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Cairns: Best of the Kuranda Rainforest Full-Day Tour & Lunch

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Cairns: Best of the Kuranda Rainforest Full-Day Tour & Lunch

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From US$ 171.28 per person

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Immerse yourself into the culture and nature of an Australian rainforest and ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway. See colorful creatures at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala and Wildlife Park. Watch Aboriginal demonstrations and more.

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Duration 10 hours
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Pickup included
Pickup is from your hotel in Port Douglas.
Small group available


  • Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a journey with stunning views
  • Explore the flight aviary of the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Travel through the rainforest by 6WD amphibious vehicle
  • Enjoy a classic Australian barbecue lunch
  • Watch a dance demonstration by Aboriginal performers
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Discover some of the finest scenery and fascinating culture of the Kuranda Rainforest on a guided tour. Visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, a Koala and Wildlife Park, and learn about about Aboriginal culture at the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience.

Start your immersion into the culture and nature of the Kuranda Rainforest with a ride aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Wind through the mountains and rainforest to the village of Kuranda.  Upon arrival, experience Australia's largest butterfly aviary at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary with 1,500 tropical butterflies, including the vibrant green Cairns Birdwing. Next, travel by shuttle to the Rainforestation Nature Park for a barbecue buffet lunch.  After lunch, explore the rainforest by 6WD amphibious vehicle as you climb aboard a World War II Army Duck that can drive over land and in water.

Search for wildlife as you learn about the plants and trees of the surrounding rainforest. Then, sample some exotic fruits and locally-made ice cream at the Tropical Treats fruit orchard.  Find out more about Aboriginal culture at the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and watch spear-throwing demonstrations and traditional dances. Try your hand at throwing a boomerang, and hear all about the didgeridoo.

Then, get up close to Australian animals including koalas, dingoes and the endangered Cassowary and Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo. See typical Australian critters including wombats, crocodiles, lizards and birds. Feed the kangaroos and wallabies by hand. Then, travel back to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and ride over the canopy of the pristine rainforest. Transfer back to your accommodation at the end of the tour services.

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Tour by Army Duck (amphibious vehicle)
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal dance show
  • Dreamtime walk
  • Koala and Wildlife Park
  • Barbecue buffet lunch
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Optional gratuities

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Please note that the pick-up service is not available from Yorkeys Knob, Machans Beach and Holloways Beach. If your accommodation is at any of these locations you should make your way to the Skyrail Smithfield Terminal or another pick-up location.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 80 reviews

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Liked the Skyrail, the aboriginal dance and demonstrations, the lunch was pretty good. I liked learning how to throw a boomerang! The train on the way back was slow and extremely hot and I wasn’t sure it felt like it was very safe the way it was screeching and jumping around. The transportation end of things seemed a bit unorganized and it was a little difficult to figure out what bus to be in and where you needed to be.

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January 12, 2023

The skyrail, Kuranda village, butterfly sanctuary, and the aboriginal demonstrations were amazing and well worth the visit. The Army Duck was fun, but we had little-to-no time for the koala and wildlife park. This was not a guided tour but an organised itinerary where you can do your own thing but be back at each transportation time&place. Felt a little rushed to get to each activity but was do-able. The Scenic Railway on the way home however was not worth it at all. Seating was pre-allocated and had four people per row where it should really only fit three. Only the window seat on one side actually saw any scenic views. One hour and 45 minutes stuck crammed in an oven with no views. This is no fault of the tour operator, just our experience of the railway itself. I would suggest finding a way to take the skyrail back down instead.

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November 8, 2022

All the personel were fantastic. The 2 bus drivers (rather guides - Adrian and Adrian) were funny, entertaining, professional. They made every second of the time spent together a joy. Reece, the rainforest guide, is an amazing guy. He knows everything about the forest and the way he presents it is fabolous...

February 7, 2021

Product ID: 65609