaurant at the Cairns Marina.

still developing their sea legs, avoid the plank and make your order a takeaway. You’ll find loads of tables and grassed areas nearby to set-up a picnic (and possibly a food fight). Where: Marlin Marina, E Finger, Berth 31, Pier Point Road, Cairns

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2FISH, PORT DOUGLAS Fishy kids’ taste buds will be Movie inspiration: Mary Poppins Forget a spoonful of sugar and grab a bucket of tasty prawns at 2Fish, the practically perfect seafood restaurant. 2Fish’s menu is spot on with underwater delights like Malaysian butter prawns, and chowder featuring spanner crab, barramundi, coral trout and yellowfin tuna.

high fiving over the calamari rings, battered reef or pan-fried fish all served with salad, chips and tomato sauce. Before their grub arrives, the kids can test their crafty skills and draw on the paper tablecloth or get amongst the activity bag fun (note: no need to raid your Mary Poppins’ sized bag for dinner distractions this time!). Where: Shop 11, Coconut Grove Complex, 56 Macrossan St, Port Douglas

Movie inspiration: Jungle Book You’ll get a lot more than the bare necessities for you and your jungle cubs at Wharf One. Mornings are best started with Wharf One’s dirty monkey; a banana smoothie with a sneaky shot of coffee. (Baloos won’t want to miss the drizzle of the good stuff, aka honey, either.) Mini Mowglis will be spoilt for choice on the little people’s

brekkie menu with boiled eggs and soldiers, poached eggs and beans on toast, organic banana and Nutella toastie or French toast with banana and natural honey. Before heading back to the jungle, try a fancy babyccino with chocolate powder, sprinkles, marshmallow and a cookie. Where: Wharf Street, Cairns

MUDDY’S CAFE, CAIRNS They’ve thrown in an ‘Under

da sea’-inspired mini-seafood basket for good measure, too.

THE BEACH SHACK, KEWARRA BEACH

Movie inspiration: The Little Mermaid

Movie inspiration: Moana

In between all the splashing at Cairns’ free lagoon, grab your famished mermaids and mermen and dry off at Muddy’s Cafe (right next door to the baby water play area and fenced playground).

Muddy’s liquid refreshments cover everything from coffee to milk and thick shakes to juices and smoothies. Keep up the tropical vibes with a strawberry, watermelon, rockmelon and pineapple juice or a mango, berry, sorbet and pineapple juice smoothie.

You won’t need to whip out King Triton’s staff to encourage the kids to finish their meals at this local fave. Kids can choose from pancakes topped with sprinkles, crumbed calamari or cheeseburgers and chips.

And if you just need a cooldown, leave your dinglehoppers (aka Ariel’s fork) at home and grab an ice cream! Where: 174 Esplanade, Cairns

The heart of Te Fiti might be in Kewarra Beach, so there shouldn’t be any need to leave this island (we mean, beach) for a long time, especially when the crew at The Beach Shack stock their menus with new pizza, seafood and tapas ideas for the whole family. And just like Maui, the shapeshifting demigod, your little voyagers can get up to mischief in the sand while you sip cocktails and take in the beach vibes or hit the D-floor

with live music on Fridays and Sundays. Wednesday’s menu is rammed with tapas, fresh seafood and slurpy oysters, so get ready to say, “I’m going to love you in my belly!” On Fridays and Sunday, you’ll get a whiff of the wood-fired pizza oven as you make your way towards the beach. Where: 80 Kewarra Street, Kewarra Beach Resort and Spa, Kewarra Beach

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Cultural events in 2019 to connect you with country Author: Tourism and Events Queensland - Zac Gill

The thump of stomping feet vibrates the ground; dust explodes in tiny clouds above their ankles as dancers tell a history over 40,000 thousand years in the making. While artefacts in a museum tell part of the cultural legacy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Indigenous events are the best way to immerse yourself in the colour, dress and sounds of one of the world’s oldest civilisations. Make 2019 a year to experience a Welcome to Country that will leave a lasting impression with these Indigenous events and tours.

QUANDAMOOKA FESTIVAL

When: 1 June - 31 August Where: Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), Redlands and Brisbane What: The Quandamooka peoples celebrate their connection to the land around the Redlands and Minjerribah with over 55 events running across the three-month Quandamooka Festival. The significance of the queenslandrailtravel.com.au

Indigenous connection to land will be woven through events as diverse as culture talks, ocean clean-ups and art workshops. Experience the spine-tingling Welcome to Country (June) and don’t miss the Welcome the Whales event (July) as the humpbacks make their annual migration. Expand your understanding further and take to the easy Goompi Trail with a local Aboriginal guide to learn about traditional hunting methods and bush tucker around Dunwich. Tours are available year-round and run during the festival as well. Keen for more culture? Can’t make it to the Festival’s events? Nyanda Cultural Tours host a guided journey of the Nudgee Waterholes, which were spiritually significant to the Jagera People.

YARRABAH BAND FESTIVAL

When: 15 June Where: Yarrabah, Tropical North Queensland What: The population of Yarrabah, a small town south of Cairns swells when musicians take to the stage

at the Yarrabah Band Festival. The line-up for 2018 was headlined by Paul Kelly and Torres Strait hip-hop legend Mau Power (who performed at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony) and the 2019 performers announcement is hotly anticipated. The festival encourages local acts to take to stage with Faith Richards having performed since 2016 when she was just 13. Not your average music festival, Yarrabah Band Festival runs as part of the wider Queensland Music Festival program, providing the stage for the entire community to share rich cultural history through music and performances. Jump on a bus service direct from Cairns (and return) and make sure you check out the Yarrabah Arts Centre, open from 12-5pm, while you’re in town.   Keen for more culture?  While you’re in Tropical North Queensland learn about the Kuku Yalanji tribe’s connection to the Daintree with Walkabout Cultural Tours or book the one-day Adventure North

Australia tour for a guided 4WD journey to Cooktown and a scenic return flight.

CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ARTS FAIR

When: 12 - 14 July Where: Cairns, Tropical North Queensland What: In 2019 the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Aiming to bring visual and performance artists of Torres Strait and Aboriginal heritage to wider audience acclaim, the festival is a striking example of the power of storytelling in all forms. Fashion takes a forward foot with runway walks over both the Friday and Saturday nights, with models and performers from across the remotest communities of Tropical North Queensland and the Torres Strait. Last year, 14 Indigenous art centres from across the islands, Wet Tropics and the Gulf of Carpentaria submitted works in the main exhibition, along with a plethora of individual artists. The works vary from weaving, painting


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and installation pieces which all tell the unique relationship to country, and it’s serious stuff. The fair is used by many Australian and international institutions to curate their collections and significant commissions have materialised from CIAF, allowing artists to share their culture with the world.   Keen for more culture? If your taste buds are feeling a little left out after the sensual feast of CIAF book a dinner and show experience at Flames of the Forest in Port Douglas. Or book a table at Ochre Restaurant in Cairns for gourmet meals with a bush-foods twist.

GULF COUNTRY FRONTIER DAYS FESTIVAL

When: 15 - 18 August Where: Gregory, Tropical North Queensland What: Country and Western meets the world’s oldest surviving culture in this festival, overflowing with country music, dancing and rodeo riding. By day, all eyes are on the ring for the National Indigenous Rodeo Championships and by night,

First Nations performers and musicians take to the stage. Run as an Indigenous enterprise by Goodidja Productions, communities of the lower Gulf region are joined by artists from New Zealand, Canada and America. This is a true celebration of the diversity of culture with the Kabarrijbi Wangkijbi Spectacular – The Coming Together of Nations, taking centre stage.

PLAN AHEAD FOR THESE EVENTS IN 2020 Dates to be announced.

KEEP THE FLAME OF CULTURE BURNING

A carved fire torch signifying peace, unity and the flame of culture guides the way for this roving festival that takes in five communities within the Northern Peninsula Regional Council area in Cape York. This free event showcases traditional dances, emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait artists, carvings and food during six days.

