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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove

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Experience the rainforest beauty of Far North Queensland on a scenic day trip from Palm Cove. Ride the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and choose from a variety of options including the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or the popular Rainforestation Nature Park.
  • See Kuranda via Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Choice of multiple itineraries in Kuranda tailors trip to your interests
  • Optional trip to Rainforestation Nature Park, with duck boat tour 
  • Optional trip to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, with lunch upgrade
What to Expect
Begin your day with pickup from your Palm Cove hotel, after which you board the Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. If the railway is chosen to start,  you pass over Stoney Creek Bridge and Barron Gorge. If skyrail is chosen, soar above the rain forest canopy and soak up the views.
In Kuranda, explore the area in various ways, depending your booking choice. Options include Rainforestation Nature Park for an amphibious duck boat tour, a stop at Koala and Wildlife Park, and a Dreamtime Walk to introduce you to Aboriginal culture. Or, choose to visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. All options include free time to explore Kuranda with its heritage markets. Upgrade your Tjapukai tour to include a buffet lunch.
Return to Palm Cove via the either the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or the Railway and end the tour with drop-off in Palm Cove.
For more detailed information, see the Itinerary.
Kuranda Scenic Railway
The world famous railway experience is a must-do when visiting Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, Australia. The onboard commentary will help you discover the pioneering history of the tropical north from way back in the late 1800's, be astounded by a magnificent engineering feat and explore some of the great characters involved in the construction of this great railway.

Begin at Freshwater Station where you'll have time to have breakfast at the cafe or explore the small museum. Board the train to begin your One hour and 45 minute journey through the rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. Cross the impressive Stoney Creek Bridge and stop for photos at Barron Gorge.

At the end of you Kuranda Scenic Rail ride you'll arrive at Kuranda Station, world renowned for its tropical gardens and historic significance. It is possibly one of the most photographed railway stations in the world. The heritage-listed buildings blend with the tropical surrounds providing a relaxed environment to enjoy.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Glide over Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy. Hear the birds singing and smell the fresh scent of the rainforest as you effortlessly and silently skim just meters above the rainforest canopy in a six-person gondola. Enjoy unbeatable views from the rainforest to the reef as you pass over the peak of the mountain range.

The 7.5 kilometer Skyrail has two stops along the way where you can hop out and explore this amazing environment from the forest floor on boardwalks, scenic look-outs and in the state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretation Centre. See why the award-winning Skyrail is considered a world leader in eco-tourism, providing you with a truly unique rainforest experience available no where else in the world.

Rainforestation Nature Park
Experience indigenous culture, Australian native wildlife and World Heritage listed rainforest all on one site at the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park. Set on 100 acres (40 hectares) in the midst of World Heritage rainforest, this unique tourist attraction features a variety of activities the whole family will love.

Board the Army Duck for a different look at the rainforest and some of its inhabitants. Your amphibious Duck travels over land and water to take you into the heart of the rainforest. Visit the Koala and Wildlife Park and come face to face with some of Australia's most cuddly creatures. The Dreamtime Walk is your introduction to Aboriginal and Islander culture. Try your hand at boomerang throwing and watch as the Pamagirri Dancers display the humor and excitement of their native dance.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
A short walk from the Skyrail, you can experience indigenous culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. discover Australia's ancient culture through theatre, stage shows and demonstrations. See how the musicians coax out the sounds of dingoes, birds and learn the secrets of the circular breathing technique you will need to master to be a true didgeridoo player.

Have you ever used a Woomera to throw a spear? Throw a traditional returning boomerang and have your photo taken with a Tjapukai performer. The dance theatre is set in a natural forest amphitheatre and featuring a live performance celebrating traditional Tjapukai corroborees and song. The Creation Theatre tells the story of the Tjapukai people with live performers interacting with giant holograms.

You can also choose to include buffet lunch at the fully licensed restaurant.
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Reviewed 3 July 2019 via mobile

Fantastic day. Collected from Palm Cove and taken to railway. Train to Kuranda, walk around then skyrail back. Then dropped back to our resort. All like clockwork and a fantastic day.More

Thank Blockeract
DUT_Marketing, Digital Marketing at Down Under Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Blockeract, Thank you for your review - we are so glad to hear that you had an awesome day visiting Kuranda with us! The trip via the Scenic Rail and Skyrail really is a must do in Cairns, and we strive to ensure our...More

Reviewed 24 May 2019

Our resort in Palm Cove booked us on a Down Under Tour. Everything ran perfectly, it was all explained clearly which is often not the case when there’s numerous changeovers in transport. We had bus transfers to and from hotel, the train up and then...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Mitchcolin1
Reviewed 10 May 2019

Fabulous whole day out. Excellent transfers, superb train journey with tremendous views, great history, interesting village Kuranda, a bit touristy but what do you expect? Spectacular return via the Skyrail which also allowed stops in parts of the rain forest and spectacular views of the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank DEastLothian
DUT_Marketing, Digital Marketing at Down Under Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2019

Hi DEastLothian, Thank you for your review - we are thrilled to hear that you had a fabulous day visiting Kuranda with us via the Scenic Rail and Skyrail, and would recommend the tour to others! It is the perfect choice to explore the history,...More

Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

My wife made a booking for us and our 4yr old daughter to go on the Scenic Railway trip and Skyrail return with pick up. This was from our pick up at Cnr of Moore /Trinity St. We were really impressed with the kind and...More

Thank 425leighg
DUT_Marketing, Digital Marketing Executive at Down Under Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2018

Hi 425leighg, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us - we are so glad that you had such a wonderful experience with us and your driver, Neil! As a company, we pride ourselves on our people and service, so it...More

Reviewed 5 November 2018

My experience on the Kuranda Scenic Railway is sort of "mixed". The station is lovely and has heaps of character. We were crammed into a carriage with lots of people, it was really hot and uncomfortable. A little way into the journey a staff member...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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