Queensland Rail’s network consists of over 7,000 kilometres of track.
As an integrated passenger rail operator, Queensland Rail provides vital public passenger transport in South East Queensland. Trains travel between Brisbane and key regional areas such as Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Longreach, Charleville and Mount Isa.
In addition, Queensland Rail's Regional Freight Network provides critical infrastructure that enables the resources, agricultural, construction and tourism industries of Queensland to access supply chain solutions that foster economic growth.
Further information about Queensland Rail's network can be found in the sections and links below.
Queensland Rail's South East Queensland Network
The South East Queensland network is an integrated passenger and rail access service that extends from the centre of Brisbane, south to Beenleigh and Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast, north to Ferny Grove, Shorncliffe, Doomben, Caboolture and Gympie, east to Cleveland and west to Richlands, Ipswich and Rosewood.
Passenger services are provided through the City network and are integral to the daily life of our customers, whether students, workers, tourists or residents, moving between suburbs and cities. Our key challenge in managing the City network is ensuring capacity in the face of growing demand. Aside from the rapid expansion in South East Queensland’s population, commuter and long distance passenger trains compete with freight operators also access to paths on the network. Working with the Queensland Government, Queensland Rail is determining how to best expand and develop the rail network to meet the tremendous growth anticipated over the next 20 years.
Queensland Rail's Regional Freight Network
The regional freight network supports industries on the Mount Isa, North Coast, Western, West Moreton, South Western and Central Western lines.
Rail operators and other access seekers interested in access to the regional freight network will negotiate their proposed operations through Access & Business Strategy. Every application is handled under the process as set down in the current 2008 QR Network Access Undertaking, which defines the regime for open access to the Queensland Rail network. The process is approved by the state competition regulator, the Queensland Competition Authority and includes certain requirements and timeframes.
Queensland Rail is commited to improving supply chain solutions, developing partnerships and fostering new business opportunities to help meet the needs of resources, agricultural, construction and tourism company customers and operators.
To find out more about the regional network, please refer to the Downloads and Rail System Maps page.
If you are interested in finding out more about the access process as a train service operator, please refer to the Access and Regulation page.