Car freight from Brisbane to Cairns or Townsville?

Car freight from Brisbane to Cairns or Townsville?

by Amy
(Brisbane, Qld)


We're planning a trip for next year, and had intended to send our 4x4 to Townsville or Cairns on the Sunlander motorail. We've been advised by Queensland Rail that the Sunlander will cease operating from December this year and will be replaced with a passenger only tilt train.

I've contacted a few car freight companies to see if they would transport our 4x4, but all so far have strict policy that the vehicle must be completely empty of personal items.

Has anyone else transported their vehicle or have any ideas as to what other arrangements might work?

Thanks in advance,


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Hi Amy,
by: Katrin

Unfortunately I am not familiar with things this far south.

Can anyone help Amy please??

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us too.
by: sharna

We are in the same position. Did you have any luck? I

Car transport + personal belongings
by: Anonymous

'Melcrest' transport company allow you to have personal belongings in your car up to 150kg. It adds an extra $150 to the cost. I'm moving my car with personal belongings from Townsville to Brisbane for approximately $550 (depot to depot).

Hi Anonymous
by: Katrin

Thank you !!

Road freight.
by: Kaz

Lots of road freight carriers ranging in price over a barrel if the government ends and era of Sunlander.

Car with QR trip
by: Denise

What a shame this opportunity is gone, it serviced well to cover the distance between Cairns and Brisbane with major stops, with the chance to rest and enjoy the train travel.

I was so looking forward to the trip with my car from Townsville to Brisbane.

It's too much for me to drive all the way, even with stops, and a full car.

Will such a facility be re-introduced?

Maybe a sleeper car for self-contained travel and car transport attached to a freight train??

by: Scarness2Brisbane

I am wanting to transport car from Scarness to Brisbane, and therefore back-load might be a good idea, perhaps any car from further north destined for Bundaberg, then Scarness to Brisbane ... ? Multiple cars from North to South, to serve as a back-load for any car(s) going from South to North, the two way transport being most cost effective for all concerned syndicate 'members' ... ?

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