‘The Sunshine Route’ (1950s) – Brisbane to Cairns by train

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Film showing the journey from Brisbane to Cairns by train along the east coast. Film begins with a map of Queensland and throughout the program shows the progress up the coast. Shows footage of: the towns and industry along the way including farming, mining, boat construction; workers leaving the factory on Bicycles in Maryborough; elevated view of Bundaberg; Gladstone factories and post office; images of coral at Gladstone; town of Rockhampton including houses and public buildings; Rockhampton Botanic Gardens; Central Queensland Meat Export from the exterior and interior; aerial views of mining and coastline near Mackay; images of the beach and coral near Proserpine; main street of Ayr; sugar cane farms in the region near Ayr; town centre of Townsville; agricultural industry in Cairns including Sugar Cane and Corn; elevated views of the Cairns region. The stops on the journey are Gympie, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Sarina, Mackay, Proserpine, Bowen, Home Hill, Ayr, Townsville, Ingham, Tully, Innisfail, and Cairns.

Credit Queensland State Archives

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