Spend a day immersed in the beauty and culture of Tropical North Queensland. Departing from Palm Cove, glide above the coastal canopy in a gondola during a ride on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. When you arrive in the mountain village of Kuranda, choose from a variety of activities including a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, wildlife encounters at Rainforestation Nature Park and hand-feeding feathered friends at Birdworld. You’ll also catch a ride on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway that winds through waterfall gorges and World Heritage-listed rain forest.
Experience the World Heritage protected Rainforests aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway from Palm Cove.
Enjoy time to explore the ancient environments of Red Peak and Barron Falls stations
Kuranda boarding pass; pre allocated train and Skyrail tickets
Spectacular views across Cairns and the rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef
Options available to include Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Rainforestation Nature Park
Free time to explore Kuranda Village and browse the famous Heritage Markets
Pickup and drop off at Cairns and northern beaches hotels by luxury coach
Exclusive Kuranda Market Discount and guide assistance
Though the Great Barrier Reef may get more attention, the mountainous interior of Tropical North Queensland is a treasure trove of cultural heritage and natural beauty. Customize your rainforest adventure with five different tour options to suit your style. All options begin with pickup at your Palm Cove hotel and include a one-way ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway This 4.5-mile (7.5-km) gondola track lets you soar above the treetops and soak in stellar views of the Coral Sea and the coastal mountain landscape.After the cableway ascent, your base camp for the day is the charming rain forest village of Kuranda. Enjoy several hours of leisure time here to spend as you please. Shop for unique souvenirs at the heritage markets and grab lunch at a local café (own expense), or choose from a variety of optional activities. (See Itinerary below for a description of each option.) Get didgeridoo and boomerang demos and take part in an indigenous celebration at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Visit Rainforestation Nature Park to go deeper into the World Heritage-listed rain forest, and observe native critters up-close at Birdworld and the Kuranda Koala Gardens. On the opposite leg of your journey, ride on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. Enjoy a vintage train-travel experience as you glide past steep gorges dotted with waterfalls and around mountainous curves boasting views of the sea. Your full-day adventure concludes with drop-off back at your Palm Cove hotel.
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.
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.
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.
Ein sehr schöner Tag, den wir jeden nur empfehlen können!
Die An- und Abreise mit dem Bus vom Hotel verlief problemlos. Die Skyrail-Fahrt ist echt ein Erlebnis und sollte jeder gemacht haben. Auch die Rückfahrt mit dem historischen Zug war eine tolle Sache, die man so nicht jeden Tag erlebt.
Für uns war die Zeit in Kuranda selbst etwas lang, da das Dorf schon sehr touristisch ist und wir nach einmal durchgehen auch fertig waren.
Insgesamt aber ein sehr gelungener und toller Tag.