Kuranda Scenic Railway + Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Highlights & inclusions

One way journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
One way journey on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Spectacular views from Red Peak and Barron Falls Lookouts
BONUS $5 retail voucher to spend in Skyrail's retail outlets

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Tue, May 21, 2024

What you can expect

Combining World Heritage Rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway, this tour encompasses the best scenic transportation options available in the region. The Kuranda Scenic Railway is famed for its beautiful route and the fact that it has been servicing the community for over 100 years. Winding through the lush green rainforest, cascading waterfalls and tropical mountain ranges, this is one journey to remember.

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will take around 1.5 hours from departure and includes stops at the Red Peak Station and Barron Falls along the way. The two station stops are worth exploring and guests are advised to allocate around 20 minutes at each to explore the lookouts, historical displays and enjoy a guided boardwalk tour from a local ranger.

In Kuranda, you're free to explore at your own pace. You can visit one of the many great family friendly attractions including Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, or you could simply just wander around the markets and relax at a local café - the choice is yours.

Combining two of the region's must-do experiences and providing you with the chance to explore the gorgeous village of Kuranda, this package brings you great value for money and great sights. Book yours online today to get your Far North Queensland adventure started.

Location

What you need to know

Note
  • Skyrail will be closed for programmed maintenance works on the following dates:
  • Monday 13th May to Sunday 19th May 2024 (inclusive)
  • Wednesday 4th September - Tuesday 10th September
  • December 2024: 25th (Christmas Day)
Inclusions
  • One-way journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • One-way journey on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • A one-way transfer between Skyrail's Smithfield Terminal and the Freshwater Railway Station
  • $5 retail voucher to spend in any of Skyrail's retail outlets
  • Free time to explore Kuranda - 'The Village in the Rainforest'
Exclusions
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway's Gold Class
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway's Diamond View (glass floor) gondola
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway's Canopy Glider (open-air) experience
  • Hotel transfers
  • Food & beverages
  • Souvenirs
Itinerary
  • Train up at 8.50am, Skyrail down at 12.30pm:
  • 8am - Check in at Skyrail's Smithfield (Cairns) terminal (self-drive your own vehicle or arrange your own transport such as Uber/Taxi)
  • 8.05am - Transfer from Skyrail's Smithfield (Cairns) terminal to Freshwater Railway Station (included in your tour package)
  • 8.50am - Kuranda Scenic Railway departs Freshwater Railway Station
  • 10.20am - Arrive Kuranda Railway Station
  • Free time in Kuranda Village
  • 12.30pm - Depart Skyrail Kuranda Terminal
  • Visit rainforest boardwalks at Red Peak and Barron Falls on your journey
  • 1.30pm - Arrive at Skyrail's Smithfield terminal to collect your vehicle or alternate transportation back to your accommodation
  • Skyrail up at 9am, Train down at 2pm:
  • 8.45am - Check in at Skyrail's Smithfield (Cairns) terminal (self-drive your own vehicle or arrange your own transport such as Uber/Taxi)
  • 9am - Skyrail Rainforest Cableway departs Skyrail's Smithfield Terminal
  • Visit rainforest boardwalks at Red Peak and Barron Falls on your journey
  • 10.30am - Arrive Skyrail Kuranda Terminal
  • Free time in Kuranda Village
  • 2pm - Depart Kuranda Railway Station
  • 3.30pm - Arrive at Kuranda Scenic Railway's Freshwater Station and transfer back to Skyrail's Smithfield Terminal to collect your vehicle
  • Train up at 9.50am, Skyrail down at 2pm:
  • 9am - Check in at Skyrail's Smithfield (Cairns) terminal (self-drive your own vehicle or arrange your own transport such as Uber/Taxi)
  • 9.05am - Transfer from Skyrail's Smithfield (Cairns) terminal to Freshwater Railway Station (included in your tour package)
  • 9.50am - Kuranda Scenic Railway departs Freshwater Railway Station
  • 11.20am - Arrive Kuranda Railway Station
  • Free time in Kuranda Village
  • 2pm - Depart Skyrail Kuranda Terminal
  • Visit rainforest boardwalks at Red Peak and Barron Falls on your journey
  • 3pm - Arrive at Skyrail's Smithfield terminal to collect your vehicle or alternate transportation back to your accommodation
  • Skyrail up at 11am, Train down at 3.30pm:
  • 10.45am - Check in at Skyrail's Smithfield (Cairns) terminal (self-drive your own vehicle or arrange your own transport such as Uber/Taxi)
  • 11am - Skyrail Rainforest Cableway departs Skyrail's Smithfield Terminal
  • Visit rainforest boardwalks at Red Peak and Barron Falls on your journey
  • 12.30pm - Arrive Skyrail Kuranda Terminal
  • Free time in Kuranda Village
  • 3.30pm - Depart Kuranda Railway Station
  • 5pm - Arrive at Kuranda Scenic Railway's Freshwater Station and transfer back to Skyrail's Smithfield Terminal to collect your vehicle
Highlights
  • The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway which was built over 120 years ago
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest
  • The Skyrail experience, spanning 7.5kms over pristine rainforest, allows you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth
  • Gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy in comfortable six-person gondola cabins, the Skyrail journey immerses you in an intimate rainforest experience where you'll see, hear, smell and become part of the tropical rainforest environment
  • Relax and enjoy the stunning rainforest scenery, panoramic views of the Cairns' tropical region and the glittering waters of the Coral Sea
  • Alight at Skyrail's two rainforest mid-stations, Red Peak and Barron Falls, where you'll explore this amazing environment from the forest floor on boardwalks, scenic look-outs and in the state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretation Centre
  • Time to explore Kuranda 'The Village in the Rainforest'. There are rainforest walks, markets, cafes, restaurants and galleries for you to visit
Location
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is located at 6 Skyrail Drv, Smithfield, approximately 15 minutes north of Cairns and 50 minutes south of Port Douglas
Additional Information
  • Please arrive at Skyrail no earlier than 15 minutes prior to allocated boarding time
  • During busy periods, sharing of gondolas with other guests will be required
  • Skyrail is a cash free experience. This includes our Gift Shop and Cafe
Booking Information
  • It is highly recommended to reconfirm your booking at least 48 hours prior to the date of the activity
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on the day of the activity. Vouchers presented on a mobile device are also accepted
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details are included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

