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What is the Best Passenger Train Station in Queensland?

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by T. A. Rose (subscribe)
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Published June 26th 2021
Beerburrum Train Station, Queensland, train lines
Beerburrum Train Station courtesy of author 2020.

There are some nicely designed and heritage-listed buildings in Queensland's many train stations. As I've seen in my estimation about 60-70 per cent of all the train stations in this state, I feel as though I have a strong summary of the state's train stations and this question answer is to summarise the state's many stations with outstanding ones given special mention. The first station worth some mention is Ascot Railway Station - it looks historic, it looks complementary to the racing carnivals and it's a great inner-city station. From a more rural perspective, Longreach, Emerald and Barcaldine were all quite magnificent in terms of design, charm and significance. I saw them on my Spirit of the Outback train trip.

While the northern Yandina, Beerwah, Landsborough, Cooroy, Kuranda, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns represent an eclectic mix of various history, purpose and busyness. What about the newer Brisbane region stations? Springfield Central is very nice and there is one mega lot of shops beside it, with the giant pool and everything new and Education City 'around the corner' - I see why it's often seen as a growth area.

Indooroopilly is quite nice for such a busy station. It's got some nice shops on the eastern side of the tracks, yet to the west is the vast business area and Westfield shops. Although the more older-looking Clayfield Station is pretty nice, it's just set nicely, so small yet quite historic. Unfortunately, historic towns such as Maryborough and Gympie have pushed their major intra-state train stations or allocated (to be more polite) to the outskirts of the towns. It's not quite like the yesteryear - yet in nearby Bundaberg, the train station is in the city's heart and the platform is often packed on intrastate journeys.

Toowoomba railway station, western line, queensland
Toowoomba Railway Station, source: TravellerQLD Wikipedia.

Toowoomba Station is quite large and significant but in terms of connecting could get better times, but it must comply with the fact the Westlander is a long journey that has many stops and kilometres, hence inconvenient times. The Westlander gets there closer to midnight, heading west. On that western line is Dalby and Roma, which both have awesome water storing thick stumped palm trees visible from them, with Roma seen in my very own Westlander article to better illustrate what I mean about the palm trees; they are part of the station grounds, while for Dalby, it's part of the town centre, while going past the big watermelon or just 'the big melon' at a ridiculous hour near Chinchilla station is quite a thrill somehow.

Park Road Station is very busy and is the last inner-city stop heading to the Gold Coast, while Southbank is quite nice, near the large TAFE.

Park Road Railway Station, Brisbane, Southside, Wooloongabba, Queensland
Park Road Railway Station, source: TravellerQLD - Wikipedia.

The mega stations have to be Fortitude Valley, Bowen Hills, South Brisbane, Central and Roma Street, for the sheer volume of passengers, and are quite nice stations, they aren't as overwhelming as places such as Sydney and Flinders Street Stations elsewhere in Australia.

Roma Street Station
Roma Street Station, courtesy of author and WeekendNotes, 2021.

There are in fact many historic, heritage and quirky stations in the sunshine state, there are many reasons to have an answer to what is the best passenger train station in Queensland?
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by Gail. (score: 0|4) 163 days ago
Hi I went on the spirit of Queensland I had been in Cairns and we stopped at Tully on the way back to Rockhampton and we were able to get out for a while at Tully station has pot plants all around the station someone must be a gardener I thought it brightened up the station he had orchids and various other pot plants hanging on walls and on the platform doors alsorts of places.
by ledwa (score: 1|13) 47 days ago

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