Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Rail Experience
Our Kuranda, Scenic Rail & Skyrail Tour from Cairns takes you deep into the heart of Queensland’s tropical north. Aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy incredible vistas as you wind your way along trackways cut by early European settlers to the region. Enjoy free time in Kuranda, then having explored all the heritage town has to offer, it’s time to float above the world’s oldest tropical rainforest onboard the gondolas of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway back towards Cairns.
Returns: Approx. 4:00pm
Child prices are available for children aged 4 – 14 years. Children under 4 years old travel free.
Following pick up from your hotel in central Cairns, you’ll be escorted by your driver and guide to Freshwater Station, where the vintage train carriages of the Kuranda Scenic Railway await. Heading north, you’ll parallel the route of the Barron River northward, with every minute of the two-hour journey offering something new. Protected by Barron Gorge National Park, you’ll pass several stunning cascades along the way. After a stop to absorb the full magnificence of Barron Falls, you’ll arrive in Kuranda.
First settled by Europeans in 1885, Kuranda has a series of fascinating relics from the making of modern Australia. These include the tiny St Saviour’s Church, and the wreck of a Japanese bomber which crashed during the Second World War. Both are well worth seeking out having explored the stalls of the daily heritage market. Approximately 3.5 hours of free time in this town of 3,000 also gives you the chance to visit the lovable inhabitants of Kuranda Koala Gardens, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, or Birdworld.
To return to Cairns, our Kuranda tour also doesn’t disappoint, for you’ll be gliding over the UNESCO World Heritage-listed tree canopy on the 7.5-kilometre Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. From its two intermediate stations there’s the opportunity to head onto the boardwalks of the forest floor, and take in another glimpse of Barron Falls from the glass floor of The Edge Lookout.
From its southernmost station of Smithfield, your driver and guide will be on hand to escort you back to the centre of Cairns.
Accommodation transfers are available from most central Cairns accommodation. If you don’t find your accommodation in the drop-down list when booking, please contact us to find the closest pickup location. Pick up times are between 8:15am – 8:45am.