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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove

Palm Cove, Australia
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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.
  • 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
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.


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.

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.

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.
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Barron Falls
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Down Under Tours - Day Tours
Admission Ticket Free
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Kuranda Scenic Railway
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove.
What is the social distancing policy during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove.
What is the maximum group size during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove?
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove.

Traveler Tips

  • "Lots of little shops and a market selling souveneirs to suit everyones tastes and lots of places to get refreshments." See review


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Great day
, Aug 2019
Picked this tour as wanted to rail up to Kuranda and sky rail down and have time at Kuranda. The train trip was great, stopped a couple of times on the way up for photos, plenty to see in Kuranda, trip included the Rainforest park with lunch which was lovely and plentiful. After feeding the kangaroos and seeing other animals, it was off on the ‘duck’ for an adventure, staff very friendly and knowledgeable, didn’t do all parts of the tour as wanted to go to butterfly sanctuary which was lovely. Sky rail trip was amazing , stopped off a couple of times to walk around the areas. Really recommend this day, picked up from northern beaches.
We enjoyed a wonderful day on the...
Dave JN
, Mar 2018
We enjoyed a wonderful day on the Kuranda Scenic Railway Day trip. We were collected on time and transported comfortably to the historic railway station that would transport us along the Kuranda Rail journey. The journey itself was fantastic and the stories that accompanied us on our way through the beautiful scenery was excellent. The skyrail journey on the way back was equally exciting and enjoyable providing us with a different but magnificent view of the rainforest. We would recommend this journey to anyone
Our trip included the Tjapukai...
Christine V
, Sep 2017
Our trip included the Tjapukai Aborigini Village. A must to do. Spent around 2 hours doing so many different things including spear and boomarang throwing, joining in the dancing and singing and learning many interesting facts and stories.Brilliant place.The 40minute Skyrail had some amazing views as it glided over the rain forest with stops on the way to the Kuranda village which was a pleasant surprise. Lots of little shops and a market selling souveneirs to suit everyones tastes and lots of places to get refreshments. The highlight for me was a visit to the Koala Sanctuary where you can cuddle a koala and take photos as well as being given a large photo. Also the opportunity to hand feed the wallabys and kangaroos.Everyone very friendly and helpful. A great day and worth every penny.
Nice and interesting...the train was...
Albert S
, Dec 2016
Nice and interesting...the train was nothing special, the town was a little more commercial than I expected, but still fun, and a lot to see. Make sure to take a photo with the Koala at the Koala park. Not many good lunch options...
Was very disappointed. Down under...
Melissa I
, Sep 2016
Was very disappointed. Down under tours lied about this. They say the tour is 10 hours but it was more like 5. We were scheduled for our sky rail at 9:45am which took us to Kuranda. Then had to be on the train to leave at 2pm. Because it was half the time they said we missed an excursion and lost $94
Rubbish tour, totally waste of money to...
Chris P
, Jun 2016
Rubbish tour, totally waste of money to be pushed around by an inept and unresponsive tour
Starts with an hotel pickup straight...
, Dec 2015
Starts with an hotel pickup straight to the train station. A great train journey up the mountains with a good live commentary and opportunities for some good photo opportunities. The old fashioned train, coaches and stations really added to the atmosphere. The cableway return journey was also very good, with a couple of stopping points where you can get off to explore and take more photos. The only downside is the village of Kuranda which was a bit touristy for our liking but might well suit others more. Worth checking with your tour on return times - we were told one time - came down a bit early and found we had just missed an earlier bus that we did not know about.
I had a great time. The crews are...
Nga Yee Vivian C
, Dec 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!
The tour was so well organised, the...
Rodney R
, Jun 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.
Great train trip, good information...
Elizabeth S
, Jun 2015
Great train trip, good information and loved that the train stopped for photos at Barron falls. Loved the town at Kurranda. The Butterfly House and the Bird House were good to visit. Enjoyed wandering through the old market area. I wasn't keen about travelling back on Skyrail, as I don't like heights, but the view from up there is amazing. The staff were great. Would have preferred an option of travelling back by train or bus.

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