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The Original & the Best Cairns Rainforest Tour

Combine Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway for an experience to remember.

Skyrail Gondola Cableway Rainforest Day Tour

Cairns Skyrail cableway day tour takes you on an amazing gondola experience over World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforest in comfortable all weather cable cars. Enjoy birds-eye views as you glide just metres over the canopy, before exploring the forest floor and learning more and stopping at two rainforest mid-stations.

Complimentary Ranger guided boardwalk tours are available at Red Peak station whilst at Barron Falls station, a visit to the Skyrail CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre is a definate must. Take in the spectacular views of the waterfall from three lookout platforms, each offering a different vantage point.  Make sure you book the upgrade to Diamond View (glass floor) experience for that extra thrill ride and more spectacular view of the tropical rainforest canopy.

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For the more adventurous traveller the Canopy Glider is an absolute must. This full ranger guided escorted tour from an open air gondola offers 360 degree views without restriction allowing you to really be part of the magnificent rainforest surroundings. Go on book one of these 2 unique experiences  we dare you!

This is the best value tropical rainforest experience available in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, an enjoyable experience for people of all ages!  

Kuranda Scenic Railway 

Kuranda Scenic Railway which is now classed as one of the best train journeys in the world provides a historic, scenic journey between Kuranda 'The Village in the Rainforest' and Cairns, traversing the mountanous walls of the Barron Gorge National Park, through hand carved solid granit rock tunnels and past tumbling rainforest waterfalls.

Enjoy time in Kuranda 'The Village in the Rainforest' as a part of your tour. Fossick thru the markets and talk to the local vendors selling local art and craft as they are open 7 days a week, as are a range of popular wildlife attractions, including Kuranda Koala Gardens, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Birdworld where you can even cuddle a Koala or have your photo taken with a Crocodile in your hands. 

Your best value Skyrail Rainforest Cableway expereince should take approximately 1½ hours and includes spending time at the two rainforest mid-stations. Allow 20 minutes for each station, to enjoy Ranger guided boardwalk tours and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical displays.

The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway was built over 100 years ago and winds its way through the tropical mountain ranges between Cairns and Kuranda.

On this great value budget tour allow time for you to explore Kuranda 'The Village in the Rainforest'. There are rainforest walks, markets, cafes, restaurants, and galleries for you to visit.

Gold Class Upgrade : Highly recommended this Kuranda day tour package is available with a Gold Class Upgrade for the Kuranda Scenic Railway component. Tailored to provide a more luxurious and personalised experience, the Gold Class Upgrade includes a selection of beverages, delicious finger foods and a complimentary gift. You will be offered the Upgrade at the time of booking here online.

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The Cairns Skyrail Rainforest Cableway experience and Kuranda Scenic Railway can be enjoyed in combination with some of Cairns other leading attractions including, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Kuranda Wildlife Experience or Rainforestation Nature Park. All day packages are available for self-drivers, or with comfortable coach transfers from your holiday accommodation in Cairns or Port Douglas.

Cairns Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway are open every day (except Christmas Day & planned, preventative mainteance).

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Coach transfers from Cairns city, most northern beaches and Port Douglas. It is also suitable for self-drive guests.


Cairns Skyrail Rainforest Cable way gondola is a world first in environmental tourism.  Skyrail was the first tourist attraction in the world to be Green Globe certified and has since achieved the highly regarded EarthCheck Gold status for its continual improvement of sustainable environmental performance against established benchmarks.

Cairns Skyrail gondola cableway has achieved Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action Innovator certifications. These independent assessments recognise Cairns Skyrail as an innovative leader, committed to environmental best practice and conservation and providing guests with the opportunity to learn about the environment.

As the winner of the QANTAS Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism (Queensland 2008 & 2009 & 2010 and Australia 2008 & 2009), Skyrail is an industry leader that minimises its environmental impact, conserves natural resources, respects local cultures and benefits its local community.


Cairns Skyrail Gondola Cableway Experience


Skyrail's multiple Qantas Awards for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism, at local, state and national level, affirm the rainforest cableway as an industry leader that minimises its environmental impact, conserves natural resources, respects local cultures and benefits its local community.

Skyrail's commitment ensures visitors today and tomorrow can enjoy, appreciate and learn about the beauty and culture of the World Heritage Rainforests of Tropical North Queensland, Australia on this budget priced day tour.

Each Skyrail Rainforest Experience includes:

  • A 7.5km cableway journey through World Heritage Rainforest
  • Rainforest boardwalks with interpretive signage
  • Guided Ranger tours at Red Peak Station
  • Entry to the Rainforest Interpretation Centre at Barron Falls Station
  • Lookouts and historical displays at Barron Falls Station
  • Trip Guides: available in 11 languages

Skyrail's Smithfield Cableway Terminal is 15 minutes north of Cairns city and 50 minutes south of Port Douglas. The World Heritage Rainforest exists in a dynamic environment, shaped by seasonal weather patterns. Skyrail operates in all weather and rain or shine, is The World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience.

Suitable for all ages, each of Skyrail's gondola cabins seats up to 6 people, including infants. Skyrail can carry most standard type wheelchairs. A Skyrail operator assists passengers on and off the cableway at every station.

You should allow 1.5 hours for a one-way Skyrail experience and 2.5 hours for a return journey, plus any time you would like to spend in Kuranda 'The Village in the Rainforest'.

