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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 7 more
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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Embark on a full-day adventure to the rain forest village of Kuranda and delve into the rich history of Tropical North Queensland. Travel to and from Palm Cove aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which lets you soar through the treetops on a gondola. In Kuranda, choose from a variety of itineraries to suit your interests, such as a visit to the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park and wildlife counters with koalas, butterflies and kangaroos.
  • 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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Kuranda Scenic Railway
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (if option selected)
Rainforestation Nature Park (if option selected)
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks (unless specified)
Skyrail (if option not selected)
Tjapukai (if option not selected)
Birdworld entrance (approx. AUD19.00/adult, AUD9.50/child)
Butterfly Sanctuary entrance (approx. AUD20.00/adult, AUD10.00/child)
Kuranda Koala Gardens entrance (approx. AUD19.00/adult and AUD9.50/child)
NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickups are available from selected Northern Beaches hotels - please contact the operator after booking to confirm your closest pickup location and time.

Known as the ‘village in the rain forest,’ Kuranda is an excellent base to explore the culture, scenery and wildlife of Tropical North Queensland. Departing from Palm Cove, enjoy a 1.5-hour train ride aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, crossing Stoney Creek Bridge and the waterfalls of Barron Gorge along the way.

At booking, choose from five different itineraries to suit your style and budget. Enjoy free time to explore the heritage markets of Kuranda, or join in a variety guided activities. Learn about aboriginal history and customs at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where you’ll be treated to traditional dance and music. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a delicious buffet meal midday.

Take a walk on the wild side with an amphibious duck tour at Rainforestation Nature Park, and have up-close animal encounters with butterflies, exotic birds, kangaroos and even cuddly koalas (additional fees may apply). 

At the end of your time in Kuranda, return to Palm Cove aboard a gondola on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Glide above the rain forest canopy and soak up spectacular views of the tropical landscape and coastline on the 4.5-mile (7.5-km) ride. 

See Itinerary below for a complete description of each tour component. All itineraries include hotel pickup and drop-off from Palm Cove.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Barron Falls
Take in the amazing views of the might Barron Falls from both Skyrail and the Scenic Rail.
Pass By:  
Down Under Tours - Day Tours
Down Under Tour is the largest day tour operator in the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region.
Stop At:  
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Take a journey on this heritage railway line that winds through the Rainforest, on a mountain between Kuranda and Freshwater Station.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Glide over and through the canopy of the ancient rainforest and marvel at the spectacular views from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. There are two stops along this gondola journey where you can alight and explore the rainforest from within.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda
Explore the quaint rainforest village of Kuranda, their heritage markets, and local fares. The amount of free time here varies depending on the Option you book.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
The largest butterfly flight aviary & exhibit in Australia. Situated next to the Kuranda Markets, it is home to over 1500 tropical butterflies. Wander through the aviary's lush tropical gardens and breeding laboratory to learn more about a butterfly's life cycle & behaviour. You can choose to visit during your free time in Kuranda.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Visit this wonderful Wildlife park to see iconic Australia wildlife. Feed and pat the tame wallabies and kangaroos. Discover wombats, freshwater crocodiles, lizards, snakes and much more! Koala photos are also available. You can choose to visit during your free time in Kuranda.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Birdworld Kuranda
Immerse yourself in this wonderful free flying bird exhibit. See and enjoy the company of hundreds of rare and beautiful exotic and Australia native species in the lush tropically landscaped setting. You can choose to visit during your free time in Kuranda.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Barron Gorge National Park
Take a journey through the ancient rainforest in Barron Gorge National Park. Journey via Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Kuranda Scenic Rail.
Stop At:  
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Only included if you choose & book the Tjapukai/Skyrail/Rail Package option. Discover the world's oldest living culture at Tjapukai Cultural Park - showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture through traditional dance, storytelling and more.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Rainforestation Nature Park
Only included if you choose & book the Rail/Rainforestation/Sky Package option. See Australian wildlife in their wildlife park, and take an amphibious Army Duck tour through the rainforest.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Down Under Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove.

