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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Take a day trip from Cairns to Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and return via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Alternatively, make the 1-way journey by railway and return by skyrail. Enjoy a tranquil ride as you soar above the rainforest canopy, with views from Cairns all the way to the Great Barrier Reef, and spend free time in Kuranda Village. If you wish, upgrade your transport with admission to the Rainforestation Nature Park or Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park — the latter option with or without lunch.
  • Day trip to Kuranda aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway from Cairns
  • Variety of options available including Kuranda Scenic Railway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Pickup and drop off at Cairns and northern beaches hotels by luxury coach
  • Exclusive Kuranda Market Discount and guide assistance
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (if option selected)
Rainforestation Nature Park (if option selected)
Cairns Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Tjapukai (if option not selected)
Birdworld entrance (approx. AUD19.00/adult, AUD9.50/child)
Butterfly Sanctuary entrance (approx. AUD20.00/adult, AUD10.00/child)
Kuranda Koala Gardens entrance (approx. AUD19.00/adult and AUD9.50/child)
NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

Departure Point

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

After pickup from your hotel in Cairns, board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for Kuranda. It's a spectacular aerial ride above the treetop canopy, with two optional stops to enjoy a guided walk through the rainforest or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre.

On arrival at your destination you'll have free time to do as much or as little as you like; perhaps shop in Kuranda's Heritage Markets, or grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants or cafes (own expense). Upgrade your experience to include a visit to Rainforestation Nature Park, or gain entry to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (included buffet lunch here is optional). 

If you'd like, enjoy a wildlife encounter at Birdworld, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (additional cost; payable direct).

Finish your day trip with a scenic rainforest journey aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway back to Cairns, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel. Alternatively, you can travel 1-way to Kuranda by railway and return to Cairns by skyrail.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
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:  
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
Pass By:  
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
  • 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.

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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 Skyrail Rainforest Cableway 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 Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skyrail Rainforest Cableway 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 Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns.

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star-5
Kuranda rainforest experience
BRONWYN_G
, Jun 2021
Loved the views from the train on the way to Kuranda, magnificent views of the rainforest coming back down to Cairns on the Skyrail.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thanks Bron, glad you enjoyed the day....
star-5
A definite must do
Sara_d
, May 2021
The view was excellent and you felt quite safe in the ‘ski lift capsule! The staff were so helpful especially as I had a broken leg at the time !
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Sara_d, I like you description of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway:) It's a very safe and exhilarating experience...
star-4
Stunning scenery. A great experience.
Mark_W
, May 2021
Beautiful scenery and it was great getting out at the lookout spots to see the waterfall and beautiful walkways through the rainforest.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Mark_W, Thanks for the feedback, glad you enjoyed the day.
star-2
Disappointing trip
Wendy_B
, Apr 2021
Disappointing. Train from Freshwater Station delayed - had to wait at hot station for over 2 hours - packed into train - very uncomfortable.
star-5
Sky rail trip.
Keith_M
, Jan 2021
Looking down at the trees and over the canopy of trees we were passing over plus the great view of city and ocean before the last stop.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Hi Kieth, glad you enjoyed the Skyrail...the views are fantastic. On a really clear day you can sometimes see Green Island too.
star-5
Great Rainforest Experience.
Ken_S
, Oct 2020
Great way to experience the sheer scale of the rainforest by going over it in a Cable Car. The 2 stops along the way also enhanced to overall experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Very good
glenorefarm
, Jun 2019
Skyraul and train to Kuranda was very interesting. There were a variety of shops in Kuranda to look at.
star-5
beautiful ..gorgeous ...lovely view of...
Dolly
, Apr 2018
beautiful ..gorgeous ...lovely view of the rainforest ..didnt want to get off the rail
star-4
A really lovely day out to Kuranda...
eileenjturner
, Apr 2018
A really lovely day out to Kuranda with plenty to see. Unfortunately the train wasnt running due to the torrential rain the week before so they stopped it running for a few days. The cable car was amazing which we took both ways due to the train not running. The driver picked us up really early and so we were left outside the entrance waiting to get in. A really great place to visit. Would definitely recomment this trip.
star-5
Really good outing - we saw it all...
rballent
, Nov 2017
Really good outing - we saw it all! Train, cable car, Kuranda, and the Rainforestation. Excellent outing! Highly Recommended. Very good logistics - very organized, with hotel pickup and drop-off.

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