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clock-o7 hours (Approx.)
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Overview

Take a day trip from Cairns to Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and return via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Alternatively, make the 1-way journey by railway and return by skyrail. Enjoy a tranquil ride as you soar above the rainforest canopy, with views from Cairns all the way to the Great Barrier Reef, and spend free time in Kuranda Village. If you wish, upgrade your transport with admission to the Rainforestation Nature Park or Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park — the latter option with or without lunch.
  • Day trip to Kuranda aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway from Cairns
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway ride over the forest canopy
  • Hostess assisted check-in
  • Spectacular views across Cairns and the rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Variety of options available including Kuranda Scenic Railway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Free time to explore Kuranda Village and browse the famous Heritage Markets
  • Pickup and drop off at Cairns and northern beaches hotels by luxury coach
  • Exclusive Kuranda Market Discount and guide assistance

After pickup from your hotel in Cairns, board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for Kuranda. It's a spectacular aerial ride above the treetop canopy, with two optional stops to enjoy a guided walk through the rainforest or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre.

On arrival at your destination you'll have free time to do as much or as little as you like; perhaps shop in Kuranda's Heritage Markets, or grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants or cafes (own expense). Upgrade your experience to include a visit to Rainforestation Nature Park, or gain entry to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (included buffet lunch here is optional). 

If you'd like, enjoy a wildlife encounter at Birdworld, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (additional cost; payable direct).

Finish your day trip with a scenic rainforest journey aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway back to Cairns, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel. Alternatively, you can travel 1-way to Kuranda by railway and return to Cairns by skyrail.

Itinerary

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Glide over Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy. Hear the birds singing and smell the fresh scent of the rainforest as you effortlessly and silently skim just meters above the rainforest canopy in a six-person gondola. Enjoy unbeatable views from the rainforest to the reef as you pass over the peak of the mountain range.

The 7.5 kilometer Skyrail has two stops along the way where you can hop out and explore this amazing environment from the forest floor on boardwalks, scenic look-outs and in the state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretation Centre. See why the award-winning Skyrail is considered a world leader in eco-tourism, providing you with a truly unique rainforest experience available no where else in the world.

Kuranda Scenic Railway
The world famous railway experience is a must-do when visiting Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, Australia. The onboard commentary will help you discover the pioneering history of the tropical north from way back in the late 1800's, be astounded by a magnificent engineering feat and explore some of the great characters involved in the construction of this great railway.

Begin at Freshwater Station where you'll have time to have breakfast at the cafe or explore the small museum. Board the train to begin your One hour and 45 minute journey through the rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. Cross the impressive Stoney Creek Bridge and stop for photos at Barron Gorge.

At the end of you Kuranda Scenic Rail ride you'll arrive at Kuranda Station, world renowned for its tropical gardens and historic significance. It is possibly one of the most photographed railway stations in the world. The heritage-listed buildings blend with the tropical surrounds providing a relaxed environment to enjoy.

Rainforestation Nature Park
Experience indigenous culture, Australian native wildlife and World Heritage listed rainforest all on one site at the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park. Set on 100 acres (40 hectares) in the midst of World Heritage rainforest, this unique tourist attraction features a variety of activities the whole family will love.

Board the Army Duck for a different look at the rainforest and some of its inhabitants. Your amphibious Duck travels over land and water to take you into the heart of the rainforest. Visit the Koala and Wildlife Park and come face to face with some of Australia's most cuddly creatures. The Dreamtime Walk is your introduction to Aboriginal and Islander culture. Try your hand at boomerang throwing and watch as the Pamagirri Dancers display the humor and excitement of their native dance.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
A short walk from the Skyrail, you can experience indigenous culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. discover Australia's ancient culture through theatre, stage shows and demonstrations. See how the musicians coax out the sounds of dingoes, birds and learn the secrets of the circular breathing technique you will need to master to be a true didgeridoo player.

Have you ever used a Woomera to throw a spear? Throw a traditional returning boomerang and have your photo taken with a Tjapukai performer. The dance theatre is set in a natural forest amphitheatre and featuring a live performance celebrating traditional Tjapukai corroborees and song. The Creation Theatre tells the story of the Tjapukai people with live performers interacting with giant holograms.

You can also choose to include buffet lunch at the fully licensed restaurant.

Reviews

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D
, Apr 2018

beautiful ..gorgeous ...lovely view of the rainforest ..didnt want to get off the rail

e
, Apr 2018

A really lovely day out to Kuranda with plenty to see. Unfortunately the train wasnt running due to the torrential rain the week before so they stopped it running for a few days. The cable car was amazing which we took both ways due to the train not running. The driver picked us up really early and so we were left outside the entrance waiting to get in. A really great place to visit. Would definitely recomment this trip.

r
, Nov 2017

Really good outing - we saw it all! Train, cable car, Kuranda, and the Rainforestation. Excellent outing! Highly Recommended. Very good logistics - very organized, with hotel pickup and drop-off.

W
, Jul 2017

This was far better than I imagined the train was a terrific experience, comfortable and it makes a couple stops for photos. At the top go to the far end of main street to the butterfly house! It costs 20 but worth every penny and more. the cable car down was fun just two people in a six person car, they make two optional stops for short walks to lookouts, and if it is raining, they loan umbrellas visit the lookout places they are very nice.

W
, Jul 2017

This was far better than I imagined the train was a terrific experience, comfortable and it makes a couple stops for photos. At the top go to the far end of main street to the butterfly house! It costs 20 but worth every penny and more. the cable car down was fun just two people in a six person car, they make two optional stops for short walks to lookouts, and if it is raining, they loan umbrellas visit the lookout places they are very nice.

M
, May 2017

Beautiful, fun day. Driver picked up on time - railway journey was beautiful. Enjoyed time in Kuranda - getting to hold Yoshi at the Koala park was an added bonus- the wildlife parks were very enjoyable, and the Cableway was a nice way to end - make sure and leave time for the stops on the way down.

r
, Apr 2017

This was a fabulous experience.... the train was ok, but the cable car ride was one for the ages! It was one of three top highlights of our whole trip to Australia, and matched climbing the Sydney Harbor bridge. Just amazing!! Don't miss it.

The trip, pickup and drop-offs were extremely well organized and punctual. The driver on the trip back was somewhat ornery, because the pictures we ordered from the cable way was taking too much time, and so not our fault. But this is not a bid issue at all, the overall experience was astounding, and the Kuranda village was a nice quiet place to relax and have lunch.

C
, Jan 2017

Wonderful time, had a great day but would have loved to have spent more time in Karanda.

L
, Jan 2017

The Skyrail was Nice but the train was so slow it was not enjoyable the destination was okay but everything has a price when experiencing.

s
, Aug 2016

This was a enjoyable, informative day out. Friendly and helpful staff, lots to see and do. Butterfly sanctuary was a disappointment , in and out in about half and hour. Everything else great.


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