Queensland Rail Travel is whetting the appetite of foodies across the country with the expansion of its
MasterClass packages for 2012, following on from the stunning success of its launch last year.
Seven MasterClass offerings are available for food and wine buffs, including the first north Queensland
departure, along with the maiden Outback MasterClass on the ever-popular Spirit of the Outback service to
Sirromet Winery’s head chef, Andrew Mirosch – who whisked food lovers away to Hamilton Island for the
first two MasterClass tours – is back with three adventures planned this year.
Joining Queensland Rail Travel for the first time and splitting the other four journeys are MasterChef
finalist, Alana Lowes, and Brisbane-based celebrity chef, Dominique Rizzo.
Queensland Rail Travel General Manager, Max Kruse, said he is thrilled to be able to offer customers a
unique culinary experience with such talented chefs on board.
“Fine dining and travel enthusiasts showed last year they have an appetite for experiences like this,” Mr
“To sell out both tours exceeded our expectations, but the demand is there, so we are ecstatic that we can
give customers the opportunity to spend time with some of the most talented chefs in the country.
“We are still taking three tours to Hamilton Island this year, but there are other destinations in 2012
including Cairns, 1770/Agnes Water, Longreach and Hervey Bay.
“The MasterClass tour to 1770/Agnes Water is the first one which will depart from Cairns, so it gives food
lovers across far north and north Queensland the chance to enjoy the event, too.
Customers taking MasterClass tours on The Sunlander will travel in luxurious Queenslander Class, which
already features culinary delights from across the state, including Townsville, Gympie or Rockhampton.
“Queensland has so many wonderful food-growing areas and it is important we show that off to customers
travelling in Queenslander Class,” Mr Kruse said.
“Our MasterClass chefs are all fresh food fanatics, so whether it’s fruit and vegetables from areas like the
Granite Belt and Lockyer Valley, beef from central Queensland, or seafood delivered straight from the
trawler in Townsville, you can be sure that home-grown produce will feature strongly in their culinary
“It’s important to Queensland Rail Travel that we promote the amazing tourist destinations in this state, and
this is just one way we can deliver tourism benefits to regional Queensland.
The MasterClass journeys include one-way overnight travel, a magnificent chef-prepared dinner and
matching wines, two nights accommodation with breakfast daily, an interactive MasterClass dinner with the
celebrity chef, along with a one-way economy flight back to your departure point.
Tickets for this year’s tours go on sale February 1.
March 22 – Brisbane to Hamilton Island (Dominique Rizzo)
April 12 – Cairns to 1770/Agnes Water (Dominique Rizzo)
April 17 – Brisbane to Longreach (Andrew Mirosch)
May 17 – Brisbane to Hamilton Island (Alana Lowes)
June 19 – Brisbane to Cairns (Andrew Mirosch)
August 10 – Brisbane to Hervey Bay (Andrew Mirosch)
October 18 – Brisbane to Hamilton Island (Alana Lowes)
Queensland Rail Travel is working closely with industry, including travel media, to demonstrate the
experiences on offer. If you are interested in exploring famil possibilities, please contact us.