We have recently returned from a trip on the Sunlander and absolutely loved it. We travelled Queenslander class which was luxury and it was fabulous. From the moment we stepped on we were treated like royalty. It was comfortable, food was amazing gourmet all the way. Had the most incredible seafood platter with loads of prawns, bugs, oysters etc. To die for! Lounge car was comfortable and we were treated to a piano player serenading us for most of the trip which was lovely. What a wonderful relaxing trip we had and we had the added bonus of being able to see the country as we travelled. It was a long trip but having chosen Queenslander class made it very pleasant. If you were sitting in the lounge chairs for the whole trip I think it would seem a long time on the train. If you choose to travel by train you really should look at the level of comfort you take as there are quicker options to get to Cairns. The Sunlander is for those who really want to enjoy the experience.