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Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Open daily 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Bunda St, Cairns, Queensland, 4870

The Basics

Most tours set out from Cairns, Port Douglas, or the northern beaches, from where it’s a two-hour one-way journey to the end of the line at Kuranda. Passengers can choose standard heritage carriages or the more luxurious Gold Class or Royale Class service, in which refreshments are served. For the best value, combine your tour with other North Queensland activities such as a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, an Army Duck tour of the Rainforestation Nature Park, a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef, or a visit to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
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US$166.24 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Family Holiday
Thank you Mr IC for your friendly professional service on the train in Gold Class. Comfy seats, lots of food & freshments.
Kim_G, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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Kuranda by Train & return by Skyrail
Vickie_C, Jan 2022
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Great trip up via Train & back via Skyrail, the views are awesome. Travellers are well spaced by the Train Staff, because of COVID. There is a nice Pub available for lunch on arrival & if you like a Ginger Beer with a bit of an alcohol kick (4%) try the Pubs very own Green Ginger Beer
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Experience of Kuranda
Jacob_E, May 2022
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
The Kuranda Scenic Railway was a fantastic experience. The history of the railway - using picks to fig tunnels was mind boggling. The views were amazing. The staff on board were helpful and friendly. The carriages were well maintained. The railway staff were helpful.
star-5
Amazing
Alexander_M, May 2022
Grand Kuranda Incl Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation (CKBB)
All tour was very well organized. Scenic railway was great fun, beautiful scenery. We loved the skyrail, one of a kind experience, amazingly beautiful. Also liked to be close by to kangaroos at wildpark and pet them.
star-5
Awesome day out
Dean_T, May 2022
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Awesome day out. Actual train time is about 1.5-2 hrs and cable car about an hour. Views on both are fantastic. Kurunda is a great little spot. Definitely get to bird world.
star-5
Loved it
Sonia_R, May 2022
Grand Kuranda Incl Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation (CKBB)
Was an amazing day well organised would do again. Amazing Australian culture experience. The Army duck rainforest tour was so much fun.
star-5
This was an amazing...
Melissa_A, Apr 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
This was an amazing experience. The sky rail views and stops took your breath away. The train ride was exceptional. Vivian was attentive during the trip. The waterfalls were spectacular. Definitely needs to be experienced.
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Train and skyrail in one trip.
Nataliamacoboy, Apr 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
We liked the old fashioned train journey to Kuranda. Good service , beautiful scenery and spectacular photo stops. Kuranda is very touristy and mostly orientated to international travellers. This tour is very weather dependant. On the way back by Skyrail it was rainy and foggy which spoilt the views. Nevertheless, we explored rain forest on 2 stops on the way down to get the full rainforests experience.
star-5
Excellent & well organised tour
Tony_C, May 2022
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
The Kuranda rail was fantastic, the activities at the Rainforeststion was amazing too! Everything was prepared and set on an itinerary and was very well organised!
star-5
Amazing day spent well
Himani_G, Apr 2022
Grand Kuranda Incl Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation (CKBB)
Skyrail was the highlight of this tour and i loved it. Buffet was good too. Railway was a little boring fir us coz we have travelled a lot by rail in childhood but if you are planning for this tour ask for a window seat if possible. Butterfly sanctuary was a waste of time. Instead do a lots of shopping in the village 😀
star-5
Memorable experience
Katrina_G, May 2022
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Lovely day had by all, beautiful scenery, railway and skyrail was a memorable experience, highly recommended.
star-5
Wow wow wow
Amy_G, Apr 2022
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Wow!!!! What an amazing ride. So beautiful and we loved all the history. We got some amazing photos we'll cherish forever. Thank you
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Unfortunately we went on...
Ian_R, Apr 2022
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Unfortunately we went on ANZAC day and were not able to get the photos we would have liked due to very rainy weather other wise the trip was great

Things to Know Before You Go

  • English-language commentary is provided on the train.

  • Luggage space is limited, so bring a day bag and be sure to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, and comfortable shoes if you plan on exploring the rainforest.

  • Wheelchair access is available at all stations except Barron Falls station, but it must be requested in advance.

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How to Get There

It’s possible to ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway in either direction, starting your journey at Cairns Station, Freshwater Station, or Kuranda Station. Cairns Station is located right in the center of Cairns, about five miles (eight kilometers) or a 1-hour train ride south of Cairns Airport.

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When to Get There

The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs twice daily, with morning departures from Cairns and afternoon departures from Kuranda. Trains run year-round, but with no air-conditioning on-board the historic trains, it can get hot in summer.

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Natural Landscapes of the Wet Tropics

The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs right through the heart of the UNESCO-protected Wet Tropics, climbing through the jungle-clad mountains of the Barron Gorge. Jump off along the way to marvel at the Barron Falls, admire Stoney Creek Falls, or take a hike through the ancient woodlands, looking out for wildlife such as rainbow lorikeets, wild orchids, and Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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