• Location: Cairns, Australia
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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

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What You Can Expect

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

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a great excursion! I do think the Gold Class was worth the price difference especially given the day we went the train had problems and we had quite a delay. There was plenty of time to visit the butterfly sanctuary which was quite lovely as well as shop in Kuranda for those interested. My grown sons chose to hike...some of the trail markers were not correct not well marked, though, so be aware you might end up with views you already had when the train stopped. Don't just go to the GBR when in Cairns area...do take this train ride and visit the village of Kuranda.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The scenic train ride was cancelled due to safety concerns. Hopefully Viator will give us a partial refund. The sky rail and rainforest tour was indeed marvellous. There had been a lot of rain previous day and the day we went so the waterfalls were spectacular. Overall this is a must do tour in Cains.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

A fantastic tour! Be sure to book gold class, it is worth it! Bits to eat and plenty of drinks of your choice. Very comfy seats in gold class and be sure to pick up your free drink on the VIP-platform before you go. Kuranda itself is a bit overrated but the skyrail and train is awesome. We recommend to take the train with gold class ticket to Kuranda and skyrail on your way back. Everything worked out perfect even as we were caught in a thunderstorm and got delayed.The staff for skyrail and the bus company solved everything very quick and they are very serviceminded.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Love this day trip! The bus came right on time to drop us off at the Skyrail and he was hilarious way to make us break the ice! Once in the skyrail you get to see how beautiful Kuranda Rainforest is. Kuranda itself is such a beautiful little town, we walked around the shops, bought some souvenirs and also went to the Kuranda Koala Gardens, that is a MUST. It is not big but is totally worth it, you get to the obviously the koalas but also kangaroos just roaming free and other animals. A little nice surprise was that on the way back in the train they gave us free cheese platters, alcohol, even ice cream! that is just if you get the Gold Class though. Love this trip and the train is awesome!

Barry S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This is an awesome and must see day trip from Cairns. This is not really a e cguided tour -- one gets picked up right near where we were staying and conveyed to the railway for the journey to the rain forest where you have free time to walk around and view sites and shop. Then one takes the cableway back down. The cableway stops at a view and walk point -- we were fortunate to time that to get a 15 minute park guide tour. Then we finished to cableway journey to the coast and were conveyed back to our start point.

The Gold Class upgrade price for the railway is worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Gold Class on this train is fabulous, lovely seating, informative staff and so comfortable, and lovely snacks too. Rainforest was fabulous and the Skyrail back was brilliant. Plenty of time to wander about and enjoy the scenery.

Paul D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This is an unmissable trip for anybody visiting Cairns. We opted to take the scenic railway up and return via the Skyrail, but the reverse option is also available. As ever, the trip was impeccably managed by Viator, with our coach picking us up from our hotel right on time and taking us to the drop off point Freshwater Station in plenty of time. The Gold Class ticket on the charming train represented excellent vfm, as we were waitress served cold and hot drinks including alcoholic if requested as well as savoury and sweet snacks on the ascent to Kuranda. However, the real star of the show was the magnificent views we got along the way: absolutely breathtaking! We reached Kuranda in about 60 minutes and were genuinely sad to get off the train. Kuranda Village itself is a tourist trap, with souvenir shops, bars and restaurants as well as a number of attractions, including bird zoos and a koala zoo where people could have their photos taken with a rather tired and spaced out looking koala. Not for everybody, Im sure. In some places it was nothing shy of tacky and, overall, Kuranda Village was ok: by no means great and certainly not as good as the journeys to and from it. Our journey down was via the Skyrail, a long cable car ride above the canopy of the rainforest. A very different aspect from the scenic railway, but equally as enthralling and spectacular. There are opportunities to disembark along the way and to walk short stretches and circuits of the rainforest. At the bottom terminal, there is a gift shop and a small cafe. It would have finished my day off perfectly if I could have bought a cold beer at the terminal but unfortunately that was not an option. We were efficiently shepherded back to our return coach for the short journey back to Cairns. A thoroughly enjoyable and memorable day out.

Fiona F United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We had booked this trip on the day I was celebrating a 'big' birthday and had bought the Gold Class having read previous reviews and recommendations. This trip was excellent, it is expensive but so well organised and informative we think it was worth it it was definitely worth upgrading to the 'gold class'.

On collection from our hotel we were handed a personal itinerary outlining the order in which we would undertake the activities and at what time. We commenced our day on the Scenic Railway and having upgraded received a free mocktail on arrival at the railway station. We then sat within the 'gold class' section of the train and were served sparkling wine, wine/beer, tea/coffee, soft drinks along with Morning Tea warm savoury muffin, warm spinach and ricotta cheese pastry, Anzac biscuit and mango sorbet - it was all lovely. The train journey took us through the rain forest with a commentary provided about the building of the railway the journey in total was about 1.5 hours which included slowing down for photo opportunities of the view and one short stop to view the waterfalls which were rather splendid having had a full 24 hours rain the previous day!. On arrival in Kuranda we were given a small momento of our trip.

We then had just over 2 hours to look around Kuranda before catching the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway back down to the collection point. There are two stop off points along the route, the first providing walkways through the forest to viewing platforms overlooking the waterfalls the second provided an opportunity to walk through the rain forest. A Ranger provided tours for those that wanted them this was well worth the 5-minute wait we had until the tour commenced as we learnt so much about the forest, how the trees, plants and animals all work together and depend on one another - we would never have understood what we were walking through had we not done this. Gliding over the rain forest canopy was incredible - the colours, the views - exceeded what we had anticipated.

Although a long day, this is well worth it, a great day.

Ingrid A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Brilliant. A lovely cabin on the train with snacks and refreshments being served. The personal touch made it a worthwhile experience. Views from the train amazing. The journey back on the Skyrail was fantastic with great views of the rainforest. Highly recommended.

Cath R United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Fantastic day from start to finish! Picked up on time from our hotel and a short journey10 minutes to the skyrail station.Because there was only 2 of us we got fast tracked to the front of the queue to fill a cable car. The journey took about 40 minutes could take longer if you spend more time at the lookout stops on the way . The views over the rainforests were spectacular.Once we arrived at Kuranda we had plenty of time to look round the shops, have some lunch, listen to a local boy playing a didgeridoo and cuddle a koala which was great. The return journey was on the Kuranda scenic railway.We had gold class tickets which entitled us to travel in a lovely spacious carriage with very comfortable seats. It also included complementary wine, a selection of cheeses, a delicious mango sorbet and a souvenir pack containing a pen,postcard and pin badge. The train stopped several times at appropriate places for excellent photo opportunities. If you only have a short time in Cairns make this trip a priority.

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