Car to Cairns from Brisbane by rail?

Submitted: Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 09:16
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Has anyone done a costing of training it to Cairns to do do the Cape from there. How much is it and what do you need to do to prep the 4wd to go on the train. Also what type of accom. is best on the train for the trip up and how losng does it take?

Cheers,
Charlie
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Reply By: DenisL - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 09:28

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 09:28
Charlie,
The easiest way to answer all those questions is to go to traveltrain web site. Train is electric to Rockhampton and then diesel to Cairns. You are probably looking at just over 24 hours . Extremely cheap if you are old and live in Qld.
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Reply By: Large - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 09:55

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 09:55
Charlie,

A friend trained a suzuki sierra from Brisbane to cairns last month. Cost her $350.00 Tilt train takes 24 hours.

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Large - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 13:52

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 13:52
My friend did not have to travel on the train, she moved to Cairns 2 weeks prior, and someone else put it on for her.
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Reply By: Patrick - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 09:56

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 09:56
Hi Charlie,

My wife and I travelled to Cairns from Brisbane in Sept 2002 and put the Pathfinder on the back of the train. We were on the Queenslander at the time and as a treat stayed in a first class cabin for our 25 wedding anniversay.

The trip took 36 hrs which does not beat all the speed records but was really fabulous. From memory the car cost about $287 which was quite reasonable considering the petrol savings made. The best of all was that we arrived some 2000klms latter fresh and ready to drive.

I'm sure that Qld Rail still offer this service but I suspect it is only for travelling passengers.

Great trip that we would recommend to everyone to do, we will again.

Happy travels,

Patrick
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Reply By: Peter H - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 13:25

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 13:25
Charlie

We looked at this option when we went to the Cape last year.

Told that QR will only take the vehicle if you travel on the train.(We were tight on time and would have flown to Cairns)

Made enquiries about road transport. Prices OK as I recall but the car must be completlely empty - not easy to get the rest of the gear up.

Ended up driving it.

Peter
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Reply By: Member - Peter K (NSW) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 14:04

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 14:04
Just spoke with QR

One way
Car only $280.50
With Car - Car ($187) and One person ($87) (economy seat)
A share economy sleeper, three people is $239)

Leaves Brisbane 8.55am and arrives 3.55pm next day (twice a week)
Similar timings from Cairns

Car must not carry additional Petrol or flam items (ie jerrycans)
Dimensions:
Height 2.1m, Width 2.1m, Length 5.27m
There is a restriction on wheel size and spacings but I am not going to try and convert it to English

Contact numbers are 0732352222
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Reply By: charlie - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 11:09

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 11:09
Thanks all this is a great help and has given me food for thought!
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