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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.
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
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.
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
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.
This tour was amazing!
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.
This tour was amazing!
Great trip but the skip the line does not exist when your there.
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