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.
Day trip to Kuranda from Cairns
Experience the wildlife, history and lush landscape of Tropical North Queensland
Enjoy spectacular views of Barron Falls on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for aerial views of the verdant forest
Explore the markets and wildlife attractions of Kuranda during free time in the village
Choose from tour options that include Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Rainforestation Nature Park
Pickup and drop-off at Cairns and northern beaches hotels included
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Choose from multiple tour options, all including the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail.
Create your own perfect day in the beautiful rain forest of Tropical North Queensland with the choice of five different itineraries showcasing the best of Kuranda. Explore indigenous culture at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park, including didgeridoo demonstrations and a heritage dance performance. At Rainforestation Nature Park, take an exciting Army Duck tour and observe animals such as birds, kangaroos, and koalas. See the Itinerary section below for a description of each option.
All itineraries include a one-way ride aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. During the 1.5-hour journey, learn about regional history as your train winds through Barron Gorge National Park and wraps around mountain curves for spectacular vistas. Cross Stoney Creek Bridge and chug by gorgeous waterfalls before arriving at the charming Kuranda train station.
To return to Cairns, get an aerial view of the rain forest as you glide above the treetops on the 4.5-mile (7.5-km) Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Ride in a 6-passenger gondola and disembark at two different vista points to take in fantastic views and explore the forest via a boardwalk.
Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns is included with all options.
I only wish we had spent more time in Kuranda so we could have enjoyed the Butterfly's, Koalas, and birds more. The train ride was so easy and scenic. The tram offered beautiful views. It was absolutely wonderful.
Spent two full days on Reef and had one extra day and wanted to use time to see the most. Ummm his trip was it. Took train up and sky rail down. Sky rail closes at 5:00 and bus waits at bottom until everyone is down. Had lots of time on way down to visit side stops and even a free short tour. At top of Kuranda once off the railway or sky rail you take a small shuttle or short walk into shopping area with h Restaurants. Most shops close around 3-4. You can go to Butterfly or Koala Park for extra fees. We opted to pick up bus from Butterfly venue and go to Rainforestation and fed kangaroo(get feed before entering animal area, saw Tasmanian devil, koalas, crocs. Great buffet lunch with kangaroo and croc soup. Plus aboriginal show!!
We enjoyed this tour very much !
We had hesitated between all the available options in Kuranda and eventually decided to take the scenic railway to go to Kuranda and the Skyrail cableway to come back. We are very happy about it, both are different, it was very interesting :
- to take the historic train, learn more about its construction and be immersed in the landscape, while also making a stop to see Barron Falls
- and then travelling above the rainforest (it is impressive to be so high above ground, so be careful about that if you are afraid of heights).
Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel were greatly appreciated.
During our time in Kuranda we had time to see shops, we also did a part of a rainforest walk and strolled near the river.
Type of visit : family (adults)
Terrific organization from pick up to drop off. Dubious about the amount of time allotted at the attractions but it was just right! Plenty of time to walk the village and visit the koalas and enjoy the Sky View walks.
The train was clean & spacious enough, aside from the occasional clamour for a window view when we came upon the prime photo spots. The information provided throughout was excellent with the overall experience representing great value for money. The Skyrail was excellent too with those although are perhaps a bit hesitant of heights, encouraged to give it a go as you won’t be disappointed. I’d certainly recommend this experience to all visiting the area