8 hoursStart time
Start time: Approximately 0830h (08:30am)
Duration: 8 hours
Pick-up from most Cairns hotels.
(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)
You will be dropped off at the same point at which you were picked up
Start your trip from Cairns with one of Australia’s most spectacular rail journeys. Rising from sea level to 328m, the Kuranda Scenic Railway travels through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, punctuated with magnificent waterfalls and set against breathtaking mountain scenery.
Alight at Kuranda, where a host of interesting attractions and shopping opportunities await. Explore at leisure before you take the incredible Skyrail back to Cairns.
Glide like fruit bat just metres above the rainforest canopy as Skyrail immerses you in an intimate eco-experience where you’ll see, hear, smell and become part of the rainforest environment.
Choose the option with Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and immerse yourself in a 4,000-year-old culture. Plus you’ll have the chance to learn the didgeridoo and boomerang-throwing skills.
The Kuranda Experience with Tjapukai:
At the start of this tour you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the station to board the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
You will embark on a spectacular rail journey comprising matchless views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. This famous railway winds its way on a journey of approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’.
The Cairns-Kuranda Railway was built between 1882 and 1891 and even today is considered a tremendous feat of engineering. Hundreds of men were employed to build the 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges on the route and many sadly lost their lives carrying out this difficult and dangerous work.
From the train windows, you will enjoy incredible views of North Queensland's World Heritage Listed rainforests, and the Barron Gorge National Park.
You alight at Kuranda Village, a quaint township in the rainforest famous for its arts, crafts and Aboriginal artifacts. Kuranda is also the location for popular attractions such as the Butterfly Sanctuary, Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld. Guests on the Kuranda Tour from Cairns may obtain a discount entry at these venues by showing their Scenic Train or Skyrail pass. You have 3 or 5 hours to spend in Kuranda.
If you opt for 3 hours in Kuranda, you will board Skyrail at 1300h (1:00pm) or If you opt for 5 hours in Kuranda, you will board Skyrail at 1500h (3:00pm). Jump into a gondola for a 7.5 km journey over the top of the rainforest back to Cairns. As you glide just metres above the tops of the trees in a comfortable six-person gondola cabin, your Skyrail experience will reveal one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth.
Voted Australia’s Best Major Tourist Attraction, the multi-award winning Skyrail is recognized not only as a premier tourist experience, but as a world leader in eco-tourism, providing you with a truly unique rainforest experience available nowhere else in the world.
At the end of your tour a coach will drop you back at your hotel.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
The Original Kuranda Markets and Heritage Markets are open daily.
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.