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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 7 more
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Explore the lush beauty, amazing wildlife and rich heritage of Tropical North Queensland on this customizable full-day trip to Kuranda from Cairns. Travel to this enchanting rain forest village aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, and choose from a variety of activities including visits to the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Rainforestation Nature Park. Hang out with koalas and exotic birds, browse local markets and opt to include a delicious buffet lunch. At the end of the day, glide through the treetops back to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
  • Day trip to Kuranda from Cairns
  • Experience the wildlife, history and lush landscape of Tropical North Queensland
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Barron Falls on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for aerial views of the verdant forest
  • Explore the markets and wildlife attractions of Kuranda during free time in the village
  • Choose from tour options that include Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Pickup and drop-off at Cairns and northern beaches hotels included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Choose from multiple tour options, all including the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail.
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Cairns Hotel pickup and drop-off
One-way trip on Kuranda Scenic Railway
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (if option selected)
Rainforestation Nature Park (if option selected)
Kuranda Boarding Pass
Written itinerary available in German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin
Food and drinks, unless specified
Birdworld (approx. AU$19/adult, AU$9.50/child)
Butterfly Sanctuary (approx. AU$20/adult, AU$10/child)
Kuranda Koala Gardens (approx. AU$19/adult and AU$9.50/child)
Any other optional activities not mentioned

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Please arrive 1 hour before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Pickup is available from selected hotels in Cairns - please contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.
Create your own perfect day in the beautiful rain forest of Tropical North Queensland with the choice of five different itineraries showcasing the best of Kuranda. Explore indigenous culture at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park, including didgeridoo demonstrations and a heritage dance performance. At Rainforestation Nature Park, take an exciting Army Duck tour and observe animals such as birds, kangaroos, and koalas. See the Itinerary section below for a description of each option.

All itineraries include a one-way ride aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. During the 1.5-hour journey, learn about regional history as your train winds through Barron Gorge National Park and wraps around mountain curves for spectacular vistas. Cross Stoney Creek Bridge and chug by gorgeous waterfalls before arriving at the charming Kuranda train station. 

To return to Cairns, get an aerial view of the rain forest as you glide above the treetops on the 4.5-mile (7.5-km) Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Ride in a 6-passenger gondola and disembark at two different vista points to take in fantastic views and explore the forest via a boardwalk. 

Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns is included with all options.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Choose Tjapukai Package option if you would like to visit here. 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:  
Barron Falls
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
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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
  • Only one tour option is wheelchair accessible: Tjapukai w/ Lunch-Sky-Rail (code: KRST)
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • KQS and KSQ are both wheelchair accessible
  • 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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 Kuranda Scenic Railway 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 Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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

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star-5
A wonderous childlike adventure
Rebecca_M
, Dec 2021
The old train pulled into the station and we climbed aboard with childlike excitement. The whistle blew and the sound of the old tracks clacking as we set off on our journey up the mountain to Kuranda. It was an hour trip full of story telling of the history in the 1880s of the tremendous feat to build the railway. It was hot but authentic, cool breezes blew in the open carriage windows. The view of the mountains, valley and waterfalls were timelessly spectacular. A wonderous adventure, loved every minute.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for sharing you review. Everyone of all ages enjoys a magical journey and your review captured your enthusiasm and excitement. I am so pleased you had a wonderful day.
star-5
Amazing Journey 🌺
Bronwyn_S
, Dec 2021
Spectacular journey 🌺 Well worth doing. The gondola was amazing with fab views . Thank you The village is small but interesting heritage .
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience on the Skyrail cableway and the Kuranda Scenic rail, as well as your time in Kuranda. Thank you so much for sharing your 5 star rating and review.
star-5
The passing the waterfall...
Hayley_M
, Nov 2021
The passing the waterfall on the train and stopping at Barron Gorge lookout were key highlights. Really enjoyed my time
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for your 5 star review. I am pleased you had a great day and have great memories to share with family and friends.
star-4
Worth the train and sky rail components
Chris_W
, Nov 2021
The train ride, river cruise and sky rail are fantastic. Unfortunately in this quiet period with borders still closed the town basically closes around 1330-1400. Went to the main pub for lunch only to find it closed at 1320. The bird and butterfly attractions are at the top of the town so you need to hussle to visit them I assume it stays open later in high season but a bit disappointed with Kuranda itself
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for sharing your review. I am pleased that you enjoyed your trip on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail Cableway and the Kuranda River Cruise. It has been a difficult time for shop / business owners and restaurants / cafes in Kuranda, due to the down turn in tourists, and hopefully things will pick up once the boarder opens.
star-4
A relaxing journey
Victorio_A
, Nov 2021
Adventure started by getting picked up at my motel and dropped off to the train for the journey to Kuranda. The train went through scenic country. When finally arrived in Kuranda, exploring what the town had to offer. On the way home, hoped onto the skyrail for a relaxing time.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Kuranda really is a great destination to visit, and what better way to experience it than by Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic train. It makes it so easy when the transfers are included from your hotel as well. Thank you for your review and we are pleased you have taken home good memories with you.
star-5
Just loved the whole...
Wendy_U
, Oct 2021
Just loved the whole experience. Great views, plus being able to get off the train to see the views was special
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Riding the Kuranda Scenic Railway up to Kuranda is a very special experience. Thank you for posting your review.
star-5
Mesmerising
Nicola_T
, Oct 2021
Brilliant experience. A must do experience…. Kuranda is beautiful - the rail was the kids favourite (11 &9). They were mesmerised by the views and the history of the train.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
The history of the Kuranda Scenic Railway is quite amazing isn't it. I loved to hear that your children enjoyed their trip so much.
star-5
Fantastic family day out
Jasper_H
, Sep 2021
All round excellent day. Bus drivers were interesting and friendly. Train ride was educational and relaxing. SkyRail is highspot of day - unforgettable.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Fantastic to hear you had a memorable day travelling to and from Kuranda and that our guides were a special part of your experience.
star-5
The boy & i on hols
Scott_C
, Sep 2021
Was well worth the trip from brissy,my son & i had a top time👌👌👌🤙🤙🤙👍👍👍 The train ride up was really good
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
It is a great experience for kids and adults alike, isn't it. I am pleased your day was memorable for both of you, a special time spent together.
star-5
Awesome trip
Jill_I
, Sep 2021
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 🦘
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
It sounds like you had a great day with your son exploring Kuranda. What special memories. Thank you for sharing your review.

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