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Cairns: Self-Guided Kuranda Day Trip, Scenic Rail & Skyrail

1. Cairns: Self-Guided Kuranda Day Trip, Scenic Rail & Skyrail

Explore the village of Kuranda in a pristine World Heritage-listed rainforest. Be picked up from your hotel and travel to the train station. Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway and marvel at mountains on the way. Soar over waterfalls and over Barron Gorge on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Explore the markets, shops, and walking trails, or take a river cruise (seasonal) for 2.5 hours. Discover the food stalls and cafés, or dine with the water dragons at Frog’s Restaurant famous for its sauces and dressings. Take the famous Skyrail down, spanning 7.5km over the rainforest canopy. Spot native wildlife, including the cassowary, the world's 3rd-largest flightless bird. Next, take the 2:00 PM Skyrail back to the bottom (Skyrail Smithfield station). Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and deep into the world’s oldest, continually-surviving tropical rainforest. The iconic Skyrail experience is a must-do Cairns attraction of Australia’s World-Heritage listed tropical rainforest, immersing you in one of the most botanically fascinating areas on earth. At the end of your Skyrail experience, be picked up again by bus at 3:30 PM to be brought back to the hotel.

Cairns: Skyrail, Kuranda and Rail Tour with Hotel Transfer

2. Cairns: Skyrail, Kuranda and Rail Tour with Hotel Transfer

Explore the Cairns World Heritage Rainforest on this tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns. Expereince the beauty of the rainforest from above on a ride to the town of Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Spend free time in Kuranda before returning on the Kuranda Scenic Rail train. Be picked up from the comfort of your cairns accommodation in the morning. Relax on the drive to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and glide silently over the rainforest on your journey to Kuranda. Stop at two stations on the cableway where you can go for a walk in the rainforest to spectacular lookouts or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Center. Once you arrive in Kuranda. Have free time to explore the many and varied shops, as well as the Heritage Markets which operate daily. Board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail train for ride over one of the world's most scenic rail routes. Cruise through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning stunning gorges. Catch your coach back to your accommodation in Cairns.

Cairns: Reef Flight, Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Rail Combo

3. Cairns: Reef Flight, Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Rail Combo

On this full-day excursion, you'll see the best of the Great Barrier Reef on this 40-minute scenic flight in a high wing aircraft. You'll see Cairns, Green Island, Arlington Reef, Upolu Reef, Double Island and Palm Cove. After exploring the reef, you’ll head back toward the mainland with views of the North Queensland coastline. With window seats guaranteed, take in the stunning views as your professional pilot provides you with expert commentary along the way. After your scenic flight, you'll be taken to ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, where you'll soar above 7.5 kilometers of pristine rainforest canopy in a cable car. Visit the beautiful town of Kuranda, nestled in the pristine World Heritage-listed rainforest. You'll have 2.5-hours of free time to explore the eclectic village, local markets, shops and walking trails or sit back and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many amazing food stalls or cafes that the town has to offer.  Take the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and marvel at the views of the surrounding mountains along the way. Rising from sea level to 328 meters, the journey to Kuranda passes spectacular waterfalls and then will take you into the stunning Barron Gorge. At the end of your day, make your way back to your accommodation. Alternatively, transfers can be booked during check-in at Skyrail Smithfield Station for an additional cost of $11.50 per adult. Your combo will also include a free transfer courtesy bus from your centrally located Cairns accommodation.

From Port Douglas: Kuranda Village with Scenic Railway

4. From Port Douglas: Kuranda Village with Scenic Railway

Following pickup from your accommodation anywhere in Port Douglas in the morning, 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 wildlife.  Arrive at the beautiful Freshwater Station and board the historic Kuranda scenic railway. Then, head through the rainforest and take in the 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, which are 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. Next, head up the coast to Palm Cove, where you'll be taken along the palm-fringed esplanade. Then, purchase a drink and enjoy some staggering views of the picturesque beach 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.  

From Port Douglas: Small Group Rainforest and Kuranda Tour

5. From Port Douglas: Small Group Rainforest and Kuranda Tour

Discover the beauty of the rainforest on this day trip from Port Douglas. Ride on the Captain Cook Highway aboard an airconditioned bus, see the canopy from above on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and visit Kuranda Village. Return aboard the Kuranda Scenic Train. Be picked up from your hotel in the late morning and board an air conditioned comfortable bus. Head down the Captain Cook Highway to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Journey over the World Heritage Rainforest and stop for pictures at 2 stations along the way. Arrive in Kuranda and meet your guide who will show you the Kuranda Village. Visit the vibrant markets, see the best places to eat, and visit some small animal parks. Board the Kuranda Scenic Train and head down the mountain. Pass through tunnels and by stunning waterfalls along the way. On arrival at Freshwater Station, head to Palm Cove, a beautiful beach side village where you can stop for a cocktail (at own expense) or take a walk on the beach.  Head back to Port Douglas and arrive at your accommodation in time for supper.

