After a coach pick-up from your Port Douglas accommodation you’ll head south on a 25-minute scenic drive, coasting along the Great Barrier Reef Drive. Your first destination of the award-winning Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is not only home to prehistoric reptiles, but also koalas, wombats, kangaroos, cassowaries, and wallabies.
It’s then time to drive to Smithfield where you’ll board a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway gondola. Before you know it, you’ll be gliding above the canopy of World Heritage-listed rainforest, looking out at spectacular views as you travel towards the ‘Village in the Rainforest’.
After your guided tour of Kuranda, and free time of exploration, you’ll then have the option of returning to Cairns aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. As you make your way past thick rainforest, waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines, and jaw-dropping views, you’ll understand how lives were lost in its construction in the late 1800s.
After a pick-up from your Port Douglas accommodation at around 8am, it’s a 25-minute coach ride to the first destination of Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Take in uninterrupted Coral Sea views as you travel along the Great Barrier Reef Drive.
Not only home to prehistoric reptiles, you’ll also find koalas, wombats, kangaroos, cassowaries, and wallabies at this award-winning wildlife park. Be sure to cruise Hartley’s Lagoon in the custom-built boat, designed to ensure every seat has a view of the crocodiles feeding. And with 2100m of pathways and boardwalks, across five distinct wildlife zone, there’s plenty to explore on foot. A light morning tea of coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.
It’s then time to drive further south to Smithfield where you’ll board a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway gondola. Before you know it, you’ll be gliding above the canopy of World Heritage-listed rainforest, looking out at spectacular views as you travel up towards the ‘Village in the Rainforest’ in Kuranda. Along the way, you’ll stop at two rainforest mid-stations, the first of which is Red Peak Station. Surrounded by giant ferns& towering trees, it’s highly recommended you join the complimentary ranger-guided tour. The next stop is Barron Falls Station, the perfect vantage point for taking in the Barron Gorge and falls. Here you’ll have access to the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre.
Upgrade to a glass floor Diamond View Gondolas, giving you panoramic views of the Coral Sea and rainforest canopy, as well as the unique perspective of looking straight down, right under your feet, to the treetops below.
Once you’re reached your destination of Kuranda, you’ll have approximately two hours to explore the village. You’ll be given a tour of the picturesque surroundings by your guide with free time to explore on your own. In the 60s, the area attracted those seeking an alternative lifestyle and this sentiment is reflected today in its ingrained arts culture and relaxed vibe. In addition to the street art, you’ll see woodwork, handmade leather goods, pottery, glasswork, jewellery and clothes in the village shops and at the daily markets. The markets are a key attraction of Kuranda, but if shopping isn’t your thing then make your way around town or wander by the river.
After your guided tour of Kuranda, you’ll then have the option of returning to Freshwater Station, in Cairns, aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. As you make your way past thick rainforest, waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines, and jaw-dropping views, you’ll understand how lives were lost in its construction in the late 1800s. The informative commentary along the way will bring these incredible stories to life. If you chose not to partake in the train ride back to Cairns, you’ll accompany your guide in the coach where you’ll meet the rest of the day-trippers at Freshwater Station.
Upgrade to Gold Class aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway where you’ll be treated to dedicated host service, lounge-style chairs, and delectable delights from the Tablelands and Queensland such as Gallo Dairyland Cheese, Skybury Coffee, Wondaree Macadamias, Sirromet Wines, Great Northern lager, and more.
From Freshwater Station, you’ll make your way north, back along the Great Barrier Reef Drive. Expect to arrive in Port Douglas at approximately 6.30pm.
From 8:00 am
Please be waiting outside of reception at your advised pick up time and location
January - December
Closed Christmas Day
Closed during extreme weather events
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
Guests must be mobile enough to enter the coach
Additional step is provide to lessenthe distance between ground and first step of coach.
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.