The Tilt Train was the first proper tilting high-speed train in Australia and it provides European-level of comfort and service on the route linking Brisbane with Rockhampton. The train’s top speed is 160km/h and the journey between Brisbane and Rockhampton takes 7½ hours.
The main stops en route between Brisbane and Rockhampton are Maryborough West (where you can get a connecting bus to Hervey Bay), Bundaberg and Gladstone. At Rockhampton you can continue northward to Cairns on the Spirit of Queensland or inland to Longreach on the Spirit of the Outback.
You can get connecting bus, coach and rail transfers at the following stations:
- Brisbane: local bus and rail services including trains to the Gold Coast, Trainlink NSW trains to Sydney (the Discovery Pass rail pass is valid on these trains) plus the Spirit of Queensland train to Longreach and the Westlander train to Charleville (the Queensland Coastal Pass is valid on the Spirit of Queensland and the Queensland Explorer Pass is valid on both the Spirit of Queensland and the Westlander)
- Nambour: local buses to Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast (rail passes not valid on these buses)
- Cooroy: local buses to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast (rail passes not valid on these buses)
- Maryborough West: buses to Hervey Bay (rail passes are valid on this bus)
- Miriam Vale: Greyhound coaches to Agnes Water/Town of 1770
- Rockhampton: buses to Yeppoon (rail passes not valid on this bus) and ferries from Yeppoon to Great Keppel Island. Also transfer to the Spirit of Queensland train to Cairns (the Queensland Coastal Pass and the Queensland Explorer Pass are valid on the Spirit of Queensland)
The Tilt Train features:
- a licensed Galley Car with light snacks and beverages
- drinking fountains
- toilets at the end of each carriage
- free Wi-Fi
The Queensland Coastal Pass and the Queensland Explorer Pass rail passes allows you to travel in economy class seats on the Tilt Train. Economy seats are comfortable with a generous recline, fold-down table and on board entertainment on overhead screens. All seats face the direction of travel.
The licensed Galley Car serves hot food, snacks and drinks (including beer and wine).
Business class gives you wider, more comfortable seats plus complimentary juice and a newspaper. Business class seats feature power points so you can charge your phone, tablet and computer.
You can use the Queensland Coastal Pass and the Queensland Explorer Pass to travel on the Tilt Train.