• 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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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 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.

Jerry L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

Tom G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

An amazing experience that can be highly recommended to everyone. Even if the weather was a bit humid with rain and everything, the Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class was worth the money. Perfect trip for the whole family.

Philip H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Good trip.

Julie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was amazing!

Faye B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great trip but the skip the line does not exist when your there.

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