Kuranda Tours

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The picturesque mountain town of Kuranda is tucked into forest-clad hills 16 miles (25 kilometers) northwest of Cairns in Queensland, Australia. The journey to Kuranda is part of its appeal; visitors get spectacular views of lush forests and towering waterfalls, whether traveling there by train, skyrail, or road. The laid-back town is known for its outdoor markets, eateries, wildlife tours, and alternative vibe.
 
The Basics
Kuranda is one of the most popular day trip destinations from Cairns. Shoppers can browse art galleries, boutiques, and open-air markets for handicrafts, didgeridoos, and Aboriginal art, while nature lovers can explore Australian wildlife in parks and nature preserves nearby. (Both Kuranda National Park and Barron Gorge National Park form part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.) Many travelers opt to ride an enclosed gondola on the 4.5-mile (7.5-kilometer) Skyrail Rainforest Cableway from Kuranda to Smithfield (1.5 hours with stops at its rain forest stations) or round-trip. Among Kuranda’s other popular attractions are the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Kuranda Koala Gardens, the Reforestation Nature Park, and Birdworld Kuranda.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kuranda is a kid-friendly destination with activities for all ages, from animal lovers to souvenir shoppers.
  • Wear sturdy shoes for strolling around Kuranda and nearby park attractions, where most, but not all, paths are well-maintained with wheelchair-accessible facilities.
  • Although Kuranda tends to be cooler than the coast, summers are still hot, with January the warmest month.
 
How to Get There
To get to Kuranda from Cairns in style and enjoy the scenery, ride 90 minutes one-way on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. The 1-hour and 45-minute train trip chugs from downtown Cairns through Barron Gorge National Park to Kuranda, offering clear views of landmarks such as Barron Falls and Stoney Creek Falls. By car or bus, it’s about 30 minutes to Kuranda from Cairns.
 
When to Get There
Kuranda’s mild climate allows for year-round activity, but the summer wet season from January to March is considered the best time to see Kuranda’s rain forest. The winter months span June to August.
 
Wildlife in Kuranda
To see wildlife in Kuranda, head to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, which shelters thousands of butterflies, or the Rainforestation Nature Park, which offers boat tours and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. At Kuranda Koala Gardens, travelers can get close to koalas, kangaroos, and crocodiles under the supervision of trained professionals. Head to the Barron River from Kuranda’s town center to take a wildlife-spotting cruise and see freshwater crocodiles, water dragons, and tropical birds.
Location
Address: Condoo Street, Kuranda 4881, Australia
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Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Journey to the rain forest village of Kuranda via two unique transit options on this memorable full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Skip the line and enjoy Gold Class service aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, winding through lush mountain passes and waterfall gorges along the way. In the opposite direction, glide above the treetops in a gondola and soak up spectacular views of the mountains and coastline on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. In Kuranda, enjoy leisure time to explore the heritage markets, learn about aboriginal culture or interact with native wildlife.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$160.11 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

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. Hang out 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.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$120.45 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Cairns Super Saver: Great Barrier Reef Cruise plus Kuranda Scenic Railway plus Cape Tribulation Day Trip

From the Great Barrier Reef to the Daintree Rainforest, experience the best of tropical north Queensland on this Cairns Super Saver that combines three bestselling tours at one discounted price. Over three days, enjoy a snorkeling and scuba diving cruise on the barrier reef; ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway to admire views of the lush rainforest environment; and take a day trip to Cape Tribulation to see koalas and kangaroos at Wildlife Habitat and enjoy a boat ride on the Daintree River.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$312.87 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

See some of Australia's most famous natural wonders — the rainforest and Great Barrier Reef — during an action-packed full-day tour from Cairns. Spend the morning in the mountains, taking the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway between Cairns and Kuranda. In the afternoon, head to the Great Barrier Reef in style on an approximately 25-minute helicopter tour. Transfer to an afternoon cruise on the Outer Reef to admire the underwater world while swimming or snorkeling.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$459.03 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Kuranda Rainforest Night Adventure Tour by Hummer

Explore the Kuranda Rainforest at night on this 4-wheel-drive adventure from Cairns and the Northern Beaches. Experience outback traditions as you sip billy-tea by a campfire, and taste kangaroo and crocodile sausages before traversing World Heritage–listed landscapes in a sturdy 4WD Hummer. Cross the Atherton Tablelands to Granite Gorge, look for wild kangaroos and nocturnal birds, and gaze up at the stars, away from city lights. Tour is limited to 20 people.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$121.92 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns

Take a day trip from Cairns to Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and return via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Alternatively, make the 1-way journey by railway and return by skyrail. Enjoy a tranquil ride as you soar above the rainforest canopy, with views from Cairns all the way to the Great Barrier Reef, and spend free time in Kuranda Village. If you wish, upgrade your transport with admission to the Rainforestation Nature Park or Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park — the latter option with or without lunch.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$120.45 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park

Explore Kuranda's Rainforestation Nature Park, a 100-acre (40-hectare) tropical rainforest and World Heritage site located within five minutes of Kuranda village, accessible from Cairns. Your admission ticket to this family-friendly attraction includes three eco-experiences: see Australia's native animals at the Koala and Wildlife Park; ride the amphibious Army Duck on a unique rainforest tour; watch an Aboriginal Dance Show at the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and take a Dreamtime Walk.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$36.72 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets

Visit two of the most popular wildlife venues in the Cairns area with this combo admission to the Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld. Aussie animals are renowned for various reasons—from adorable (koalas) to elusive (wombats). You’ll have the chance to see an array of wildlife. Some activities are an additional fee.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$23.50 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Surround yourself by more than 1,500 multicolored butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda. The biggest butterfly aviary in the country, this delightful attraction is home to landscaped gardens that mimic the butterflies’ natural rainforest habitats. Explore at your leisure while they fly all around you, or take advantage of complimentary tours during the day, including a behind-the-scenes lab tour. When booking, you have the option to upgrade to the 4 Park Pass for entry to three more Cairns-area attractions.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$14.69 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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