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Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation

Cairns, Australia
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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.
  • Learn about the ancient rainforest in Kuranda, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway between Cairns and Kuranda
  • See native Australian animals in the Koala and Wildlife Park
  • Learn about the dreamtime at Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience

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  • "The train stopped so you could take pictures at the most scenic spot but be aware it is a slow ride up the mountain." See review
  • "This was an exceptional tour, the train was a great trip, the village was a cool place." See review
  • "I would definitely recommend this whole trip to anyone already going to Cairns!" See review


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Best day trip from Cairns
, Mar 2020
Best day trip we took from Cairns. Scenic railway: beautiful and interesting. Kuranda itself was fun if touristy. Only spent an hour there, which was good. Rainforestation: loved it! It's why I picked this tour over others. Excellent buffet lunch (including kangaroo satays and crocodile soup). Educational and entertaining amphibious vehicle tour thru the rainforest. Interesting and fun Aboriginal demos (and trying to throw a boomerang ourselves LOL). Tour thru wildlife park, got to pet a kangaroo and wallaby. Just awesome good times! Then a beautiful and exhilarating skyrail down. Well organized, and I thought the right amount of time was allotted for each activity. Adrian, the driver/guide was great fun. The whole day was just really, really excellent.
Truly fun experience
, Feb 2020
Bus driver was awesome, the railway had some spectacular scenery, the village was quaint, lunch was good, the native demonstrations were informative and entertaining! Skyrail was a little scary but wouldn't have missed it.
Very Enjoyable Day
John R
, Nov 2019
This was a very well organized tour. Very enjoyable. Nice lunch with a good selection of food. I really liked the interaction with the animals and the Kuranda show.
Excellent Adventure
, Jul 2019
Amazing tour overall. Great variety of activities within one long, exciting day. I recommend going up to Kuranda by historic railway and return by incredibly scenic sky rail. The Rain Forest Station Park was a delight and includes Aboriginal activities and performance. The buffet food was enjoyable as well. My favorite part were being able to feed and pet the kangaroos and marvel at the Butterfly Pavillion!
A great day trip. The train stopped...
, Apr 2018
A great day trip. The train stopped so you could take pictures at the most scenic spot but be aware it is a slow ride up the mountain. The Rainforestation is small but very informative. The Skyrail gives you amazing views! The only reason we didn't rate it a five is because the advertised Australian BBQ lunch was a buffet handling many bus loads of people and most of the buffet was Asian food.
Sky rail was cool, train was great but...
, Feb 2018
Sky rail was cool, train was great but hot, rainforest ation was great got to hold a koala
This was an exceptional tour, the...
Leslie K
, Feb 2018
This was an exceptional tour, the train was a great trip, the village was a cool place. The rainforest and duck ride was very informative and interesting. The Pamagirri Aboriginal guides were very informative and the wildlife were interesting. The Skyrail trip back was fascinating. This was well worth bearing the heat and humidity. Highly recommend it.
This is one of the best tours we did...
Sam L
, Dec 2017
This is one of the best tours we did in Queensland. Not a minute of it was boring. Loved the duck tour and seeing all the animals, throwing the boomerang, the railway journey itself - Too good. The only thing we wished was better was the Pamagirri Aboriginal performance. The performers were taking it too casually and were half-hearted in their performance, spending most of their time in teasing each other on stage and laughing over it. A little more seriousness was expected. Other than that, everything was just perfect. Couldn't have asked for a better day!
Great views from the Skyrail and...
, Nov 2017
Great views from the Skyrail and Railway. Best of all we learned how to throw a boom-a-rang!
We came to Cairns only for the Great...
Austin B
, Aug 2017
We came to Cairns only for the Great barrier reef, but only because we had no idea there was so much to do in this area! We are very glad we went on this trip. We took an old train up the mountain and saw some really neat views. We did some shopping at the shops in Kuranda before the butterfly exhibit. Then we were taken to Rainforestation where they fed us a good for a buffet meal and gave us time to take a picture with a koala or a baby croc. We then went on a Duckboat tour. The tour was very neat and informative, although I wish it were a bit longer. We then went to watch an aboriginal dance show. I didn't like the show very much as we had seen a different and better one the night before from a different company. After the show, the dancers took us to learn about a didgeridoo, throwing spears, and we even got to through a boomerang! That was great! We then got to tour the animal enclosure where they had dingos, a giant saltwater croc named Jack, and a cassowary. They even had Kangaroo and wallabies hopping around free in the main area of the enclosure. One of the best parts of the whole trip though, was saved for the end. The bus dropped us off at the Skyrail station and we took the gondola over the rainforest and down the mountain. IT WAS AMAZING! I would definitely recommend this whole trip to anyone already going to Cairns!

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