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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

  • Customise your tour: five different itineraries to choose from
  • Stunning views as you ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway through the Barron Gorge
  • Free time in Kuranda Village: browse the many shops for souvenirs
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
From US$121.24
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Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway and return on Skyrail; approx. 8.5 hours; departs at 7am and 7:45am
Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway, visit Rainforestation Nature Park and return from Kuranda on Skyrail; approx. 10 hours; departs at 7am and 8am
Travel to Kuranda on Skyrail and return on the Scenic Railway; approx. 10 hours; departs at 8am and 8:45am
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The Kuranda Scenic Railway is one of the most popular attractions in Queensland’s tropical north, affording incredible views of the Barron Gorge National Park. This flexible tour offers a choice of five different itineraries, so you can tailor your tour to your preferences and include optional extras such as a ride on the Skyrail, a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park, a tour of the Rainforestation Nature Park, or lunch in the rainforest.
What to Expect
With five different itineraries to choose from, this full-day tour from Cairns lets you create your ideal day trip. All tours include a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, through the heart of the Barron Gorge National Park. The 1.5-hour journey climbs through the mountain valleys, passing the dramatic Stoney Creek Bridge, and affording spectacular views over Kuranda Waterfall and the Barron Gorge.

Additional options include a thrilling ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which soars over the Barron Gorge National Park, stopping at treetop viewpoints along the way; an off-road adventure in the Rainforestation Nature Park; or an immersive cultural experience at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

All tours include hotel pickup and drop-off from your Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Great train ride to the rainforest!

We had a wonderful day traveling by rail from Cairns to Kuranda, then back by overhead sky tram! The ride up was excellent and the crew were informative about the area, as well as making sure we had plenty of time to get pictures. Kuranda...More

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 1 week ago
Outstanding views

My understanding is that there is big difference in cost if you drive yourself of if you take a tour with transportation included. If you drive yourself you can do only the Sky train but if you take the tour you can do the sky...More

Thank derbunker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lovely Day Trip

Enjoyed a day trip to Kuranda, train going up and cable car back down. We were picked up from our hotel early morning and taken to train station where we waited for train. Time for a coffee and a look around the gift shop before...More

Thank TheOldiesNsw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great day out

Great train ride up and spectacular SkyRail back down. Town is pretty and Butterfly Nursery worth a visit. Shops a disappointment as too much imported rubbish and very little local craft. Score 95 out of 100, but would have been 100 if shops were genuine...More

Thank Peter P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent day out.

Caught the train one way and came back by public bus which cost $7.00 as I could not go on the skyrail cable car. The trip out was great with lots of lovely views and plenty of opportunities to get some great photos. Once there...More

1  Thank Laura M
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12 September 2018|
Response from GnAW480 | Reviewed this property |
Yes - give yourself plenty of time if visiting the attractions. There is an excellent visitor information centre at Kuranda.
20 June 2018|
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Response from Dory310 | Reviewed this property |
I tend to be very careful , and because this excursion is so important , I would book in advance . Most importantly , I have traveled the world , and the Louvre has nothing on what I saw at the Great Barrier Reef . I... More
7 June 2018|
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Response from Kerrie66453 | Reviewed this property |
You can travel everyday except Christmas and Easter. You can travel both ways by train but you will miss out on the cable car which is worth doing You can park in the street or at the adjacent shopping centre car park, near... More