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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4036 9333
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The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of World Heritage Listed rainforest, steep ravines and picuresque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park. This famous railway winds its way from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Constructed between 1882 and 1891 it 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 North Queensland
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  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
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“scenic railway” (128 reviews)
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Kuranda, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Make sure you book in advance We went up by train in the morning & back via Skyrail mid afternoon Great scenery both ways & excellent commentary on the way up on the train. Was a warm day & great to be able to open...More

Thank Bazzioni
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your lovely feedback and booking tip! We're so glad you were able to see Kuranda from both perspectives and that you enjoyed learning the history of the railway in the onboard commentary - it never ceases to amaze us! We hope you...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great trip probably not for teenagers as was a bit long and lacked interest in final 5km. Great views and would combine with gondola which is a must.More

1  Thank Andrew M
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Andrew, Thank you for sharing your feedback - we're happy you enjoyed your experience. We'll try not to take it personally that the teenagers in your midst were not suitably impressed by aspects of the journey... it's hard to impress most teenagers ;) We...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wouldn't recommend the train ride for the following reasons: 1) expensive 2) you are allocated a seat without being asked where you would like to sit 3) we arrived to our carriage to find 8 people (4 to each chair) where in the 1...More

Thank Deb T
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Deb, Thank you for providing your feedback - we'd be lying if we said we weren't disappointed you didn't enjoy your experience. But we can understand it. We cannot speak to why you were unaware of Gold Class - it's most unusual... In terms...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the must do activities in the Cairns area. The train takes you up through the hills into the picturesque town of Kuranda, home of arts & crafts, cafes, and multiple touristy activities. You start from Freshwater Station, which is near Smithfield...More

1  Thank JKEELAN
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your feedback and such detail! We're glad you found both our train and Skyrail so enriching - it certainly sounds as though took advantage of as many of the photo opportunities as possible! Wishing you safe onward travels.

Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I did the self-drive option and took the train up to Kuranda, coming back down via the sky rail. The day was easy to to do, with a coach pick up from the sky rail to drop us to the train. The...More

Thank John D
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi John, Thank you for sharing your experience with us - it sounds as though you had the time of your lives! We hope you were able to share this lovely feedback with Skyrail themselves - they'd be so happy :) We hope you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I caught the scenic railway up to Kuranda village and then caught the skyrail down. It was a fantastic experience and the view from the train was stunning. We stopped off at Barron falls to take some photos. The commentary and history...More

Thank Bev M
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Bev, Thank you for your lovely feedback - we're so delighted you included our train in your Kuranda / Cairns exploration and that you were able to see the area from both perspectives. No matter how many times we've heard it, the onboard commentary...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're sitting on the fence about whether to go Gold Class, don't hesitate go for gold. After much hesitation we decided to upgrade and did not regret it whatsoever. 1. Excellent service 2. Great facilities, comfortable seats and room to move 3. Much less...More

Thank eddardstark691
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback - we're delighted you enjoyed experiencing Kuranda Scenic Railway through the Gold Class package... we'd love to know what aspect of the food and beverages you loved most? (Our personal favourite is the mango sorbet!) We hope you took plenty...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely think this is must do for Cairns. The train is just so soothing and gentle on its climb up the hill. Fantastic views along the way, especially after some rain and the waterfalls are flowing. We recommend this to all of our guests and...More

Thank Joshua F
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Joshua, Thanks so much for sharing your feedback - we're delighted you enjoyed this experience enough to recommend it to your friends and family. We have to agree, it's such a beautiful change of pace... whilst taking a little step back in time. We...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were SO looking forward to this trip. Unless you are on the correct side of the train, you see very little except trees. Hard seats, relentless slow travel...and after an hour you just want to get off! Skyrail both ways for us next time!More

Thank rodc577
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We'd be lying if we said we weren't a little disappointed that you didn't love the journey, but we'll try not to take it personally. It sounds as though you might have travelled on a particularly busy day, as...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked via the sky rail company and got aisle seats even though some window seats were empty. Staff were however super nice and moved us to window seats. Views were mostly on the window seat sideMore

Thank JonHyderabad
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hy Jon, Thanks so much for sharing your feedback - we're delighted to hear our staff were able to accommodate you and move you around for ultimate comfort and photo opportunities. We hope you enjoyed learning the history of Kuranda Scenic Railway in the onboard...More

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LizzH
29 September 2017|
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Response from Maggie F | Reviewed this property |
Hi Lizz, a Gold Class on the rail would be far superior to ordinary. We were so disappointed on the normal seats. We did this trip for the views, the basic class has four passengers opposite each other, no room to move, no... More
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leuey
11 September 2017|
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Response from SamstaR22 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Peter, Yes, several (not all) carriages had facilities and it was easy to move between carriages to those that did if your allocated carriage did not. Also facilities at the stations. Hope you enjoy your trip. Regards, Sam
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