Arrangements exist where members of the New Zealand Railways Staff Welfare Trust are able to have access to holiday accommodation within Australia which is similar to that operated by the Trust in New Zealand.

The following organisations are part of the overall Australian network –

Queensland Railways Institute                            

Units available in Coolum Beach, Yeppoon, Magnetic Island and Mermaid Beach (all in Queensland).


Transport Life & Leisure                                      

Units available in Batemans Bay, Port Macquarie, The Entrance, Woolgoolga, Byron Bay, Nambucca Heads, Soldiers Point, Tuncurry (all in NSW) and Kirra (Queensland).

Victorian Railways Institute                                 

Units available in Jans Juc Torquay, Philip Island (both in Victoria), and Coolangatta and Kirra (both in Queensland).

Western Australia Railways Institute                    

Units available in Albany, Busselton, Esperance, Kalbarri, Margaret River, Augusta, Dunsborough, Jurien Bay, Mandurah, and Port Denison (all in WA).                                                                                  

Australia National Railways Institute                   

Units available in Glenelg, Victor Harbour, and Henley Beach (all in SA).    

Tasmanian Railways Institute Inc.                                 Email:


Units available in Devonport, Launceston, Hobart and St Helens (all in Tasmania).


There is NO holiday accommodation available in major metropolitan cities such as Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Canberra.


Conditions which apply are -

  1. Preference in allocation will be given to local members of the organisation owning the unit or house. 

  2. Applications must be made directly via the relevant Australian organisation. In most cases a deposit is required at time of booking.

All rental charges must be met before leaving New Zealand unless special arrangements are agreed between all parties.


Rental rates for accommodation operated by the Australian organisations vary and, in many cases, there are also seasonal rates.  Allocations are not likely during the Christmas/New Year and other school holidays.

The standard of accommodation varies, although much is of similar standard to that in New Zealand.

Most places require you to supply your own linen etc. though it is possible in some places to hire these items.