A train journey across Queensland’s Outback
If you are visiting Queenland and want to get a taste of the real australian outback, then a train journey on the
From Brisbane to Cunnumulla on board of the Westlander Train
The Westlander train leaves from Bribsane in the evening twice a week and get to Charleville around midday of the
What to expect on board of the Westlander Train
The train offers seat and sleeper carriages. Overall I was happy with the train service, apart from the the seats that were old and not so
The Westlander train offers a good dining club with a spacious and comfortable lounge where you can sit back and relax, eat your meal, enjoy the landscape, take photos, use your laptop or watch a movie. I found the lounge very comfortable and spent a few hours sitting in there sipping a good cuppa, and taking photos.
What can you see from the Westlander
Since the train leaves late in the evening from Brisbane much of the train journey is during the night. The train takes you through the lush green countryside of the Darling Downs stopping at Toowoomba, a little outback town whose surrounds were swept away last year from the floods, to the soft hills of the Great Dividing Ranges. On the train back to Brisbane you will see more of this part of the forest and countryside.
Early in the morning the train arrives in Roma, another outback town… I was lucky to witness such a stunning sunrise… From Roma it takes 6 more hours to reach Charleville, right in the heart of the mulga country. The Mulga is a tree that is peculiar to this outback area, you will come across vast areas covered with Mulgas.
Travelling Australia by train is a great way of enjoying the spectacular beauty of the australian outback at a more relaxed pace. The Westlander Train gives you the opportunity to discover hidden places of Queensland’s south west outback region, see its abundant and unique flora, its animals, its birds, learn its characters and friendly people.
A great rail journey that I can highly recommend to all solo travellers.
I have travelled Australia by train for over 14,000kilometers. You can learn more about other great rail journeys of australia and my experience on the australian trains, click on the links below.