• Location: Cairns, Australia
  • Duration: Varies
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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. 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

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 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.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Loved the trip to Kuranda. It is a beautiful area and we had a great time. We had a bit of rain and fog but it is after all a rain forest. I would really recommend this tour.

Yvonne F United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Fantastic tour! My only regret is that lightening was detected in the area and the skyway shut down for a period of time preventing us from being transferred to Kuranda. Sadly, we were only allowed to spend 45 minutes there as opposed to a few hours.

Azat S Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It was great experience. Station and Nature park was very attractive. There was also a very good guided tour of the wildlife. We had a chance to explore their culture and played some games. Lunch is a buffet was so delicious and it definitely worth it to include.

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great Trip! Got to see a lot of Australian culture and throw a boomerang. I would highly recommend it

Friedemann K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

One of the most exciting excursion I ever had! Fantastic

Christopher S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour. I would suggest taking the train first and returning via the skyline. My only regret was that once arrived at Kuranda we were a bit rushed to get to our tour bus that we didnt have enough time to truly explore

Susan I S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent and great value

Susan I S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent and great value

Dawn Marie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Loved this tour - one of my favorite while in Australia. There was a ton packed in and the only thing I would have liked is more time in Kuranda. We only had 45 minutes there, which was just enough to walk through, but not enough to spend any time exploring the wine tasting, butterfly gardens, shops, etc. The train was lovely and the skyride was pretty amazing - I'd recommend both. The day is very well-orchestrated and the team does an awesome job of keeping you on schedule without feeling too rushed. Lunch is a buffet worth it - lots to choose from including vegetarian options and it's 20 for a photo with the koalas.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great experience. The train ride had magnificent views of the area, especially the Barron Falls The Rainforest Station and Nature Park was very entertaining and informative. It gave us a lot of insight to the culture and traditions of the Aboriginal people: There was also a very interesting guided tour of the wildlife area. We were able to hold a Koala and a baby alligator, must do when visiting this area. Thoroughly enjoyed this day trip.

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