WINDS OF ZENADTH CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Through traditional song, art and dance this festival showcases the culture and heritage of the Torres Strait. Running since 1987, it was during this biennial festival in 1992 that the Torres Strait Island flag was first flown on Thursday Island.

CAPE YORK LAURA ABORIGINAL DANCE FESTIVAL

Celebrating and continuing Aboriginal culture in Cape York, the biennial Laura Dance Festival showcases the songs, dances and ceremonies of the First Nations people. Held in a sacred site and surrounded by some of the oldest rock art in the world, the spirit of this festival stretches back 40,000 years.

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WINTER Events JUNE AUSTRALIAN OPEN BOWLS 1 - 14 June After moving to the sunny Gold Coast in 2015, the Australian Open has become a true festival of bowls, with 14 days of action played across the 15 host clubs on the Gold Coast. australianopen.bowlsaustralia. com.au CAIRNS AIRPORT IRONMAN ASIA-PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIP CAIRNS 9 June Cairns Airport IRONMAN AsiaPacific Championship Cairns is situated at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and boasts a stunning backdrop that will take your breath away. PORCUPINE GORGE CHALLENGE 15 June The Porcupine Gorge Challenge is a unique event that challenges participants with a diverse 8-kilometre course through the base of the Porcupine Gorge National Park, 74-kilometres north of Hughenden. OUTBACK GOLF MASTERS 17 June - 28 July Connect with Queensland’s outback spirit of adventure, play six of the most unique courses in the world, be entertained by outback tales and live music, before concluding the best long drive you’ll ever make at the Million Dollar Hole-In-One Challenge at Mount Isa. outbackqldmasters.com VISION SPLENDID OUTBACK FILM FESTIVAL 28 June - 6 July Winton is fast becoming known as the “Hollywood of the queenslandrailtravel.com.au

Outback”. The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is inspired by the Sundance Film Festival. It is an incorporated, nonprofit organisation developed by the passion and drive of the Winton community. visionsplendidfilmfest.com MARY POPPINS FESTIVAL 28 June - 7 July The signature event is the Mary Poppins Festival Day in the Park where Maryborough's glorious heritage streetscapes are transformed into scenes from the Poppins novels. Nannies race each other pushing prams in the great Nanny Challenge; chimney sweeps compete in the Chimney Sweep Dash while Mary Poppins characters come to life from the pages of books and mingle with the crowd. marypoppinsfestival.com.au SCENIC RIM EAT LOCAL WEEK 29 June - 7 July Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is your backstage pass to the farms, wineries and food stories of the Scenic Rim. Just one hour from Brisbane, choose from a range of experiences from long table lunches through to picking carrots at Queensland’s largest carrot farm! You can see camels being milked, feed sheep, goats, pigs and chickens; watch cows being milked by robots and taste lots of delicious fresh, local food! eatlocalweek.com.au TASTE BUNDABERG FESTIVAL June - August Four warm weekends of delicious days, inspired by a passionate culinary community and celebrating the connection from farmer, distiller, brewer, grazier, fisherman; to restauranteur and caterer; to you and your plate.

JULY SUPERCARS WATPAC TOWNSVILLE 400 5 - 7 July Soak up the colour and atmosphere of North Queensland’s largest annual sporting event at the 2019 Watpac Townsville 400. GOLD COAST AIRPORT MARATHON 6 - 7 July They say if you want to post your personal best, the flat, fast course which hugs the Gold Coast’s beaches and Broadwater, is the place to do it. Held annually on the first weekend of July, more than 27,000 participants compete in a variety of races. goldcoastmarathon.com.au VELOTHON SUNSHINE COAST 19 - 21 July The ultimate winter cycling escape, bringing together a stunning riding location, dream riding conditions and a world class rider experience on and off the bike. Velothon Sunshine Coast is a Gran Fondo style, mass participation cycling event in and around the renowned hinterland and coastal roads of the Sunshine Coast. velothonsunshinecoast.com.au AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC 26 July - 4 August The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians from around the world in a wonderfully unique and innovative ten-day program of 30 concerts set in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland. afcm.com.au

GROUNDWATER COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 26 July Groundwater Country Music Festival is a free to attend festival hosted in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast on July 26-28 with international and Australian artists headlining. The incredible line-up will feature more than 40 artists, plus roving entertainment, markets and more. groundwatercmf.com

AUGUST THE CUNNAMULLA FELLA FESTIVAL 30 August - 1 September The annual three day event is located at Cunnamulla in south west Queensland and showcases the best of the outback lifestyle. It features activities and entertainment including a shearing display, bronc and bull riding, markets, live music, motorbike and horse sports and much more. A variety of food and drinks are available over the course of the event and tickets can be purchased from the Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Centre or at the gates. THE CURATED PLATE 8 - 11 August The Curated Plate, a new fourday food festival, is making its debut on the Sunshine Coast. Celebrating the Chef and the Producer, the festival will bring together the region’s finest produce with the best chefs in the Australian and international dining scene. thecuratedplate. com.au/sunshine-coast REEF TO REEF MTB 8 - 11 August For four days in early August, Reef to Reef brings mountain biking goodness to the home of the one of the worlds most famed and fabled


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natural playgrounds. Around 200-kilometres of riding and 4000-metres of climbing on the kind of trails and scenery you normally only read or dream about. reeftoreefmtb.com

BIG RED BASH

Birdsville 16 - 18 July 2019 Smack bang in the middle of the Simpson Desert in Queens land’s Outback, the Big Red san d dune is home to this annual cam ping concert gig. Experience the and thrill of a rock concert under the biggest star-studded skies in the world headlined by Australian music royalty Midnight Oil! bigredbash.com.au

AIRLIE BEACH RACE WEEK FESTIVAL OF SAILING 10 - 17 August The Whitsundays and sailing go hand-in-hand, so it’s little wonder a long line-up of salts flock to Airlie Beach every August for the annual race week. In 2019 the onshore Social Program will include free live entertainment food stalls, a festival fun run, a long lunch and beer and wine tastings. abrw.com.au

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HERVEY BAY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL 11 August Join the locals that keep the region's seafood industry ticking at Fisherman's Park for this annual seafood festival. An array of food stalls offer local, freshly-caught seafood with mouth-watering menu items such as prawn cocktail burgers, Hervey Bay scallop ceviche pots, Moreton Bay bugs and oysters. herveybayseafoodfestival.com.au HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK 17 - 24 August It’s difficult to imagine a more picture-perfect destination than Hamilton Island for Australia’s largest offshore sailing regatta, which attracts spectators and yachties from around the globe. hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER 22 - 25 August Enjoy a weekend of mateship and the best of Australian country music in the stunning Amamoor Creek State Forest Park. Celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2019, the Muster has become one of Australia’s largest outdoor music festivals. muster.com.au

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SEALINK MAGNETIC ISLAND RACE WEEK 29 August - 4 September Magnificent Magnetic Island is the attraction for five glorious days of racing off Townsville, offering first-class racing on the crystal-clear waters off Cleveland Bay. magneticislandraceweek.com.au

95TH BIRTHDAY OF THE COBB & CO COACH August This year marks the 95th travel anniversary for the Cobb & Co Coach, and to celebrate, the Cobb & Co Festival will follow the last run of the service from Yuleba to Surat in August. BYO horse or book a seat on one of the horse-drawn coaches to retrace every one of the 76-kilometres of Cobb & Co Mail Service No. 177. Giddy up! outbackqueensland.com. au/event/cobb-co-festival/

BOWEN'S WALK TO THE LIGHTHOUSE 31 August On the lowest tides of the year, the narrow strait between the Queensland mainland and North Head Island in the Whitsundays becomes shallow enough for the annual short trek to discover one of the oldest lighthouses in Australia. Come for the walk, and enjoy the accompanying event of live music, sunset drinks and canapes. tourismbowen.com. au/see-do/whats-on/walk-tothe-lighthouse

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Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo 9 - 11 August

It's pure poetry in motion where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, east meets west, and man meets beast. The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is not only the richest rodeo in Australia, but also the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. In the arena, experience the best of the best as they participate in saddle bronc, bareback bronc, bull riding, rope and tie, steer wrestling, team roping, ladies barrel racing, and ladies breakaway roping. Professional rodeo clowns add to all the adrenalin and excitement in the ring. Away from the arena, country and popular music acts, sideshow alley, and Fred Brophy’s boxing ring ensure there is never a dull moment in Mount Isa during this jam-packed weekend.

