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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Captain Cook Highway & Cairns Western Arterial Road, Smithfield, Queensland, 4878

The Basics

A one-way ride on the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway takes around 90 minutes, including the ranger-guided boardwalk tours available at Red Peak Station. Two ticket types are available: Standard (in regular panoramic gondolas that seat six people) or Diamond View (in special glass-floor gondolas that seat five).

Tours that include the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway typically run from Cairns, Port Douglas, or the Northern Beaches. A popular choice for a day tour is to ride the Skyrail to Kuranda, then return via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Myriad packages also include Kuranda attractions such as Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Birdworld aviary, or Koala Gardens. You can also combine a Skyrail ride with a thrilling helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef, tickets to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, or an Army Duck Rainforest Tour.

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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
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$167.24 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Perfect Day!
Such history! Professional staff, amazing views and fantastic history. A lovely pace. Recommend the rail first and the cableway in the afternoon after a lovely lunch in Kuranda.
Jen_W, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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Gold class all the way.
Susan_T, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The service was Impeccable, comfort of the chairs and been able to take great photos of the falls with plenty of room, and views were Spectacular. Thank you for making our trip memorable.
star-5
Great tour
Darren_S, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The scenic railway section was unbelievable. The service on the Gold Class (hay) started the trip off with style and service. Would highly recommend this tour purely on the customer service from Shay and the other staff of the scenic railway.
star-4
Spectacular
Aurelia_C, Oct 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Worth the money..the views were spectacular especially with the skyrail rainforest cableway. We enjoyed every bit of it.
star-5
Excellent service and...
gerard_h, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Excellent service and kept supplied with drinks and snacks the whole train trip. Was worth every cent and wonderful views from both the train and skyrail.
star-5
Unique experience! Picked...
Dragana_P, Nov 2021
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
Unique experience! Picked up and dropped at the hotel by excellent guides who ran amusing commentary. The train journey was scenic and very informative, with many photo opportunities. Staff on the train are friendly and efficient. Kuranda is a small pleasant place with many restaurants and shops for every taste and pocket. We loved the chocolate shop and the honey shop. Trip back to Cairns is stunning, high over trees and waterfall. We were little apprehensive at first but it really feels safe and smooth. Both ways we stopped at lookouts. I highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Very interesting staff...
bernadette_o, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Very interesting staff are lovely and very informative great train and sky rail journey will be recommending this to everyone
star-5
Kuranda rainforest experience
Bronwyn_G, Jun 2021
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
Loved the views from the train on the way to Kuranda, magnificent views of the rainforest coming back down to Cairns on the Skyrail.
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Excellent
Michelle_B, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The whole day was excellent & definitely recommend to anyone, worth the money & glad we went gold class
star-5
Great trip
Janyoung, Oct 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Gold class is the way to go on the train - spacious comfy chairs and great service by Mathew our carriage 8 host
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Skyrail
julieann_m, Oct 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Loved the train journey, and when we got there, we also went on a lovely boat journey. And then cable car down. Great day out even the the rain did not spoil it made the day,
star-5
Scenic rail, Kuranda and sky rail tour
joan, Sep 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
We thought that the train trip was the highlight of our tour yesterday. We were in carriage 8 and the service provided was outstanding. Thoroughly enjoyed our morning tea and drinks. Our train steward was also very knowledgeable. So pretty, loved the waterfalls, the many tunnels and bridges along the way. Kuranda was quaint and the sky rail back was spectacular, so many wonderful views over the treetops and so quiet and peaceful. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
A definite must do
Sara_d, May 2021
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
The view was excellent and you felt quite safe in the ‘ski lift capsule! The staff were so helpful especially as I had a broken leg at the time !

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Gondolas leave every 15 minutes but advance booking is highly recommended, especially during peak times.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen, especially if you plan on enjoying the boardwalk tours, but pack light—large bags and luggage are prohibited on the gondolas.

  • Restrooms, snack bars, and gift shops are available at each station.

  • The Skyrail is accessible to wheelchair users, and complimentary wheelchair rental is available upon request.

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How to Get There

The main starting point for the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the Smithfield Terminal, about a 15-minute drive northwest of Cairns or a 50-minute drive south of Port Douglas. Shuttle buses run from Cairns, the Northern Beaches (excluding Holloways Beach, Machans Beach, and Yorkeys Knob), and Port Douglas, but most guided tours include round-trip transportation from your hotel. You can also board the Skyrail at Kuranda station and follow the same route in reverse.

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When to Get There

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway runs year-round. The busiest time is during the peak summer season (December and January), when opting for an early-morning time slot will help you avoid the crowds and the hottest part of the day. The gondolas are fully enclosed and umbrellas are available at the stations during rainy days, so don’t be put off by the weather—in fact, the rain forest is often even more impressive on a rainy or misty day.

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The Skyrail Experience

After setting out from Smithfield Station, enjoy views that stretch as far as Cairns, the Coral Sea, and the start of the Great Barrier Reef. After around 10 minutes in the air, arrive at the Red Peak Rainforest Station, where you can explore the rain forest on an optional ranger-guided walking tour (included in the ticket price). Continue on the Skyrail to Barron Falls Station, where lookout points afford dramatic views over Barron Falls and Barron Gorge National Park, and the Rainforest Interpretation Centre offers insight into the region’s unique geology. Finally, arrive at Kuranda Terminal, where you can spend time discovering Kuranda Village, perhaps enjoying lunch at a restaurant looking out over the rain forest, browsing the traditional markets, or visiting one of the wildlife reserves.

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