From the moment you step onto the charming Kuranda train carriage bound for mountain peaks, you'll feel inspired by this incredible journey
As you arrive in the world heritage rainforest of Kuranda, you'll likewise be spellbound by the colourful markets and delicious eateries.
Try not to fill up on toffee fudge or mango sorbet too much though, since there is a BBQ lunch waiting for you at Rainforeststation!
This is where you’ll see 100 million year old rainforest on an authentic WW II Army Duck! Hear interesting facts about plants and wildlife on this extraordinary guided tour.
You may also get the chance to learn how to throw a boomerang, play a didgeridoo, and experience a musical extravaganza at the indigenous culture show.
This Kuranda tour will likewise share the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo and cuddle a koala! You might even want to wander to the butterfly sanctuary and be awed by some of the world’s most colourful creatures.
To return to Cairns, the Skyrail will take you high above the rainforest canopy with a panoramic view of the Coral Sea.
All aboard the Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway for the breathtaking journey of a lifetime!
With no less than 15 hand cut tunnels dug perfectly into the Macalister Range mountains, you’ll travel over 37 bridges through the cool canopies of world heritage rainforest.
Your beautifully restored train carriage will take you past remarkable lookouts, such as the mesmerising Stoney Creek Falls, close enough to touch!
The stunning blanket of rainforest and native birds provides for fantastic scenery. This historic railway journey is still thought of as a miraculous engineering creation, even in this day and age, and remains an extraordinary unforgettable tour!
To fully appreciate the rarity of Australia, a trip to a native Australian wildlife park is a must - and the Kuranda Koala and Wildlife Park is no ordinary sanctuary!
On this part of the tour, you'll even get to handfeed kangaroos and wallabies. Each area of this park is yours to discover at your own leisure, or join and informative guided tour.
A friendly zoologist can even arrange for you to cuddle up to an adorable koala and have your picture taken for a fee.
Experience sights like a giant python and Boyd’s dragon, a lizard found only in this part of the universe!
Yet with dingoes, wombats and reptiles on display, one of the most inspiring spectacles is certainly ‘Jack the Ripper’, a 5m Saltwater crocodile, who lives in an elevated enclosure, so you can be fascinated by a close-up view.
Just as unique as the Far North's world heritage rainforest and sparkling Great Barrier Reef, the culture of the Pamagirri Aboriginal people is not to be missed.
The Dreamtime creation stories and history of the indigenous people date back tens of thousands of years, and are shown here at the amphitheatre in an extraordinary performance.
You'll hear the echoing beauty of the didgeridoo played in musical harmony, and may even get the chance to learn to play one yourself!
On the fascinating Rainbow Serpent Walk, you’ll hear myth, fact and legend. Learn how indigenous people of the area used plants and flowers to make medicine.
You may also want to try throwing a boomerang or spear under the tutelage of your local guide.
Discover a new way to explore world heritage Kuranda rainforest on a unique WW II Army Duck!
This is a completely rare and thrilling ride of a lifetime! Your helpful guide, or ‘Duck Captain’ will lead you through the rainforest on a fascinating tour.
With the largest fleet of preserved Army Ducks in Australia, you’ll find yourself on an adventure that promises majestic rainforest, and even some breathtaking wildlife.
As you pass a flock of rainbow lorikeets, you might learn how they like to eat fermented berries to get drunk!
And you'll certainly see how the kangaroos on this tour hop around with a baby in their pouch!
The stunning little town of Kuranda is known as ‘Day Trippers Paradise’ because of the sheer amount to see and do. If fascination is your thing, you may want to discover the butterfly sanctuary, or awe-inspiring venom park!
You could even opt to have your photo taken with a dinosaur skeleton! For collectors and those who love to shop, you’ve come to the perfect place. Not only can you find delights such as opal handcrafted jewelry, and extraordinarily painted digeridoos, but even items rare as fossil necklaces too!
Kuranda is famed for its colourful architecture and its rarity. You could also try a locally-grown coffee and buy some salted-caramel fudge.
Make sure to leave some room for your BBQ buffet lunch; at the Rainforestaton there’s an array of flame-grilled meats, cheeses and tropical fruit!
One of Kuranda’s leading attractions, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary happens to be the largest winged-creature aviary in the world! As you roam through the enclosure, you’ll find yourself simply captivated by the butterflys within.
It is truly a magnificent domain where you will see one of Australia’s iconic sapphire-hued Ulysses. If you happen to be wearing red, pink or white colours, it’s almost a given that a butterfly will land right on you.
And you’ll be amused to learn this butterfly is actually flirting with you, since these creatures seek out their own matching colour for courtship!
You can learn all about this, and many other fascinating facts at the adjoining museum, Myth and Legend room, and breeding laboratory with over 4000 species on show!
Spanning over 7.5 kilometres of rainforest canopy, the Kuranda Scenic Skyrail Gondola is an unmissable adventure across the canopy top! Board a spacious gondola, to begin a breathtaking journey.
You’ll glide above the ancient rainforest, and ascend to views of the sparkling Great Barrier Reef. There are 2 outstanding stops along the way at magnificent Baron Falls where you will also find the Rainforest Interpretation Centre and Red Peak,where you will have the opportunity to join a free guided tour with a National Park Ranger.
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January - December
9.5 hours (approx)
Languages: the Army Duck tour and the Pamagirri Aboriginal experience have pamphlets available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, German and Italian
Ramps and paved pathways available throughout the park
The Pamagirri Aboriginal Cultural centre is accessible with a designated viewing platform at the amphitheatre
Access to the Wildlife section is paved for viewing of all animals
The amphibious Army Ducks can be boarded from platform 2 with barriers removed, seats are higher for ease of transfer from wheelchair
Visual information available
Accessible toilet facilities located next to the restaurant
Wheelchairs cannot exceed 630mm in width and 950mm in length.
The cableway will be paused to assist with boarding for all mobility impaired guests.
Wheelchairs must have handles to assist loading
Wheelchairs must be capable of being tilted back during loading
Complimentary ranger-guided tour at Red Peak Station
Printed information provided at Tjapukai and also in the form of the Kuranda Boarding Pass, which provides a detailed tour itinerary
Wheelchair accessible restroom facilities at all 4 stations
Ramp access to boardwalks at the 2 scenic viewing stations
Access to CSIRO Interpretation Centre at Barron Falls Station
Wheelchair lifts onto train carriage at Freshwater and Kuranda stations
Cairns Train Station level with platforms
Wheelchairs cannot exceed 630mm in width and 950mm in length
No wheelchair access facilities at Barron Falls Station
Wheelchair compliant ramps at all stations
Maximum 4 dedicated wheelchair areas on each train located in central carriages
Information in braille at Cairns Station
Audio commentary during train journey
Visual information provided
1 wheelchair accessible toilet on board all train services and at Cairns, Freshwater and Kuranda Stations
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.
100% cancellation fee applies to day tours if cancelled within 24 hours prior to departure or no shows.