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The Isa Rodeo is more than just a rodeo – it is nothing short of a week-long program of fun and celebration. From the Isa Street Party to three days of non-stop rodeo action, live rodeo rock concerts and entertainment. Tickets for the 2019 rodeo will go on sale in the lead up to the August event. Keep an eye out for announcements on Facebook and Instagram. Your rodeo pass includes a packed program of rodeo events and live entertainment.

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​​​​​​​ Appeal to your adventurous spirit and take the track less travelled onboard The Inlander. Explore the history and natural treasures of North Queensland’s rugged inland. This historic journey takes you past Charters Towers and through the Great Dividing Range before arriving into Mount Isa. The Inlander offers forward facing seats perfect for relaxing as you watch the vast landscapes disappear over the horizon. Throughout the trip, a complimentary in-seat snack pack will be delivered to each seat depending on the journey travelled. Light refreshments are available for purchase in the Economy Lounge.

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Experience true outback spirit at the Winton Outback Festival 24 - 28 September

Experience the real spirit of the outback in Winton this September at the 2019 Winton Outback Festival. Held during the school holidays from 24-28 September, it's perfect for families or anyone who loves the Aussie Outback. Enjoy breakfast with Bush Poets, fill your day with quintessentially Aussie experiences and relax in the evening at a sunset dinner extravaganza featuring live entertainment from Australia’s best country music stars. Enjoying the title of Australia’s quirkiest event, it's famous for the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby, ancient dinosaurs and dining under the stars. In celebration of its 25th anniversary and coinciding with 2019’s ‘Year of Outback

Travel to Longreach, the Gateway to Winton aboard the Spirit of the Outback

Tourism’, there is no better time to journey to the heart of Queensland’s outback, home of Waltzing Matilda and Australia’s dinosaur trail. Signature events like the Outback Ironman and the Century Cycle Challenge will feature alongside an entertainment line-up of Australia’s brightest country music stars, including Adam Harvey, Brad Butcher, Darren Coggan and so much more. Come September visitors can travel to Outback Festival on the Spirit of the Outback rail adventure from Brisbane. A beautiful journey of 24 hours will take travellers up the East coast to Rockhampton, then west inland to Longreach where waiting coach services will connect visitors to Winton.

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Come September visitors can travel to Outback Festival on the Spirit of the Outback rail adventure from Brisbane. A beautiful journey of 24 hours will take travellers up the East coast to Rockhampton, then west inland to Longreach where waiting coach services will connect visitors to Winton.

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Camp under the stars in the exclusive Club Paterson Tent City, complete with comfortable camp bed and quality linen. Book accommodation packages: outbackfestival.com.au Image captions from top left to right: Sunset Extravaganza Charity Dinner, Outback Festival; Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo 33


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Connect with Us! We love reading our customer reviews on Trip Advisor, thumbing through Facebook and catching up on your Instagram posts and stories. Here are some social snaps, and traveller reviews by our followers out and about in Queensland by Rail. GREAT DAY OUT

Kuranda Scenic Railway Reviewed by rswords "We took the 8.30am train from Cairns to Kuranda and thoroughly enjoyed the trip on the scenic railway. Frances who looked after our carriage was very friendly and helpful. We got out at the Barron Falls for the photo opportunity. We had a lovely lunch and stroll around the village before catching the cable car back down, where the shuttle bus took us back into Cairns."

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Kuranda Scenic Railway Reviewed by BobWE "One of the world's most beautiful and unforgettable rainforest experiences takes place in the morning or in the afternoon. If you can afford it take the Gold pass adventure for a more luxurious ride. Most tours include both the Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with accommodation transfers. The Kuranda Train stops en-route at the Freshwater Historical Railway Station also known as Freshwater Connection. The train takes 1 hour and 40 minutes to make its way up the mountain range through hand carved tunnels and rainforest, stopping at Barron Falls for a photo opportunity. Once in Kuranda there is plenty to do. Shopping at the markets, wildlife attractions including a butterfly sanctuary, Bird World and Koala Gardens, and the Kuranda River Cruise. The narrative offered aboard the train explains the history of the construction of the railway. Great for families. Reservations are a must. Save your souvenir purchases for the bottom of the Skyrail where there is more selection. Definitely a must adventure if you are in the Cairns area."

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Kuranda Scenic Railway Reviewed by Patricia F "A very enjoyable trip on this train, beautiful scenery. The train stops at Barron Falls and you can get off for 10 minutes to take pictures of the magnificent water fall. The train has cold water to drink. The village of Kuranda which was larger than we thought." Kuranda Scenic Railway Reviewed by Sharon S "We enjoyed our throwback train ride. We were Gold Class and the service was tops. Beverages, pastries and great scenic views of waterfalls and rainforest along the way. The terrain is rugged and we were awed by the engineering of the tracks in difficult conditions. Much of the track was hand dug by workers long ago. Most enjoyable."

AMAZING JOURNEY

Spirit of the Outback Reviewed by Jane&Eugene S "The Spirit of the Outback train is a unique & wonderful experience. We love trains, for us it is the journey rather than the destination, the Spirit of the Outback is exactly that. From the time we joined to the time we left, everything was absolutely perfect. We traveled in twin 1st class sleeping compartments which were functional & comfortable, the meals were superb, the staff friendly & helpful. They all made our journey. We could not speak highly enough of this experience. We will do it again. We highly recommend it."

Spirit of the Outback Reviewed by BriJan4748 "This train is great if you have plenty of time. It's not fast but the onboard facilities are very good. First class sleeper cabins are quite small but all you need. The staff on both legs were great, friendly and helpful. The meals were excellent. Good value for money." Spirit of the Outback Reviewed by MarkandGing "We traveled on a 'Companion Fare Summer Sale' where we received for my partner a half price fare. The First Class sleeper was a little small but everything you need to make it comfortable. We decided to make a Holiday of the trip by getting off the Train at Longreach and stayed 5 nights there. When the Train arrived in again for return journey we then got off at Emerald to go to the Gemfields for 3 nights. Then a Sleeper cabin back to Brisbane great trip, do stay at Longreach and the Gemfields make a great holiday of your trip."

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Tilt Train Reviewed by 790suel "Nice for a change from driving. Great trip from Brisbane to Rocky return. The higher class ticket makes this trip all the more enjoyable with bigger and more luxurious seating either singles or for 2 people. Staff were very helpful and accommodating. Our return trip was late leaving due to thunderstorms the previous afternoon. Once we were on our way things went smoothly. Food was good value."

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All aboard with us

Throughout March and April, Queensland Rail Travel proudly supported and transported Operation Pilgrimage, whose members travelled onboard many of our long distance trains. Operation Pilgrimage is a group of ex-members of the Australian

Defence Forces who served together during the period of 1958 to 1977. Members were proud to present The Victoria Cross portraits of Australia to the Far North and remote Outback locations of Queensland.

One of the UKs most loved presenters, Griff Rhys Jones travelled across Queensland by rail in March in production for his new six-part series, Griff Goes Off the Rails Down Under. The series, to be broadcast on the UK’s BBC/ITV network

and Australia’s ABC network, follows Rhys Jones travelling on Australia’s most iconic trains including the Spirit of Queensland, Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Spirit of the Outback.