Recent reviews

4.8107 reviews
5

The Beauty of the Rainforest without the long walking

If you are less inclined to exercise but still want to see the beauty of the Tropical Rainforest then definitely book onto the Skyrail and Railway. You will get to see the rainforest with an eagle view, with numerous stops to visit the falls, where the train stops and other sights before hopping back onto the Skyrail all the way up to Kuranda. Plenty of photo opportunities, they are never crowded on the individual cable cars. Also if suitable for all exercise levels whether you're an avid walker or someone who has a toddler/baby in tow with a pram. Recommend doing the Skyrail up to Kuranda, having a few hours to explore the markets - especially the Crepe restaurant. There's also the koala, Bird, and Butterfly sanctuary before hopping back down on the train on the way down. Staff were very accommodating and also provide transport via air-conditioned mini van back from the Freshwater station back to the Skyrail where car was parked Definite must do!

Justin Brittain 6 days ago
5

Incredible trip to see the worlds oldest tropical rainforest

The views and rainforest are absolutely stunning! Kuranda itself is a gorgeous little town. There’s a bit of disorganisation at the Skyrail if you wish to take the train first, we also weren’t aware that although you pick a time for the Skyrail back you can come back anytime! This would be good to know. We had sun, rain and wind and loved every bit.

Philippa Bennett 21 days ago
5

Must do experience when visiting Cairns, the Skyrail experience is amazing

Experience Oz was easy to use and book and paying for our tickets was a breeze, the communication was excellent receiving emailed instructions from Experience Oz and Skyrail with times and transfers arranged making it so easy. The Scenic rail and sky rail is a must do when visiting Cairns.

Alan Patten 28 days ago

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