Great $$$ saver combo deal. Skip the ticket queues with pre-allocated Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway tickets. Enjoy pre-allocated carriage and seat numbers on your Kuranda Boarding Pass and express check-in at Skyrail. No ticket queues, simply board at the allocated time!
You’ll start with a coach pick-up from your accommodation to the Kuranda Scenic Railway station. More than 120 years old and steeped in history, this railway line is considered an engineering feat, even by today’s standards.
Once at Kuranda take the time to wander around the Heritage Markets, a showcase of the ingrained arts culture of the village; venture along one of the many walking paths; or grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafés and restaurants.
You’ll then board your Skyrail Rainforest Cableway gondola at approximately 11.30am. Gliding above the rainforest canopy, while taking in incredible views, you’ll understand why this is one of the most sought-after ways to see the region’s World Heritage-listed rainforest.
It’s then on to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, where you’ll see plenty of these prehistoric predators in action. You’ll also learn about other revered native animals, such as the endangered Cassowary, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and deadly snakes.
While the exact pick-up time will vary depending on where you’re staying – and will be communicated to you upon booking – you can expect to be collected between 7.00 - 8.00am
Settle into your assigned seat and carriage for an 8.50am departure. This trip will take approximately 90 minutes. Along the way, you’ll enjoy incredible panoramic views of waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines, and thick rainforest. Built in the late 1800s, the construction of this railway line is an engineering feat even by today’s standards. Listen to the onboard commentary; the stories of the railway’s history will have you appreciating this journey even more.
Once you’ve arrived at Kuranda, at approximately 10.20am, you’ll have an hour to explore this artsy village on your own. Grab a coffee, made with locally-grown and roasted beans, or a bite to eat, at one of the many cafés. Wander through the daily Heritage Markets, take a riverside stroll, or visit one of the wildlife attractions.
At 11.30am you’ll board your gondola for the 7.5km return journey to Cairns from the Atherton Tablelands. You’ll glide above rainforest canopy, over the Barron River, and past tumbling waterfalls. Along the way you’ll have an opportunity to alight at two stations to explore the World Heritage-listed rainforest on foot. The first stop is at Barron Falls Station where you can visit the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Red Peak Station is the second stop. Here we recommend you join a complimentary ranger-guided tour. Allow approximately 20 minutes for each stop.
Upgrade to the Diamond View gondola, where, in addition to the spectacular panoramic views, you’ll have the unique experience of being able to see through the glass-bottom floor of the carriage.
Once you’ve arrived at Smithfield Terminal, it’s a 30-minute coach transfer to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. You’ll arrive at approximately 1.30pm, giving you three hours to explore as much of this award-winning attraction as possible. You’ll see the prehistoric predator in action during the feeding session and Crocodile Attack Show. Although it’s not just about the crocs here, as Hartley’s is home to the endangered cassowary, kangaroos, wallabies, and Australia’s deadly snakes. And if you haven’t cuddle a koala before, now is your chance. Be sure to purchase a photo of this intimate moment!
At the end of your day you’ll be transferred back to your accommodation at approximately 4.45pm.
7.00am - 8.00am
Please be ready at 7.00am for transfers from Cairns and 8.00am for transfers from Cairns Northern Beaches and Palm Cove
January - December
Does not operate Christmas Day
Tour will not run in severe weather conditions or for planned maintenance of Skyrail or the Scenic Rail
9-10 hours approx
Full day tour
Kuranda Boarding Passes can be provided in one of the following languages: German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese
This was an awesome tour. The only thing I wish had been different (which is not a criticism of your service - just the nature of all of the activities) would have been to have more time in Kuranda and a bit more time at each stop on the way back on the gondola... My wife and I brought 4 students with us and they all loved the tour as well.
Great day and we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the coach that picked us up from the hotel - clean and spacious and the driver knowledgeable. A well organised fantastic day. well done
Response From Barrier Reef Australia
Thank you for your review Simon, we are very happy you enjoyed your day with our local guides. The Kuranda & Hartley's Crocodile adventure tour does provide some amazing scenery and history of the Cairns Region and close encounters with our wildlife!
Wheelchair accessible ramps throughout park
A wheelchair is available for use at reception
A discussion before travel regarding welfare and operational issues to reach an agreement on guide animals is required
Fact sheets summarising the information provided in the wildlife presentations are available
Wheelchair accessible toilet at the McAlister Education Centre and Lillies Restaurant
The boat cruise is accessible via a wide ramp
Crocodile Farm tour and Cassowary Garden area are on compacted gravel which may be a little harder to access
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
Please advise at time of booking whether wheelchair access is required
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.
Operator's Cancellation Policy: 50% cancellation fee for any cancellations within 24 hours of travel, or for passengers who fail to appear on the day of departure