A Travel Guide For The Queensland Coastal Pass.

In the sea off the coast of Queensland lies the Great Barrier Reef – the largest coral reef system on earth, which serves as a habitat for thousands of marine species. With the Queensland Coastal Pass, you can visit all major cities and towns between Cairns and Brisbane.

You will be able to visit the famous Great Barrier Reef, travel along the coast, and enjoy the unique views from the train. With the pass, you can take as many stops as you want and plan the journey in your own time so you don’t miss anything on your trip.


What is the Queensland Coastal Pass?

The Queensland Coastal Pass allows you to explore the most popular destinations along Queensland’s east coast, with unlimited stopovers in one direction between Brisbane and Cairns.

This pass offers unlimited stops on the Brisbane – Cairns or Cairns – Brisbane route in one direction (either north or south). Also included are all railbuses that run from inland stations to the coast (e.g. Hervey Bay, Airlie Beach, Yeppoon).

Who can use the Queensland Coastal Pass?

All non-Australian citizens can buy the Pass. It is not possible to buy the rail pass as an Australian or as a person with a ‘Permanent Resident’ status.

Where can I use the Queensland Coastal Pass?

With the Queensland Coastal Pass you can use the following trains unlimitedly:

  • Spirit of Queensland: Brisbane – Cairns
  • Tilt Train: Brisbane – Rockhampton
  • Spirit of the Outback: Brisbane – Longreach (only to/from Rockhampton)

How much does it cost?

1 month
AUD $ 147
2 months
AUD $ 203



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How does it work?

The pass is valid for one or two months and you can travel on all trains on the route.

You can buy your train pass for Australia either online, at a travel agency, or directly at the station. If you choose to book online, all you need to do is enter your planned departure date, pay and your ticket will be sent by email.

After you purchased the Queensland Coastal Pass you will receive a voucher that you need to exchange for the actual travel pass. You can just go to a ticket office exchange location in Australia before you take your first train. Please exchange your Queensland Coastal Pass in time as shipping may take 3-5 business days.

The first leg of your journey must be commenced no later than 6 months after purchase. From this day on the pass is valid for 1 or 2 months. The Queensland Coastal Pass can only be used in one direction, but you can travel either south or north.


The rail pass entitles you to travel but does not include a seat. As standing room is not permitted on Australian trains, it is necessary to reserve a seat free of charge in advance for each part of the journey via “Queensland Rail” or “NSW TrainLink”.

Please note that you should book your reservation at least 24 hours before departure. During the high season between December and February, it is recommended that you book your seat a few weeks in advance. The easiest way to make a reservation is by phone or e-mail.

Depending on your pass, you will need to contact either Queensland Rail or NSW TrainLink to finalize your reservation. Please have your ticket number ready. You should also carry your passport with you at all times as the ticket number may be checked. Contact details for the reservation will be provided with your travel documents.

Good to know

This pass includes the following connecting coach services:


  • Maryborough – Hervey Bay
  • Proserpine – Airlie Beach

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