Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
from AUD $183.70
Experience the rainforest beauty of Tropical North Queensland on a scenic day trip from Cairns. There are five options to choose from that provide different activities, so select what interests you most. All options include a journey on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Other attractions include Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Rainforestation Nature Park, and you’ll have free time in the village of Kuranda to browse its markets, have lunch or visit wildlife attractions like Birdworld or Kuranda Koala Gardens. (Food, drinks and activities in Kuranda are at your own expense, unless otherwise stated.)
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In Brief

Cairns, Australia
7 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Cairns Western Arterial Road, Caravonica, Queensland 4870 Australia

Discover the world's oldest living culture at Tjapukai Cultural Park - showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture through traditional dance, storytelling and more.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, 8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda, Queensland 4881 Australia

The largest butterfly flight aviary & exhibit in Australia. Situated next to the Kuranda Markets, it is home to over 1500 tropical butterflies. Wander through the aviary's lush tropical gardens and breeding laboratory to learn more about a butterfly's life cycle & behaviour.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, 6 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield, Queensland 4878 Australia

Glide over and through the canopy of the ancient rainforest and marvel at the spectacular views from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. There are two stops along this gondola journey where you can alight and explore the rainforest from within.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Rainforestation Nature Park, Kennedy Highway, Kuranda, Queensland 4872 Australia

Choose the Rainforestation Package if you would like to visit this wonderful nature park. See Australian wildlife in their wildlife park, and take an amphibious Army Duck tour through the rainforest.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Kuranda Scenic Railway, Coondoo Street, Kuranda, Queensland 4870 Australia

Take a historic journey on the Kuranda Scenic Rail, travelling through the rainforest and along the mountainside of Barron Gorge.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Kuranda Koala Gardens, 2-4 Rob Veivers Dr Clifton Beach, Kuranda, Queensland 4881 Australia

Visit this wonderful Wildlife park to see iconic Australia wildlife. Feed and pat the tame wallabies and kangaroos. Discover wombats, freshwater crocodiles, lizards, snakes and much more! Koala photos are also available.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Barron Gorge National Park, Wrights Lookout Rd, Queensland Australia

See the might Barron Falls from both the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Edge Lookout, and at a stop on your journey on the Kuranda Scenic Rail.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Barron Falls, Barron Gorge National Park, Kuranda, Queensland Australia

See the might Barron Falls from both the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Edge Lookout, and at a stop on your journey on the Kuranda Scenic Rail.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Birdworld Kuranda, Heritage Markets, Kuranda, Queensland 4881 Australia

Immerse yourself in this wonderful free flying bird exhibit. See and enjoy the company of hundreds of rare and beautiful exotic and Australia native species in the lush tropically landscaped setting.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Down Under Tours - Day Tours, 26 Redden St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

Down Under Tours is Tropical North Queensland’s leading day tour operator with an extensive range of tour options to suit any taste. We love to share the beauty of Tropical North Queensland and the ancient rainforest with our passengers.


  • Cairns Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • One-way trip on Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (if option selected)
  • Rainforestation Nature Park (if option selected)
  • Kuranda Boarding Pass
  • Written itinerary available in German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin
  • Entry/Admission - Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Scenic Railway


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Birdworld (approx. AU$19/adult, AU$9.50/child)
  • Butterfly Sanctuary (approx. AU$20/adult, AU$10/child)
  • Kuranda Koala Gardens (approx. AU$19/adult and AU$9.50/child)
  • Any other optional activities not mentioned
  • Entry/Admission - Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
  • Entry/Admission - Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Koala Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Birdworld Kuranda

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup is available from selected hotels in Cairns - please contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Only one tour option is wheelchair accessible: Tjapukai w/ Lunch-Sky-Rail (code: KRST)
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • KQS and KSQ are both wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