Spirit of Queensland

William Munro's original poem describes his recent journey travelling from Cairns to Townsville onboard the Spirit of Queensland.

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The Spirit of Queensland Traveling slowly along The current view I see out of the window In my memory will live on and on.

Some people on board are heading home Others travelling to see relatives and friends Some will get off along the way Others will travel till the end

The sky above is bright blue Trees everywhere some green some dead Rolling hill big and small Makes your wonder what lies ahead.

As darkness descends onward we go Unstoppable through gorges and around bends Sleeping passengers safe in the knowledge Staff and crew will look after them.

We pass a once lovely country homestead Now deserted, broken, and falling down Probably generations of family lived there once Now no family, laughter, just silence, not even a sound.

In the morning we will reach our destination And come to our journeys end We’ll say goodbye to people we met on the train Knowing we might never see them again.

Clanger, clanger we travel on Over bridges and long flat plains, So, all sit back and enjoy the ride Aboard this magnificent train

But the Spirit of Queensland will travel on Up and down the cost each day Taking passengers home or on holidays Making more memories along the way - William Munro

Image captions from top to bottom: Operation Pilgrimage members Warren Chislett and Allan Miles with a Victoria Cross portrait; Griff Rhys Jones; William Munro


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Meet Fizaz Senior Production Chef

Fizaz has been supervising the production of all the delicious meals you get onboard all of our Long Distance train services and also the menu planning for the past six months. We spoke to Fizaz about his role and what he loves about Queensland. "By far the most rewarding part of my job, is when we receive positive feedback from our customers. There is nothing more fulfilling than serving our customers beautiful meals that are enjoyed! "One of my favourite spots to visit is the Sunshine Coast. There are so many pristine beaches, that my whole family can enjoy. We also all enjoy the fresh local food, the Sunshine Coast has it all!" For a truly memorable rail experience, Fizaz praises the charms of the Spirit of the Outback, “It still has the

traditional style sleeping carriages which make for a great travel experience. I love the charm and the character. It most definitely sends you back in time. In the Tuckerbox First Class dining car, you can feast on a hearty outback-inspired menu lovingly prepared by chefs with Queensland’s best produce. Decked out with fresh white linen, it’s a dining experience unlike any other. "Queensland is a vast state, with lots of spots to see. I would love to spend some time up in the Whitsundays, perhaps catch our Spirit of Queensland service with the family and Island hop around. This is one bucket list item I am yet to tick off. "My biggest tip for travelling by train is to make sure you relax and enjoy, take the time to reflect on the nostalgia of rail travel and the scenery. Most importantly enjoy the fresh meals that our chefs prepare for you."

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OUR SUPPLIERS As a diagnosed Coeliac, Melinda Trembath couldn’t face another orange and almond cake. So, she approached her regular café on South Bank and offered her family-famous gluten-free choc mud cake to trial. With all 16 pieces selling overnight and high demand for more, Melinda’s Gluten-Free Goodies was created on the shores of the Brisbane River in late 2004. The next four years saw the café cake range expand and outlets grow to over 150 in Southeast Queensland.

Meet Melinda Trembath of Melinda's Gluten-Free Goodies. You are able to enjoy Melinda's Gluten-Free Choc Fudge Brownie onboard!

At the same time, Melinda saw a need for better quality baking mixes for the supermarkets and convinced Woolworths to carry a range of their innovative and high quality mixes in June 2018, with Coles following just six months later. These days Melinda’s sells their high quality, chemical free, baking mixes to selected IGA/Independent, Speciality & Online stores while continuing to export to over 10 countries and supply over 40 products to the catering industry.

To find your local stockist and learn more about Melinda’s range visit melindasgfg.com.

RECIPES FROM MELINDA Bacon & Spinach Quiche

Ingredients 125g (4.4oz) cream cheese | 1 cup Melinda’s Gluten-Free Self Raising Flour | 125g (4.4oz) butter | 125g (4.4oz) gluten-free shortcut bacon | 1 onion | 150g (5.3oz) baby spinach leaves | 3/4 cup thickened cream | 3/4 cup milk | 2 eggs | salt & pepper | 2 tablespoons parsley Prep Time: 15 mins, Baking Time: 40 mins, Serves: 8, Baking Temperature: 220°C

White Choc Custard Biscuits

Ingredients 155g (5.5oz) Melinda’s Gluten-Free Self Raising Flour | 100g (3.5) caster sugar | 30g (1.1oz) gluten-free custard powder | 45g (1.6oz) gluten-free white choc chips | 100g (3.5oz) gluten-free icing sugar mixture | 1 teaspoon vanilla extract | 160g butter | 1 egg, beaten Prep Time: 30 mins, Baking Time: 12 mins, Serves: 20, Baking Temperature: 180°C Tips: Add passionfruit pulp or lemon rind to the icing mixture for tang. Sandwich biscuits together with ice cream.

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Method 1. Cream softened butter and cream cheese. Add flour and mix well. With floured finger tips press into pie or quiche tin and blind bake 10 mins. 2. Fry chopped bacon and diced onion in a pan until cooked. Add spinach leaves, cover frypan with lid for 1 min until leaves soften. Spread cooked filling into shell. 3. Combine cream, milk, eggs, seasoning and chopped parsley and pour into shell over filling. 4. Bake at 220 degrees for 10 mins. Reduce oven to 180 degrees and cook for 30-35 mins or until set.

Method 1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line biscuit trays with baking paper. 2. Using a mixer, beat together 80g of softened butter and caster sugar until creamy. Add egg and beat. Add flour, custard powder and white choc chips. Stir until combined and a firm dough forms. 3. Using a teaspoon, roll into balls and place on baking tray. Bake for 12-15 mins or until lightly browned. Cool. 4. Icing: combine remaining butter and vanilla until smooth. Add icing sugar, beat until combined. Sandwich cooled biscuits together with icing.


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Try our meal deals! Good Mornin!

Enjoy a warm Croissant and a cup of Coffee Breakfast Meal Deal

$8.00

(Not available on Westlander or Inlander Services)

Something Fresh

Enjoy a fresh Salad and Water Salad Meal Deal

$11.00

(Not available on Westlander or Inlander Services)

Something Cheesy

Enjoy a delicious Pizza with a soft drink of your choice. Pizza Meal Deal

$12.00

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Leading a life of independence Are you aware that approximately 6,200 young people (under the age of 65) with a disability are currently living in aged care? Author: Aimee Bonfield, Youngcare Many of these people are in their 30s and 40s; living with people who are in their 80s who have an average life span of two years. Yet 50 young people still enter aged care every week. This is simply unacceptable. Jamie and Sam are sisters, both in their 20s, who are working to ditch the stigma that comes with having a disability. Diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare degenerative neuromuscular disorder in their teens, Jamie and Sam are part of the one in 30,000 people in Australia and New Zealand currently facing this disability. Currently, there is no known treatment or cure for Friedreich’s Ataxia but the girls are determined to live their young lives to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, appropriate and supported housing is one of the queenslandrailtravel.com.au

greatest areas of unmet need for people with disabilities in Australia. As Jamie’s condition deteriorated, she needed to move into a facility that better catered to her care needs. For a young woman in her 20s, this facility was not a suitable place for her to live. “It was very sad to see a bunch of high care needs people being treated like they were their disability. They never had any opportunity to break away from that, and it was really heartbreaking for me because I’ve been raised in a family where disability does not define me.”- Jamie Youngcare is boldly tackling this national issue, empowering industry, government and community to work together to bring much-needed change to the disability housing sector. For 14 years, Youngcare has been fighting to make a difference to the lives of young people with high care needs and the loved ones that care for them. Their fight continues. Young people deserve the freedom to choose where they

live, who they live with and how they live their lives.

that comes with a reliable and appropriate place to call home.

