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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wonderful tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The Kuranda rail up from Cairns was very nice, but the sky rail down over the tropical rain forest is unforgettable. Allow yourself time for getting off the sky rail to explore areas around the intermediate stops.

Vickie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was a beautiful trip by railway. We got to see the beautiful waterfalls with a stop to get pictures. The village was fun and interesting. They taught you how to throw a boomerang and I even got mine to come back. It was a great day.

Amanda J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Brilliant - learnt how to throw a spear and a boomerang. Also learnt where that name came from and this was a really good trip.

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.

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