84 reviews of Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise
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Reviewed by Peter R, February 2013
great way to see everything in a day
Reviewed by Tracey K, December 2012
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.
Reviewed by john b, June 2012
Great fun-filled day. Railway beautiful and nice for early morning. No real time in Kurunda as need to get skyrail down pretty quick. Helicopter great, only about an hr for snorkling
Reviewed by Ali_Hawk, Australia, June 2012
This is a great, but busy tour. First, you travel to Kuranda via the Scenic Railway from Central Cairns station (but I think you can arrange a pick up from Freshwater Station also). As you travel up to Kuranda you are provided with an informative commentary about the history of this fascinating track, with stunning, beautiful and sometimes breath-taking views and highlights along the way. The great part about the commentary is that you will be given good notice of items of particular interest or of places where the best photos can be taken. The trip up takes around 2 hours. Kuranda is a pretty little town - but be aware that if you take this trip you will not have a lot of time in Kuranda, 1 hour maximum, then you will need to head back to the station to catch the SkyRail to continue on your tour. The SkyRail is a lovely ride - you glide along above the rainforest treetops, which is peaceful and enjoyable. First stop is Barron Falls (an awesome waterfall, so take the time to walk the short distance to each of the three lookouts), then next stop is Red Peak - you will need to change SkyRail tracks here so you encircle the station on a boardwalk to do that. SkyRail staff are very helpful for these things. At the terminal you are met and transported to your helicopter. After you pay reef tax ($20) and get a safety briefing you fly out to the Great Barrier Reef to join the vessel where you can snorkel for a couple of hours, enjoy lunch and perhaps a trip in the glass-bottomed boat before cruising for 90 mins or so back to Cairns Reef Terminal. It is a long, but very enjoyable day out.
Reviewed by scottgator, April 2012
This was a fantastic day and one of our favorite tours we took while in Cairns. My only comment would be that there is NO time to shop in Kuranda because you only have a half hour to get off the train and walk through the town. The helicopter was fantastic...they took you out to the middle of the reef and landed by a snorkeling boat and we were treated as VIP's and were fed a fantastic lunch when we were finished snorkeling. The crew were so nice and helpful!!
Reviewed by Andrew C, January 2012
Great way to see everything if you want to fit everything in a day. Not much time in Kuranda but you can buy the same things all over. Helicopter ride is a definite highlight. Treated like VIPs by cruise crew. Snorkeling time is limited (90 min) which was more than enough for us.
Reviewed by shazer, January 2012
Enjoyed trip, although mix up with pick up times in palm cove was told to get there for 6.50am when infact we had to wait until 8am until being picked up.So made it a long day as we left port douglas at 6am to get there in time. Having said that worked out well doing all in one day as we felt a whole day on boat would have been a bit long.
Reviewed by Michael R, USA, December 2011
Kuranda train tip and skyrail trip were fantastic.
Helicopter trip was beautiful and informative.
Snorking at the barrier reef was great experience--about 1 and 1/2 hours.
Cruise crew had saved lunch for us. The food was fair but was compensated by boat ride and entertainment back to Cairns.
Reviewed by Matt C, March 2011
Reviewed by David L, February 2011
This was a great tour. You got to experience several different areas. It was wonderful!
Reviewed by Kevin H, January 2011
I had a wonderful time. Kuranda is beautiful . the sky rail is breath taking and grear bearier reaf spectaular i give it a 5 stars as a rating
Reviewed by JoJo, USA, January 2011
Great trip. Wish we had more time in Kuranda for shopping. Very well organized. Snorkeling was fabulous.
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