Wi-Fi for Tilt Trains and cruise ships
Improved Wi-Fi access has been implemented for tourists and locals in both Queensland and Tasmania.
Queensland Rail has introduced a free Wi-Fi trial on its recently refurbished Tilt Train, which travels on the rail network between Rockhampton, the Wide Bay and Brisbane. Meanwhile, the Hobart Cruise Ship Terminal is also now Wi-Fi accessible in time for Tasmania’s peak tourism season.
“This is the first time we have offered Wi-Fi on the long-distance Queensland Rail travel fleet and passengers will recognise a train offering the free Wi-Fi service via signage in the carriage,” said Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt.
During the last financial year, more than 180,000 people took a journey from either Rockhampton or Bundaberg aboard the electric Tilt Train and the replacement diesel services that ran during the refurbishment process.
The train underwent a mechanical upgrade and internal refurbishment this year, with work being undertaken by Downer EDI in Maryborough. Consequently, passengers will now have greater Wi-Fi options during their travels along the southern Queensland coast.
This is also the case for passengers at the Hobart Cruise Ship Terminal, where Wi-Fi has now been switched on at MAC2 wharf.
The Hodgman government, in partnership with Telstra, has committed to 50 Wi-Fi locations statewide. There are now a total of six Wi-Fi points within the terminal.
The switch-on took place just before the arrival of the Carnival Spirit, with its 2000 cruise passengers. The ship also moored at Port Arthur, which has become the most popular Wi-Fi hot spot since the network launched. There were 12,300 users recorded as logging on.
Other popular locations within the state include Cradle Mountain, the Hobart waterfront, Salamanca and Launceston Seaport.
The service is also available to locals and is accessible for 30 minutes per device, per location, per day.
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