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 in Kuranda, 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 tour stays the same!
First on the Cairns day tour agenda is an awe-inspiring ride over cascading waterfalls 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 hug a koala! You might also want to take the time to visit the Australian Butterfly sanctuary.
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 WW II Army Duck.
The journey home 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 day tour is a wonder in itself!
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!
There are many unique ways to meander through prehistoric, world heritage Kuranda rainforest, but few perhaps like this one!
The genuine WW II 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.
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!
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.
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.
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January - December
10 hours (approx)
Languages: the Army Duck tour has pamphlets available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, German and Italian
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.
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
The amphibious Army Ducks can be boarded from platform 2 with barriers removed, seats are higher for ease of transfer from wheelchair
Visual information available
Accessible toilet facilities located next to the restaurant
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
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.