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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 7 more
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Overview

Explore the lush beauty, amazing wildlife and rich heritage of Tropical North Queensland on this customizable full-day trip to Kuranda from Cairns. Travel to this enchanting rain forest village aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, and choose from a variety of activities including visits to the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Rainforestation Nature Park. Hang out with koalas and exotic birds, browse local markets and opt to include a delicious buffet lunch. At the end of the day, glide through the treetops back to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
  • Day trip to Kuranda from Cairns
  • Experience the wildlife, history and lush landscape of Tropical North Queensland
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Barron Falls on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for aerial views of the verdant forest
  • Explore the markets and wildlife attractions of Kuranda during free time in the village
  • Choose from tour options that include Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Pickup and drop-off at Cairns and northern beaches hotels included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Choose from multiple tour options, all including the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail.
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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
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

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Please arrive 1 hour before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Pickup is available from selected hotels in Cairns - please contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.
Create your own perfect day in the beautiful rain forest of Tropical North Queensland with the choice of five different itineraries showcasing the best of Kuranda. Explore indigenous culture at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park, including didgeridoo demonstrations and a heritage dance performance. At Rainforestation Nature Park, take an exciting Army Duck tour and observe animals such as birds, kangaroos, and koalas. See the Itinerary section below for a description of each option.

All itineraries include a one-way ride aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. During the 1.5-hour journey, learn about regional history as your train winds through Barron Gorge National Park and wraps around mountain curves for spectacular vistas. Cross Stoney Creek Bridge and chug by gorgeous waterfalls before arriving at the charming Kuranda train station. 

To return to Cairns, get an aerial view of the rain forest as you glide above the treetops on the 4.5-mile (7.5-km) Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Ride in a 6-passenger gondola and disembark at two different vista points to take in fantastic views and explore the forest via a boardwalk. 

Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns is included with all options.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Choose Tjapukai Package option if you would like to visit here. 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 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Rainforestation Nature Park
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 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Scenic Railway
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Koala Gardens
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
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Barron Gorge National Park
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Barron Falls
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Birdworld Kuranda
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
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Down Under Tours - Day Tours
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.
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Down Under Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns?
A: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 Cairns.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns?
A: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 Cairns.

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star-5
Just loved the whole...
Wendy_U
, Oct 2021
Just loved the whole experience. Great views, plus being able to get off the train to see the views was special
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Riding the Kuranda Scenic Railway up to Kuranda is a very special experience. Thank you for posting your review.
star-5
Mesmerising
Nicola_T
, Oct 2021
Brilliant experience. A must do experience…. Kuranda is beautiful - the rail was the kids favourite (11 &9). They were mesmerised by the views and the history of the train.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
The history of the Kuranda Scenic Railway is quite amazing isn't it. I loved to hear that your children enjoyed their trip so much.
star-5
Fantastic family day out
Jasper_H
, Sep 2021
All round excellent day. Bus drivers were interesting and friendly. Train ride was educational and relaxing. SkyRail is highspot of day - unforgettable.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Fantastic to hear you had a memorable day travelling to and from Kuranda and that our guides were a special part of your experience.
star-5
The boy & i on hols
Scott_C
, Sep 2021
Was well worth the trip from brissy,my son & i had a top time👌👌👌🤙🤙🤙👍👍👍 The train ride up was really good
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
It is a great experience for kids and adults alike, isn't it. I am pleased your day was memorable for both of you, a special time spent together.
star-5
Awesome trip
Jill_I
, Sep 2021
Excellent trip on the train up to Kuranda. Did some shopping up there had a great lunch, did the bird park and my son had photos with koala. Feeding the kangaroo 🦘
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
It sounds like you had a great day with your son exploring Kuranda. What special memories. Thank you for sharing your review.
star-5
Awesome day.
Marg_C
, Sep 2021
Loved this trip. The train ride up was amazing, the history of building the line incredible. Kuranda a lovely town, enjoyed the markets, then back down on the Skyrail, thru the treetops, just lovely. Is a must see.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
The history of both the railway and how the Skyrail was built are both amazing stories, aren't they. Being amongst untouched nature is so amazing, I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed your day so much. Thank you for sharing your review.
star-4
Train up Skyrail down
Eric_Y
, Aug 2021
Hard to separate the train ride up from the skyrail down, but the story on the construction of the railway was impressive. The quaint town of Kuranda was also a highlight with the many market stalls to wander around.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
I am thrilled you had such a wonderful day, the journey is as exciting as the destination, isn't it. Thank you for the wonderful review.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
My day in the hinterland from acairns
Martin_A
, Jul 2021
The train & skyrail we’re both good but the feat of building both is amazing. To spend a day enjoying Kuranda visiting the bird & butterfly farms was enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Martin, thank you for your 5 star review. I am really pleased you appreciate the construction effort gone into creating skyrail and what it must have been like 100+ years ago to build the railway. It is an amazing feat. Glad you enjoyed Kuranda Village as well.
star-5
Kuranda railway and sky train
sueandmartinbaker
, Jul 2021
The train ride was wonderful through beautiful scenery. Kuranda is a lovely town nestled in the mountains. The ride back on the sky train was an amazing experience
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We are thrilled you had an amazing day on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Cableway. They are both excellent ways of seeing the rainforest and nature, aren't they. Thank you for our great review.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Day
Len_K
, Jul 2021
Was a fantastic experience. The train ride up to Kuranda was great. The old train carriages looked grand. The scenery spectacular. Kuranda itself is a pretty little town. The markets were great. Perfect couple of hours just relaxing and wandering about. Skyrail coming back was just as nice. Over the forest canopy and the scene coming back the final part, looking out over the bay was great
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Len, thank you for the 5 star review. The journey to Kuranda in one direction on the train and the other by Skyrail Cableway makes for a great adventure, we are pleased you enjoyed your trip so much and had lots of time to relax and explore Kuranda Village. We look forward to welcoming you on one of our other tours some day.

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