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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

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Experience the rainforest beauty of Tropical North Queensland on a scenic day trip from Cairns. There are five options to choose from that provide different activities, so select what interests you most. All options include a journey on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Other attractions include Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Rainforestation Nature Park, and you’ll have free time in the village of Kuranda to browse its markets, have lunch or visit wildlife attractions like Birdworld or Kuranda Koala Gardens. (Food, drinks and activities in Kuranda are at your own expense, unless otherwise stated.)
  • Customise your tour: five different itineraries to choose from
  • Stunning views as you ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway through the Barron Gorge
  • Free time in Kuranda Village: browse the many shops for souvenirs
  • Hassle-free tour with hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Cairns
What to Expect
With five different itineraries to choose from, this full-day tour from Cairns lets you create your ideal day trip. All tours include a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, through the heart of the Barron Gorge National Park. The 1.5-hour journey climbs through the mountain valleys, passing the dramatic Stoney Creek Bridge, and affording spectacular views over Kuranda Waterfall and the Barron Gorge. Additional options include a thrilling ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which soars over the Barron Gorge National Park, stopping at treetop viewpoints along the way; an off-road adventure in the Rainforestation Nature Park; or an immersive cultural experience at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park. All tours include hotel pickup and drop-off from your Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup is available from selected hotels in Cairns - please contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Cairns Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • One-way trip on Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (if option selected)
  • Rainforestation Nature Park (if option selected)
  • Kuranda Boarding Pass
  • Written itinerary available in German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin
  • Entry/Admission - Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Birdworld (approx. AU$19/adult, AU$9.50/child)
  • Butterfly Sanctuary (approx. AU$20/adult, AU$10/child)
  • Kuranda Koala Gardens (approx. AU$19/adult and AU$9.50/child)
  • Any other optional activities not mentioned
  • Entry/Admission - Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
  • Entry/Admission - Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Koala Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Birdworld Kuranda
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Only one tour option is wheelchair accessible: Tjapukai w/ Lunch-Sky-Rail (code: KRST)
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • KQS and KSQ are both wheelchair accessible
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you are Cairns it is worthwhile to go on this trip. You go on a scenic railway journey to Kuranda and even better ropeway back. Remember to get down ant both the stops on ropeway to have a wondefull jungle walk and view of...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Umang2008
Reviewed 6 days ago

My 4yo Son train-mad son loved this experience but it was a long day and he was flagging by the end. He was a bit nervous on the Sky Rail at first but got the hand of it and the journey being split into sections...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank DaiJu Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

The story of the men who built the rail was something to be proud of. I am a labourer myself and to this day hand tools are still needed on residential, and commercial jobs. What they did makes me feel like one of them.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank LeThanhTon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went 3/10 with 2 m8s from USA (both ladies have disabilities of some kind) the journey is as good as the destination. When we got off the train (which has very interesting commentary all along the trip) we immediately got onto the community bus -...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Dianne M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went in this with Downunder tours. They were fantastic. The organisation and scheduling if this tour is excellent. The skyrail is amazing. Korunda its self was far better than i imagined. Prices were not silly and lots to see. The rail journey was very...More

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7 July 2019|
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Response from timmQ4804XY | Reviewed this property |
I took the skyway to Kuranda and the train back for a flat fee.
2 May 2019|
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Response from Sue_222222 | Reviewed this property |
ditto trainers
19 April 2019|
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Response from Sue_222222 | Reviewed this property |
it varies according to where you are staying
Key Details
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
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