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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

Journey to the rain forest village of Kuranda via two unique transit options on this memorable full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Skip the line and enjoy Gold Class service aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, winding through lush mountain passes and waterfall gorges along the way. In the opposite direction, glide above the treetops in a gondola and soak up spectacular views of the mountains and coastline on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. In Kuranda, enjoy leisure time to explore the heritage markets, learn about aboriginal culture or interact with native wildlife.
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway day trip from Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas
  • Skip the line with express tickets for the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Travel in Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic Railway with premium seating and morning or afternoon refreshments
  • Have plenty of free time to explore Kuranda and take advantage of discount entry to a variety of attractions and wildlife exhibits
  • Browse the famous Heritage Markets in Kuranda Village at your leisure
  • Take an optional exclusive tour of the World Heritage-listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station
  • Marvel at the engineering of the Cairns-Kuranda Railway, constructed between 1882-1891

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Skip-the-line and on-board refreshments with this Gold Class ticket for the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
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One way Kuranda Scenic Railway ride in Gold Class
One way by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

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Pickup available from selected Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas hotels available - IMPORTANT: please ensure to correctly choose the Cairns or Port Douglas option when booking. Contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.
Nestled high up the tropical mountains at 1076 feet (328 meters) above sea level, the rain forest village of Kuranda is a must-see destination on any trip to Cairns. Travel to the historic outpost in style, beginning with pickup at your Cairns or port Douglas hotel. Choose the order of your transit options at booking to customize the day. 

On one leg of the journey, skip the line for a ride aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Enjoy Gold Class service in a well-appointed cedar train car featuring comfortable lounge chairs, timber flooring and historic memorabilia. Sip on sparkling Australian wine, tea and coffee and nibble snacks while enjoying magnificent views of mountains and valleys and waterfall-studded Barron Gorge. Receive a complimentary gift pack including a pen, postcard, badge and souvenir guide as a memento of your ride.

On the opposite leg, get an aerial perspective of Tropical North Queensland as you soar over the treetops on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Settle into an enclosed 6-passenger gondola and take in panoramic views of the highlands, forest and Coral Sea on the 4.5-mile (7.5-km) ride. Stop at two lookout stations along the way, where you can chat with rangers, stroll along forest boardwalks and snap photos.

In Kuranda, enjoy several hours of leisure time to explore the historic village and surrounds. Browse heritage markets, have lunch at a local café (own expense), learn about indigenous history at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or encounter native wildlife like kangaroos, butterflies and koalas at the Rainforestation Nature Park (not included).  

Your full-day rain forest adventure concludes with drop-off back at your Cairns or Port Douglas hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
The Australia Butterfly Sanctuary is located in the Kuranda Markets. You can choose to visit this place in your free time in Kuranda. Wander through the enclosed rainforest and see the amazing butterfly life.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Journey over and through the World Heritage listed rainforest of Tropical North Queensland.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Take a journey on this heritage railway line that winds through the Rainforest, on a mountain between Kuranda and Freshwater Station.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Koala Gardens
To see Australian Wildlife, visit Kuranda Koala Gardens during your free time in Kuranda.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Barron Gorge National Park
Take a journey through the ancient rainforest in Barron Gorge National Park. Journey via Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Kuranda Scenic Rail.
Pass By:  
Barron Falls
Take in the amazing views of the might Barron Falls from both Skyrail and the Scenic Rail.
Stop At:  
Birdworld Kuranda
You can choose to visit Birdworld during your free time in Kuranda. The largest single collection of free-flying bird in Australia
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Down Under Tours - Day Tours
Down Under Tour is the largest day tour operator in the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please advise if you are using a Wheelchair. Both Skyrail & Scenic Rail have maximum dimensions they can take.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 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.

