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Kuranda Scenic Rail and Kuranda Cableway – From Cairns and Northern Beaches

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Key Highlights
  • Tips to Survive a Trip to Cairns During Summer
  • Spend the day enjoying the spectacular scenery of a World Heritage Rainforest
  • Time in Kuranda will be at leisure; plan your perfect day
  • Kuranda Skyrail and Kuranda Cableway are two of the world's most beautiful journeys
  • Hotel pick up and drop off and transport in an air conditioned vehicle
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    7½ hours (Approx.)

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Cairns or Northern Beaches.
    (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Cairns or Northern Beaches.

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Take two of Australia’s most scenic journeys and enjoy time at leisure in a beautiful town in a World Heritage Rainforest on this Kuranda Tour.

    Ride the Kuranda Scenic Rail to Kuranda Village. This scenic railway offers incredible views of the rainforest as it winds its way through hand hewn tunnels and travels past the cascading waters of Barron Falls and Stoney Creek Falls.

    Kuranda village is nestled in mountaintop rainforest and has vibrant heritage markets, restaurants and cafes. Kids particularly enjoy a visit to the Kuranda Koala Gardens to see koalas, wombats and kangaroos or a visit to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary to see numerous species of butterfly.

    Travel down from Kuranda on the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which offers breathtaking views as it glides over a canopy of trees.


    You will be picked up from your hotel/accommodation and will travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to the Freshwater Station which is the departure point for the train.

    Travel to Kuranda aboard the Kuranda Scenic Rail, that runs from Cairns to Kuranda. This is one of the most beautiful train routes in Australia.

    As the train chugs up the hill to the Kuranda, it will cross many hand-hewn tunnels and bridges giving you an excellent view of the rainforest. You will see many waterfalls such as Barron Falls and Stoney Creek Falls on the way to Kuranda. Both are very picturesque – remember to take pictures here!

    After covering a distance of about 35 kilometers which takes about 90 minutes, the train will then stop at Kuranda Station where you will disembark. You will then have time at leisure to explore Kuranda. This mountain retreat has historic buildings that now house restaurants, bars and cafes. Stroll through the ‘heritage market’ that operates daily and shop for souvenirs: Aboriginal artifacts and other handcrafted goods found here are particularly beautiful.

    Enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants (payable direct) before proceeding to explore Kuranda further.

    You may visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld or the Kuranda Koala Gardens (all payable direct). See a variety of amazingly beautiful butterflies and animals and marvel at the natural beauty that this region is so rich in.

    You will then proceed to the departure point to board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for the world’s most beautiful rainforest experience. As the skyrail glides over a canopy of trees, see the variety of foliage present here. There will be two stops enroute where you may choose to walk through the rainforest.

    The skyrail will drop you at Caravonica Lake from where you will be picked up and taken back to your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.

    Your tour ends at the hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transport in an air conditoned vehicle
    • English speaking guide
    • Entrance fee Kuranda Scenic Rail
    • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
    • Exclusive Kuranda markets discounts
    • Lunch
    • Fuel levy of AU$2.00 per person
    • Entrance fees: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary:$17/adult, Birdworld: $16/adult, Kuranda Koala Gardens: $16/adult
    • Alternatively, there is a pass called the Kuranda Wildlife Experience that includes all three parks, which can be purchased at any of the above. The retail price for this is $42, which represents a $7 saving per Adult.
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details

    A fuel levy of AU$2 per person to be payable directly upon commencement of the tour to supplier's representative

    All Kuranda Scenic Railway services are cancelled on the following dates due to planned maintenance on the Kuranda Range:

    07, 14, 21 May 2015 & 03, 07, 17 September 2015

    28, 29 April 2016, 09, 10, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24 May 2016 , 02, 03 June 2016, 15, 22, 29 August 2016, 17, 18 October 2016, 17, 18 November 2016, 01, 02 December 2016

    Wheelchair access at Red Peak Station will be closed for above mentioned dates meaning the boardwalks at Red Peak will only be accessible via the stairs.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

    This tour is suitable for senior citizens also as there are no long walks involved.

    It is possible to bring a walker if an elderly person is traveling but only when the stay is in a cairns hotel. Pls inform us in advance if you wish to bring a walker along so that we can reserve space for it.

  • Customer Reviews
    • Great Day Out

      We were collected from our accommodation and taken to the railway station. Commentary was made along the way which was good. The Kuranda Scenic Rail journey was excellent and can...

      Marcia J Crosse, Australia, 06/Aug/2013
    • kuranda

      Train up and Skyrail down for the best view: Inside the forest and on top of the trees. Skyrail is awesome. The professional pick-up and drop-off took the stress off our min...

      Xa Cont dinh, Australia, 14/Mar/2012
    • Kuranda

      The trip was we organised and the day ran smoothly. I loved that there wre people around to guide us through the day when we needed it.A great trip with something for everyone....

      Tracey L Perkins, Australia, 13/Jul/2011

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