For railway buffs, Australia has a myriad experiences and adventures. Brisbane 's annual model railways exhibition is the largest of its kind in Australia. Also in or near Brisbane
are the state-of-the-art and wholly interactive, Workshops Railway Museums at Ipswich (home of rail in Queensland ) or at Southbank in Brisbane , and include visits from the likes of Thomas the Tank Engine and Bob the Builder.
Tasmania has a model display of the railways and villages of the Swiss Alps and miniature train rides are available in most states. Steep, scenic railway rides are available at Kuranda near Cairns, the Blue Mountains
near Sydney or the West Coast Wilderness of Tasmania. The 1900-built steam engine, Puffing Billy, runs through the Dandenong Ranges - perhaps with a wine tasting tour of the Yarra Valley or a visit to the Victorian goldmines.
Try transcontinental, economy travel by rail to see more than you would by air, or the luxury of first class travel aboard one of Australia 's famous long-distance trains - it's all here!
Imaginative and sometimes romantic names adorn many train journeys: the Ghan travels between Perth, Adelaide and Darwin; the Indian Pacific runs between Sydney, Adelaide and Perth; the Overlander between Melbourne and Adelaide; the Spirit of the Outback travels between Brisbane and Longreach; the Prospector between Perth and the Kalgoorlie goldfields; the Westlander from Brisbane to Charleville, Cunnamulla and Quilpie; the Sunlander from Brisbane to Cairns; and many more.