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Embark on a full-day adventure to the rain forest village of Kuranda and delve into the rich history of Tropical North Queensland. Travel to and from Palm Cove aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which lets you soar through the treetops on a gondola. In Kuranda, choose from a variety of itineraries to suit your interests, such as a visit to the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park and wildlife counters with koalas, butterflies and kangaroos.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Kuranda aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway from Palm Cove
  • Spectacular views of Barron Falls from the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Onboard commentary during the 1 hour and 45 minute train ride
  • Hostess assisted check-in
  • Variety of options available including Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Free time to explore Kuranda Village and browse the famous Heritage Markets
  • Exclusive Kuranda Market Discount and guide assistance
  • Pickup and drop off at Palm Cove hotels by luxury coach

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What You Can Expect

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove

Choose to combine your the Kuranda Scenic Railway with a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Known as the ‘village in the rain forest,’ Kuranda is an excellent base to explore the culture, scenery and wildlife of Tropical North Queensland. Departing from Palm Cove, enjoy a 1.5-hour train ride aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, crossing Stoney Creek Bridge and the waterfalls of Barron Gorge along the way.
At booking, choose from five different itineraries to suit your style and budget. Enjoy free time to explore the heritage markets of Kuranda, or join in a variety guided activities. Learn about aboriginal history and customs at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where you’ll be treated to traditional dance and music. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a delicious buffet meal midday.
Take a walk on the wild side with an amphibious duck tour at Rainforestation Nature Park, and have up-close animal encounters with butterflies, exotic birds, kangaroos and even cuddly koalas (additional fees may apply). 
At the end of your time in Kuranda, return to Palm Cove aboard a gondola on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Glide above the rain forest canopy and soak up spectacular views of the tropical landscape and coastline on the 4.5-mile (7.5-km) ride. 
See Itinerary below for a complete description of each tour component. All itineraries include hotel pickup and drop-off from Palm Cove.

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Itinerary

Customer Reviews

ALAN M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

BRILLIANT

Nga Yee Vivian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I had a great time. The crews are very friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Tours run down are well-planned and smooth. Coach has been arranged and stand by at the pick-up beforehand, so customers don't have to wait long. A itinerary together with the tickets of the train and cable car is provided, customers could manage their trip without a problem. Really appreciated the attentive arrangement, will definitely join the local tour operator in the future!

Rodney R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was so well organised, the staff all lovely and the air rail something to be experienced. I'd recommend this to anyone.

Ana Maria A Argentina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2010

It was a beautiful experience! The train ride allowed to enjoy the scenery but the sky rail was more exciting. In Kuranda was available buses to take us and bring us very good lunch and a ride on the amphibious Excellent!! Translated from Spanish.

James F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

We took the railway up, and we returned by the sky tram. Kuranda has many tourist shops. The wildlife/cultural park offered by the Viator package is well worth the money.

Gregory P Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2009

My husband and I found the tour a great pleasure to go on and we have recommended it to all our friends and family. We have the greatest respect for the drivers and we could not fault them at all. I will say it again it was the best time we ever had and we will be doing it again when we go back up there.

Alan D United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2009

Every thing went to plan, all aspects good, from pick-up to drop-off. Thanks.

Scott S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2008

Amazing way to see the rainforest in Cairns. By doing the sky rail and train you get to see so much more.

Malcolm R United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

An experience and a half. The Sky Rail was very good. If you're in Kuranda, don't miss this. The Butterfly Museum we visited for very little cost was fantastic. The guide who conducted the tour was the most knowledgeable we had met, and was very passionate about the butterflies. The people of Kuranda were very friendly and warm.

William B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2007

What an excellent trip! We were picked up on time from hotel. We were fortunate enough to have a courteous and efficient driver for transfer to Freshwater station, which was a beautiful site. The Skyrail was an unforgettable experience. Kuranda station and the surrounding town were beautiful, with excellent tourist facilities. The trip back by vintage train was memorable, with extensive views of mountain and gorge. Pickup at Freshwater and return to my hotel were both done expeditiously, and as usual from the tour group - on time and courteously.

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