Cairns Cruise Ship Tours |Return Skyrail Experience Kuranda

Tour Code: 45

Departing: Yorkeys Knob

Pickup: Cairns Northern Beaches

Cairns - Yorkeys Knob Cruise Ship Shore Tour
  • The spectacular views of Cairns city, the Coral Sea, and of course the exceptional natural beauty of the lush rainforest. Gliding just metres over the canopy, you’ll see, and hear, a whole range of flora and fauna
  • With its rugged mountains, steep ravines, and tumbling waterfalls Barron Gorge National Park is regarded as one of the most picturesque national parks in Queensland. Stop at the Barron Falls Station to learn more of the history of the area.

Included In Price

  • Return Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • The guides are qualified rangers who take people on walks at regular intervals on the rainforest boardwalks at Red Peak station.

Whether you’re in Cairns or Yorkeys Knob for one night or just the day on a cruise ship tour, we can tailor a return Skyrail trip to Kuranda, the ‘Village in the Rainforest’, according to how much available time you have.

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is one of Cairns’ top attractions. Experience World Heritage-listed rainforest from a unique perspective, gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy as you travel to and from Kuranda on our award winning Gondola tour.

When guests arrive on a cruise ship to Yorkeys Knob in the Cairns Beaches we send a coach to pick them up from the Yorkeys Knob Boat Club,  and take them to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Smithfield Terminal to board your gondola and head up the mountain to Kuranda Village.

If your cruise ship is berthed in Cairns we can pick up passengers from the Cairns Cruise Ship Terminal in Wharf Street according to the cruise ship docking time. 

Allow approximately 90 minutes for your Skyrail journey to Kuranda Village with two interprative rainforest station stops along the way where you alight and take a walk around to admire the views.

As you climb towards the Atherton Tablelands, panoramic views of Cairns city and the Great Barrier Reef will come into view below, before you’re then surrounded by an expanse of pristine nature.

With only the rainforest canopy below, the rumblings of the cable cars gliding past, and the sound of birds calling to each other, you’ll realise just how vast this ancient landscape is.

Once at Kuranda explore the markets of the quaint village, sip on a coffee made from locally roasted coffee beans, taste mango wine, and if time permits, visit a native Australian wildlife attraction.

Cuddle a koala at the Koala Gardens, or wander the Southern Hemisphere’s largest butterfly exhibit before heading back to your coach transfer.

Coach Pick-Up

The exact coach pick-up time for your Kuranda tour from Yorkeys Knob Boat Club and Cairns depends on when your cruise ship arrives.

If its earlier than expected, give us a call once you’re on the ship’s tender and we’ll arrange for a coach to collect you within 20 minutes. 

Cruise ships into Cairns normally run pretty much on time and we complete our shore cruises with plenty enough time to return to the ship at the end of the day.  

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

As you silently glide over the canopy of World Heritage-listed rainforest in the Skyrail gondola, you’ll enjoy spectacular panoramic views first of the Coral Sea and Cairns city and then of rainforest, tumbling waterfalls, and the Barron River.

Take the opportunity to alight at the two rainforest interprative stations and admire the views.

The first is Red Peak Station, where you can enjoy a complimentary Ranger-guided tour, and the second is Barron Falls Station.

Here you’ll have access to the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre.

Find out more about the area’s fascinating history at the historical display. 

Kuranda The Village in the Rainforest

Once you’ve arrived at the quaint Kuranda Village in the Rainforest’, you’ll have time to explore at your own leisure.

The daily Heritage Markets are a nod to the ingrained arts culture of Kuranda and are a must-do.

You’ll find woodwork, handmade leather goods, pottery, glasswork, jewellery, and more.

Indulge in a sweet treat, paired with coffee made from locally roasted beans, at one of the many cafés, or put your walking shoes to use, venturing along one of the surrounding tracks; suitable for every age and fitness level.

Or perhaps you’d like to explore one of the top tourist attractions, including Birdworld, Australia’s largest butterfly sanctuary, and the Kuranda Koala Gardens.

There is so much to see and do in Kuranda that your challenge will be fitting it all in.

Your Return Skyrail Journey To Your Cruise Ship

When it’s time to head back to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway station, the line will diminish quickly as passengers are efficiently assigned gondolas.