To date, Youngcare has built four High Care Housing solutions, and in 2019 we will begin construction on four additional developments in Townsville, North Lakes, Wooloowin and Sydney. These dynamic, accessible living spaces are age-appropriate and allow for a young person to receive dignified care in their own home whilst being able to live the young life that they deserve.

We see a future where every young person is leading a life of independence, choice and dignity, regardless of their care needs. Youngcare fights to enable every young person to be able to live the aspirational lifestyle that they desire through our platinum design standards, integrated technology and assimilated community approach.

“Neither of us wants to lie in bed all day watching TV, we still want to go out and achieve things. We don’t think that our disability should hold us back.” - Jamie Now, Jamie and Sam have recently moved into the Youngcare and Wesley Mission apartments at Sinnamon Park, where they live together in a two bedroom apartment. Without Youngcare, the girls felt as though they had nowhere to go and no say in their care. With a condition that presents a future so uncertain, now they have the peace of mind

Youngcare understands that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. We are dedicated to providing the right solutions for the right situation. With the insight and experience of the people we help firmly steering us, we are rallying change makers across the country to shape a national solution. Together we will make an impact. Together we can #createchange. Image caption: Sisters Jamie and Sam


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Making a difference on a very special day Author: Theresa Lennox, Manager, Communication, CCQ

When Kira became engaged, she thought she was entering one of the happiest phases of her life. Sadly, just days later she was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 28 years old. While making all the preparations for her wedding with the butterflies of excitement, Kira naturally felt anxious. She was preparing to get married but faced the prospect of tying the knot “looking like I had cancer” after losing her hair following treatment.

In 2018 Cancer Council Queensland loaned 2619 wigs and turbans to women experiencing hair loss as a result of treatment, and through continued public support, can continue to be here for Queensland women (and men) when they need it most.

“I didn’t want to look back at wedding photos in 20 years and only be reminded about having cancer – I wanted to look back and remember the happy times."

Queensland Rail is proud to be involved and support Cancer Council. To find out more about your local Cancer Council Queensland ESA Wig and Turban Service or to make a donation, visit cancerqld.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

Hearing about Cancer Council Queensland’s free wig program felt like a blessing for Kira. “I know that trying on wigs is a special and emotional journey for everyone, however mine was very important to me as it was for my wedding. The wig looked so real. So many guests completely forgot that I had no hair and I was sick, so it was a very special day.” The Cancer Council strives to provide adequate support and care throughout a cancer journey, offering vital support that enables patients to better cope with treatment and lifestyle changes that occur.

Feel like yourself again

Dealing with hair loss is a very individual experience; some people like to wear a wig while others find hats, scarves and turbans to be more comfortable and attractive. Deciding what is right for you is the most important thing. Cancer Council Queensland’s ESA Wig and Turban Service aims to assist individuals with the side-effects of hair loss as a result of their cancer treatment, through the provision of wig loans and turbans, at no cost.

Wig and turban loan libraries are located in all Cancer Council Queensland offices and accommodation lodges across Queensland. Each library has a range of wigs including long and short styles, in a variety of colours. Also stocked are a variety of turbans which are kindly sewn by volunteers. The libraries are staffed by fully trained volunteers with days

and hours of operation specific to each location. Bookings are by appointment only. Phone 13 11 20 or email 131120 @cancerqld.org.au.

School spirit shines through Students from Virginia State School recently reached out in support and sent 20 boxes of school supplies aboard the Spirit of Queensland to Mungingburra State School in Townsville, which was impacted by the floods in February. Image captions from top: Kira Waldron wearing a CCQ wig on her wedding day; Virginia State School school captains and vice captains with Queensland Rail Travel EGM Marty Ryan. 41


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ONBOARD MOVIES

Please note entertainment options are subject to change.

Mary Poppins Returns In 1964, Walt Disney produced what is considered Disney’s crowning liveaction achievement Mary Poppins, based on P. L. Travers's book series. The film, which combines live-action and animation, stars Julie Andrews in her feature film debut as Mary Poppins, who visits a dysfunctional family in London and employs her unique brand of lifestyle to improve the family's dynamic. Now director Rob Marshall has created Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the 1964 film starring Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep in supporting roles. Set in 1930s London, twenty-four years after the events of the original film, the film sees Mary Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning one year after a family tragedy. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of 2018 and received numerous award nominations, including four at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and three at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards. It also received four Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design at the 91st Academy Awards.

movie highlights

Spirit of Queensland Available through the in-seat on demand entertainment system Tilt Train Pre-selected program available through overhead TV monitors. Music is available through inseat audio channels. Spirit of the Outback Tablets only available in First Class aboard the Spirit of the Outback

AQUAMAN ACTION | FANTASY

BUMBLEBEE ACTION | SCI-FI

DAN IN REAL LIFE COMEDY

Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.

On the run, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

Widower Dan Burns finds out the woman he fell in love with after meeting in a bookstore, turns out to be his brother's girlfriend.

PATRICK FAMILY

SECOND ACT COMEDY | ROMANCE

THE CHILDREN ACT DRAMA

Sarah is a woman whose life is a mess. Her Grandmother has bequeathed her a very spoiled pug - Patrick. Surely, she must have had her reasons?

A big box store worker reinvents her life As her marriage crumbles, a judge and her life-story and shows Madison must decide a case involving a Avenue what street smarts can do. teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious principle.

The Westlander and The Inlander Available via hand-held tablets. Please ask your onboard staff for more details. A range of M, PG and G-rated movies, short programmes, kids programmes and music albums are available, depending on the service you're travelling aboard today.

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ONBOARD TV SHOWS

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MAGICAL LAND OF OZ Across Australia, as the dawn rises the marsupials go to bed - except for the ones that don't - because there are exceptions to every rule in this land of ancient wonders, big skies and jewelled seas. Magic does not have rules. It has splendid dragons, saltwater monsters and dancing spiders. Magical Land Of Oz offers a blue chip, continent-wide series ranging from Australia's highest snow peaks to the depths of the frigid and wild southern seas; from its last populations of wild numbats to its largest diorama of giant cuttlefish. It's a land of diverse beauty, that delights and surprises. The series both entertains and deepens our understanding of how the natural world is made up of not just unique species, but distinct individuals, whose lives are far from predictable. In the episode we are screening onboard, we move from the continent's snowcovered peaks to its ancient rainforests and tropical savannahs, discovering how it is animals have learnt to thrive across the continent's harsh and beautiful extremes.

TV SHOW highlights

MIKE AND MOLLY COMEDY

DOC MARTIN DRAMA

FORGED IN FIRE: CRICKET'S GREATEST RIVALRY SPORT

Mike engages in a little innocent flirting with a rookie policewoman and then feels guilty when she reciprocates.

Martin and Louisa are looking for a nursery for James, while Ruth is approached about selling her farm.

THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BEE CHALLENGE REALITY

ONE MAN AND HIS CAMPERVAN TRAVEL

MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERY DRAMA

Paul West challenges four families to successfully keep a honeybee hive, bringing them up close with bees.

Martin Dorey journeys around Britain in his 1970s classic campervan on the ultimate escapist adventure.

Phryne, Dot and Dr Mac accompany Aunt Prudence to a picturesque chalet to celebrate Christmas in July.

Forged In Fire chronicles the moments and memories that has made The Ashes cricketing contest so special.

LUKE NGUYEN'S FOOD TRAIL FOOD | TRAVEL Luke reminisces about his childhood growing up in Cabramatta and takes us behind the scenes at his Sydney restaurant.

VANILLA SLICE DOCUMENTARY On a wild ride through Madagascar, Adam Harvey finds there’s nothing plain about vanilla.

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Family Favourites

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET ANIMATION | ADVENTURE Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.

Please note entertainment options are subject to change.

