The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is one of the most scenic ways to travel from Cairns, climbing up above the rainforest canopy to the charming mountain town of Kuranda.
Swinging out across the tree tops, the cableway runs for 7.5 km (4.7 miles) over pristine World Heritage-listed rain forest. Bring your camera for stunning panoramic views taking in coast, mountain and river landscapes, and look out for electric-blue Ulysses butterflies.
You can stretch your legs at two mid-stations, where nature boardwalks and scenic lookouts reinforce the magic of the rain forest environment.
What a wonderful day! The rail trip to Kuranda was so picturesque in the old rail cars and the Skyrail return was a beautiful experience. We are so glad we visited the RainForestation and Wildlife Park and its indigenous animals, holding a koala and feeding the kangaroos and wallabies. Took a ride on an amphibious World War II Army Duck through the rainforest, and experienced Aboriginal culture.
Hello, done the train trip before( good) but we wanted to do skyrail, spectacular scenes especially the last part when youcome out toa wide view ofCairns itself and the airport.
Review by Tracey K, January 2013
Doing what: Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise
The trip was absolutely fantastic. A bit rushed at Kuranda having to go straight from the train to the Skyrail. But overall we would do it again.
The Skyrail cable car operates continuously throughout the day. The trip takes 90 minutes one way, and is often combined with a return trip by the equally picturesque Kuranda Scenic Railway.
The terminal is 15 minutes from central Cairns, and 50 minutes from the laid back harbor town of Port Douglas. Most Skyrail tours include pick-up and drop-off service from Cairns, the northern beaches and Port Douglas.