Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Delicious Train Journey the Gastronomic Delights Continue; Gail Loader Wines and Dines with Master Chef Andrew Mirosch and Sirromet Winemaker Adam Chapman

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Delicious Train Journey the Gastronomic Delights Continue; Gail Loader Wines and Dines with Master Chef Andrew Mirosch and Sirromet Winemaker Adam Chapman

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CHOO-Choo! The train experience of a lifetime had begun.

Well, maybe chew-chew or even whoo-hoo would have better described the wining and dining extravaganza that is the Queensland Rail Master Class tour.

With celebrity chef Andrew Mirosch and winemaker extraordinaire Adam Chapman, from Sirromet, on board, not only did we sample the sumptuous fare but also learned much more about the ahow toa and awhya of these culinary delights on this gastronomic getaway.

Starting with a welcome party on the historic Roma Street platform in Brisbane, we met our hosts and fellow guests for this four-day experience for a celebratory champagne.

The excitement was palpable as we stepped aboard the Sunlander train to begin our journey, eagerly finding our way to our Queenslander Class cabins.

Not having enjoyed a real sleeper cabin before, I was impressed by the space and luxury comforts we were treated to on this renowned train that journeys from Brisbane to Cairns.

Once settled, high tea in the dining cabin was first on the menu. Delicately prepared sandwiches and a selection of wines were consumed while we gazed at the beautiful scenery.

Some lovely banter ensued with fellow diners before our first stop of interest at Gympie Station to learn more about the main ingredient for the night's degustation dinner.

With wine in hand, we stepped on to the platform to sample locally farmed red claw and chat with the owners of Cherax Park Aquaculture about how they produce these delicacies.

Back on the train, it was time to dress for dinner before making our way to the stylish dining car, guided by our maitre d'.

THE seven-course degustation dinner was a celebration of diverse Queensland produce, with each plate having a specially selected complementary wine.

After the incredibly satisfying dinner, we adjourned to listen to a pianist, who indulged us with a singalong as we continued to enjoy the range of Sirromet wines.

Lulled to sleep by gentle movement of the train on the tracks, we were carried towards Proserpine.

After mastering the art of showering in a moving carriage, there was time for a light breakfast before departing the train at Proserpine station and taking a bus to the nearby Whitsunday Gold Coffee plantation. …

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