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The original and most iconic Cairns rainforest tour at an unbeatable price.

This package offers the no-frills option while giving you the flexibility to travel how and when you want. 

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

Your Journey Begins  

With a pick-up from your accommodation in Cairns or the Northern Beaches, you'll be taken to Freshwater Station if you've chosen to ride aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway for the first leg of your day. The exact time will be communicated upon booking and is dependent on where you're staying.  

About the Kuranda Scenic Railway 

Built more than 120 years ago, the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway is lauded as one of the great train journeys in the world. Its construction is considered an engineering feat even by today's standards and the 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges stand as a monument to the pioneers of Tropical North Queensland. Providing a spectacular, scenic route between Kuranda, 'The Village in the Rainforest', and Cairns, you'll wind your way past the mountainous walls of the Barron Gorge National Park. through hand-carved solid, granite 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 Kuranda Heritage Markets, open seven days a week, and talk to the local vendors selling local arts and crafts. Or visit the popular wildlife attractions. Cuddle a koala at the Kuranda Koala Gardens; or visit Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest butterfly aviary and exhibit in the southern hemisphere; or take a compulsory photo of the endangered cassowary at Birdworld. There are also rainforest walks, cafes, restaurants, and galleries to visit.

The journey will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes between Freshwater Station in Cairns and Kuranda. The journey includes 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.

Time to Explore Kuranda

Once you've arrived you'll understand why Kuranda is referred to as the 'Village in the Rainforest'. Surrounded by lush greenery, Kuranda attracted an influx of those seeking an alternative lifestyle in the 60s. This sentiment remains today and is reflected in it's thriving arts culture. Enveloped by World Heritage Rainforest, spend your time soaking up the surrounding nature. Wander by the river, go deeper into the rainforest, or meander your way around town, ending at the markets - a must-do when visiting.

Or explore one of the top tourist attractions, including Birdworld Kuranda, home to more than 60 species of tropical birds; Australia’s largest butterfly sanctuary, with over 1500 butterflies; and the Koala Gardens where you can cuddle a koala and hand feed wallabies. Or go on the river cruise keeping your eyes peeled for crocodiles, turtles, and water dragons. Your Kuranda Boarding Pass will provide you with discounts to these attractions. However, the final price will be at your own expense. 

The village is also a haven for those who love a sweet treat. From homemade tropical ice-cream to fudge, scones, cakes, and shortbread, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Pair it with a coffee made from locally-grown and roasted beans. There are plenty of lunch, just pick one of the many cafes located throughout the village. 

About the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway 

The Skyrail 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 rainforest canopy.

Your experience should take approximately 90 minutes including two stops at the rainforest mid-stations of Red Peak Station and at Barron Falls Station where you'll have approximately 20 minutes at each stop to explore more of the abundant, natural beauty. 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 must. Take in the spectacular views of the waterfall from three lookout platforms, each offering a different vantage point.

Package Options

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 or Rainforestation Nature Park. All day packages are available with self-drive options, or with comfortable coach transfers from your holiday accommodation in Cairns.

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

Cairns Skyrail Rainforest 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 Cableway 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. Rain or shine, it 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'.

Kuranda Scenic Railway Stations & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Terminal:

Bird's-eye view of Kuranda Scenic Railway

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Kuranda, Skyrail & Train | Half or Full Day | A1/A2
  • Location: Cairns & Northern Beaches
  • Duration: 2.5 to 5 hours free time in Kuranda

This affordable half or full-day tour offers fantastic value combining two of Cairns' most iconic experiences: the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Railway. You have a choice of which you'd like to travel first, and how much time you'd like to spend in Kuranda, 'The Village in the Rainforest'.

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