BERNIE THE DOLPHIN ACTION | FAMILY

UP ANIMATION | ADVENTURE

A brother and sister befriend a badly sunburned dolphin that has been separated from its family, uncovering a secret plan that could destroy the beach.

Seventy-eight-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Music Highlights

RENT - ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK OF THE FOX LIVE TELEVISION EVENT Rent tells the unforgettable story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. Winner of four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

THE ESSENTIAL - DAVID CAMPBELL From the multi-platinum Swing Sessions to his trip down Broadway and through the 80’s, this collection has it all.

FAITH - GEORGE MICHAEL

HOPE - SUSAN BOYLE

A superbly crafted mainstream masterpiece, Faith made George Michael an international solo star, selling over ten million copies in the U.S. alone.

Susan’s raw and powerful vocals ranging from the ethereal to the dramatic are showcased in her own inimitable style.

GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE | FAMILY As a sleepy town becomes overrun with monsters, witches and other mysterious creatures, Sonny and his sister Sam and a kindly neighbour to save Sonny's mom and foil Slappy's plan.

PICTURES - ADA MORGHE

FEELER - PETE MURRAY

With her debut album Pictures, Ada Morghe, based in London and Munich, is a new, striking husky voice in Jazz.

Released in 2003, it went to number one on the Australian album charts on 29 March 2004 and to that date, achieved 6 platinum status.

MIO CARO HANDEL - SIMONE KERMES

STAYING AT TAMARA'S - GEORGE EZRA

For some years now, Simone Kermes has been celebrated for her riveting stage presence and her vocal virtuosity.

Three years after the release of his platinum, number one debut album Wanted On Voyage, George Ezra returns with album Staying At Tamara’s.

Tilt Train Radio Highlights HOT TRAX

AVAILABLE ON CHANNEL 4

Mix of today’s latest hits and 00's

CRUISE

AVAILABLE ON CHANNEL 5

Compilation of smooth jazz and easy listening music

COMEDY CLUB

AVAILABLE ON CHANNEL 6

Just for laughs with a collection of comedy from around the world

JUKEBOX SHUFFLE

AVAILABLE ON CHANNEL 7

Jukebox of classic hits from the 70s to 90s

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Entertainment guide Movie/TV Show Aquaman

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Bumblebee

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Tilt Train

Spirit of Queensland

Spirit of the Outback

The Westlander The Inlander

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Dan In Real Life

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Adventure | Comedy | Family

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Inkheart

Adventure | Family | Fantasy

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Jack and Jill Mary Poppins Returns Patrick Second Act Suffragette Sweet Home Alabama The Children Act 2015 NRL Grand Final

Family

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Biography | Drama | History

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Sport

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Doc Martin

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Escape From The City

Lifestyle

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Fifth Gear

Motoring

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Inside Heston's World

Travel | Food

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Luke Nguyen's Food Trail

Back In Time For Dinner

Forged in Fire: Cricket's Greatest Rivalry

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Star Trek: Into Darkness

Travel | Food

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Magical Land Of Oz

Nature

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Mike and Molly

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

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One Man And His Campervan

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Rosehaven The Great Australian Bee Challenge

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Travels With The Bondi Vet

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Ugly House To Lovely House With George Clarke

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Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures Bernie The Dolphin Ralph Breaks the Internet The Deep Up

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Movie Munchies?

Before your show starts, grab a movie snack or refreshment and sit back and enjoy your entertainment.

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Puzzle Solutions Solution: Diet, Dote, Duet, Edit, Tide, Tied, Toed, Tote, Tout, Twit, Ditto, Outed, Toted, Towed, Tutti, Outwit, Touted, Tutted, Twitted. 9-letter word: OUTWITTED

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Crossword of the month

ACROSS 1. Japanese hostesses 5. Location of the mile-long Galle Face Green 9. Windy latitudes, ... Forties 10. African fenced village 11. NW Israeli port 12. World's highest peak, Mount ... 13. Pop music's address, Tin Pan ... 15. Antarctica's McMurdo ... 17. Le Havre river 20. Port Moresby is there (1,1,1) 21. Michigan university town, ... Arbor 23. Greece's Mount Athos residents 27. Joan of Arc's trial city 30. Western Australian capital 32. Rome, the ... City 33. Paris' ... de la Concorde 34. Ruhr valley metropolis 35. New Zealand city in Otago region 36. Famous Rio beach district 37. Fashionable London area

DOWN 1. Nepalese Hindu natives 2. Hebrew country 3. London's medical region, ... Street 4. Thai 5. From Santiago 6. Aurora borealis, northern ... 7. LA beach resort 8. Florida's Disney World city 14. US bird emblem, Bald ... 16. Chicago's airport (1'4) 17. Personification of the US, Uncle ... 18. Historic Bodmin Moor building, Jamaica ... 19. Western German town & river 22. Major Lebanese city 24. Pacific region 25. Great Britain & Northern Ireland, United ... 26. Ontario port, ... Bay 28. East African land 29. Thames monument, Cleopatra's ... 30. NE New Zealand area, Bay of ... 31. Moscow is there

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Queensland Rail Travel Long Distance Timetable Coastal Services Coastal Services

