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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.
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We've shown you the carriage of Queensland Rail's luxury train The Sunlander. We've even spoken about the destination on our recent culinary experience on board the train. Now, we highlight the dining options while we traveled; we hope you aren't hungry.
The theme of the tour, Masterclass Experience, revolved around food. DUH. More specifically, the focus fell on local produce from Queensland, a state that plays host to perfect climates for growing tropical fruits and vegetables, wide open spaces for beef cattle, and coastal waters for plenty of seafood.
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Sunset from Yacht Club
We have told you about the unique travel experiences that Queensland Rail offers to travelers, and even invited you in to have a look at the rail cars themselves. Now it's time to talk destinations, and this one's a doozy.
Boarding The Sunlander train in the Aussie city of Brisbane, the one-night rail journey was chockablock with wining and dining. After aperitifs, we retired to our berth to find it was magically made up into a single bed (You have to love top-notch customer service). When we awoke, we were just approaching the inland town of Proserpine, Queensland. Showering and breakfasting while whizzing past sugar cane fields is just one of those treasured, "only on a train" moments.
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Train travel certainly conjures up the imagery of vintage Hollywood glamor with a touch of international mystery. Club cars, dining cars and sleeping cabins are all part of the allure that is traveling by rail. Yesterday, we introduced you to Queensland Rail luxury services all around the Australian outback. Now, we give you a peek into the actual train and sleeping berths The Sunlander offers.
Queensland Rail offers many themed rail tours, and we chose the Masterclass Culinary Holiday which involves only one night on the train with an on-board dining experience carefully orchestrated by a celebrity chef. It's essentially the glitz and posh fun of Murder on the Orient Express without the murder.
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We admit, traveling can become a real pain the in the ass sometime. That's why when luxury travel becomes accessible to the masses, we get excited. We have already told you about what the people down under at Queensland Rail have been up to by creating unique travel journeys to scenic destinations. Now we can show you a bit more.
The 146-year old Queensland Rail is the largest regional rail system Australia offers, and it's one that opens up the opportunity to explore a part of the sprawling continent, without having to go and from airports. Specifically we mean the state of Queensland, called the fruit bowl of Australia.
Now, onboard the Sunlander! The train commenced services in 1953, so it maintains the romantic vintage air of train travel while incorporating the modern luxuries of today.
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There are very few things that can beat a tropical island. Today we came to you from a tropical island in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. More specifically, a group of islands called the Whitsundays. The exact island name is Hamilton Island, also known as the home of the Best Job in the World.
The group of islands were discovered by Captain Cook right after he "found" Australia. The infamous explorer's detour around the giant barrier reef led him smack dab into the middle of these palm-covered volcanic islands. The primitivity of the Whitsundays has long since disappeared, replaced by a whole crop of tasteful luxury resorts, but it's still very much paradise.
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Let's flashback for a moment to 1974 when Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman traveled in style on the Orient Express. One of the world's most famous fictional detectives, Hercule Poirot, just happened to be on the same train...and a passenger turns up dead. The rest of the story is filled with mystery, comedy and further twists. Now subtract the murder and the bungling detective, but keep the glamour; in some places, the allure of train travel remains.
Australian system Queensland Rail continues the classic tradition with a new product, pairing train travel with 5-star food and wine. QR has introduced a master class travel itinerary through the outback while sampling local nosh from famous Aussie chefs. These guys offer 7 different trips to many different parts of their extensive rail system.