Sunshine Coast railway line

The Sunshine Coast railway line refers to the section of Queensland's North Coast line that has regular interurban passenger services, which connect Brisbane with the Sunshine Coast and as far north as Gympie. It is the longest line on the Queensland Rail City network.

Sunshine Coast line
Landsborough Railway Station, Queensland, Sep 2012.JPG
TypeCommuter rail/Intercity rail
SystemQueensland Rail City network
LocaleSunshine Coast
TerminiRoma Street
Gympie North
OwnerQueensland Rail
Operator(s)Queensland Rail
Rolling stockICE (Gympie North)
IMU/SMU260 (Nambour)
Line length180 km (110 mi)
Track length172.21 km (107.01 mi)
Number of tracksQuadruple to Northgate, triple to Petrie, double to Beerburrum, remainder single track with passing loops.
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Operating speed140 km/h (87 mph)
Route map
Sunshine Coast railway line
showing distance from Central and ticket zone
172.2 km
Gympie North
Mary Valley Rattler to Imbil
150.3 km
145.5 km
139.9 km
130.9 km
122.5 km
112.7 km
104.8 km
(Railbus 649 Terminus) (6)
100.7 km
97.3 km
92.7 km
87.5 km
Dularcha National Park
82.5 km
Australia Zoo
76.9 km
71.8 km
Glasshouse Mountains
64.6 km
58.6 km
Kilcoy line (closed)
49.6 km
(Railbus 649 Terminus) (3/4)
Caboolture River
46.4 km
40.4 km
35.6 km
32.1 km
27.4 km
Shorncliffe line
9.9 km
Airport line
6.5 km
Eagle Junction
2.7 km
Bowen Hills
1.3 km
Fortitude Valley
0.0 km
0.8 km
Roma Street


Elimbah station in September 2012

Nambour and Gympie North services use the Caboolture line to Caboolture, then the North Coast line to Nambour and Gympie North. The line consists of four tracks from Roma Street to Northgate, then three tracks to Petrie, allowing Nambour & Gympie North express services to pass the local Caboolture services. The line is then double track to Beerburrum.

North of Beerburrum, the line is single track with passing loops at most stations. Due to the rapidly rising population on the Sunshine Coast and in hinterland towns, the annual compounded growth rate for morning peak passenger numbers on the line north of Caboolture is 6%, second only to the 7.1% figure for the Gold Coast line south of Beenleigh.

Traveltrain services; the Spirit of Queensland,[1] Spirit of the Outback[2] and the Bundaberg and Rockhamption Tilt Trains traverse the line, along with Aurizon and Pacific National freight trains.[3]


In 2001, the Queensland Government started a study for the need to upgrade the North Coast Line between Caboolture and Landsborough.

On 14 April 2009, a new 14 kilometre double-track alignment from Caboolture to Beerburrum opened. A four kilometre section of the old line immediately north of Caboolture was retained for use as a passing loop, with the remainder of the old line lifted. This saw new stations at Elimbah and Beerburrum built. Glasshouse Mountains, Beerwah and Landsborough stations have all received major work including platform extensions and lifts.[4][5] The line is scheduled to be duplicated to Landsborough by 2021.[6]

In 2009, the platforms at Mooloolah, Palmwoods, Woombye, Eudlo, Eumundi, Pomona and Cooran were extended with scaffolding and plywood materials.[7] Initially intended as an interim arrangement until permanent extensions were built, the temporary platforms remain.[8]

A study has been completed into duplicating and straightening the line between Landsbrough and Nambour. It is proposed that two new tunnels and four upgraded stations (Mooloolah, Eudlo, Palmwoods and Woombye) will be constructed.[9]

Line guide and servicesEdit

Trains to and from Nambour typically run express between Petrie and Bowen Hills, with stops at Northgate and Eagle Junction.[10] Trains to and from Gympie North skips stations between Caboolture and Bowen Hills stopping only at Petrie and Northgate.

To relieve congestion on the section north of Beerburrum, the rail service is supplemented by a bus service operated by Kangaroo Bus Lines on weekdays between Caboolture and Nambour as route 649.[10] Passengers for/from the Redcliffe Peninsula line change at Petrie, Shorncliffe line at Northgate, Airport and Doomben change at Eagle Junction and Ferny Grove lines change at Bowen Hills, and all other lines at Central.


  1. ^ "Spirit of Queensland timetable" (PDF). Queensland Rail Travel. 14 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Spirit of the Outback timetable" (PDF). Queensland Rail Travel. 14 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Tilt Train timetable" (PDF). Queensland Rail Travel. 14 December 2018.
  4. ^ Landsborough station upgrade plans revealed Queensland Government 21 December 2006
  5. ^ Caboolture to Beerburrum Duplication Queensland Rail
  6. ^ Caboolture to Landsborough Rail Upgrade Study Department of Transport & Main Roads
  7. ^ Works commence on North Coast platform extensions Queensland Rail 10 August 2009
  8. ^ Travellers blast lack of funding Sunshine Coast Daily 2 February 2012
  9. ^ "Landsborough to Nambour Rail Corridor Study". Queensland Government. 2009. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
  10. ^ a b "Sunshine Coast Line timetable". TransLink. Retrieved 14 December 2018.