Cairns: Self-Guided Kuranda Day Trip, Scenic Rail & Skyrail

Cairns: Self-Guided Kuranda Day Trip, Scenic Rail & Skyrail

From $108.53 per person

Visit Kuranda by traveling on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and returning by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Explore the village located in pristine rainforest and enjoy free time visiting markets, shops and food stalls. Marvel at views from the cableway.

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Duration 7 hours
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Your accommodation in Cairns, except for the northern beach area such as Palm Cove and Port Douglas. The local partner will contact you by email to provide the pickup time.
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  • Discover World Heritage-listed pristine rainforest by historic scenic railway
  • Take a ride on the cableway, gliding just meters above the rainforest canopy
  • Visit Kuranda markets, unique shops and wildlife parks
Full description
On this 7-hour excursion, you’ll visit the beautiful village of Kuranda, nestled in pristine World Heritage-listed rainforest. You will be picked up from your hotel (in the Cairns city area) in a modern and comfortable coach and travel to the train station. Climb aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and take in views of the surrounding mountains along the way to Kuranda. Rising from sea level to 328 meters, the journey to Kuranda passes spectacular waterfalls and then takes you into the stunning Barron Gorge. Enjoy 2.5 hours of free time to explore the markets, shops and walking trails or take a river cruise (seasonal). Discover the amazing array of food stalls and cafés or dine with the resident water dragons at Frog’s Restaurant, famous for their freshly made sauces and dressings. Take the famous Skyrail down, spanning 7.5 kilometers over the pristine rainforest canopy. This is also an opportunity to spot native wildlife, including the cassowary (the world's 3rd-largest flightless bird)! After that, you will take the 2:00 PM Skyrail back down to the bottom (Skyrail Smithfield station). Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and deep into the world’s oldest, continually-surviving tropical rainforest. The iconic Skyrail experience is a must do Cairns attraction that provides a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed tropical rainforest - immersing guests in the sights, sounds, smells and tranquility of one of the most botanically fascinating areas on earth. At the end of your Skyrail experience, you will be picked up again by bus at 3:30 PM then brought back to the hotel.
  • 1-way ticket for Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • 1-way ticket for Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Pickup and drop-off at most major hotels in central Cairns, except for the northern beach area
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
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    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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      What to bring

      • Comfortable shoes
      • Sunglasses
      • Sun hat

      Not allowed

      • Luggage or large bags

      Know before you go

      • Cruise ship passengers who arrive at Yorkeys Knob will need to make their own way to the Railway Station, and back to Yorkeys Knob after the tour
      • Cruise ship passengers who arrive at Cairns Terminal will need to make their way to Pullman International Hotel to be picked up due to congestion at the Terminal
      • Skyrail operation can be affected by weather; the local operator will do their best to accommodate
      • The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary order and time due to limited availability and/or weather
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      4.5 / 5

      based on 601 reviews

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      This was a beautiful day. Kuranda railway was a lovely experience, especially as I love train travel. The scenery is breathtaking. Kuranda itself is very touristy, and with only 2 hours to explore I suggest you plan what you are going to do before you get there. I went to the butterfly house which was lovely. I found it difficult to get food quickly which meant I didn't have time to do anything else but buy some beautiful opal jewelry. The skyrail was breathtaking, however I am scared of heights and was in a gondola by myself on a windy day - a little hair raising but I loved it anyway. Great little coffee and gift shop when you get to the bottom.

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      July 15, 2021

      Tour to kuranda was fantastic, our tour drive was nice he share little but about history of cairns. Tour start ride with skyrail up to hill and stop 2 place which is rainforest walk and baron fall where you can see beautiful waterfall, after that we go to kuranda village the place was beautiful a lot of local market you can shopping food also delicious affordable price. Finally by 3.30pm we go back to cairns ride with railway scenery all the was beautiful. Really recommend

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      June 26, 2021

      This was a lovely day trip, up on the train and back on the Sky Rail. The history of the train line is very interesting, Kuranda is a great village with a lot of markets to buy souvenirs from. We went to the Butterfly Sanctuary but would have also been happy not to. A lovely experience for all age groups. Weather was beautiful. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel and all hosts were absolutely lovely to deal with.

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      June 20, 2021

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