Kuranda Rainforest, Army Duck, Skyrail, Kuranda Train |KDB

Tour Code: 168

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

Great For Kids
  • So many to choose from! Whether it be patting a python or riding through jungle on a WW II Army Duck, you’ll find each diverse step of the tour an adventure!
  • Get your flash on ready, because it’s going to get dark for a moment! The tunnels you’ll encounter on the Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway are handmade, cut into mountain, and over 130 years old! Snap the unique selfie of a lifetime!
  • Kuranda is surrounded by rainforest with stunning walks and markets to explore. Keep your eyes peeled for the friendly water dragons in the market area!

Included In Price

  • Return Coach Transfers from Cairns Accommodation
  • Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway
  • Kuranda Village
  • Entry into Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Army Duck Tour Rainforest Tour- Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

An activity-filled day! Ride the Scenic Railway to Kuranda, meet kangaroos & koalas. Take a ride on a genuine WW II Army Duck and return home on the breathtaking an iconic Skyrail!

During this exceptional day on your Kuranda tour, you'll experience a diverse array of culture and excitement. From hour to hour, the remarkable activities change with wonderful variation, but the breathtaking world heritage rainforest on this Cairns tour stays the same! 

First on the Cairns day tour agenda is an awe-inspiring ride over cascading waterfalls of Barron Gorge on the Kuranda train and scenic railway. You'll then arrive in the picturesque village of Kuranda itself, home to markets and mouth-watering eateries. 

The town is also host to a wildlife park, where you can pat a python and even cuddle up beside a koala! You might also want to take the time to visit the Australian Butterfly sanctuary.

We then board the coach and head off to Rainforestation Nature Park for some unique activities.

At Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park, you can enjoy a BBQ lunch (note this is at an extra cost).

Since you’re in rare hundred million year-old rainforest, it's fitting to discover the wild in a similarly unique way.  And you’ll do so ploughing through streams and ravines on a genuine amphibious WWII Army Duck.

The journey home back to Cairns is an adventure in itself! Kuranda Skyrail gondola is a glass perspex gondola that ascends across a rainforest canopy to glide down a mountain range. 

Each facet of this Kuranda day tour is a wonder in itself!

Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway

The Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway is an unforgettable rainforest experience. The railway, first built in 1882, is still noted as an extraordinary engineering feat in this day and age, as it literally cuts through the mountainside. 

With 15 handmade tunnels, and no less than 37 bridges, you'll climb through world heritage rainforest that takes you to captivating vistas such as Baron Gorge.

You'll also coast past the sparkling cascade of Stoney Creek Falls, close enough to touch! 

Army Duck Kuranda Rainforest Tour

There are many unique ways to meander through prehistoric, world heritage Kuranda rainforest, but few perhaps like this one! 

The genuine WW II amphibious Army Duck on this tour holds the thrill of yesteryears. Used to climb ravines and plough through rivers during the war for cargo, this amphibious vehicle is now your transportation through the rainforest!

You'll see ancient trees, and hear about the wonders of the tropical fruit orchard on your travels from a ‘Duck Captain’ tour guide. 

Yet this tour is not just an exhilarating discovery, it's an extraordinary natural show too! As you climb over landscape and plough through rivers, keep your eyes peeled for an up close view of turtles, lizards and fish. 

Discover Kuranda

Known as 'The Village in the Rainforest", the idyllic little town of Kuranda is a must see whilst in Far North Queensland. It is not just alluring in its history but in the architecture and stunning craftsmanship available here. 

You'll find a range of goods such as aboriginal artwork and handmade jewellery, unique clothing and handbags, opals, candles, shells and books. You'll even find home-grown delicacies like coffee, macadamias and honey!

Optional Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

At Kuranda’s Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, you'll be entering the largest butterfly aviary in the world, complete with a few impressively-sized inhabitants.

The Monarch moth can achieve a wingspan of 27cm, and the stunning green and yellow Birdwing is the largest butterfly Australia has to offer! You’ll also witness the iconic Ulysses, possibly the most beautiful of them all. 

Wear red or pink on the day to encourage the butterflies to land on you for a great photo opportunity.

Enjoy a guided tour to the breeding laboratory, UV light area, (some butterflies glow in the dark) and Myth and Legend Butterfly Lovers Bridge, so you can learn all about the fascinating facts of these beautiful local inhabitants.

Kuranda Scenic Skyrail

The Kuranda Skyrail is one of Tropical North Queensland's most popular and amazing experiences.

The gondolas travel down from the top of the mountain range, past a canopy of treetops. 

The panorama you'll see before you are two unique landmarks side by side; the rainforest of the wet tropics, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Some of the other sights you’ll experience are the Barron Falls and Red Peak Lookout stations.

You'll also have the opportunity to learn more about the landscape around you at the Rainforest Interpretation Centre.

See more Cairns and Kuranda tours and attractions.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Departs Cairns 7.30am
  • Returns Cairns 5.30pm
Pickup Locations


  • Kuranda
  • Rainforestation Nature Park Kuranda
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



10 hours (approx)

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Diamond View Upgrade on Skyrail
  • Gold Class Upgrade on Kuranda Train and Scenic Rail
  • Barbeque Lunch at Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Fitness Level Required

Low, Disabled

Additional Information

Languages: the Army Duck tour has 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 Repellent
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Cash or Credit Card for drinks, snacks, lunch and souvenirs

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

Christine H

Reviewed on July 12, 2016

It was a well organised and very pleasurable trip for us and our two young grandchildren. Our coach driver was always prompt and a very friendly man who showed he loved the area and cared for his visitors.

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

  • Children 3 & under travel free
  • Child price applies to children ages 4 - 14
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children

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: 100% cancellation fee applies to day tours if cancelled within 24 hours prior to departure or no shows.

Kuranda Rainforest, Army Duck, Skyrail, Kuranda Train |KDB

Tour Code: 168

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

Great For Kids



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

Child: au$95.00
Family: au$475.00

Tour Code: 168



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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