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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Cairns, Australia

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 7 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Journey to the rain forest village of Kuranda via two unique transit options on this memorable full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Skip the line and enjoy Gold Class service aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, winding through lush mountain passes and waterfall gorges along the way. In the opposite direction, glide above the treetops in a gondola and soak up spectacular views of the mountains and coastline on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. In Kuranda, enjoy leisure time to explore the heritage markets, learn about aboriginal culture or interact with native wildlife.
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway day trip from Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas
  • Skip the line with express tickets for the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Travel in Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic Railway with premium seating and morning or afternoon refreshments
  • Have plenty of free time to explore Kuranda and take advantage of discount entry to a variety of attractions and wildlife exhibits
  • Browse the famous Heritage Markets in Kuranda Village at your leisure
  • Take an optional exclusive tour of the World Heritage-listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station
  • Marvel at the engineering of the Cairns-Kuranda Railway, constructed between 1882-1891

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Skip-the-line and on-board refreshments with this Gold Class ticket for the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
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One way Kuranda Scenic Railway ride in Gold Class
One way by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup available from selected Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas hotels available - IMPORTANT: please ensure to correctly choose the Cairns or Port Douglas option when booking. Contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.

Nestled high up the tropical mountains at 1076 feet (328 meters) above sea level, the rain forest village of Kuranda is a must-see destination on any trip to Cairns. Travel to the historic outpost in style, beginning with pickup at your Cairns or port Douglas hotel. Choose the order of your transit options at booking to customize the day. 

On one leg of the journey, skip the line for a ride aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Enjoy Gold Class service in a well-appointed cedar train car featuring comfortable lounge chairs, timber flooring and historic memorabilia. Sip on sparkling Australian wine, tea and coffee and nibble snacks while enjoying magnificent views of mountains and valleys and waterfall-studded Barron Gorge. Receive a complimentary gift pack including a pen, postcard, badge and souvenir guide as a memento of your ride.

On the opposite leg, get an aerial perspective of Tropical North Queensland as you soar over the treetops on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Settle into an enclosed 6-passenger gondola and take in panoramic views of the highlands, forest and Coral Sea on the 4.5-mile (7.5-km) ride. Stop at two lookout stations along the way, where you can chat with rangers, stroll along forest boardwalks and snap photos.

In Kuranda, enjoy several hours of leisure time to explore the historic village and surrounds. Browse heritage markets, have lunch at a local café (own expense), learn about indigenous history at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or encounter native wildlife like kangaroos, butterflies and koalas at the Rainforestation Nature Park (not included).  

Your full-day rain forest adventure concludes with drop-off back at your Cairns or Port Douglas hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
The Australia Butterfly Sanctuary is located in the Kuranda Markets. You can choose to visit this place in your free time in Kuranda. Wander through the enclosed rainforest and see the amazing butterfly life.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Journey over and through the World Heritage listed rainforest of Tropical North Queensland.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Take a journey on this heritage railway line that winds through the Rainforest, on a mountain between Kuranda and Freshwater Station.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Koala Gardens
To see Australian Wildlife, visit Kuranda Koala Gardens during your free time in Kuranda.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Barron Gorge National Park
Take a journey through the ancient rainforest in Barron Gorge National Park. Journey via Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Kuranda Scenic Rail.
Pass By:  
Barron Falls
Take in the amazing views of the might Barron Falls from both Skyrail and the Scenic Rail.
Stop At:  
Birdworld Kuranda
You can choose to visit Birdworld during your free time in Kuranda. The largest single collection of free-flying bird in Australia
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Down Under Tours - Day Tours
Down Under Tour is the largest day tour operator in the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please advise if you are using a Wheelchair. Both Skyrail & Scenic Rail have maximum dimensions they can take.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Down Under Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

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Must do!!
Alana_N
, Jan 2021
Extremely Great service and experience. Spectacular from start to finish. Definitely a must do when in north qld
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easy and smooth transaction
Armie_V
, Dec 2020
lucky to find this booking on the week I arrived at Cairns as most of the tours were already sold out. The bus drivers going to and from Kuranda were very informative, customer service was also helpful in giving pick up details from my hotel, definitely Gold class!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Hi Armie_V, you were lucky indeed as we have been operating on very limited capacity, pre-booking is always recommended:) Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoyed.
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Great day out
Darryl_P
, Nov 2020
The gold class train trip was good service and information available was great the sky rail is brilliant worth doing even if your afraid of heights I felt safe at all times the views were spectacular didn’t like Kuranda too touristy just chasing dollars
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hi Darryl_P, Thanks so much for your feedback, the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway are incredibly safe attractions, both offer very different view of the World Heritage Rainforest- the Skyrail a lot more "birdseye".
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The train and the Skyway
Debbie_B
, Oct 2020
The train was an excellent experience, the staff was knowledgeable and the service was great. The Skyway was beautiful was you glided through the tree and the view to the coast was excellent. Overall a great day
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Hi Debbie B, Glad to hear you enjoyed your day tour with us to Kuranda! Glad you enjoyed the both the Scenic Rail and Skyrail. Thanks for travelling with us, it's appreciated.
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Kuranda Train
Simon_B
, Oct 2020
Exceptional service and a very relaxing trip. Scenery sensational. As soon as we left the station refreshments where served, beer wine and savouries. Service continued until we arrived at Kuranda. Highly recommend 👍
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Hostess was funny, lively and very helful
Christeen_B
, Sep 2020
It was a very scenic ride with some spectacular Views. The train it self was very comfortable and well fitted out, drinks nibbles and mango sorbet provided was served by a wonderful hostess who also made the journey fun and was always quick to tell us when cameras were required for the best photos.
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Excellent day out
Meredith_M
, Sep 2020
Beautiful day...weather was kind to us. We enjoyed the extra little luxury of gold class. Staff were friendly and helpful. It was great to be picked up in Palm Cove.
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Well worth it.
Patricia_H
, Apr 2020
we decided to go Gold Class and it was well worth it. Nice easy chairs, food and drink which made it feel extra special. We had about 2 hours in Kuranda which was fine before we took the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway down with its amazing views. Definitely recommend the trip.
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St Pat’s Day Rail Journey
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, Mar 2020
Very enjoyable trip. Chose to go Gold Class and the extras were very pleasant. Interesting chat with signal man.
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Loved it!
Cheryl
, Mar 2020
Would highly recommend the gold class on the train. The tub chairs were extremely comfortable. The snacks were quite good & our server was very entertaining. The views from the train going up and the gondola going back down we’re incredible.
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