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Skyrail Cableway

The rainforests of far north Queensland boast unparalled biodiversity, abounding with many unique plant species as well as possums, tree kangaroos, bats and a huge range of birdlife. But you needn’t necessarily rough it to get a taste of this tropical paradise. The Skyrail Cableway takes you on a 4.5 mile (7.5 kilometer) journey in a gondola above and through the tree treetops of the rainforest. Along the way you’ll see the dramatic Barron Gorge and stop off at 2 different points to explore boardwalks which snake through the canopy.

Informative signs along the route mean this is a great way to find out more about a fascinating environment while disturbing it as little as possible. Arriving at Kuranda, you have the chance to visit an aviary and Australia’s largest butterfly sanctuary.

The Cableway is just 15 minutes’ drive north of central Cairns along the Captain Cook Highway, which also goes past the city’s international airport.



Address: Cnr of Captain Cook Highway and Cairns Western Arterial Road, Smithfield 4878, Australia
Hours: Open daily
Admission: From AU$42
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Day Trips

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.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Day Trips

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.
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  • 8 hours
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$158.15
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kuranda Rainforest on a full-day tour from Cairns. Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Kuranda where you first visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest flight aviary in Australia. Tour the Rainforestation Nature Park in an amphibious Army Duck vehicle, then see koalas, dingoes and more at the Koala and Wildlife Park. Take a dreamtime walk with a Pamagirri guide for the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, then feast on an Australian barbecue buffet lunch. Finally, return to Cairns on the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Classic Kuranda by Skyrail and Scenic Railway Including Rainforestation, Koala and Wildlife Park and Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kuranda Rainforest and observe native Australian wildlife on a full-day tour from Cairns. View the rainforest as you ride the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway to Kuranda. Tour the Rainforestation Nature Park in an amphibious Army Duck vehicle that offers another vantage point on the forest, visit the koalas, kangaroos and other critters at the Koala and Wildlife Park. Learn about Aboriginal culture at the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. After a classic Aussie barbecue lunch, return to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Cultural Tours

Ultimate Kuranda Tour: Skyrail, Scenic Railway, Koala Gardens, Cruise and Lunch

Soak up sweeping views of the Queensland rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to charming Kuranda village on this quintessential Cairns day out. In town, marvel at adorable marsupials at the Kuranda Koala Gardens, savor lunch at the historic Kuranda Hotel, and ride a Kuranda Riverboat before heading back to Cairns on the Kuranda Scenic Railway—all in one easy door-to-door package.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

Full-Day Tour with Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures from Cairns

Explore two of the top attractions near Cairns on a full-day tour to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and the rainforest village of Kuranda. Ride aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, then have time to walk around the market in the village. Then take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway back down the mountain, and head to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an up-close look at the crocs and native Australian wildlife. Includes entrance fees, and all transportation round-trip from Cairns.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Multi-day Tours

5-Day Best of Cairns with Daintree, Kuranda, and Great Barrier Reef

Experience the very best of Far North Queensland on this diverse 5-day adventure based out of Cairns. Scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef, visit Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge, ride through the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, and marvel at some of the world's oldest living species in Daintree Rainforest. Includes round-trip airport transfers, all transportation, some meals, and overnight accommodation in a charming 3-star hotel with pool in Cairns.
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days

Day Trips

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Port Douglas

Explore the charming village of Kuranda and the World Heritage rain forests of Tropical North Queensland on this full-day adventure from Port Douglas. Chug past waterfall-studded gorges with a ride on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, and glide above the treetops from a gondola on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Customize your day with the choice of many different activities, including a visit to Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park, guided nature tours at Rainforestation Nature Park, and memorable observation experiences of koalas and exotic birds.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Helicopter Tours

2-Day Best of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

See the best of Cairns with a two-day package that provides the ultimate reef and rainforest experience. First, explore the town of Kuranda, traveling via the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Then discover the aquatic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on a 5-hour ocean cruise with stops for snorkeling and scubadiving. Return to Cairns by helicopter, taking a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Have the option to add on admission to Rainforestation in Kuranda to learn about Aboriginal culture and Australian wildlife.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
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Multi-day Tours

Cairns 2-Day Combo: Great Barrier Reef Cruise and Kuranda

Experience two of Cairns’ spectacular natural attractions on with on a 2-day combo tour of the Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda, ideal for first-time visitors. On the first day, you’ll take a cruise on the Great Barrier Reef and have the chance to snorkel with the world’s most biodiverse marine life. Then, on day two, you’ll take the Kuranda Scenic Railway to the mountain town of Kuranda, where you’ll explore the Rainforestation Nature Park. A buffet lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included on both days. Accommodation is not included.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
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Air Tours

Reef and Rainforest 3 in 1 combo from Cairns

Experience Cairns’ highlights on an all-day sightseeing tour that combines skyrail, train, and plane. After a hassle-free pickup from Cairns City Centre, enjoy a “Reef Hopper” flight over Green Island, Arlington Reef, and other picturesque sites. Glide above a rainforest in the Skyrail cable car and board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for gorgeous views of waterfalls, mountains, and ravines—all on one convenient excursion.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Multi-day Tours

