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Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

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1,077 Reviews
Open daily 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Bunda St, Cairns, Queensland, 4870

The Basics

Most tours set out from Cairns, Port Douglas, or the northern beaches, from where it’s a two-hour one-way journey to the end of the line at Kuranda. Passengers can choose standard heritage carriages or the more luxurious Gold Class or Royale Class service, in which refreshments are served. For the best value, combine your tour with other North Queensland activities such as a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, an Army Duck tour of the Rainforestation Nature Park, a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef, or a visit to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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Awesome Kuranda gold class experience
Matthew_G, Jun 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Even though the weather was a little against us, we had a wonderful time. The gondolas were clean and the views amazing. Kuranda was great but wet and the train ride in Gold class was informative and first class. Transfers were a breeze. Highly recommend.
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Beautiful views!
Kim_R, Apr 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
The train and Skyrail were both amazing. Sad that the river is being held back to the degree it is non existent in some spots. Great staff and well managed for Covid requirements.
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Awesome trip
Jill_I, Sep 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Excellent trip on the train up to Kuranda. Did some shopping up there had a great lunch, did the bird park and my son had photos with koala. Feeding the kangaroo 🦘
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Scenic rail, Kuranda and sky rail tour
joan, Sep 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
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.
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Kuranda Scenic Rail
Geoff_R, May 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic Railway was well worth the extra as they provided 1st class service and the views along the wsy are fantastic - The Skyrail from Kuranda back down gave you spectacular views of Barron Falls
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Train up Skyrail down
Eric_Y, Aug 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Hard to separate the train ride up from the skyrail down, but the story on the construction of the railway was impressive. The quaint town of Kuranda was also a highlight with the many market stalls to wander around.
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Great day out
Lisa_A, Jul 2021
Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation
Had a great day with all the different activities and day trip was well organised, would have liked a window seat on train
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Simply Breathtaking!
Sanchita_S, Aug 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The Kuranda Rail Tour was absolutely beautiful. We got Gold Class tickets and were served food and beverages on the train. The train was old and beautiful, vintage. We reached Kuranda and had lunch there, its a really small and cozy town. We took the Cableway back to Cairns. The cableway was 7.5kms long. The views of the rainforest and the Barron Falls were breathtaking from both the train and the cableway. Worth it!
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Great tour shame about the lunch.
Tony_R, May 2021
Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation
The Aboriginal culture experience was excellent and done with good humour. Overall the tour was very good but considering the price of the tour the lunch provided was mediocre.
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Excellent
Carole_C, Jul 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Well organised and good transfers all on time and efficient Will book another tour again when next we travel
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My day in the hinterland from acairns
Martin_A, Jul 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
The train & skyrail we’re both good but the feat of building both is amazing. To spend a day enjoying Kuranda visiting the bird & butterfly farms was enjoyable.
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Wonderful trip.
Lynne_M, Jul 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Train trip was so good. The gentleman who served us was very professional and so friendly. From the start to finish we were well looked after.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • English-language commentary is provided on the train.

  • Luggage space is limited, so bring a day bag and be sure to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, and comfortable shoes if you plan on exploring the rainforest.

  • Wheelchair access is available at all stations except Barron Falls station, but it must be requested in advance.

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How to Get There

It’s possible to ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway in either direction, starting your journey at Cairns Station, Freshwater Station, or Kuranda Station. Cairns Station is located right in the center of Cairns, about five miles (eight kilometers) or a 1-hour train ride south of Cairns Airport.

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When to Get There

The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs twice daily, with morning departures from Cairns and afternoon departures from Kuranda. Trains run year-round, but with no air-conditioning on-board the historic trains, it can get hot in summer.

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Natural Landscapes of the Wet Tropics

The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs right through the heart of the UNESCO-protected Wet Tropics, climbing through the jungle-clad mountains of the Barron Gorge. Jump off along the way to marvel at the Barron Falls, admire Stoney Creek Falls, or take a hike through the ancient woodlands, looking out for wildlife such as rainbow lorikeets, wild orchids, and Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos.

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