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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 Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
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 Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
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 Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

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  • "This tour only provides transportation to and return from Kuranda." See review
  • "How can you charge for a scenic rail when only one side of the train can see anything?" See review

Reviews

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267 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Excellent day out
Denice_S
, May 2022
Excellent day out. Nice refreshing drink before your trip up to Kuranda. On board refreshments were very nice. Didn’t realise Kuranda was as big as it was, thought there would only be a few shops but had a full street lined with shops. Make sure you read the map before you continue up into the village, we missed a few things which was disappointing but entirely our fault. A few of the usual touristy stuff but quite a few nice shops as well. Spent a few dollars so had a good day. Sky rail back was excellent. A few stops on the way back if you want to get off and have a look around. The view coming back over the last hill n down into the station was spectacular.
star-1
Fail!
Cathy_J
, May 2022
A terrible experience! We were firstly told that we would not be picked up at our hotel even though on the list and had to walk to another hotel. Get on the bus and travel to the train station. While there they announced that the train has broken down and that our trip was cancelled. 17 calls later, and text and NO reply from the company we used via Aviator and not response from Aviator as to a refund or what was going to happen next Standing around for an hour with no contact. It was the only trip we booked on our holiday and were gutted with the lack of responsibility and contact.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Family Holiday
Kim_G
, May 2022
Thank you Mr IC for your friendly professional service on the train in Gold Class. Comfy seats, lots of food & freshments.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are happy you enjoyed your day in Kuranda and spoiled yourself with Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic train. Thank you for our 5 star rating.
star-5
This was an amazing...
Melissa_A
, Apr 2022
This was an amazing experience. The sky rail views and stops took your breath away. The train ride was exceptional. Vivian was attentive during the trip. The waterfalls were spectacular. Definitely needs to be experienced.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Your 5 star rating and review is much appreciated. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience so much.
star-2
Gold class was a waste of money
joseph_p
, Apr 2022
What we Book was changed / overlooked and time changed to later pick up. Original Seat allocation was given away. By the time we arrived everything was closing in kuranda. Paying for Gold class was a waste of money
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Joseph, I am not sure of your actually booking date, but it sounds as if you may have had an operational issue that disrupted your day. I'm sorry that it didn't go to plan and that you were disappointed in what Gold Class had to offer.
star-5
Train and skyrail in one trip.
Nataliamacoboy
, Apr 2022
We liked the old fashioned train journey to Kuranda. Good service , beautiful scenery and spectacular photo stops. Kuranda is very touristy and mostly orientated to international travellers. This tour is very weather dependant. On the way back by Skyrail it was rainy and foggy which spoilt the views. Nevertheless, we explored rain forest on 2 stops on the way down to get the full rainforests experience.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and a 5 star rating. We are pleased that your enjoyed your day, even though the weather wasn't at it's best for you. The journey up by train and home over the treetops and with stops to walk through the rainforest is truly memorable, isn't it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic experience
Prakash_P
, Mar 2022
The whole experience and especially the way all guests in gold class were looked after by the staff and the breathtaking view.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Great to hear you spoiled yourselves in Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic Train! The journey to and from the quaint village of Kuranda is amazing, and travelling Gold Class would have added so much to your experience. Thank you for a 5 star review.
star-4
Fab scenic train and skyrail
gillpelizzari
, Mar 2022
Great train ride up in Gold Class, they really looked after us and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The skyrail back gave spectacular views over the river and rain forest Not much in Kuranda - lots of tourist shops/market stalls selling tat, including croc skin and kangaroo skin items 😡
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
The journey to and from Kuranda is amazing, I am please you spoiled yourselves in Gold Class on the train. Thank you for your time to post your review.
star-4
Great Experience but Beware the Coach Pick Up/ Drop off Schedule
peterstafford
, Mar 2022
Fantastic experience once you get to board the train and until you get off the sky rail at the end of the day. Unfortunately spoiled a bit by the long drawn out coach pick up and drop off. We were first on and last off and spent nearly 3 hours in total being driven around various Cairns hotels. Not how we wanted to spend our time. If we had known this in advance we would have made an alternative arrangement especially as the destination is only a short taxi ride from Cairns central. I recommend anyone doing this tour to check how long the coach pick up and drop off is before deciding what to do. Even better, the tour operator should be proactive and provide this information up front.
