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The Kuranda Tour from Cairns

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    • Adult (15+)
    • Child (4-14)
  • Children from age 0 to 3 are not allowed.
from US$ 93.69 per person pp
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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy the multi-award-winning Skyrail experience – voted Australia′s best tourist attraction!
  • Enjoy one of the world′s most romantic rail journeys
  • Learn to play a didgeridoo and throw boomerangs at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
  • Stupendous photo-opportunities
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Overview
    Spend a day in and around delightful Kuranda – the ‘Village in the Rain Forest’ – with this excellent package. Choose from four great options for your day. Whatever choices you make, you will have a wonderful time!

    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.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?



    8 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped off at the same point at which you were picked up


    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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
    • English-speaking driver/ guide
    • Standard Kuranda Scenic Train tickets (The Kuranda Experience with Tjapukai & The Kuranda Experience)
    • Discounted entry to the Butterfly Sanctuary, Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld by showing your Tour sticker/train or Skyrail pass


    • Meals or beverages
  • Please note

    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.

    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.
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