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Queensland Getting There
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There are numerous major air carriers serving Brisbane and Queensland including:
    Air New Zealand
  British Airways
  Cathay Pacific
  Garuda Indonesia
  Malaysia Airlines
  Singapore Airlines
  United Airlines
  Virgin Atlantic
Domestic 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 island resorts.

Approximate flight times

The approximate flying time from Brisbane to London is 23 hours and 30 minutes.

International airports

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 of Australia.


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 cities.

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 around.

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 at Sydney.

The Newell Highway
runs inland connecting Brisbane and Melbourne.


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 also obtainable.

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.