star-5
Great memories
Fraser_W
, Mar 2022
Gold class tail was lovely and the carriage attendant was not only serving food but making wisecracks as we travelled. The Skyrail cable car was amazing… especially the section just as you leave/ arrive at the Cairns end. Great memories.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate the 5 Stars. I am thrilled you had such a memorable experience on Skyrail and that you thoroughly enjoyed your time in Gold Class on the train.
star-5
Gold class
Geoff_V
, Mar 2022
Gold class was the best and comfortable experience for the rail leg whilst still experiencing old world charm
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We appreciate your 5 star review, thank you. The journey up and back to Kuranda is amazing and I am pleased you spoiled yourselves by booking the Gold Class seats on the scenic train. I am happy you have such good memories to take home with you.
star-5
Memorable day out
Robyn_T
, Mar 2022
Gold class trip was a real treat. Staff everywhere from our hotel pickup, all throughout the day were polite, friendly and knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for the 5 star review Robyn. Kuranda is a quaint little town in the rainforest, and the trip up and back truly memorable, isn't it. I am pleased that you spoiled yourselves on the Gold Class scenic train trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Try and choose a cooler day
Karen_A
, Feb 2022
We chose to go Gold class on the scenic rail. It was more comfortable with comfortable chairs. They did supply endless wine, beer and non alcohol drinks. However at 10am in the morning the alcohol was not for us. They supply over microwaved snacks along the journey. The service is great humorous and informative. We were very hot ! Even hotter once at Kuranda. No one can rate Mother Nature !
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your review of your tour. We did have exceptionally warm weather the day that you travelled, and I can understand your discomfort. I am pleased that you decided to spoil yourself with Gold Class. The Kuranda Scenic Train and Skyrail are amazing ways to be transported to Kuranda, aren't they.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A great day out in nature
David_P
, Feb 2022
I did this train trip years ago. The magnificent scenery is the same but the experience is much improved with a great focus on information and customer service - a great tourist experience
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
I am so pleased to hear that you spoiled yourself with Gold Class! It is an epic journey on both the train and the Skyrail Cableway and being in Kuranda Village in the rainforest is a special as well. Thank you for sharing your review.
star-2
Great scenery train gold class lovely but not really a great experience during a hot wet season day
Sunniva_A
, Jan 2022
Gold class part on train was great but day was very hot Hardly any thing open in town with only one eating venue having air conditioning so big lines to eat there. We had a time for the Skyrail but had to line up for half an hour as it was so hot people were going home early and there were problems with the rails running smoothly. On our trip back the Skyrail kept stopping we were sweltering in the little box on a forty degree
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
As a local I have felt that it has been exceptionally hot recently, so I can imagine how you must feel if you aren't used to the temperatures and humidity. I am sorry you felt uncomfortable. I am pleased you enjoyed the Gold Class on the train, that is definitely a nice way of spoiling yourself.
star-5
Perfect Day!
Jen_W
, Dec 2021
Such history! Professional staff, amazing views and fantastic history. A lovely pace. Recommend the rail first and the cableway in the afternoon after a lovely lunch in Kuranda.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your amazing review. We are so happy that you wished to share your experience and advise with others.
star-5
Gold class all the way.
Susan_T
, Nov 2021
The service was Impeccable, comfort of the chairs and been able to take great photos of the falls with plenty of room, and views were Spectacular. Thank you for making our trip memorable.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for your 5 star review! I am pleased you decided to spoil yourselves by going Gold Class. It truly is a wonderful experience that makes a special day even more special. I am pleased you have wonderful memories to take home with you.
star-5
Excellent service and...
gerard_h
, Nov 2021
Excellent service and kept supplied with drinks and snacks the whole train trip. Was worth every cent and wonderful views from both the train and skyrail.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
So pleased you spoiled yourself with Gold Class! It is a fun, informative journey made extra special when you indulge in the local treats supplied on the train. Thank you for our 5 star review.
star-5
Great tour
Darren_S
, Nov 2021
The scenic railway section was unbelievable. The service on the Gold Class (hay) started the trip off with style and service. Would highly recommend this tour purely on the customer service from Shay and the other staff of the scenic railway.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Well done treating yourselves to Gold Class, it really is a fabulous journey, and you really get spoiled. Thank you so much for our 5 star review.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Very interesting staff...
bernadette_o
, Nov 2021
Very interesting staff are lovely and very informative great train and sky rail journey will be recommending this to everyone
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are so pleased you enjoyed your journey going to and returning from Kuranda, it really is an interesting trip both ways, isn't it. Thank you for your 5 star review.

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