Queensland is linked by rail to the rest via a standard gauge line
that terminated at Roma Street Station in Brisbane. A daily XPT service
is operated by NSW's Counrtrylink rail service between Roma Street
Station, Brisbane, and Central Station Sydney. The journey north
(Sydney to Brisbane) is a night service; the journey south (Brisbane to
Sydney) is a day service. Rail services from Brisbane to various
localities across Queensland are operated by Queensland Rail.
Rail Travel Times
Brisbane - Sydney: 16 hours 5 minutes
Brisbane - Rockhampton: 11 hrs. 25 mins.
Brisbane - Mt. Isa: 20 hrs. 55 mins.
Brisbane - Longreach: 23 hrs. 35 mins.
Brisbane - Townsville: 23 hrs. 40 mins.
Brisbane - Cairns: 32 hrs. 20 mins.
Brisbane - Cairns (tilt train): 23 hrs.
Brisbane - Charleville: 16 hrs. 45 mins.
Numerous operators provide coach services between Brisbane and Cairns (17 hrs. 30 mins.)
Airlie Beach, Whitsundays (6 hrs. 30 mins.)
Mt. Isa (26 hrs. 15 mins.)
Noosa (2 hrs. 50 mins.)
Surfers Paradise (1hr 20 mins.)
Sydney via coast road (17 hrs. 30 mins.)
Sydney via New England Hwy (14 hrs. 30 mins.)
Melbourne direct (24 hrs. 45 mins.)
Melbourne via Sydney (37 hrs. 30 mins.).
Road (private motor vehicle)
Queensland's towns are linked to each other, and to towns and cities
in other states by a network of well signposted, well maintained sealed
highways and major roads which allow for easy travel between localities.
In Queensland, the speed limit on the open road is generally 110
kilometres per hour. In Queensland, a driver’s licence from your
home country or another Australian state will usually suffice for up to
three months, as long as it has photo identification and it’s for
the same class of vehicle you intend to drive. If you’re staying
more than three months, you’ll need to get a WA drivers licence.
Road travel distances
Brisbane to Sydney: 980km
Brisbane to Rockhampton: 637km
Brisbane to Townsville: 1,369km
Brisbane to Cairns: 1,715km
Brisbane to Toowoomba: 128km
Brisbane to Charleville: 746km
Brisbane to Mt. Isa: 1,813km
Townsville to Mt. Isa: 850km
Rockhampton to Longreach: 680km
Charleville to Longreach: 500km