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The Little Things: Unique Orchids in Queensland Rail Cabins

Where: Australia
January 14, 2013 at 3:12 PM | by | Comment (1)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: Queensland Rail's Cooktown Orchid spray in the overnight sleeper cabins.

Boarding a train with plans to share some stories with fellow travelers in the club car and then retire to your berth is super glamorous as it is, but when we walked into our cabin to find a delicate orchid spray in a bud vase, it put a smile on our face and added to air of retro travel glamor.

Sitting back to watch the scenery fly by just out of the station in Brisbane, we read the train info and discovered the details on this little bit of brightness staring at us.

The Cooktown Orchid became Queensland's floral emblem in 1959, marking the state's centenary. Long before the actual 100 year anniversary, the native flower stood as the unofficial state flower and was a symbol of the tropical climate of the region. Flourishing in the tropical northern areas of Queensland, the flower can be found growing on trees and rocks of the humid rainforests in the Cape York Peninsula.

Clickety-clacking up the tracks on our way north to the sugar cane fields of Proserpine, the orchid was that Little Thing that officially set us in relaxed journey mode. So it's not just airline first class suites that treat their guests to a special flower here and there.

[Photo: Rayme Gorniak for Jaunted]

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Faux? Hell no.

I love that they didn't go down the plastic/silk/faux road (or "track" if you will).

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