After a pick-up from your Port Douglas accommodation, you’ll coast along the scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive to the Skyrail Cableway Rainforest Terminal. After boarding your gondola, you’ll climb the Atherton Tablelands to your first destination: Kuranda. Known as the ‘Village in the Rainforest’, this popular tourist destination still manages to retain its quaint, artsy vibe. Featuring an array of locally-made arts and crafts, the Kuranda Heritage Markets are a must.
Only five minutes away is the Rainforestation Nature Park. Here you’ll venture across land and lake aboard an amphibious World War II army duck while your captain identifies and explains fascinating plants along the way. You’ll then have a chance to get up close and personal and you’ll interact with some of Australia’s most-loved native animals.
Your coach will collect you from your Port Douglas accommodation. You can expect a pick up as early as 7.45am, however the exact time will be communicated to you upon booking. You’ll then make your way along the scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive – easily one of the most beautiful coastal roads in Australia.
Your first stop is the Skyrail Rainforest Terminal, where you’ll board your gondola at approximately 9.45am. As you climb towards Kuranda, the Village in the Rainforest, you’ll glide above the rainforest canopy before descending to the forest floor to alight and explore on foot. The first stop is Red Peak Station where you can join the complimentary ranger-guided tour as they share their knowledge on the inner workings of the ancient rainforest. The next stop is the Skyrail Barron Falls Station. Here you’ll visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, which Skyrail developed together with the CSIRO to provide visitors with a fun and informative learning experience.
Upgrade to the Diamond View gondola, where, in addition to the spectacular panoramic views across Cairns, the Coral Sea, and the Cairns Highlands, you’ll have the unique experience of being able to see through the floor of the carriage to the treetops below
You’ll arrive at Kuranda at about 11.20am where you’ll have approximately two hours to explore the quaint village at your leisure. The daily Heritage Markets epitomise the ingrained arts culture of the village and are a must-do. You’ll find a range of local arts and crafts, including handmade leather goods, pottery, glasswork, jewellery, and more. Have a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, or put your walking shoes to use, venturing along one of the surrounding tracks; there’s a walk suitable for every age or fitness level. If time permits, explore one of the top tourist attractions, including Birdworld, Australia’s largest butterfly sanctuary, or the Kuranda Koala Gardens. Discounts are provided as part of the Kuranda Boarding Pass; however, the final entry cost is at your own expense.
The Rainforestation shuttle will pick you up from the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary at around 1.15pm. Only five minutes from Kuranda, Rainforestation Nature Park is 40 hectares of lush gardens and tropical landscape offering a unique exploration of World Heritage-listed rainforest.
You’ll board the amphibious World War II army duck, traversing both land and water as your guide identifies fascinating plants and wildlife along the way. You’ll then have a chance to meet many native species such as crocodiles, dingoes, snakes, lizards, and the endangered Cassowary who call Rainforestation home. Be sure to handfeed kangaroos and wallabies, cuddle a koala, or hold a baby crocodile. It’s also the only place in North Queensland where you’ll find a Tasmanian Devil.
For the return journey home, it’s all aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway at 3.30pm. Built in the late 1800s, this incredible railway winds its way through 15 tunnels – hand-made by the pioneers of Far North Queensland – over dozens of bridges, and past spectacular lookouts. The commentary along the way will bring the stories of its development to life. Even by today’s standards its construction is considered a remarkable engineering feat. Upon arrival at the station your coach will be waiting to take you back to your Port Douglas accommodation.
From 7:45 am
January - December
Closed Christmas Day
Will not operate in severe weather conditions, and during planned, preventative maintenance
Upgrade to Skyrail Diamond View
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
Please advise of any special needs at the time of booking.
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.
50% cancellation fee for any cancellations within 24 hours of travel, or for passengers who fail to appear on the day of departure