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  • Location:Palm Cove, Australia
  • Duration:7.5 - 10 hours

Experience the rainforest beauty of Far North Queensland on a scenic day trip from Palm Cove. Ride the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and choose from a variety of options including the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or the popular Rainforestation Nature Park.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Kuranda aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway from Palm Cove
  • Spectacular views of Barron Falls from the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Onboard commentary during the 1 hour and 45 minute train ride
  • Hostess assisted check-in
  • Variety of options available including Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Free time to explore Kuranda Village and browse the famous Heritage Markets
  • Exclusive Kuranda Market Discount and guide assistance
  • Pickup and drop off at Palm Cove hotels by luxury coach

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What You Can Expect

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove

Choose to combine your the Kuranda Scenic Railway with a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Learn about Tropical North Queensland's pioneering history on a leisurely train journey to Kuranda 'the village in the rainforest'. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you wind your way through the rainforest. A short photo stop is made at Barron Gorge and as you cross Stoney Creek Bridge, before arriving in Kuranda.

There is free time in Kuranda to do a little shopping at the heritage markets, grab some lunch in one of the many restaurants/cafes (additional cost) or have a wildlife encounter at Birdworld, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (entrance fees not included).

There are many options available to choose from for your Kuranda day trip so you can do as much or as little as you like. Choose from:

  • Rail/Rainforestation/Sky - Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway, visit Rainforestation Nature Park, return on Skyrail (10 hours)
  • Rail/Sky - Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway, return on Skyrail (8.5 hours)
  • Sky/Rail - Travel to Kuranda on Skyrail, return on the Scenic Railway (10 hours)
  • Rail/Sky/Tjapukai- Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway, return on Skyrail, visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (9 hours)
  • Rail/Sky/Tjapukai/Lunch - Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway, return on Skyrail, visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with buffet lunch (10 hours)

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Itinerary

Kuranda Scenic Railway
The world famous railway experience is a must-do when visiting Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, Australia. The onboard commentary will help you discover the pioneering history of the tropical north from way back in the late 1800's, be astounded by a magnificent engineering feat and explore some of the great characters involved in the construction of this great railway.

Begin at Freshwater Station where you'll have time to have breakfast at the cafe or explore the small museum. Board the train to begin your One hour and 45 minute journey through the rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. Cross the impressive Stoney Creek Bridge and stop for photos at Barron Gorge.

At the end of you Kuranda Scenic Rail ride you'll arrive at Kuranda Station, world renowned for its tropical gardens and historic significance. It is possibly one of the most photographed railway stations in the world. The heritage-listed buildings blend with the tropical surrounds providing a relaxed environment to enjoy.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Glide over Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy. Hear the birds singing and smell the fresh scent of the rainforest as you effortlessly and silently skim just meters above the rainforest canopy in a six-person gondola. Enjoy unbeatable views from the rainforest to the reef as you pass over the peak of the mountain range.

The 7.5 kilometer Skyrail has two stops along the way where you can hop out and explore this amazing environment from the forest floor on boardwalks, scenic look-outs and in the state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretation Centre. See why the award-winning Skyrail is considered a world leader in eco-tourism, providing you with a truly unique rainforest experience available no where else in the world.

Rainforestation Nature Park
Experience indigenous culture, Australian native wildlife and World Heritage listed rainforest all on one site at the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park. Set on 100 acres (40 hectares) in the midst of World Heritage rainforest, this unique tourist attraction features a variety of activities the whole family will love.

Board the Army Duck for a different look at the rainforest and some of its inhabitants. Your amphibious Duck travels over land and water to take you into the heart of the rainforest. Visit the Koala and Wildlife Park and come face to face with some of Australia's most cuddly creatures. The Dreamtime Walk is your introduction to Aboriginal and Islander culture. Try your hand at boomerang throwing and watch as the Pamagirri Dancers display the humor and excitement of their native dance.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

A short walk from the Skyrail, you can experience indigenous culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. discover Australia's ancient culture through theatre, stage shows and demonstrations. See how the musicians coax out the sounds of dingoes, birds and learn the secrets of the circular breathing technique you will need to master to be a true didgeridoo player.

Have you ever used a Woomera to throw a spear? Throw a traditional returning boomerang and have your photo taken with a Tjapukai performer. The dance theatre is set in a natural forest amphitheatre and featuring a live performance celebrating traditional Tjapukai corroborees and song. The Creation Theatre tells the story of the Tjapukai people with live performers interacting with giant holograms.

You can also choose to include buffet lunch at the fully licensed restaurant.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was so well organised, the staff all lovely and the air rail something to be experienced. I'd recommend this to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2010

It was a beautiful experience! The train ride allowed to enjoy the scenery but the sky rail was more exciting. In Kuranda was available buses to take us and bring us very good lunch and a ride on the amphibious Excellent!! Translated from Spanish.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

We took the railway up, and we returned by the sky tram. Kuranda has many tourist shops. The wildlife/cultural park offered by the Viator package is well worth the money.

Gregory P
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2009

My husband and I found the tour a great pleasure to go on and we have recommended it to all our friends and family. We have the greatest respect for the drivers and we could not fault them at all. I will say it again it was the best time we ever had and we will be doing it again when we go back up there.

Alan D
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2009

Every thing went to plan, all aspects good, from pick-up to drop-off. Thanks.

Scott S
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2008

Amazing way to see the rainforest in Cairns. By doing the sky rail and train you get to see so much more.

Malcolm R
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

An experience and a half. The Sky Rail was very good. If you're in Kuranda, don't miss this. The Butterfly Museum we visited for very little cost was fantastic. The guide who conducted the tour was the most knowledgeable we had met, and was very passionate about the butterflies. The people of Kuranda were very friendly and warm.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2007

What an excellent trip! We were picked up on time from hotel. We were fortunate enough to have a courteous and efficient driver for transfer to Freshwater station, which was a beautiful site. The Skyrail was an unforgettable experience. Kuranda station and the surrounding town were beautiful, with excellent tourist facilities. The trip back by vintage train was memorable, with extensive views of mountain and gorge. Pickup at Freshwater and return to my hotel were both done expeditiously, and as usual from the tour group - on time and courteously.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2007

Skyride was great as we skimmed the tops of the trees. Kuranda was lovely and perfect for shopping and having a nice lunch. Having a picture holding a koala was priceless and the Butterfly Museum was also very interesting. Only downside was train tracks were wiped out in mudslide so it was only a quick back and forth.

Loreta M
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2006

Very well organised, clean transport. A chance to see the real rainforest and combine that with a beautiful scenic railway trip.
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