Classic Kuranda Tour, Wildlife, Skyrail Kuranda Train

Tour Code: 163

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

All Inclusive Kuranda Day Tour
  • The magnificent adventure of gliding over rainforest on the Kuranda Skyrail Cableway will not only show you incredible flora, but likewise an unforgettable view of the rainforest and Great Barrier Reef in a beautiful panorama.
  • Take a snap on each side of the Barron Gorge - in the morning on the way to Kuranda and in the afternoon on your way back on the Skyrail and Kuranda Train! The two lookouts are adjacent on either side of the Barron Gorge 
  • Don't miss the chance of some of the local foodie delights in Kuranda - the Kuranda Candy Shop and Kuranda Honey House are popular stops. However go where the locals go and head to the red barrow for the best Ice-cream in town! 

Included In Price

  • Return Coach Transfers from Cairns Accommodation
  • Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway
  • Entry into Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Army Duck Tour - Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience - Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Tropical Fruit Orchard - Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Koala and Wildlife Park
  • Tropical BBQ Buffet Lunch - Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Venture to Kuranda on the Scenic Kuranda Train, and be inspired by Australian wildlife interaction, indigenous cultural show, and riding on an authentic WW II Army Duck! Enjoy a BBQ lunch, handfeed a kangaroo, and journey home on the iconic Skyrail!

From the moment you step onto the charming Kuranda train carriage bound for mountain peaks, you'll feel inspired by this incredible journey, this is our Classic Kuranda tour from Cairns.

As you arrive in the world heritage rainforest of Kuranda, you'll likewise be spellbound by the colourful vendor markets and delicious home made produce and eateries.

Try not to fill up on toffee fudge or mango sorbet too much though, since there is a Barbeque lunch waiting for you at  Rainforestation Nature Park! 

This is  where you’ll see 100 million year old rainforest on an authentic WW II Army Duck! Hear interesting facts about plants and native Australian 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 Aboriginal indigenous cultural 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.

Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway

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! 

Koala and Wildlife Park

To fully appreciate the rarity of Australia, a trip to a native Australian wildlife park is a must - and the 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 beside 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. 

Pamagirri Aboriginal Cultural Experience

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! 

You may also want to try throwing a boomerang or watch a spear throwing demonstration.

Army Duck Kuranda Rainforest Tour

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!

Discover Kuranda Village

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!

This is the place where you can actually visit the Kuranda Koala Gardesn and have your photo taken cuddling a Koala. 

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!

Optional Kuranda Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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!

Kuranda Skyrail Gondola Ride

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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Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time

Departs 7:30am - Returns 5:30pm

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Pick up from Palm Cove & Northern Beaches accommodation begins from 7.05 am onward. Specific time will be advised upon booking
  • Pick up from Cairns City accommodation between 7:00 am – 7.50 am
  • Kuranda
  • Rainforestation Nature Park
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



9.5 hours (approx)

Fitness Level Required


Additional Information

Languages: the Army Duck tour and the Pamagirri Aboriginal experience have pamphlets available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, German and Italian

Eco Certifications
Eco Green Travel Leader
Ecotourism Certified
  • Comfortable Walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Light jacket for coooler weather
  • Camera
  • Cash or credit card for drink, snacks and souvenirs

Containes notes on wheelchair accessContaines notes for the visually impairedContaines notes for the hearing impaired
Wheelchair Accessibility

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

Boarding Access

The amphibious Army Ducks can be boarded from platform 2 with barriers removed, seats are higher for ease of transfer from wheelchair

Hearing Impaired Information

Visual information available


Accessible toilet facilities located next to the restaurant

Wheelchair Accessibility
Doorway Measurements For Wheelchair Access

Wheelchairs cannot exceed 630mm in width and 950mm in length.

Boarding Access

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

Visually Impaired Notes

Complimentary ranger-guided tour at Red Peak Station

Hearing Impaired Information

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 Accessibility

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

Boarding Access

No wheelchair access facilities at Barron Falls Station

Wheelchair compliant ramps at all stations

Onboard Access

Maximum 4 dedicated wheelchair areas on each train located in central carriages

Visually Impaired Notes

Information in braille at Cairns Station

Audio commentary during train journey

Hearing Impaired Information

Visual information provided


1 wheelchair accessible toilet on board all train services and at Cairns, Freshwater and Kuranda Stations

  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children
  • Children aged 3 & under travel free of charge
  • Child rate applicable for guests aged 4 - 14 years.

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.

Classic Kuranda Tour, Wildlife, Skyrail Kuranda Train

Tour Code: 163

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

All Inclusive Kuranda Day Tour



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

Child: au$123.00
Family: au$613.00

Tour Code: 163



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

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1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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