You’ll visit Kuranda aboard two of Cairns’ most iconic experiences: the Skyrail and Scenic Rail, before heading to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Here you’ll see this prehistoric predator in action, as well as many well-known Australian animals.
You’ll start your Kuranda and crocodile day tour with a coach transfer from your accommodation to the Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway station.
More than 120 years old and steeped in history, the railway line is considered an engineering feat, even by today’s standards.
Once at Kuranda Village, you’ll have an hour to explore. Stop by one of the cafés for coffee and cake; wander around the Heritage Markets; venture along one of the many walking paths; or visit one of the wildlife attractions, including the Butterfly Sanctuary and Birdworld.
Hint: you may want to save your koala cuddle for your time at Hartley’s Crocodile Park .
After an hour of free time, you’ll make your way to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway station. Gliding above rainforest canopy, over the Barron River, and past tumbling waterfalls, you’ll understand why this is one of the most sought-after ways to see the region’s World Heritage-listed rainforest.
Hartley’s Crocodile Park Adventures is next on the agenda, 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, and deadly snakes.
Your Kuranda coach will collect you between 7 – 8am. The exact pick-up time will depend on whether you’re staying in Cairns or the Northern Beaches, and will be communicated to you upon booking.
You’ll arrive at the Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway station for your 8.50am departure.
Head straight to your special pre-assigned seat and carriage.
Built in the late 1800s, the construction of this railway line was fraught with many challenges.
The on-board commentary tells the stories of its past, bringing to life of all those involved in its construction, and as you pass panoramic views, dense rainforest, tumbling waterfalls, and deep ravines, you’ll appreciate this astounding engineering feat even more.
The train trip will take approximately 90 minutes. Along the way hop out at the Barron Falls stop to take some photographs and admire the gorge.
Once you’ve arrived at Kuranda, at approximately 10.20am, you’ll have an hour to explore this quaint little village.
You won’t be escorted during your time in the village, so it’s up to you how you’d like to spend your time. You may wander through the Heritage Markets, venture along one of the many walking paths, stop for morning tea at one of the many cafés, or visit one of the native Australian wildlife attractions including Birdworld, the Butterfly Sanctuary, or Koala Gardens – although you may want to save your koala cuddle for Hartley’s Crocodile Park.
At 11.30am you’ll board the Skyrail gondola for your return journey to Cairns. As your gondola glides away from Kuranda, you’ll pass over the Barron River before sighting the tumbling waterfalls in the distance.
Just metres above the canopy, you’ll be able to see flowering plants; you may even spot the electric blue of the Ulysees Butterfly.
Listen for the call of rainforest birds, insects, and animals. The first stop along the way is Barron Falls Station where you’ll be able to visit the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre and wander along the boardwalks to view the almighty falls, which are even more spectacular in the green season.
Red Peak Station is the second stop. Here you can enjoy a complimentary ranger-guided tour, which is highly recommended. Allow approximately 20 minutes for each stop.
From the Skyrail Smithfield Terminal, it’s a 30-minute coach transfer to Hartley’s Crocodile Park Adventures, that will have you arriving at approximately 1.30pm for a full afternoon of Australian wildlife.
You’ll see the prehistoric predator in action during the crocodile farm tour, the cruise, and the crocodile attack show. But it’s not just about the crocs here, you’ll also learn about other revered animals, such as the endangered Cassowary, kangaroos, wallabies, quolls, and Australia’s deadly snakes and cute cuddly koalas.
At the end of your Kuranda and Crocodile Park day tour you’ll be transferred back to your accommodation at approximately 4.30pm.
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Pick up between 7 am and 8 am
January - December
Closed Christmas Day
Does not operate in severe weather conditions and during planned maintenance
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 if wheelchair accessible transfers are 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.