Sunshine Coast: Mary Valley Rattler Ticket from Gympie

6. Sunshine Coast: Mary Valley Rattler Ticket from Gympie

Rediscover the magic of a bygone era aboard the historic Mary Valley Rattler. The Mary Valley Rattler fleet is made up of heritage steam locomotives and carriages, each with their own unique story. The fleet also boasts vintage railmotors and diesel locomotives. The historic Gympie Station on Tozer St, has been restored to its former glory. Make sure you arrive early enough to take time to wander through the Station where you will learn the stories of the Mary Valley Rattler line, its people, and its history. The popular Platform No.1 Cafe offers a dine in experience before or after your rail journey, or you can buy take away treats to enjoy on board. The gift shop offers a selection of local goodies as well as speciality giftware and souvenirs. Have a chat with the train drivers and the tour guides before you board the train. Then sit back and relax as you begin your nostalgic rail journey through one of the most beautiful parts of Queensland. Discover the romance of the railway through the scenic Mary Valley. The journey crosses the Mary River as you travel around an abundance of curves, over bridges, and numerous gentle hills. The line wanders away from the river and into the valleys of some of its main tributaries including the Yabba, Kandanga and Amamoor Creeks, and passes through the small township of Dagun. The quaint community of Amamoor is a delightful historic town bordered by a verdant forest reserve, home to more than 120 species of birds. Here you can watch the fascinating process of the turning of the engine on the turntable.

Port Douglas: World Heritage Forest by Skyrail & Scenic Rail

7. Port Douglas: World Heritage Forest by Skyrail & Scenic Rail

Explore the Cairns World Heritage Rainforest on this tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Port Douglas. Experience the beauty of the rainforest from above then enjoy some leisure time in Kuranda before returning by rail. Be picked up from the comfort of your Port Douglas accommodation. Relax on the scenic drive to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway as you get ready to see the rainforest from the air. Board the Cableway and be awed as you glide silently over and through the rainforest on your journey. Admire the flora and fauna beneath as you head for the forest village of Kuranda. Stop at two stations on the cableway. Head out for a walk in the rainforest to spectacular lookouts or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Center. Once you arrive in Kuranda, make use of some free time to explore the village at your leisure. For the return journey, board the Kuranda Scenic Rail train for a ride over one of the world's most picturesque rail routes. Cruise through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning stunning gorges along the way. After disembarking, catch your coach back to your accommodation in Port Douglas.

From Gympie: Mary Valley Rattler Railway Ride & Dine Ticket

8. From Gympie: Mary Valley Rattler Railway Ride & Dine Ticket

Jump the queue with priority preboarding on the historic steam train for a 40km journey winding through the hills of the Mary Valley to arrive in the quaint town of Amamoor. Here you can watch the train prepare for the return journey via the turntable and enjoy a short stay to explore before returning to the historic Gympie Station for a delicious lunch prepared from locally grown seasonal produce with a beverage of your choice and a bottle of water. On board enjoy morning tea as your guide provides a wealth of historical detail about the trains and the region as you enjoy the views and the nostalgia of travel from times past.

Sunshine Coast: Gympie Mary Valley Rattler Train with Lunch

9. Sunshine Coast: Gympie Mary Valley Rattler Train with Lunch

Hop on board the Heritage Railmotor RM76 which traditionally ran the Brooloo line to Gympie providing a daily link to the town. Arrive early enough to take time to wander through the Station and learn the stories of the Mary Valley Rattler line, its people, and its history. Sit back and relax as you begin your nostalgic rail journey through one of the most beautiful parts of Queensland. Savor a tasting plate consisting of local produce and learn about the mouth-watering produce the Mary Valley has to offer onboard as you cross the Mary River. Travel around an abundance of curves, over bridges and numerous gentle hills, and through the small township of Dagun. Watch the fascinating process of turning-of-the-engine on the turntable in the delightful historic town of Amamoor. On your return, a delicious 2-course lunch is served at the historic Gympie Station in the beautiful Rusty Rails cafe including a beverage of your choice (beer, wine, soft drink) with additional bar service available.

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4.6 / 5

based on 121 reviews

We had a great day from start to finish, we were collected on time by Brett our wonderful guide for the tour. Brett was very informative, friendly and very organised. The train trip was great very scenic and was interesting to learn the history of building the track . Kuranda Village was a great experience great markets and interesting shops wonderful cafe/restaurants to choose to eat at. The return trip on the Sky rail is a great experience ,the scenery has to be seen to believe .

Wonderful day trip! Enjoyable gondola ride to Kuranda. Plenty to do and visit. The butterfly farm and bird sanctuary were outstanding. Caught the scenic train back down to Cairns. Such a great experience.

Excellent train and cable car ride. The staff were extremely helpful .

Easy pick up and return back to hotel. The tour was well organised.

Enjoyed the day however a lot of walking if you are elderly