Booking in advance is a must as the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is Cairns' most popular attraction, and frequently books out during the most desired time slots, especially during peak season and school holidays and this package is the best value and the cheapest day tour in Cairns.


Kuranda Scenic Railway Experience


Now regarded and recorded as one of the great train journeys of the world the original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed 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 Scenic Railway was constructed between 1882 and 1891 and even today is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. Hundreds of men were employed to build the 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges that stand as a monument to the pioneers of tropical Far North Queensland who lost their lives while working on the railway.

Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda passes through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past spectacular waterfalls and into the awesome Barron Gorge. Upon reaching the village of Kuranda a rich assortment of interesting attractions and unique shopping experiences awaits you.

The Kuranda Scenic Railway can be joined at Cairns Railway Station or Freshwater Station for morning departures to Kuranda. Journeys from Kuranda Station to Cairns run in the afternoon. The historic journey includes an English language commentary and all passengers receive a souvenir Z-card portraying the history of the railways construction and a map of Kuranda and the journey.

One of those things to do in Cairns that is not only the best value but a must do, must see day tour activity for all the family in Cairns

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  • Location: Smithfield Skyrail Terminal
  • Duration:

    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway 1½ hours one way.

    Allow 20 minutes at each station.

    Kuranda Scenic Railway approx 1½ hours.

Combine Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway for an experience to remember. Travel One way Skyrail and one way Kuranda Scenic Railway including return transfers from Cairns and selected beaches. (other packages availiable).

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Lisa Stevens

08 Dec 2016


The whole family really loved the Kuranda train and Skyrail and we upgraded to the Gold Class on the train and Diamond View on the Skyrail. Spent lots of time in Kuranda exploring this lovely place it was great thank you

Alan Williams

29 Jan 2013

South Africa (Cape Town)

Just over a year ago ,my wife and I plus our daughter . travelled on both the skyrail and scenic rail. it was amazing, the view and the beauty was out of this world. would love to do it again sometime,

Manuela Miari

03 Sep 2012


Last visited Cairns and the Kuranda Rail/skyrail was in September 2005. It was an awsome experience going through the historic culture and heritage of this beautiful place. The waterfalls are breathtaking and gives you the oportunity to take a few minutes as the train stops in the heart of the waterfalls so you take photos of the natural beauty. Previous to the 2005 visit I have also taken the same journey in December of 1992. It is a place that draws you back when you first visit Cairns. I definately recommend tourist visit this place....

Robert Q

28 Aug 2012


This was amazing. Rainforest as far as the eye could see. Kuranda up the top is a lovely town. What a special day.


14 May 2012


Only had two days in Cairns and I went to the reef one day and the rainforest the 2nd day. Really glad I chose to do the Skyrail and train. It was a really nice way to explore the forest. It had been raining so Barron Falls was overflowing. Just perfect!

Gary Fawks

01 Apr 2012

South America

This trip really is as much about the journey as the destination. Stunning views from the top of skyrail and I also liked the view of the waterfalls from the train. Just incredible. I even added Tjapukai to the end of my adventure which really made the day.

Misha Natole

23 Jan 2012


We love the Kurand train and skyrail. The forests are so lush and green. Breathtaking scenery

Kiara Williams

30 Nov 2011


The rainforest is so much more interesting when your dangling from 30 above it. I think what really made this tour though was the Barron Falls they were overflowing the day we went and made for some stunning photos.

Karen Jenkins

07 Sep 2011


This was definately a good choice for a rainy afternoon. The rainforest looks so green and the barron falls were flowing heavily. It even cleared up enought to see out to green island.

Ronda Scheel

31 Jul 2011

this was a very thrilling experience,will never be forgotten, could not believe how high this chairlift is. so exciting going over the Barron river.

Natasha Rankin

07 May 2011


Did Skyrail and train today with the family to Kuranda village and just loved it. What a way to see the rainforests gliding across trees in a gondola on skyrail. Whoever thought of this was a genius. Old train was a treat for the kids the waterfalls we cruised past etc. Coming to Cairns you just have to do it. Great day out for the family. Thank you Skyrail and Train

Daniel Hallows

10 Feb 2011


The best way to see the rainforest! Kuranda was a really nice village, good markets and I had a really nice lunch up there. But I have to say the journey was good enough that you didn't need a destination. Incredible views!

Sophie Baker

25 Jan 2011


Yesterday I ventured up to Kuranda and was overwhelmed by the sights of the canopy below me as I travelled up by skyrail. My family and I having travelled all the way from England and wanted to balance having something for my husband and I to do as well as entertaining our children. The skyrail provided this merging education with a stunning view, we were all mesmerized. I even was lucky enough to see a turtle from those great heights, splashing around in the Barron River. The staff were so kind, making it a real aussie experience. Definately the best way to see the rainforest.

Derek Jones

04 Jan 2011


We did this trip whilst onHoliday. What an amazing structure and the rainfoest was amazing. The kids loved the train as well. Thank you

Nicholas Mason

03 Dec 2010


We had a fabulous trip and really enjoyed cairns and everything we did. The Skyrail was fantastic with really informative information. Thank you Cairns Holiday Specialists for all your help. We will be back.

John Flinn

23 Nov 2010


Skyrail has always been great.

Robina Hocking

22 Nov 2010


Skyrail is great...

Richard Johnston

20 Nov 2010


I really enjoyed Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, the view are great and you get to see an amazing part of the rainforest above Cairns.