Pre-Trip Planning



The Sunlander has been chosen as one of the World's Top 25 Trains by the Society of International Railway Travellers. Watch the Queensland coastline unfold as you relish the comfort of a traditional train service, offering overnight sleepers, dining, lounge and club cars. The social on board atmosphere ensures you will meet plenty of new friends along the way.

The Sunlander travels both north and southbound three times a week and departs from numerous stations along the coast.  Why not stop in at St Lawrence and discover the unique experiences this region has to offer?

Tilt Train

The innovative Tilt Train travels at high speed, offering passengers a smooth and comfortable ride thanks to the ‘tilt' technology. You can take the Tilt Train to your favourite Queensland coastal destinations between Brisbane and Rockhampton, and between Brisbane and Cairns.

Whether you're heading north or south, the Tilt Train is the perfect opportunity to stop off at St Lawrence or Carmila and discover some of Isaac's hidden coastal gems in between. Ideal for shorter daytime trips; the Tilt Train will get you there efficiently, ensuring you don't miss a moment of scenery along the way.


QantasLink (Emerald and Moranbah)

Linking regional Queensland to Australia and the world, QantasLink offers around 2 000 flights per week to over forty-five destinations across Australia. Customers can take advantage of seamless transfers to Qantas flights, including through checked baggage.

QantasLink provides services from Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville to Moranbah; Brisbane to Emerald and Brisbane, Cairns, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Townsville to Mackay. To book, see your travel agent, phone 13 13 13 or visit


Jetstar is a low cost, value based carrier that currently operates more than 1 300 flights a week to thirty destinations. Jetstar has regular flights from nine destinations to Mackay; including one international flight to New Zealand. For more information or to make a booking, see your local travel agent, phone 13 15 38 or visit

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia has quickly evolved to become Australia's leading major airline for service, on-time performance and value for money. Virgin Australia has regular flights to Mackay and Moranbah. For more information or to make a booking, see your local travel agent, phone 13 67 89 or visit

Tiger Airways

Tiger Airways provides affordable air travel to destinations across Asia and Australasia. It currently has four return flights a week between Melbourne and Mackay. For more information or to make a booking see your local travel agent, phone 03 9335 3455 or visit



Greyhound Australia provides comfortable, hassle-free, and affordable coach services to all corners of Australia. They travel to over 1100 destinations in Australia daily including towns within the Isaac region. Greyhound can also provide regular contracted charter services.

Greyhound bus services offer a wide variety of ticketing options which allow you to travel at your own pace, hopping on and off as many times as your ticket allows. Or, you can choose your starting point and end destination and design your own trip along the way.

Mackay Transit Coaches

Mackay Transit Coaches provides public passenger transport solutions to the Mackay Region. 25 years operational, Mackay Transit Coaches is a Locally owned and operated company. Now running Emerald - Mackay and return 365 days a year. 

Visit their website or call1300 MTC BUS (1300 682 287).

Self Drive and Car Hire

The Isaac Region is best explored by driving yourself or with friends or family around the country side. This allows you to stop off in some of the smaller country communities whose charm and character are often overlooked. For those flying or taking the train into the Isaac Region, why not hire a car and discover this for yourself? There are many hire car outlets strategically placed throughout the Isaac Region including Clermont, Dysart, Middlemount, and Moranbah. Outlets are also located in nearby cities including, Emerald, Mackay and Rockhampton.

When self-driving to and through the Isaac Region, be sure to check out our themed routes:

  • The Mining Trail (Clermont to Mackay including the towns of Moranbah & Nebo)
  • The Bulls Head Tourist Drive (Clermont to Pioneer Station to Clermont)
  • Aramac to Clermont 4WD Route (Aramac to Clermont)
  • The Great Inland Way (Sydney to Townsville)