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

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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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Please arrive 1 hour 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

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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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.
star-5
Excellent
Michelle_B
, Nov 2021
The whole day was excellent & definitely recommend to anyone, worth the money & glad we went gold class
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
I am so thrilled that you decided to treat yourself and travel Gold Class!!! Thank you for your 5 star review.
star-3
A bit disappointed
Janelle_S
, Oct 2021
We found the lack of transportation at Kuranda a problem my husband is in a wheelchair and I managed to get him to the pub with difficulty sadly he had to sit there for 2 hours and wasn’t Able to see the village I think for the cost it was a bit sad enjoyed the train and sky rail and the bus driver was great
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hello, I am so sorry to hear of your situation, that would have been difficult for you. In the past there has been a free shuttle service, from Skyrail/ train to the markets, however due to COVID restrictions and lack of numbers this service has been suspended until the number of people coming to Kuranda increases. There is a service called 1300 Ride Share (similar to an Uber) that operates in Kuranda, that you can call, which would be able to provide even short transfers up to the markets for a small cost. I'm sorry, this information won't help you now that you have travelled, however it may help others in a similar situation if they are reading your review. We appreciate your comment and are pleased that the other components of your day were pleasant and memorable.
star-5
Great trip
Janyoung
, Oct 2021
Gold class is the way to go on the train - spacious comfy chairs and great service by Mathew our carriage 8 host
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We are so please you enjoyed being spoiled in Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
star-4
Spectacular
Aurelia_C
, Oct 2021
Worth the money..the views were spectacular especially with the skyrail rainforest cableway. We enjoyed every bit of it.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and on the Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class. Thank you for sharing your review.
star-5
Skyrail
julieann_m
, Oct 2021
Loved the train journey, and when we got there, we also went on a lovely boat journey. And then cable car down. Great day out even the the rain did not spoil it made the day,
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for sharing your review. It is a wonderful experience going up by train and back via Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. The views are amazing both ways, aren't they. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your boat journey on the Barron River as well.
star-5
Scenic rail, Kuranda and sky rail tour
joan
, Sep 2021
We thought that the train trip was the highlight of our tour yesterday. We were in carriage 8 and the service provided was outstanding. Thoroughly enjoyed our morning tea and drinks. Our train steward was also very knowledgeable. So pretty, loved the waterfalls, the many tunnels and bridges along the way. Kuranda was quaint and the sky rail back was spectacular, so many wonderful views over the treetops and so quiet and peaceful. Highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for sharing your great review, we are so happy you chose to spoil yourself on the Gold Class trip up on the train. It really is a special trip, isn't it. Kuranda is truly a wonderful day out, made even more special by travelling in and over the rainforest. We appreciate your high recommendation.
2 travelers found this review helpful

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