carriers include Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue.
Airlines such as Macair Airlines offer charter flights and feeder
services to Queensland’s main towns and the Barrier Reef
Approximate flight times
The approximate flying time from Brisbane to
London is 23 hours and 30 minutes.
Please see the separate airport section for Brisbane International.
Cairns airport (CNS) is 8 kilometres (5 miles)
from the city. Cairns is a brilliant gateway both to the Great
Barrier Reef and the tropical north, and hosts flights from Asia,
Europe, the Far East, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. Airport
shuttle buses (the travel time is 10 to 15 minutes) and taxis
operate services to the city.
The extensive internal airline system means that Queensland is
connected with nearly all main Australian gateways.
Brisbane is connected directly to Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne,
Alice Springs and Darwin, as well as having links with Mount Isa,
Cairns, Townsville and other smaller airstrips within the state.
Cairns and Townsville also offer simple connections to the rest
Queensland has its own railway system, run by
QR, the main
routes being the Queenslander and the Sunlander which connect
coastal towns from Brisbane to Cairns.
In addition, other services, such as the Westlander,
Inlander and Spirit of Outback (from Brisbane to Longreach) open
up the Outback to travellers. The Spirit of the Tropics offers
more coastal services.
The main tourist services
are the famous Gulflander and the Kuranda Scenic Rail. The Great
South Pacific Express running from Brisbane to Sydney or Cairns
is a luxury service run by Orient Express Trains and Cruises.
The new Tilt Train offers a faster service from Rockhampton to
Brisbane. The main train stations are Roma Street and Central.
The Sunshine Railpass allows unlimited travel on Queensland’s
rail routes. brilliant travel facilities for those intending extensive
travel throughout the state. The Queensland Roadrail Pass, for economy
class only, offers 10 journeys over a 60 day period or 20 journeys
over a 90 day period. For more information about rail travel and
passes please visit Queensland Rail Travel online.
There is a high standard of highways
and road networks offering simple connections between towns and
The Bruce Highway runs down the whole east coast
from Cairns to Brisbane and continues running into New South Wales.
An extensive coach network offers a cheap and easy way of getting
The inland areas can be explored with 4 wheel drive vehicles,
many of the interior roads being unsealed, 4 wheel drive vehicles
and guided self drive tours are possible.
The other main highways running into the interior are the Capricorn
Highway (Rockhampton to Winton), the Flinders
Highway (Townsville to Mount Isa, connecting with the
network in the Northern Territory) and the Warrego Highway
(Brisbane to Charleville).
The Mitchell and Landsborough Highways,
which in places have unsealed road surfaces, run roughly north
to south, connecting the main east to west highways and finishing
The Newell Highway runs inland connecting Brisbane and
Brisbane’s brilliant rail system is easy
to use for suburban services, particularly cross river. There
are also cross river ferries, and a comprehensive
bus network with zonal fares and 10 journey pre purchase fares
available through newsagents. Day and other period tickets are
The City Sights Bus stops at 18 places of interest
around the city, during a 90 minute tour, for A $20 (for adults)
and A $15 (for children). In Cairns, bus services operate Monday
to Saturday and there is a touring bus that follows a circular
route, Cairns Red Explorer, that departs from the Transit Centre.
Day tickets are A $20 (for adults) and A $10 (for children). Taxis
are also available.