Sunlander-bigWhat better way to sample some of the iconic Australian pleasures: The Great Barrier Reef, the Kuranda Scenic Railway, the islands such as Fraser and the Whitsundays, and the rainforest? The Sunlander train links them all, with its overnight service crossing 1,045 miles on the east coast of Queensland, Australia, from Brisbane to Cairns.

The scenery is spectacular. The possible stopovers are, too. If you take the train straight through, it takes 32 hours.