On my many travels to various destinations around the world I try to upgrade to better options that is offered knowing that I may or may not return to do that particular tour. Therefore, I try to do my tours in style and always obliged to spend extra dollar without any hesitation. With no exception, when I took the Kuranda Scenic train, I upgraded to “Gold-Class” carriage when I checked-in at Freshwater station. I was then instructed to make my way to the pergola where gold class passengers gather before boarding the train. There, I was welcomed by very friendly staff for a pre-trip mocktail (non-alcoholic) drink as I waited for the train to arrive from Cairns.
Finally, I stepped inside the train and was glad that I upgraded to Gold Class carriage. I not only had the comfortable seats but I was treated with special attention by the Gold-Class staff. Just before leaving Freshwater station, our Gold Class attendant welcomed us with introduction and house-rules. We were then given an onboard menu for drink selection from non-alcoholic to alcoholic drinks. As we slowly depart Freshwater station, our first drink was served immediately. It was definitely a great way to start my train trip up the mountain. As we slowly ascend up the mountain side, the Gold class attendant served our light snack with savoury muffins, cheese and spinach roll, followed by ANZAC biscuit and finally our locally produced 100% mango sorbet dessert. This was just mouth-watering on a summer day. Yes, they do cater for special dietary requirements but advance notice prior to travel is highly recommended.