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

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

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

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.
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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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Traveler Tips


  • "This tour only provides transportation to and return from Kuranda." See review
  • "How can you charge for a scenic rail when only one side of the train can see anything?" See review

Reviews

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Scenic rail, Kuranda and sky rail tour
joan
, Sep 2021
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Simply Breathtaking!
Sanchita_S
, Aug 2021
The Kuranda Rail Tour was absolutely beautiful. We got Gold Class tickets and were served food and beverages on the train. The train was old and beautiful, vintage. We reached Kuranda and had lunch there, its a really small and cozy town. We took the Cableway back to Cairns. The cableway was 7.5kms long. The views of the rainforest and the Barron Falls were breathtaking from both the train and the cableway. Worth it!
star-5
Excellent
Carole_C
, Jul 2021
Well organised and good transfers all on time and efficient Will book another tour again when next we travel
star-5
Wonderful trip.
Lynne_M
, Jul 2021
Train trip was so good. The gentleman who served us was very professional and so friendly. From the start to finish we were well looked after.
star-5
Must do.
Cindy_R
, Jul 2021
Great and interesting trip. Epic views. Nothing more to say.abcdefghijklmnopqrstubwxyzabcdefghijklmn
star-5
Historic rail journey
Lynette_M
, Jul 2021
Loved the gold class service. Staff were fabulous. I also loved the scenery and hearing about the history of how this railroad was made. Amazing.
star-5
Beautiful day
Sue_W
, Jul 2021
Beautiful train ride up and train hostess was lovely. Ride done on skyrail was awesome and great views of everything
star-5
Gold class experience in every way
Graham_S
, Jul 2021
The gold class experience made the trip even more memorable. Comfortable seating , personalized service added to the amazing views through the windows. The whole experience was one we will remember fondly
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
spectacular....
usherfamily
, Jul 2021
OMG this a definite must, the scenery was spectacular, the service was awesome, so relaxing and beautiful. Put it on your buck list....
star-5
Outstanding
Andrew_M
, Jul 2021
We thought , how good is this , better than we expected , Kuranda was a great place for all your gifts ( and we did spend a lot ) thanks for a great experience , will recommend

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