1. Australia
  2. Queensland
  3. Cairns
  4. Palm Cove

Kuranda Scenic Railway and Palm Cove Tour

Product ID: 88049
Experience one of Australia's most scenic train journeys on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Board the train at Freshwater and travel through a landscape of lush rainforest and waterfalls. Get some free time in Kuranda to stroll the craft markets and more.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours - 1 day
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Pick-up from your accommodation in Port Douglas or Palm Cove.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:



  • Ride one of the most spectacular rail journeys in Australia through 15 hand-carved tunnels
  • Stroll around the quaint rainforest village of Kuranda and visit its arts and crafts markets
  • Unwind in laid-back Palm Cove and enjoy a cocktail at a beachfront bar
  • Enjoy a trip on the skyrail rainforest cableway gliding over the world heritage rainforest
  • Benefit from pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Port Douglas or Palm Cove
Full description
Following pick-up from your accommodation anywhere in Port Douglas, commencing at 8:30 AM, journey in a small group of only 12 guests for guaranteed personal service and entertaining commentary. Travel down the Captain Cook Highway, known as the second most scenic highway in Australia, and learn the history of the region, along with local issues and stories about the wildlife. 

Arrive at beautiful Freshwater Station and board the historic Kuranda scenic railway. Then, head through the rainforest and take in a breathtaking scenery of waterfalls and 15 dramatic tunnels carved through the rocks. Upon arrival in Kuranda, explore the 'Village in the Rainforest', famous for its colorful arts and crafts markets, open every day. Browse the wide variety of Aboriginal artifacts, such as handmade leather goods, wood and jewelry. Stop at a café for lunch and listen to the busker, or try some local snacks such as macadamia nuts, honey, mango wine, homemade sweets or delicious homemade ice cream. Return by the skyrail rainforest cableway.

Next, head up the coast to Palm Cove, where you will be taken along the palm-fringed esplanade. Then, stop for a drink of your choice and get some staggering views of the picturesque beach. Stroll amongst the stores and galleries, or take a walk along the beach and let the kids play in the playground.

Return to Port Douglas with new friends and great memories, before getting dropped off at your accommodation or chosen restaurant on request.  


  • Pick-up and drop off at your accommodation in Port Douglas or Palm Cove
  • Tickets for the skyrail
  • Guide
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Cocktails and other drinks

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• This tour is suitable for all ages and for those with limited mobility
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
Sort by

Excellent tour but confusing

We went with Brett's Kuranda Tours to do the Scenic Rail ride, walk around Kuranda and the Skyrail. We (and Brett) thought we booked both. Sadly that wasn't the case but Brett organised tickets for us. Best guide ever!! Palm Cove is misleading in the guide, as we only went there for a drink. Brett knew lots of stories and was very entertaining.

Read more

23 April 2019

Very pleasant day both on the train and in Kuranda Village. I was confused about not having a ticket for the sky gondola as the title suggested, which is extra. I also felt rushed and could have spent more time exploring the rain forest walk.

22 March 2020

13 March 2020

Organized by