RAIL HOLIDAYS

COTA Holidays have a range of exclusive Rail Holidays which include a journey aboard some of Australia’s famous trains. Explore Tropical North Queensland before following the coast to Brisbane aboard the Spirit of Queensland, or enjoy true Outback hospitality in Longreach after a journey aboard the Spirit of the Outback.

Alternatively, you may wish to traverse the Outback landscapes aboard the legendary Ghan, travelling from Darwin to Adelaide over 4 memorable days. The Ghan will also take you to the iconic destinations of Katherine, Alice Springs & Coober Pedy with a range of unique sightseeing inclusions at each location.

Discover our exciting range of Rail Holidays or discover more about each rail journey

The Legendary Ghan Train

Experience a rail journey unlike any other! The Ghan traverses the spectacular Australian Outback, travelling from Adelaide to Darwin via Katherine & Alice Springs. Our exclusive range of Ghan Rail Holidays feature a journey aboard the Ghan and a visit to spectacular sights in the iconic Red Centre or Tropical Top End.

Flights to connect with these tours are included – as required

Group Tour
From $5,690

7 days | Departs May to Sep 2022 -
Darwin » Katherine » Alice Springs » Coober Pedy » Adelaide

Book early to take advantage of our Advance Purchase rates! Travel aboard the longer Ghan Expedition train journey with an extra day onboard, a full day in Coober Pedy and a longer visit to Alice Springs. A 3 night stay in Darwin with a choice of sightseeing activities is also included.

Group Tour
From $5,690

7 days | Departs May to Sep 2022 -
Darwin » Katherine » Alice Springs » Coober Pedy » Adelaide

Book early to take advantage of our Advance Purchase rates! Travel aboard the longer Ghan Expedition train journey with an extra day onboard, a full day in Coober Pedy and a longer visit to Alice Springs. A 3 night stay in Darwin with a choice of sightseeing activities is also included.

Queensland Rail Holidays

Queensland’s scenic rail journeys will take you to some of the state’s most breathtaking destinations. Travel aboard the Spirit of Queensland train and enjoy a stay in Cairns with sightseeing to the Kuranda Rainforest & the Great Barrier Reef, or enjoy true Outback hospitality in Longreach after a journey aboard the Spirit of the Outback train.

Flights to connect with these tours are included – as required

Rail Holidays

Cairns Reef & Rail

$2,490

9 days | Departs Sep to Dec 2021 -
Cairns » Kuranda Rainforest » Green Island Reef » Cape Tribulation » Daintree Rainforest » Brisbane

The ultimate Tropical North Queensland discovery! Explore more of beautiful Tropical North Queensland with sightseeing activities in the Great Barrier Reef & the Daintree before travelling down the coast aboard the Spirit of Queensland train journey – first class!

Rail Holidays

Stockman’s Choice

$3,890

10 days | Pre-register for 2022 -
Brisbane » Longreach » Nogo Station » Winton

Experience the spectacular Australian Outback on a guided tour to Longreach, including a return journey aboard the Spirit of the Outback train in a Private Sleeper Cabin and unique Outback experiences such as a Cobb & Co Stagecoach Ride and a tour of Nogo Station.

$5,690

14 days | Departs Jul to Oct 2022 -
Brisbane » Cairns » Chillagoe » Karumba » Normanton » Lawn Hill » Undara Lava Tubes

Explore the spectacular Gulf country! Take the Savannahlander train into cattle country, see historic Normanton, enjoy a Gulf of Carpentaria sunset cruise and explore Burke & Wills’ infamous Camp #119. Then relax in Lawn Hill National Park and marvel at the Undara Lava Tubes.

Rail Holidays

Cairns Reef & Rail

$2,490

9 days | Departs Sep to Dec 2021 -
Cairns » Kuranda Rainforest » Green Island Reef » Cape Tribulation » Daintree Rainforest » Brisbane

The ultimate Tropical North Queensland discovery! Explore more of beautiful Tropical North Queensland with sightseeing activities in the Great Barrier Reef & the Daintree before travelling down the coast aboard the Spirit of Queensland train journey – first class!

Rail Holidays

Stockman’s Choice

$3,890

10 days | Pre-register for 2022 -
Brisbane » Longreach » Nogo Station » Winton

Experience the spectacular Australian Outback on a guided tour to Longreach, including a return journey aboard the Spirit of the Outback train in a Private Sleeper Cabin and unique Outback experiences such as a Cobb & Co Stagecoach Ride and a tour of Nogo Station.

