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Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Cairns, Australia
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Journey to the rain forest village of Kuranda via two unique transit options on this memorable full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Skip the line and enjoy Gold Class service aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, winding through lush mountain passes and waterfall gorges along the way. In the opposite direction, glide above the treetops in a gondola and soak up spectacular views of the mountains and coastline on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. In Kuranda, enjoy leisure time to explore the heritage markets, learn about aboriginal culture or interact with native wildlife.
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway day trip from Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas
  • Skip the line with express tickets for the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Travel in Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic Railway with premium seating and morning or afternoon refreshments
  • Have plenty of free time to explore Kuranda and take advantage of discount entry to a variety of attractions and wildlife exhibits
  • Browse the famous Heritage Markets in Kuranda Village at your leisure
  • Take an optional exclusive tour of the World Heritage-listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station
  • Marvel at the engineering of the Cairns-Kuranda Railway, constructed between 1882-1891

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Skip-the-line and on-board refreshments with this Gold Class ticket for the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
Nestled high up the tropical mountains at 1076 feet (328 meters) above sea level, the rain forest village of Kuranda is a must-see destination on any trip to Cairns. Travel to the historic outpost in style, beginning with pickup at your Cairns or port Douglas hotel. Choose the order of your transit options at booking to customize the day. 

On one leg of the journey, skip the line for a ride aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Enjoy Gold Class service in a well-appointed cedar train car featuring comfortable lounge chairs, timber flooring and historic memorabilia. Sip on sparkling Australian wine, tea and coffee and nibble snacks while enjoying magnificent views of mountains and valleys and waterfall-studded Barron Gorge. Receive a complimentary gift pack including a pen, postcard, badge and souvenir guide as a memento of your ride.

On the opposite leg, get an aerial perspective of Tropical North Queensland as you soar over the treetops on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Settle into an enclosed 6-passenger gondola and take in panoramic views of the highlands, forest and Coral Sea on the 4.5-mile (7.5-km) ride. Stop at two lookout stations along the way, where you can chat with rangers, stroll along forest boardwalks and snap photos.

In Kuranda, enjoy several hours of leisure time to explore the historic village and surrounds. Browse heritage markets, have lunch at a local café (own expense), learn about indigenous history at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or encounter native wildlife like kangaroos, butterflies and koalas at the Rainforestation Nature Park (not included).  

Your full-day rain forest adventure concludes with drop-off back at your Cairns or Port Douglas hotel.
Stop At:  
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Barron Gorge National Park
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Barron Falls
Admission Ticket Free
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Birdworld Kuranda
Admission Ticket Free
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Down Under Tours - Day Tours
Admission Ticket Free

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Well worth it.
, Apr 2020
we decided to go Gold Class and it was well worth it. Nice easy chairs, food and drink which made it feel extra special. We had about 2 hours in Kuranda which was fine before we took the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway down with its amazing views. Definitely recommend the trip.
St Pat’s Day Rail Journey
, Mar 2020
Very enjoyable trip. Chose to go Gold Class and the extras were very pleasant. Interesting chat with signal man.
Loved it!
, Mar 2020
Would highly recommend the gold class on the train. The tub chairs were extremely comfortable. The snacks were quite good & our server was very entertaining. The views from the train going up and the gondola going back down we’re incredible.
Great ride
, Mar 2020
Loved our train ride to Kuranda. Clean car, good service, friendly attendant. We enjoyed seeing the waterfalls.
Karunda gold class tour
, Feb 2020
Gold class train to Karunda was top notch for service, food/drinks, and an informative guide to tell us about the highlights and history. Sky cable car back offered a different perspective of the rain forest. Downloaded the Skyrail audio app which is a must for information on the way back. Visited the amazing butterfly sanctuary in karunda also. I highly recommend this tour.
Train trip up
, Feb 2020
We took the train up to Kuranda and Sky Rail. Both trips were exceptional. Walking around Kuranda was interesting. We were in the Gold Class which was great. Service of food and drink was very good
Kuranda train and Gondola rides
, Feb 2020
It was worth going, but was basically a shuttle to the train ride and back from the cable ride. Nothing else was included. I would see what the cost to get there and back would be and base your decision on that. But both rides were pretty cool, especially the train ride. I would take the train up and Gondola back.
Stunning day in Kursnda
, Feb 2020
A brilliant day from start to finish - boarded the train at the station and we had paid extra for gold class enjoying beer wine and tasty nibbles for the 90 mins on board. The views were stunning from the train and a stop to see the waterfalls - we then disembarked in Kuranda where we had around 2 hours to see the market stalls and shops and we also went to see the Koala Park. Our trip back to our coach was down the cable car - a 45 minute journey over the rainforest - there are also a couple of stops where you can get off for pictures and back down to the coach park . A brilliant day and a must do if in the area
Kurunda train and skyrail
, Feb 2020
Fantastic day all round. Well organised and gold class well worth the extra cost as drink on arrival at station welcome. Service by Luke on the train and unlimited drinks and snacks made the fab views from the train a perfect day.
Fantastic day out
, Jan 2020
Well organised tour and beautiful town. Shame it rained but that just added to the memories. Will definitely be back.

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