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Tour code: 2570KRPS
Explore the lush beauty, amazing wildlife and rich heritage of Tropical North Queensland on this customizable full-day trip to Kuranda from Cairns. Travel to this enchanting rain forest village aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, and choose from a variety of activities including visits to the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Rainforestation Nature Park. Interact with koalas and exotic birds, browse local markets and opt to include a delicious buffet lunch. At the end of the day, glide through the treetops back to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. 

Highlights

  • Day trip to Kuranda from Cairns
  • Experience the wildlife, history and lush landscape of Tropical North Queensland
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Barron Falls on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for aerial views of the verdant forest
  • Explore the markets and wildlife attractions of Kuranda during free time in the village
  • Choose from tour options that include Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Pickup and drop-off at Cairns and northern beaches hotels included

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What You Can Expect

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns

Create your own perfect day in the beautiful rain forest of Tropical North Queensland with the choice of five different itineraries showcasing the best of Kuranda. Explore indigenous culture at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park, including didgeridoo demonstrations and a heritage dance performance. At Rainforestation Nature Park, take an exciting Army Duck tour, hand-feed birds and kangaroos, and even cuddle a koala (additional expense). See the Itinerary section below for a description of each option.
All itineraries include a one-way ride aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. During the 1.5-hour journey, learn about regional history as your train winds through Barron Gorge National Park and wraps around mountain curves for spectacular vistas. Cross Stoney Creek Bridge and chug by gorgeous waterfalls before arriving at the charming Kuranda train station. 
To return to Cairns, get an aerial view of the rain forest as you glide above the treetops on the 4.5-mile (7.5-km) Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Ride in a 6-passenger gondola and disembark at two different vista points to take in fantastic views and explore the forest via a boardwalk. 
Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns is included with all options.

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Itinerary

Select one of the following tour options when booking. All options include a Kuranda Boarding Pass, which provides a written itinerary available in six languages, pre-allocated seating on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and express check-in at the Skyrail so you can go straight to the boarding area.

Scenic Railway – Kuranda – Skyrail (8.5 hours)
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Your day starts with a short drive from your accommodation to the Freshwater train station, about 6 miles (10 km) northwest of central Cairns, to board the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Kuranda. After your free time in Kuranda, head to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your aerial ride to the Caravonica Terminal, where you’ll be picked up and taken back to your accommodation.

Skyrail – Kuranda – Scenic Railway (10 hours):
After hotel pickup, you’ll be driven to the Freshwater train station, where you’ll check in and then transfer to the Caravonica Terminal of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Board the cableway for the aerial ride to Kuranda. After free time in town, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for the train journey back to Freshwater, from where you’ll be returned to your accommodation.

Tjapukai – Skyrail – Kuranda – Scenic Railway (9 hours):
Your day trip begins with hotel pickup for the drive to Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park, about 10 miles (16 km) northwest of central Cairns. When you arrive, meet your indigenous guide who will lead you around the park’s attractions, including didgeridoo, bush food and fire-making demonstrations and a performance by the Tjapukai Dance Troupe. Throw a boomerang, listen to unique music and learn about Australia’s ancient cultures. You can get lunch on your own in the park, or wait until later in the day (own expense).

Then leave Tjapukai and walk to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway station for the aerial ride to Kuranda. After almost two hours of free time in the village, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for the train journey to the Freshwater station, from where you’ll be returned to your accommodation.

Tjapukai with Lunch – Skyrail – Kuranda – Scenic Railway (9 hours):
After hotel pickup, your day trip starts with the drive to Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park. When you arrive, meet your indigenous guide who will lead you around the park’s attractions, including didgeridoo, bush food and fire-making demonstrations and a performance by the Tjapukai Dance Troupe. Learn how to throw a boomerang, listen to unique music and hear about Australia’s ancient cultures. A buffet lunch at the park’s Boomerang Restaurant is included.

Next, walk to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway station for the aerial ride to Kuranda. After about 1.5 hours of free time in the village, board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for the train journey to the Freshwater station, from where you’ll be returned to your accommodation.

Scenic Railway – Kuranda – Rainforestation – Skyrail (10 hours):
Your day trip starts with a short drive from your accommodation to the Freshwater train station, where you’ll board the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Kuranda. After about three hours of free time in Kuranda, you’ll be transferred by shuttle to Rainforestation Nature Park, 100 acres (40 hectares) of rainforest and lush gardens just outside of town.

See native Australian wildlife; ride the amphibious Army Duck for a tour of the rainforest and its inhabitants; explore the Dreamtime Walk for an introduction to Aboriginal culture; learn how to throw a boomerang; or watch a native dance performance. You can also visit the Koala and Wildlife Park to feed kangaroos by hand, be amused by lazy wombats or even hold a koala, if you wish (koala holding is at your own expense).

Afterward, take your shuttle back to Kuranda to board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your aerial ride to the Caravonica Terminal, where you’ll be picked up and taken back to your accommodation.

Customer Reviews

Lorraine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really good trip. Both forms of transport were incredible. Glad we did Skyrail, it was amazing.

Sandy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

So pleased we did this whole trip even tho a little scared of heights. Wouldn't have missed it all for anything.

Hellen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Pick up from hotel on time, very good day out with stunning views, would be ideal for all ages

trudy i

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Well worth the detour but try to be near the window on the train. It was quite crowded but once you get to Kurunda that wasn't a problem! Don't only go to the new part of town- make sure sure you don't miss the original hippie village!

Devon L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent!

Marilyn S W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Loved the scenic railway and train ride. Very interesting.

alan c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The train ride is very scenic and is an interesting experience. Kuranda is a small town filled with small gift shops and galleries and the time there is well spent looking around. While there it is well worthwhile visiting the koala park where you have chance to hold a koala wow. What an experience. The gondola sky rail is brilliant view and exhilarating experience.
All in all great time not to be missed.

Mr K H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The Kuranda railway is something that shouldn't be missed. We were impressed to be given a 2 seater bench, rather than have to share. Lots of information was provided and the stations are full of interesting material, as well as lots of 'gifts'. Plenty of time to get a nice lunch at Kuranda before the Skyway down. It's a long way down and we were grateful for the stops one can make to walk around. The leaflet presumes you will go up on the Skyway and down on the train and gave helpful hints for things to look out for - I wished we had found this earlier. An excellent trip.

Jo G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Lovely day out from Cairns : Kuranda is a beautiful village, lots of nice shops and a chance to mix with the locals. Train and cable car were lovely - I personally would have liked to have been booked on a slightly earlier cable car, to let me explore the stops fully, rather than a quick pit-stop, but overall, a great day!

Donna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A very fun-filled day with a choice of experiences, highly recommend it!

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