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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway & Kuranda Rail from Cairns

Product ID: 72560
Combine a memorable Skyrail Rainforest Cableway experience with a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Learn about the pioneering history of Cairns, and enjoy return transfers from most Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodations.
About this activity
Duration: 1 day
Starting time 9:00 AM
Printed voucher required
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Pick-up is available at selected Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodations. Your pick-up location and time will be advised by the local operator after booking. Note that this may be earlier than the tour start time.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Travel over and through World Heritage Rainforest on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Take a complimentary ranger-guided boardwalk tour at Red Peak Station
  • Experience a scenic railway journey passing through 15 hand-carved tunnels
  • Enjoy round-trip transfers from your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation
  • Download the app and audioguide to place the story of the ancient rainforest in your hands
Full description
Enjoy an unforgettable journey on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway that takes you over and through Australia's World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest in the Barron Gorge National Park on this 1-day activity package.

Glide just meters above the canopy along a 7.5-kilometer span in a comfortable 6-person gondola. Take in views of tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and lush Cairns Highlands.

You’ll stop at Red Peak Station for a guided boardwalk tour with a Skyrail Ranger, to learn about the ancient tropical forests. You’ll also make a stop at Barron Falls Station, where you’ll find pathways and lookouts over the Barron Gorge and Falls, historical displays and a Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Developed in conjunction with CSIRO, the Interpretation Centre features interactive touch-screen computers that provide an engaging and fun learning experience for people of all ages.

Combine your journey with a trip on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Built over 120 years ago, this historic train winds its way through the mountains between Kuranda and Freshwater Station. Enjoy scenic views of mountains rising from sea level to 328 meters, spectacular waterfalls and the stunning Barron Gorge. The journey includes English commentary and a commentary companion guide with information on the history of the railway’s construction, a trip map and a map of Kuranda.

This package includes round-trip transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodations, excluding Holloways and Machans Beaches and Yorkeys Knob.

Multiple winner of the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is The World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience. It is located just 15 minutes from Cairns city center and 50 minutes from Port Douglas.
  • One-way Skyrail Rainforest Cableway experience visiting the World Heritage Rainforest
  • Rainforest boardwalks and interpretive signage
  • Guided ranger tour at Red Peak Station
  • Entry to the Rainforest Interpretation Centre at Barron Falls Station
  • Lookouts and historical displays at Barron Falls Station
  • Trip guides in 11 languages
  • Free WiFi at Smithfield, Kuranda and Barron Falls terminals and stations
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway journey (including English commentary, a companion guide with information on the history of the railway’s construction and a trip map)
  • Round-trip transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodations (excluding Holloways and Machans Beaches and Yorkeys Knob)
What’s Not Included
  • Upgrade to Diamond View on Skyrail or Gold Class on the train
  • Any retail or Canopy Cafe purchases

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Important information
Know before you go
Please be advised that you must travel on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Railway and booked transfers at your pre-booked departure time. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway has pre-set times at which guests travel on their itineraries. Once your Skyrail Rainforest Cableway & Kuranda Scenic Railway experience with round-trip transfers has been ticketed changes cannot be made.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 62 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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A most enjoyable day. The staff were all most helpful at the cableway and the walking tour was informative. My complaint is that I booked an Australian tour from Australia and when my credit card statement arrived I have been charged $46.08 International transaction fee. I am most unhappy and I will let friends and family know that this happens with your company.

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August 21, 2019

Fantastic experience. Breathtaking views of the forest.

Kuranda and the shops were interesting and the bird park is a place for beautiful photos. The Kuranda scenic rail was an experience not to be missed. Interesting information and comments coming from the public address system. It was a bit difficult finding the correct bus from the Freshwater station to Cairns.

August 10, 2019

A spectacular day out

This was a great activity to do. Pick up at our hotel was prompt and very convenient. We were taken to Smithfield for the gondola. The gondola was an absolute beauty of a ride up over the rainforest. Great views and photo opportunities with two short walking stops along the way. Kuranda is a very charming little town and easy to spend a few hours walking in and around it. The train journey back was also very enjoyable. All staff on the trip were lovely. It is a very worthwhile trip and a great way to spend a day!!

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March 8, 2019

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Product ID: 72560