Soar high above the rainforest on the Kuranda Skyrail.

The Kuranda Skyrail is the longest gondola cableway in the world. It stretches about 7.5 km above the rainforest, or over 4.5 miles. Taking the Skyrail one way takes about an hour and a half to complete. The Skyrail stops at a couple of destinations along the way, allowing some time for you to explore each scenic location before continuing.

The Skyrail departs from Smithfield anytime between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm. If you choose to depart from Kuranda, you can jump on the one-way gondola until 3:15 pm. If you are planning a round-trip adventure from Kuranda, the latest you can board the gondola is at noon.

The gondolas depart all day and leave every fifteen minutes. You can climb aboard the gondola with up to five or six people including infants.

Now lies the question: what can you see from the Kuranda Skyrail?

Sightseeing from the Kuranda Skyrail

The Kuranda Skyrail glides high above Australia’s Wet Tropics Rainforest. From 7.5 km above the canopy of the rainforest, you can see the vast wilderness below. It provides a unique and fun way to see the rainforest from high above. You will be able to see cascading waterfalls, mountains, vast rivers, and much more.

What to see at Red Peak

You will have twenty minutes to explore Red Peak, one of the stops on the Skyrail. There is a gorgeous rainforest boardwalk, allowing you to stroll amongst the lush trees, along the rainforest floor. There will be a ranger who will be your guide as you stroll the scenic boardwalk. Your ranger will share stories about the rainforest and tell you all about the amazing environment.

You will want to have your camera ready, as there are heaps of spectacular views from the boardwalk loop. You can also take some time to learn even more about the rainforest at the Rainforest Discovery Zone.

What to see at Barron Falls

You will have twenty minutes to explore Barron Falls, another stop on the Skyrail. Though you will be able to see the waterfall from the Skyrail, you can take this chance to admire the picture-perfect view from a lookout. You can also take in the scenery from a short walking loop that offers unparalleled views across the landscape.

The falls tower an impressive 260 metres high, with four different waterfall drop points. During the summer months, you can often see rainbows forming in the mist that rises from the waterfalls.

The Kuranda Skyrail is located near Cairns. It is easily accessible by car, or you can save yourself the hassle and join a tour. This Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Rail experience is a must if you are in Queensland’s tropical north. Departing from Cairns, spend a thrilling day surrounded by gorgeous scenery and unforgettable views!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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