Brisbane to Cairns Northbound Monday

Departing Train Number

QTT 501

QTT 105

Tuesday QTT 711

QTT 501

Rockhampton Spirit of Bundaberg Tilt Train Queensland Tilt Train

Train Service

QTT 104

Wednesday

QTT 511

QTT 457

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

QTT 711

QTT 501

Spirit of Bundaberg Queensland Tilt Train

Friday

QTT 711

Rockhampton Bundaberg Tilt Train Tilt Train

QTT 501

QTT 105

Saturday QTT 711

QTT 501

Rockhampton Spirit of Bundaberg Tilt Train Queensland Tilt Train

QTT 457

Sunday QTT 106

QTT 501

Rockhampton Spirit of the Spirit of Tilt Train Outback Queensland

QTT 511

Rockhampton Rockhampton Tilt Train Tilt Train

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-

12.09pm

6.08pm

4.55pm

Nambour

12.35pm

5.31pm

6.38pm

12.35pm

5.31pm

6.38pm

8.23pm

5.31pm

6.38pm

12.35pm

6.38pm

12.35pm

5.31pm

6.38pm

12.35pm

4.19pm

5.31pm

12.35pm

6.38pm

Cooroy ^

12.58pm

5.54pm

6.58pm

12.58pm

5.54pm

6.58pm

8.49pm

5.54pm

6.58pm

12.58pm

6.58pm

12.58pm

5.54pm

6.58pm

12.58pm

4.49pm

5.54pm

12.58pm

6.58pm

Gympie North arrive

-

-

-

-

-

-

9.35pm

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

5.35pm

-

-

-

Gympie North

1.37pm

6.28pm

7.29pm

1.37pm

6.28pm

7.29pm

9.45 pm

6.28pm

7.29pm

1.37pm

7.29pm

1.37pm

6.28pm

7.29pm

1.37pm

5.45pm

6.28pm

1.37pm

7.29pm

Maryborough West

2.40pm

7.29pm

8.28pm

2.40pm

7.29pm

8.28pm

11.05pm

7.29pm

8.28pm

2.40pm

8.28pm

2.40pm

7.29pm

8.28pm

2.40pm

7.05pm

7.29pm

2.40pm

8.28pm

Howard ^

2.58pm

-

8.46pm

2.58pm

-

8.46pm

-

-

8.46pm

2.58pm

8.46pm

2.58pm

-

8.46pm

2.58pm

-

-

2.58pm

8.46pm

Bundaberg

3.31pm

8.22pm

9.25pm

3.31pm

8.22pm

9.25pm

12.13am

8.22pm

9.25pm

3.31pm

9.25pm

3.31pm

8.22pm

9.25pm

3.31pm

8.36pm

8.22pm

3.31pm

9.25pm

Miriam Vale ^

4.35pm

9.36pm

----

4.35pm

9.36pm

10.36pm

1.44am

9.36pm

----

4.35pm

----

4.35pm

9.36pm

----

4.35pm

10.07pm

9.36pm

4.35pm

10.36pm

-

Gladstone arrive

-

-

-

-

-

2.36am

-

-

-

-

-

10.59pm

-

-

-

Gladstone

5.12pm

10.23pm

5.12pm

10.23pm

11.17pm

2.46am

10.23pm

5.12pm

5.12pm

10.23pm

5.12pm

11.09pm

10.23pm

5.12pm

11.17pm

Mount Larcom ^

5.38pm

10.57pm

5.38pm

10.57pm

11.44pm

3.19am

10.57pm

5.38pm

5.38pm

10.57pm

5.38pm

11.42pm

10.57pm

5.38pm

11.44pm

Rockhampton arrive

6.45pm

12.01am

6.45pm

12.01am

12.30am

4.20am

12.01am

6.45pm

6.45pm

12.01am

6.45pm

12.43am

12.01am

6.45pm

12.30am

----

12.11am

----

12.11am

----

4.40am

12.11am

----

----

12.11am

----

1.03am

12.11am

----

----

Sunday

Monday

Rockhampton St Lawrence ^

2.30am

2.30am

2.30am

2.30am

Carmila ^

3.07am

3.07am

Sarina ^

4.00am

4.00am

3.07am

3.07am

4.00am

4.00am

Mackay arrive

4.34am

4.34am

4.34am

4.34am

Mackay

4.54am

4.54am

4.54am

4.54am

Proserpine arrive

6.22am

6.22am

6.22am

6.22am

6.22am

Proserpine Bowen ^

6.32am

6.32am

6.32am

6.32am

6.32am

7.09am

7.09am

7.09am

7.09am

7.09am

Home Hill ^

8.18am

8.18am

8.18am

8.18am

8.18am

Ayr

8.32am

8.32am

8.32am

8.32am

8.32am

Giru ^

9.00am

9.00am

9.00am

9.00am

9.00am

Townsville arrive

9.38am

9.38am

9.38am

9.38am

9.38am

Townsville

9.53am

9.53am

9.53am

9.53am

9.53am

Ingham ^

11.26am

11.26am

11.26am

11.26am

11.26am

Cardwell ^

1.00pm

1.00pm

1.00pm

1.00pm

1.00pm

Tully arrive ^

1.47pm

1.47pm

1.47pm

1.47pm

1.47pm

Tully ^

1.57pm

1.57pm

1.57pm

1.57pm

1.57pm

Innisfail

2.46pm

2.46pm

2.46pm

2.46pm

2.46pm

Babinda ^

3.23pm

3.23pm

3.23pm

3.23pm

3.23pm

Gordonvale ^

4.01pm

4.01pm

4.01pm

4.01pm

4.01pm

Cairns arrive

4.30pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

4.30pm

Arriving

Monday

Tuesday

Monday

Tuesday

Brisbane to Longreach Westbound

Service continues to Longreach travelling westbound.

Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday

Thursday

Longreach to Brisbane Eastbound

Departing

Tuesday

Saturday

Train Number

QTT 457

QTT 457

Train Number

Train Service

Spirit of the Outback

Spirit of the Outback

Train Service

Departing

Monday & Thursday QTT 359 Spirit of the Outback

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Service continues to Longreach travelling westbound.

3.07am 4.00am 4.34am 4.54am

4.30pm Friday

Brisbane to Charleville Westbound Tuesday & Thursday

Departing

2.30am

Saturday

Sunday

Charleville to Brisbane Eastbound Departing

Wednesday & Friday

Train Number

WES 486

Train Number

WES 307

Train Service

The Westlander

Train Service

The Westlander

Brisbane (Roma St)

6.10pm

1.55 pm

Longreach

10.00am

Brisbane (Roma St)

7.15pm

Charleville

6.15pm

Caboolture

7.06pm

2.52pm

Ilfracombe ^

10.32am

Corinda ^

7.45pm

Morven ^

7.55pm

Nambour

8.23pm

4.19pm

Barcaldine arrive ^

12.07pm

Ipswich

8.13pm

Mitchell ^

9.45pm

Cooroy ^

8.49pm

4.49pm

Barcaldine ^

12.27pm

Rosewood ^

8.32pm

Roma arrive

11.25pm

Gympie North arrive

9.35pm

5.35pm

Jericho ^

2.03pm

Laidley ^

9.02pm

Roma

Gympie North

9.45pm

5.45pm

Alpha arrive ^

3.08pm

Gatton ^

9.14pm

11.05pm

7.05pm

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

Maryborough West

Wednesday Bundaberg

12.13am

8.36pm

Emerald arrive

7.23pm

1.44am

10.07pm

Emerald

7.33pm

Gladstone arrive

2.36am

10.59pm

Blackwater

Gladstone

2.46am

11.09pm

Bluff

3.19am

11.42pm

Duaringa ^

Miriam Vale

^

Mount Larcom

^

^

^

Sunday

Wednesday & Friday

9.10pm

Oakey

9.29pm

Dalby

10.35pm Tuesday & Friday

11.35pm Thursday & Saturday

^

Chinchilla arrive

3.05am

12.10am

Chinchilla

3.15am

1.17am

Dalby

4.47am

Chinchilla

2.35am

Oakey^

5.55am

Miles ^

3.25am

Toowoomba arrive

6.50am

^ ^

^

Rockhampton arrive

4.20am

12.43am

Rockhampton arrive

12.57am

Yuleba ^

4.57am

Toowoomba

7.00am

Rockhampton

4.40am

1.03am

Rockhampton

1.17am

Wallumbilla *

5.20am

Helidon ^

8.40am

Duaringa ^

6.29am

2.52am

Mount Larcom ^

2.25am

Roma arrive

6.05am

Gatton ^

9.00am

Bluff ^

7.30am

3.53am

Gladstone arrive

2.58am

Roma

6.15am

Laidley ^

9.15am

Blackwater ^

7.50am

4.13am

Gladstone

3.08am

Mitchell arrive ^

7.55am

Rosewood ^

9.50am

Emerald arrive

9.30am

5.52am

Miriam Vale ^

4.01am

Mitchell ^

8.05am

Ipswich

10.12am 10.50am

Emerald

9.40am

6.02am

Bundaberg

5.26am

Morven ^

9.55am

Corinda ^

Anakie ^

10.30am

6.52am

Maryborough West

6.35am

Charleville arrive

11.45am

Brisbane (Roma St) arrive

Alpha arrive ^

1.30pm

9.52am

Gympie North arrive

8.01am

Arriving

1.50pm

10.12am

Gympie North

8.11am

2.59pm

11.21am

Cooroy ^

8.56am

Alpha

^

Jericho ^ 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)

11.55am

3.40pm

Arriving

^

Longreach arrive Arriving

7.20pm Wednesday

Tuesday & Friday

Sunday

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QTT 106

Thursday

Services will not set down or pick up at Wallumbilla station. Contact Queensland Rail Travel for transfer options. RailBus Coach Connection

Note: Short sector timetable booking restrictions apply.

