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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

Rachel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I GOT TO HOLD A KOALA!!!!!!! I am a huge animal lover so feeding the kangaroos was great, especially one of them had a joey and looked so happy, it was the cutest. The train ride was very nice and informative, I recommend doing the train TO Kuranda and the Cable car Down the mountain, better views going down. The town of kurana was very cute and I wish we had scheduled more time to look around there at the shops and especially the market. I got a beautiful kangaroo leather wallet for my dad for Christmas and he loved it! Learning about the culture was great, the dancing, the music and the boomerangs was fun! I would definitely recommend this excursion especially to people with families. Lots of things to learn and fun activities.

Dorothy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

we found this tour was excellent. very well organized and all participants involved with the tours extremely helpful In fact, I had left a package on the gondola and when I reached the last stop I asked one of the service personal, ASHLEY, for help. He immediately phoned at the Red Rock? stop and my package was sent down. Super service. The guides at all points were very helpful.
Terrific tour--well worth the expense and time.

Joseph C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wow! This was a major highlight of our trip to Cairns. The rail ride was long, and it was HOT, but the scenery was breathtaking. The rainforest station was a truly amazing experience, I would totally do this again.

Steven S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Amazing! Beautiful tour, the train ride was really neat too!

Bernard C. D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

My wife and I were picked-up at our hotel Hilton DoubleTree Cairns at the scheduled time of 08:30 and we were then transported by the tour bus to the Kuranda Train Station. The train traveled approximately 26 Km up a mountain with two stops to view the beautiful scenery. When the journey was completed, we had arrived at the small town of Kuranda which has many shops, eateries and small zoos to cater to tourists. The return trip to the base of the mountain was managed by a gondola ride which afforded great views of the rainforest and valleys. We would highly recommend the experience.

Yi Xuan, Maybelle A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Free and Easy tour. I was handed a paper itinerary with train and skyrail tickets attached to it. Instructions on it were easy to understand. The bus driver also reiterated the important points making it hard to get confused unless you are not listening. Good for people who want minimal walking, lots of sightseeing. Your day ends on time by 4.30pm because trains and skyrail rides run on schedule.

Judy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

If you are not interested in shopping in Kuranda, there are lovely walking trails through the rainforest.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The trip was brilliant, from the train journey up to Kuranda to the Rainforestation and the cable car ride back. Everything was so well organised and all that we have come to expect from a Viator excursion. Excellent day out

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.

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