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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. Interact 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

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What You Can Expect

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns

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, hand-feed birds and kangaroos, and even cuddle a koala (additional expense). 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.

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Customer Reviews

Kevin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Good tour, well organized and enjoyable.

Leabird United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A bus picked me up on time. The driver gave us information and was courteous. The train ride was spectacular, as was the sky rail. I enjoyed Birdworld and Koala World.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour. Good rail trip and good Skyway trips. Particularly enjoyed National Rainforest Centre. All well organised and good value.

Brenda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Well organised sky rail amazing. Train was like stepping back in time. Thoroughly enjoyed it

Bronwyn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016


Martin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Aboriginal shows tremendous .Food was good.train ride OK.But the cable car was out of this world.

Keith B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic Day Out
Once in a life experience

Liya H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A must do tour in Cairns. Learn aboriginal culture at the Tjapukai Culture Park. Enjoy a birdeye view of the tableland from skyrail all the way to Karunda . If you have toured to the waterfalls, it gives you a whole view of the those waterfalls. Have a rest on the scenic train and admire the beautiful view of mountain at the same time on your way back. You might luckily come across some lovely children cheering good-bye and nice old lady waving to you.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved the historic train, great staff, good commentary on trip to Kuranda.Skytrain was unique and a very interesting guided walk at the halfway point on way down. Kuranda town was busy with lots of Interesting craft shops to visit, good choice of places to eat. Visited the bird sanctuary and really enjoyed the set up.

Sheri R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great day filled with lots of interesting things to see and do.

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