From start to finish a lovely day, so scenic and a brilliant way to see the rain forest. Absolutely loved it. Kuranda village has some lovely shopping and the cuddle the Koala is an added bonus. Thank you will be back x
• Submitted 28 Jan 2020
I dont like heights, but still found the cable car nice. If that's something that worries you, it doesnt go extremely high up, and you get breaks in between to walk forest boardwalks. The train is also very good. You get alot of chances to take photos, although the train only stopped once. There are plenty of clearings on the way down to see the ocean and towns below.
• Submitted 09 Dec 2019
we went up to Kuranda on the train, it was fun easy and we took lots of pictures along the way. spend time in town shopping and eating then rode the Sky Rail back down. The Sky Rail was incredible. We were high above the trees you can see for miles. Get out on the first stop and see the gorge from that side it breathe taking.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
An incredible day! Rode the Sky Rail up, the Train back - I highly recommend this experience. The river and the shops in Kuranda were easily accessible. The Train ride down impressive and informative.
• Submitted 08 Nov 2019
The train ride was excellent but the gondola ride down was the highlight of the day.....Recommended tour for anyone wishing to see some really great scenery.
• Submitted 31 Oct 2019
We took the scenic railway up to Kuranda and had a look around in the Market and Bird World there along with time to stop to have a bite to eat. Beautiful place, I would recommend and go back again. We then took the cable car back down to get a different view which was amazing.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
You do not need to pay extra to hold the bear - only if you want a picture taken ( it is a very good picture). We would have liked to see the butterflies and birds also but felt rushed.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
I only wish we had spent more time in Kuranda so we could have enjoyed the Butterfly's, Koalas, and birds more. The train ride was so easy and scenic. The tram offered beautiful views. It was absolutely wonderful.
• Submitted 16 Oct 2019
Spent two full days on Reef and had one extra day and wanted to use time to see the most. Ummm his trip was it. Took train up and sky rail down. Sky rail closes at 5:00 and bus waits at bottom until everyone is down. Had lots of time on way down to visit side stops and even a free short tour. At top of Kuranda once off the railway or sky rail you take a small shuttle or short walk into shopping area with h Restaurants. Most shops close around 3-4. You can go to Butterfly or Koala Park for extra fees. We opted to pick up bus from Butterfly venue and go to Rainforestation and fed kangaroo(get feed before entering animal area, saw Tasmanian devil, koalas, crocs. Great buffet lunch with kangaroo and croc soup. Plus aboriginal show!!
• Submitted 13 Sep 2019
We enjoyed this tour very much ! We had hesitated between all the available options in Kuranda and eventually decided to take the scenic railway to go to Kuranda and the Skyrail cableway to come back. We are very happy about it, both are different, it was very interesting : - to take the historic train, learn more about its construction and be immersed in the landscape, while also making a stop to see Barron Falls - and then travelling above the rainforest (it is impressive to be so high above ground, so be careful about that if you are afraid of heights). Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel were greatly appreciated. During our time in Kuranda we had time to see shops, we also did a part of a rainforest walk and strolled near the river. Type of visit : family (adults)
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
Terrific organization from pick up to drop off. Dubious about the amount of time allotted at the attractions but it was just right! Plenty of time to walk the village and visit the koalas and enjoy the Sky View walks.
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019
The pacing for this day was good, we had enough time at each of the stops and everything was clear. I'd definitely do this day trip again!
• Submitted 13 May 2019
Train trip from Freshwater station through the Rainforest, spectacular scenery especially going round this curves!!! Cable car back, flying over the Rainforest, wonderful experience.
• Submitted 15 Apr 2019
Good tour. The sky rail ride is going up first, and the train ride's going around we're able to see Barron Falls both ways was excellent. See natural animals especially Kangaroo we're able to feed and touch his hair so soft. Recommended.
• Submitted 11 Apr 2019
Trip was well managed, excellent guide and driver. So many all trips get boring from so much driving, however, guide split trip up so we were at new site often.
• Submitted 15 Mar 2019
The sky gondolas are brilliant , offering fantastic views of the rain forest ! The railway was out of commission due to recent flooding, but the Koala experience at Kuranda with Ivy The Koala proved to be the highlight of our trip !
• Submitted 22 Jan 2019
This was a fantastic trip and well organized. It delivered everything that was promised. Would highly recommend it!
• Submitted 03 Jan 2019
What a great tour!Get to find out so much about the history of the place and enjoy bresth taking views!!
• Submitted 05 Dec 2018
I took the train up to Kuranda and took the sky rail back. This was recommended as the best way to go, which was great as the sky rail over the rain forest is amazing. I loved Kuranda and ended up with three hours to explore. I went to the wildlife sanctuary and held a kangaroo. The staff there is so nice and allows you to take extra pics with your personal camera as well as their professional photo. My friends went to the butterfly place and said it was amazing. And, as I said, while the train ride up was nice, the sky rail over the rain forest was truly amazing.
• Submitted 25 Oct 2018
Fun train rude, informative of the history. The skyrail was fun. Rainforestation was interesting, learned how they play the didgeridoo
• Submitted 26 Aug 2018
The Railway is quite good as the scenery is excellent. However, it is really really hot in the cabin as there is no air-con even in summer. You will definitely sweat a lot when in summer.
• Submitted 01 May 2018
Unfortunately the railway was closed due to rain, but the skyway and Kuranda were still excellent
• Submitted 08 Apr 2018
Magnificent trip. Verify you are doing one way with the train and the other way with sky rail. The view and the perspective are different. The Baron Falls view from the train is much better than from the sky rail.
• Submitted 20 Mar 2018
We couldn't go on the railway because of heavy rain but were transferred to sky rail in both directions. The company arranged pick ups from the railway station and a refund immediately. We toured the rain forest and even in the heavy rain the day was enjoyable and fun.
• Submitted 05 Mar 2018

In Brief

Cairns, Australia
7 hours

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