Queensland Coastal Pass

The Queensland Coastal Pass (formerly the East Coast Discovery Pass) lets you travel by rail in one direction between Brisbane and Cairns making unlimited stops en route.

Queensland has the best trains in Australia and this pass is valid on the fast Tilt Train that connects Brisbane and Rockhampton.

Map of rail lines covered by the Queensland Coastal Pass rail pass

Where can I use this rail pass?

The Queensland Coastal Pass can be used in one direction (either north or south) between Brisbane and Cairns with unlimited stopovers en route. This rail pass is good for travel on the Spirit of Queensland (between Brisbane and Cairns) and on the Spirit of the Outback and the Tilt Train (between Brisbane and Rockhampton).

Spirit of Queensland train

Spirit of the Outback

Tilt Train

This pass includes the following connecting coach services:

  • Maryborough–Hervey Bay
  • Proserpine–Airlie Beach
  • Rockhampton–Yeppoon

This pass includes travel on the Tilt Train between Brisbane and Rockhampton. The Queensland Coastal Pass includes one journey on Brisbane’s City rail network to connect with a Queensland Rail Travel Train service.

When is the Queensland Coastal Pass valid?

This rail pass is valid for one or two months travel. Travel must commence within six months of the date of purchasing this pass. The one or two-month travel period begins on the date that the pass is first used.

Who can use this rail pass?

The Queensland Coastal Pass is only available to overseas visitors to Australia. People travelling with this rail pass must be able to prove that they are not an Australian resident (a passport or drivers licence issued outside Australia will usually be sufficient proof).

More details about the Queensland Coastal Pass

Click below for the latest prices for the Queensland Coastal Pass and details about ordering your rail pass online.

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Other important details about this rail pass

After purchasing the Queensland Coastal Pass you will receive a voucher that you need to exchange for the actual travel pass at a ticket office exchange location in Australia prior to commencing your first journey. Your exchange voucher will be posted to you and it is best to allow 3–5 business days for your order to be processed prior to shipping your voucher.

Seat reservations must be made prior to each leg of travel.

The Queensland Coastal Pass is valid for economy class travel on most rail services. However it does cover premium economy travel on the Spirit of Queensland for bookings made within seven days of travel. Seat bookings made outside this time will incur an upgrade charge.

Pass holders may upgrade to business seats on the Tilt Train (between Brisbane and Rockhampton), RailBeds on the Spirit of Queensland and available sleeping berths upon payment of an upgrade fee.

Travel on the fast Tilt Train is only available between Brisbane and Rockhampton (and intermediate stops).

This pass is valid for travel in one direction only.

You cannot use this pass to make a single one-way journey between Brisbane and Cairns. You must break your journey with a minimum of one stop en route between Brisbane and Cairns.

The Queensland Coastal Pass is only valid for travel on services operated by Queensland Travel Train. It is not valid for travel on Great Southern Railway, NSW TrainLink, V/line or TransWA services.