If you didn’t alight at either of the rainforest stations on the way to Kuranda, do so now if you have the time.

The interpretive rainforest tour at Red Peak Station, led by an experienced Ranger, is highly informative and well worth it.

You’ll learn of the kauri pine that is hundreds of years old, and other flora and fauna that call this ancient habitat home.

Then it’s back through more World Heritage-listed rainforest before disembarking at Smithfield Terminal where you’re coach awaits to take your cruise ship back to Yorkeys Knob Boat Club or Cairns Cruise Ship terminal. 

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Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Yorkeys Knob

Departure Time
  • Skyrail operates from 9am to 5.15pm
  • Gondolas leave the station (Smithfield Terminal) continuously; bookings are taken in 15 minute intervals from 9am to 2.45pm for a return journey, till 3.30pm for a one-way trip.
  • Diamond View gondolas depart approximately every 7 minutes.
  • Boarding is determined by the time assigned by the pre-booked departure time, indicated on the boarding ticket.
Departure Instructions
  • Smithfield and Kuranda stations.
  • Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal is 15 minutes’ drive from Cairns and 50 minutes from Port Douglas.
  • Those who have pre-booked must collect their Skyrail boarding passes at the ticketing counters at Smithfield or Kuranda Terminals.
Pickup Locations

Cairns Northern Beaches

  • Skyrail operates a coach transfer service suitable for Cruise ship passengers (subject to availability)
  • Bookings for this service are essential and can be made at the time of reserving the ticket.
  • Cairns
  • Kuranda
  • Smithfield terminal
  • Red Peak station
  • Barron Falls station
  • Kuranda terminal
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Closed Christmas Day
Will also close during planned, preventative maintenance


1½ hours one way
2-2½ hours return

Available for Purchase / Hire

Upgrade to Diamond View Gondola may be available.

Fitness Level Required

Low, Disabled

Additional Information
  • Passengers can walk as much or as little as they like at Skyrail’s rainforest mid-stations. Red Peak has a 175 metre rainforest boardwalk and there’s approximately 400 metres of gentle walkways at Barron Falls Station.
  • Cableway operators at each station assist passengers on and off the cableway. The gondolas slow down at each station to allow passengers to get on and off easily.
Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
Eco Climate Action Innovator
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera
  • Cash or credit card for additional purchases, drinks and meals

Containes notes on wheelchair access
Wheelchair Accessibility

The complimentary use of wheelchairs (subject to availability) is offered by Skyrail during a Skyrail experience. Enquiry and confirmation of availability is recommended at time of booking.

Skyrail’s gondolas cater to most standard wheelchairs but size and loading requirements mean some types can’t be carried on it.

Doorway Measurements For Wheelchair Access

The wheelchair width cannot exceed 630mm, the length can’t exceed 950mm.

Boarding Access

Wheelchairs must be able to be tilted backwards to enable loading into the gondola

The combined weight of the wheelchair and its occupant must be manageable to enable cableway operators to load the wheelchair

To ensure efficient lifting into gondolas, wheelchairs must have handles

To assist with loading/unloading from gondolas, the optional use of a ramp is available.


All stations provide accessible restroom facilities and at Kuranda’s main public convenience.


All boardwalks at Red Peak and Barron Falls stations have ramp access

The CSIRO Interpretation Centre at Barron Falls Station is accessible

In Kuranda, a wheelchair is available for hire for a small fee (more info at

A courtesy shuttle bus is provided from the Skyrail/Railway stations at Kuranda to convey visitors to the Kuranda markets, which runs every 15 minutes until 2.50pm.

Additional Information

Wheelchairs can’t be carried on the standard coach transfer service to Skyrail. So alternative arrangements can be made, please advise Skyrail in advance if passenger requires this service, at the time of booking or within online booking notes.
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children
  • Child Fares 4-14years.
  • Infants 0 to 3 are Free of Charge, however please include them in your booking request to ensure a boarding pass is issued.

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

Booking cancelled within 24 hour of departure -no refund

Cairns Cruise Ship Tours |Return Skyrail Experience Kuranda

Tour Code: 45

Departing: Yorkeys Knob

Pickup: Cairns Northern Beaches

Cairns - Yorkeys Knob Cruise Ship Shore Tour



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$42.50
Family: au$212.50

Tour Code: 45



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

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(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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