Ahhhhhhh 2fts. A guaranteed throsby for even the most one eyed mainline railway fan.
But for something a lot different, rack off from Australia and head towards the beautiful country of Fiji. Once you get past the initial suspisions and realise that their friendliness in genuine (unlike those attitudes left at home) you will find a railway adverture far removed from what your used to.
Hope a cab for a ride through some of the best scenery you will ever see. Be prepared to share the kava (best described as a muddy, peppery type drink that renders your lips numb) with the crew.
Four mills remain operational in Fiji, Lautoka (the largest and most extensive system), Rarawai (Ba), Penang(Rakiraki, the smallest mill with a most interesting fleet) and Labasa.
Whole stick trucks, portable tracks, cattle pulling trucks, hand cutting, its what the Australian cane system was decades ago.
Step back in time, head to Fiji and leave the miserable dribbly foamer culture behind.