Wednesday & Friday

Arriving

11.25am Thursday & Saturday

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timetable Timetable effective 15 October 2018

Coastal Services

Cairns to Brisbane Southbound Departing Train Number

Monday QTT 812

Tuesday

QTT 602

QTT 205

QTT 812

Bundaberg Rockhampton Spirit of Tilt Train Tilt Train Queensland

Train Service

QTT 602

Wednesday QTT 359

QTT 602

Bundaberg Rockhampton Spirit of the Tilt Train Tilt Train Outback

QTT 204

Rockhampton Spirit of Tilt Train Queensland

Thursday QTT 812

Friday

QTT 602

QTT 206

QTT 812

Bundaberg Rockhampton Spirit of Tilt Train Tilt Train Queensland

QTT 602

Saturday

QTT 359

QTT 205

QTT 812

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

Sunday

QTT 602

QTT 602

Bundaberg Rockhampton Tilt Train Tilt Train

QTT 204

Rockhampton Spirit of Tilt Train Queensland

Cairns

8.35am

8.35am

8.35am

8.35am

8.35am

Gordonvale ^

9.01am

9.01am

9.01am

9.01am

9.01am

Babinda ^

9.45am

9.45am

9.45am

9.45am

9.45am

Innisfail

10.18am

10.18am

10.18am

10.18am

10.18am

Tully arrive ^

11.15am

11.15am

11.15am

11.15am

11.15am

Tully ^

11.25am

11.25am

11.25am

11.25am

11.25am

Cardwell ^

12.09am

12.09am

12.09am

12.09am

12.09am

Ingham ^

1.01pm

1.01pm

1.01pm

1.01pm

1.01pm

Townsville arrive

2.39pm

2.39pm

2.39pm

2.39pm

2.39pm

Townsville

2.54pm

2.54pm

2.54pm

2.54pm

2.54pm

Giru ^

3.31pm

3.31pm

3.31pm

3.31pm

3.31pm

Ayr

3.57pm

3.57pm

3.57pm

3.57pm

3.57pm

Home Hill ^

4.14pm

4.14pm

4.14pm

4.14pm

4.14pm

Bowen ^

5.20pm

5.20pm

5.20pm

5.20pm

5.20pm

Proserpine arrive

6.01pm

6.01pm

6.01pm

6.01pm

6.01pm

Proserpine

6.11pm

6.11pm

6.11pm

6.11pm

6.11pm

Mackay arrive

7.36pm

7.36pm

7.36pm

7.36pm

7.36pm

Mackay

7.56pm

7.56pm

7.56pm

7.56pm

7.56pm

Sarina ^

8.27pm

8.27pm

8.27pm

8.27pm

8.27pm

Carmila ^

9.15pm

9.15pm

9.15pm

9.15pm

9.15pm

St Lawrence ^

9.50pm

9.50pm

9.50pm

Rockhampton arrive

Service comes from Longreach on Monday travelling eastbound.

Service comes from Longreach on Thursday travelling eastbound.

9.50pm

9.50pm

----

12.29am

----

12.57am

----

12.29am

----

12.29am

----

12.57am

12.29am

----

----

12.29am

Rockhampton

7.10am

12.39am

7.10am

1.17am

7.10am

12.39am

7.10am

12.39am

7.10am

1.17am

12.39am

7.10am

7.10am

12.39am

Mount Larcom ^

7.58am

1.29am

7.58am

2.25am

7.58am

1.29am

7.58am

1.29am

7.58am

2.25am

1.29am

7.58am

7.58am

1.29am

Gladstone arrive

-

-

-

2.58am

-

-

-

-

-

2.58am

-

-

-

-

8.26am

2.02am

8.26am

3.08am

8.26am

2.02am

8.26am

2.02am

8.26am

3.08am

2.02am

8.26am

8.26am

2.02am

Gladstone Miriam Vale ^

----

9.06am

2.46am

----

9.06am

4.01am

9.06am

2.46am

----

9.06am

2.46am

----

9.06am

4.01am

2.46am

----

9.06am

9.06am

2.46am

Bundaberg

5.15am

10.05am

3.52am

5.15am

10.05am

5.26am

10.05am

3.52am

5.15am

10.05am

3.52am

5.15am

10.05am

5.26am

3.52am

5.15am

10.05am

10.05am

3.52am

Howard ^

5.46am

10.42am

-

5.46am

10.42am

-

10.42am

-

5.46am

10.42am

-

5.46am

10.42am

-

-

5.46am

10.42am

10.42am

-

Maryborough West

6.01am

10.58am

4.50am

6.01am

10.58am

6.35am

10.58am

4.50am

6.01am

10.58am

4.50am

6.01am

10.58am

6.35am

4.50am

6.01am

10.58am

10.58am

4.50am

-

-

-

-

-

8.01am

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

8.01am

-

-

-

-

-

Gympie North

7.01am

12.05pm

6.08am

7.01am

12.05pm

8.11am

12.05pm

6.08am

7.01am

12.05pm

6.08am

7.01am

12.05pm

8.11am

6.08am

7.01am

12.05pm

12.05pm

6.08am

Cooroy ^

7.37am

12.40pm

6.42am

7.37am

12.40pm

8.56am

12.40pm

6.42am

7.37am

12.40pm

6.42am

7.37am

12.40pm

8.56am

6.42am

7.37am

12.40pm

12.40pm

6.42am

Nambour

7.57am

1.02pm

7.05am

7.57am

1.02pm

9.25am

1.02pm

7.05am

7.57am

1.02pm

7.05am

7.57am

1.02pm

9.25am

7.05am

7.57am

1.02pm

1.02pm

7.05am

Landsborough ^

8.23am

1.30pm

-

8.23am

1.30pm

-

1.30pm

-

8.23am

1.30pm

-

8.23am

1.30pm

-

-

8.23am

1.30pm

1.30pm

-

Caboolture

8.57am

1.59pm

8.17am

8.57am

1.59pm

10.44am

1.59pm

8.17am

8.57am

1.59pm

8.17am

8.57am

1.59pm

10.44am

8.17am

8.57am

1.59pm

1.59pm

8.17am

Brisbane (Roma St) arrive

9.55am

2.50pm

9.20am

9.55am

2.50pm

11.55am

2.50pm

9.20am

9.55am

2.50pm

9.20am

9.55am

2.50pm

11.55am

9.20am

9.55am

2.50pm

2.50pm

9.20am

Wednesday

Thursday

Sunday

Monday

Monday

Tuesday

Townsville to Mount Isa Westbound

Mount Isa to Townsville Eastbound

Wednesday & Saturday

Departing

WES 434

Train Number

WES 331

Train Service

The Inlander

Train Service

The Inlander

12.40pm

Mt Isa

1.30pm

Charters Towers arrive

3.30pm

Duchess arrive ^

3.05pm

Charters Towers

3.40pm

Duchess ^

3.15pm

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

Richmond ^

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Hughenden arrive ^

2.25am

Hughenden ^

2.40am

Julia Creek arrive ^

1.55am

Torrens Creek ^

4.05am

Julia Creek ^

2.10am

Pentland ^

5.00am

Cloncurry arrive ^

5.00am

Charters Towers arrive

6.55am

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7.05am

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Coral Sea

Friday & Monday

1035pm

Saturday

Home Hill Bowen

5.02pm

3.55pm

5.25pm

Daily

Daily

Arriving

Daily

Daily

Miriam Vale Bundaberg

Train Number

5D01

Train Service

Gulflander

Train Service

Gulflander

Normanton

8.30am

Croydon

8.30am

Blackbull

11.45am

Blackbull

10.45am

1.30pm

Normanton arrive

Arriving

Wednesday

Arriving

1.30pm Thursday

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Train movement during your journey It's important to know that while onboard our train you may experience some unexpected train movement. Think of it as 'train turbulence'.

Some helpful travel tips to ensure your journey is pleasant and hassle-free. •

Please use the grab rails, backs of seats or the corridor walls as you move through the train, as unexpected train movement can cause injury.

Please keep the aisles clear at all times, and place bags and other items in the overhead compartments.

It’s important to note that each platform may be a little different each time you travel with us. Always watch your step when boarding or disembarking the train. Please be mindful of the gap between the train and the platform.

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 from the train car.

Just like with air turbulence, train movement is sudden and unpredictable. Remember a seated customer is a safe customer. If you need to move about the train, it's important you hold the grab rails and be aware of your surroundings.

If you need assistance, please ask one of our friendly onboard staff.

Your safety is important to us

Please take a moment to read through our Safety Card in the back of the seat pocket or in your cabin.

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