Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove - Reviews

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Christine V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 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.

Susan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Really good, plenty of photo ops during the ride


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016


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.

Joan C J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2007

Skyride was great as we skimmed the tops of the trees. Kuranda was lovely and perfect for shopping and having a nice lunch. Having a picture holding a koala was priceless and the Butterfly Museum was also very interesting. Only downside was train tracks were wiped out in mudslide so it was only a quick back and forth.

Loreta M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2006

Very well organised, clean transport. A chance to see the real rainforest and combine that with a beautiful scenic railway trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2006

Wonderful tour, will recommend to all my pals.

Albert S

4 star rating: Recommended
December 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...

mike United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
December 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.

Deborah H

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2015

The train and skyrail were wonderful, surprised pleasantly by the 'travelogue' supplied by Queensland rail, and the attentiveness of the the staff on the train. A little disappointed in the village of Kuranda itself - the famous handmade markets now seem to be occupied by some aging hippies, selling imported goods. The Honey shop was good, and the shops selling Aboriginal art were also good.

Chris S

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2015

Everything ran very smoothly and the scenic railway, rainforestation tour and the sky rail were great things to do for our kids and us alike. If anything the bus pickup at the end of the day could have been much earlier as we did not feel we needed as much time as allowed for in Kuranda or coming back down on the sky rail. Would suggest an hour earlier pickup.

Kimberly C USA

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2008

Would have liked more time in Kuranda. Went on a river boat ride and loved it. Thank you.

Sigrid W Austria

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2008

All was well working, also the weather was fine.

Marilyn W

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2008

This is a nice operation all around, but the schedule is rushed, as there is a lot to see and do. We asked to extend our train return, as more time is needed on this trip, and were accommodated. We had to wait to start due to crowds, and were not able to leave until ten in the morning, so time was lost. It would be worth staying over in Kuranda longer or even overnight.


4 star rating: Recommended
December 2007

Very nice to get picked up and delivered to our hotel by nice people. We did not have enough time in Kuranda to see and shop before having to return. We had no idea there would be such wonderful shopping. We would suggest making a later time available for return and clarifying the type and amount of shopping available.

Margaret C Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2007

In spite of the crowds, the wait, and the electrical problems on the train, this was a very memorable part of our Queensland trip! Our guide was great. He had a wealth of knowledge and an easygoing nature, and he took time to explain things to us and to talk about different facets of the rain forest. He was a credit to the Kurunda tour. He made our day!

JENNIFER T United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2007

Tour was a great experience and would be a must do on anyone's itinerary.

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