Kuranda Skyrail and Train
Want to travel both in style and comfort? This Kuranda Skyrail and Train tour is certainly the tour for you. Not only will you experience some of our iconic trademarks of the region, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Rail, but also visit the idyllic Kuranda village.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Firstly, travel from Cairns to Kuranda on the iconic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. As you ascend the mountainside, you will be treated to stunning views out to the ocean. At the same time, you can gaze across the expansive UNESCO listed Wet Tropics Rainforest canopy.
The Skyrail stretches across the Kuranda range for 7.5km. Along the way, there are two mid-stations, Red Peak and Barron Falls. These stations provide a wealth of information about this ancient environment. Follow the boardwalks to scenic lookouts over the Rainforest. Join ranger-guided tours to hear about the local Flora and Fauna. After that, take some time to visit the CSIRO Interpretation station to learn more!
One of the highlights of this trip is visiting the ‘The Edge’ lookout. Sitting right above the thunderous Barron Falls, the views are stunning. These falls, also known as Din Din, are sacred locations. They have been central to storytelling for the Djabuganydji people for thousands of years.
For the most part, we recommend allowing 1.5 hours of travel time to complete the Skyrail Experience. This way, you can truly experience all that is on offer. This includes time spent exploring Red Peak and the Barron Falls Station. As well as the time spent on the Cableway itself.
As soon as you arrive in Kuranda, you will be welcomed to ‘the village in the rainforest’. Instantly you will see why Kuranda Village has been a favourite to visitors from the early 1900s.
In the 1960’s Kuranda became popular because of its climate and lifestyle. It is home to vibrant characters, quirky shops, musicians and artists alike—all surrounded by lush, dense tropical rainforest.
The Original Kuranda Markets have now become a name of their own! Each stall offers various items, from arts and crafts, unique souvenirs to homemade jerky and chilli. There is an excellent selection of local produce along with locally-designed and made fashion. Also, keep your eye out for hand-crafted jewellery, leather products, woodwork and gemstones.
Although you will certainly work up an appetite, you definitely won’t be short on options in the village! Boutique restaurants and cafes line the main street and can even be found nestled amongst the markets. Try some delicious bush-tucker, or even find yourself indulging in a german sausage at the German Tucker Wursthouse. Don’t forget to try the Käseknacker!!
While Kuranda is not just about Markets and Food, there are plenty of wildlife encounters to be had as well. Take some time to explore the Butterfly Sanctuary, home to the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia. Visit with over 60 native and exotic birds at Birdworld, where you can also see a Cassowary. Last but not least, visit the Koala Gardens and take the time to learn more about our unique Australian animals. Not only is it home to our beautiful Koalas, but also Kangaroos, Wombats and more!
Nevertheless, Kuranda Village always has something for everyone to enjoy.
Soon your day will come to a close, and it will be time to join the Kuranda Scenic Railway for the journey home. In the 1880s, the construction of the Kuranda Railway began. Tin Miners working hard in Herberton to the west of Cairns needed an easier way to obtain supplies. Due to the frequent rain, the roads that led to the coast became boggy and difficult to traverse. Undoubtedly, the construction of this railway was a massive feat for this time period. Including fifteen hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges, many lives were lost during construction.
In June of 1891, the railway between Cairns and Kuranda was opened to passenger travel. The rest we say is history! By the 1930s, Kuranda had become a hit with tourists. To this day, they continue to enjoy the old-world charm of the experience.
On your journey back down to Cairns, marvel over the views of the World Heritage-listed rainforest. Gaze down the steep drops of the mountainside where the gushing waterfalls end in creeks and pools. Complete your journey by experiencing the refurbished original heritage carriages. Alternatively, you can upgrade your ticket so you can relax in the Gold Class Carriage. Overall, this is definitely one of the most picturesque railway trips in Australia.
Now you have been to Kuranda, a visit to the Great Barrier Reef is next! Click Here for Cairns all-inclusive Reef Experience.
- Return Coach Transfers from your Accommodation
- Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
- Free time in Kuranda Village
- Kuranda Scenic Railway
- 08:45 am approximately depart your hotel
- 10:00 am Travel to Kuranda Village by Skyrail
- 11:15 am – 3:15 pm Enjoy free time to explore Kuranda Village. Take in the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, or jump on the shuttle bus to Rainforestation Nature Park (Additional costs)
- 3.15 pm Be ready at the Kuranda Railway Station for your 3.30 pm departure
- 5.15 pm arrive at Cairns Railway Station for the bus transfer back to your hotel
Included in your day
- Return bus transfers from your Cairns accommodation
- One-way Travel on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
- Free time in Kuranda Village
- One-way Travel on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
- Upgrade to Diamond Class on Skyrail
- Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
- Upgrade to Gold Class on Kuranda Scenic Rail
What to bring
For your Kuranda Skyrail and Train journey, we recommend bringing the following:
- Hat, Sunscreen and Sunglasses
- Comfortable, sturdy footwear
- Re-fillable Water bottle
- Cash/credit cards for any purchases
- Your Camera
While both the Skyrail and Train are Wheelchair accessible, please let us know at the time of booking if any mobility assistance is required.
While the Kuranda Village is quite small, there is a lot of walking involved. The main street is slightly inclined, but a low-moderate level of fitness will be able to move around with ease.