$5,690

14 days | Departs Jul to Oct 2022 -
Brisbane » Cairns » Chillagoe » Karumba » Normanton » Lawn Hill » Undara Lava Tubes

Explore the spectacular Gulf country! Take the Savannahlander train into cattle country, see historic Normanton, enjoy a Gulf of Carpentaria sunset cruise and explore Burke & Wills’ infamous Camp #119. Then relax in Lawn Hill National Park and marvel at the Undara Lava Tubes.

The Ghan

Adelaide » Marla » Alice Springs » Katherine » Darwin

The legendary Ghan has been crossing the Australian Outback for over 90 years. Travelling from Adelaide to Darwin, the Ghan is renowned for its sumptuous dining, elegant private cabins, attentive service, and the camaraderie of travellers.

The 3 day Ghan train journey departs Adelaide and travels northbound. The first stop (on day 2) is Marla, an outback outpost in the remote reaches of South Australia where you will watch a breathtaking Outback desert sunrise. Continue north to the unique Red Centre town of Alice Springs where a choice of off-train excursions await. The following day, enjoy a choice of included excursions in Katherine before the train arrives in Darwin in the late afternoon.

Gold Twin cabins
The most popular cabin type aboard the Ghan, offering a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day.

Gold Single cabins
The smaller Gold Single cabins offer a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these cabins are unavailable for the 2020 season.

Platinum cabins
The most luxurious way to cross the Outback, offering more space, a double or 2 single beds, a full-size en suite, expansive window views from both sides of the train, and exclusive use of the Platinum Club carriage.
Limited cabins available – contact us for more details.

The Ghan Expedition

Darwin » Katherine » Alice Springs » Coober Pedy » Adelaide

Operating from April to October each year, the longer 4 day Ghan Expedition train journey offers the ultimate way to cross the Australian Outback.

Enjoy a longer stop in Alice Springs to enjoy a range of off-train excursions before indulging in a spectacular barbeque dinner under a million stars at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station. A stop is also included at the wonderful opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground.

Gold Twin cabins
The most popular cabin type aboard the Ghan, offering a comfortable sleeper cabin featuring private en suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day.

Gold Single cabins
The smaller Gold Single cabins offer a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these cabins are unavailable for the 2020 season.

Platinum cabins
The most luxurious way to cross the Outback, offering more space, a double or 2 single beds, a full-size en suite, expansive window views from both sides of the train, and exclusive use of the Platinum Club carriage.
Limited cabins available – contact us for more details.

Spirit of Queensland

Brisbane » Rockhampton » Mackay » Proserpine » Townsville » Cairns

The Spirit of Queensland train combines modern seating and entertainment options with the charm of long-distance rail travel, making it the perfect way to travel along the Queensland coast.

The train redefines the modern rail travel experience with a comfortable and convenient way to access spectacular holiday destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays, Townsville and Cairns and everywhere in between.

RailBed Sleepers
An Australian first, the revolutionary RailBed is a spacious and comfortable seat by day that includes a state-of-the-art personal entertainment system, a 240v powerpoint and a USB point. In the evening, the onboard team convert the seat to a lie-flat bed with all linen provided.

Enjoy meals made using fresh local produce delivered directly to your seat and personal entertainment featuring a large screen with on-demand movies & music. It truly is the best way to travel along the spectacular Queensland coastline!

Spirit of the Outback

Brisbane » Bundaberg » Rockhampton » Barcaldine » Longreach

The Spirit of the Outback train offers a memorable journey through ever-changing scenery and rugged terrain between Brisbane and Longreach.

With blue summer skies and rich golden soil, the train offers the perfect opportunity to explore in comfort as the outback comes to life in front of your eyes. From Brisbane, travel through the vast regions with historic authentic outback towns along the way – this journey is another legend in the making.

First Class Sleeper Cabins
First Class aboard the Spirit of the Outback delivers an experience unlike any other! The Spirit of the Outback is the only rail journey in Queensland where you can indulge in your own private cabin, with all main meals included in an exclusive dining car or relax in the comfort of your First Class lounge.

Choose from a Twin (2 lower beds) or Single (1 lower bed) Sleepers, and enjoy an array of special touches such as a Queensland amenities pack including a combination of men’s and women’s products with a focus on organic and sustainable production.

Book now, pay later with 12 months interest-free* finance

Available now on holidays over $500 via the HSBC Bank Australia.

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Book now, pay later with 12 months interest-free* finance

Available now on holidays over $1,000 via the HSBC Bank Australia.

Apply Now »