8-Day Cairns Tour: Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda, Daintree Rainforest

Cover all the best sights of Cairns, with a few special upgrades included, during this 8-day tour. Extras include a 40-minute scenic reef flight, a 4WD rain forest waterfall adventure, and a free day to explore. Seven nights of accommodation, all transportation, and meals per itinerary.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days

Multi-day Tours

3-Day Best of Cairns Combo: The Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, and Kuranda

Save money by combining the Cairns region's three top activities in one 3-day tour. Begin by exploring the underwater world of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef with an included introductory dive. On the second day, head for Daintree Rainforest (also UNESCO-listed) to explore the world's oldest continuously surviving rainforest. Your final day is spent gliding above the rainforest canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, then exploring quaint village of Kuranda before returning on the historical Kuranda Scenic Rail.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

Attraction Tickets

Cairns Shore Excursion: Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda and Cairns Aquarium with Lunch

This tour is ideal for cruise ship passengers as well as other travelers staying in or around Cairns. Be escorted by your guide on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which will take you into the Kuranda Ranges. Enjoy a short walk, views, souvenir shopping, a delicious lunch, and Queensland’s largest oceanarium. This handy day trip includes many of Cairns’ top sites, which would be difficult to fit into one day if traveling independently.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Small-Group Kuranda Village, Skyrail Cableway and Scenic Railway Day Trip from Port Douglas

Marvel over the lush landscapes of the Kuranda rainforest from above on an exciting full-day tour from Port Douglas, including hotel pick-up. After exploring the handicraft markets and art galleries of Kuranda village, choose from a range of activities including a thrilling ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Scenic Train. If that’s still not enough fun for one day, tag on a visit to Hartley's Crocodile Park, Tjapukai Aboriginal cultural park or the Wildlife Habitat Kuranda. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a personalised experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Cairns ATV Adventure Tour and Morning Skyrail

Embark upon an adventure that goes beyond the usual city tours on this Cairns ATV and Skyrail tour. Journey over and through World Heritage-listed rainforest, gliding just above the canopy, in the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway's gondola. Next, board your quad bike for an adrenaline-pumping adventure through the rainforest on dirt tracks and over creek crossings.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Freedom Kuranda Tour: Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Koala Gardens and Cruise

Experience beautiful Kuranda with this railway and riverboat adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, climb aboard the Skyrail Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway for picturesque rainforest views. See amazing wildlife at Koala Gardens, enjoy a delicious lunch at the historic Kuranda Hotel, and watch for crocodiles and turtles on a picturesque cruise down the Barron River.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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White Water Rafting

Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

Experience the fun and thrills of a half-day whitewater rafting trip on the Barron River, located just 20 minutes north of Cairns. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics as you raft through stunning terrain, including highlights such as Barron Falls. Your expert guide provides all necessary rafting equipment and paddling instruction for the 2-hour rafting trip, you simply bring clothes that can get wet. No experience needed for this fun and safe rafting excursion. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns and the Northern Beaches.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trips

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.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Day Trips

Kuranda Day Trip from Cairns by Scenic Railway and Skyrail Including Army Duck Rainforest Tour

Explore the Kuranda Rainforest — a UNESCO World Heritage site — on a full-day tour from Cairns. Travel on the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Kuranda, getting views of the rainforest and Barron Gorge along the way. Visit the Rainforestation Nature Park and see the wildlife during a tour in an amphibious Army Duck vehicle. Then step on board the 6-person gondola at the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for the return journey to Cairns, with time to stop at Barron Falls and Red Peak Station en route.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Cairns 4WD Waterfall and Rainforest Tour Including Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Escape the tourist trail for an off-road adventure in Australia’s tropical north on this full-day tour from Cairns. Hop aboard a 4WD for a thrilling tour of the Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park, exploring hidden trails not normally accessible to the public and admiring natural wonders like Surprise Falls and Lake Morris. After free time to enjoy lunch (own expense) and browse the markets in Kuranda Village, enjoy aerial views over the Kuranda rainforest with a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or Scenic Railway.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Bus & Minivan Tours

Kuranda Day Trip from Port Douglas with Optional Skyrail Cableway or Scenic Railway

Explore Kuranda on a full-day small-group tour from Port Douglas or Palm Cove. Meet a local guide for a walking tour of Kuranda and head up the coast to Palm Cove for a leisurely stroll along the esplanade and beach. You also have the choice to ride either the Kuranda Scenic Railway or the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, or upgrade to do both. Travel in a small group limited to 12 people on a tour that includes entrance tickets, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Multi-day Tours

2-Day Green Island Cruise and Kuranda Day Trip

Combine snorkeling on Australia's Great Barrier Reef with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed mountain village of Kuranda. This 2-day combination trip allows you to do both, and includes pickup and drop-off in Cairns. Please note: Overnight accommodation not included.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 days
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