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Sue2560
, Aug 2019
Picked this tour as wanted to rail up to Kuranda and sky rail down and have time at Kuranda. The train trip was great, stopped a couple of times on the way up for photos, plenty to see in Kuranda, trip included the Rainforest park with lunch which was lovely and plentiful. After feeding the kangaroos and seeing other animals, it was off on the ‘duck’ for an adventure, staff very friendly and knowledgeable, didn’t do all parts of the tour as wanted to go to butterfly sanctuary which was lovely. Sky rail trip was amazing , stopped off a couple of times to walk around the areas. Really recommend this day, picked up from northern beaches.
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We enjoyed a wonderful day on the...
Dave JN
, Mar 2018
We enjoyed a wonderful day on the Kuranda Scenic Railway Day trip. We were collected on time and transported comfortably to the historic railway station that would transport us along the Kuranda Rail journey. The journey itself was fantastic and the stories that accompanied us on our way through the beautiful scenery was excellent. The skyrail journey on the way back was equally exciting and enjoyable providing us with a different but magnificent view of the rainforest. We would recommend this journey to anyone
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Our trip included the Tjapukai...
Christine V
, Sep 2017
Our trip included the Tjapukai Aborigini Village. A must to do. Spent around 2 hours doing so many different things including spear and boomarang throwing, joining in the dancing and singing and learning many interesting facts and stories.Brilliant place.The 40minute Skyrail had some amazing views as it glided over the rain forest with stops on the way to the Kuranda village which was a pleasant surprise. Lots of little shops and a market selling souveneirs to suit everyones tastes and lots of places to get refreshments. The highlight for me was a visit to the Koala Sanctuary where you can cuddle a koala and take photos as well as being given a large photo. Also the opportunity to hand feed the wallabys and kangaroos.Everyone very friendly and helpful. A great day and worth every penny.
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Nice and interesting...the train was...
Albert S
, Dec 2016
Nice and interesting...the train was nothing special, the town was a little more commercial than I expected, but still fun, and a lot to see. Make sure to take a photo with the Koala at the Koala park. Not many good lunch options...
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Was very disappointed. Down under...
Melissa I
, Sep 2016
Was very disappointed. Down under tours lied about this. They say the tour is 10 hours but it was more like 5. We were scheduled for our sky rail at 9:45am which took us to Kuranda. Then had to be on the train to leave at 2pm. Because it was half the time they said we missed an excursion and lost $94
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Rubbish tour, totally waste of money to...
Chris P
, Jun 2016
Rubbish tour, totally waste of money to be pushed around by an inept and unresponsive tour
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Starts with an hotel pickup straight...
mike
, Dec 2015
Starts with an hotel pickup straight to the train station. A great train journey up the mountains with a good live commentary and opportunities for some good photo opportunities. The old fashioned train, coaches and stations really added to the atmosphere. The cableway return journey was also very good, with a couple of stopping points where you can get off to explore and take more photos. The only downside is the village of Kuranda which was a bit touristy for our liking but might well suit others more. Worth checking with your tour on return times - we were told one time - came down a bit early and found we had just missed an earlier bus that we did not know about.
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I had a great time. The crews are...
Nga Yee Vivian C
, Dec 2015
I had a great time. The crews are very friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Tours run down are well-planned and smooth. Coach has been arranged and stand by at the pick-up beforehand, so customers don't have to wait long. A itinerary together with the tickets of the train and cable car is provided, customers could manage their trip without a problem. Really appreciated the attentive arrangement, will definitely join the local tour operator in the future!
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The tour was so well organised, the...
Rodney R
, Jun 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.
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Great train trip, good information...
Elizabeth S
, Jun 2015
Great train trip, good information and loved that the train stopped for photos at Barron falls. Loved the town at Kurranda. The Butterfly House and the Bird House were good to visit. Enjoyed wandering through the old market area. I wasn't keen about travelling back on Skyrail, as I don't like heights, but the view from up there is amazing. The staff were great. Would have preferred an option of travelling back by train or bus.
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