Kuranda Self-Drive, Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway

Tour Code: 199

Departing: Cairns

2nd Child Travels FREE
  • The thriving café and restaurant scene in Kuranda means there are plenty of delicious options to choose from for breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea. Sit on the verandah at Frogs, now located at the markets, and watch the water dragons scampering in the rainforest while you refuel. 
  • Take the option to indulge in an upgrade aboard both the Scenic Rail – which includes lounge-style chairs, dedicated host service, and tasty treats – and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway’s glass-bottom Diamond View gondola. 
  • Skip the Queue Tickets, Pre-allocated Kuranda Train Carriage Seating, Express check in Skyrail, Discount Kuranda Attractions Vouchers, Multi-Lingual tour options

Included In Price

  • Kuranda Boarding Pass and Itinerary
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail
  • Pre-allocated tickets and express check in
  • Courtesy shuttle between Skyrail Caravonica and Freshwater Rail Station
  • Concierge on site to assist with coach transfer
  • Bonus discount entry to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Koala Gardens and Birdworld

Great Value Kuranda Self Drive Tour, Skip the Queue tickets, Kuranda Attractions Discount vouchers, Kuranda Train & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Select which iconic experience you’d like to travel aboard first, either the Scenic Railway or Skyrail; and choose how much time you’d like to spend exploring Kuranda.

Regardless of whether you travel on the Skyrail or Scenic Rail first, you’ll meet at the Skyrail Smithfield Terminal sheltered bus stop for check-in. It’s here that you will also receive your details of your day.

If you’re travelling aboard the Skyrail first, you’ll make your way to the boarding queue. Before you know it, you’ll be gliding over rainforest canopy taking in spectacular views of the Coral Sea, Barron River, and tropical landscape. If travelling on the Scenic Rail first, a coach will transfer you to Freshwater Station to board your assigned carriage and seat.

Once at the quaint village, explore at your leisure. Venture along one of the many walking tracks, visit the daily Heritage Markets, grab a bite to eat at one of the cafés, or cuddle a koala at the Koala Gardens.

The historic Scenic Railway winds through tunnels, past thick rainforest, and waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines; an incredible way to travel between Cairns and Kuranda.  

Meeting Point

You’ll meet your host for this self-drive option at the covered bus stop at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway’s Smithfield Terminal, located on the Captain Cook Highway. The meeting times vary from as early as 7.50am through to 11.30am, depending on which mode of transport you’ve chosen to ride aboard to Kuranda, and how much time you’d like to spend exploring the ‘Village in the Rainforest’.

If you’ve chosen to travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway first, your host will double up as your driver, not only providing you with details of your day, but transferring you to Freshwater Station to board your assigned seat

All Aboard!

As you climb to the ‘Village in the Rainforest’, located 330m above sea level, you’ll make your way along the historic Scenic Railway route through tunnels, across bridges, past thick rainforest, and waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines. Passing breathtaking views you’ll understand how lives were lost during the construction of this magnificent railway line in the late 1800s.

It’s an incredible journey, made even more so by the informative audio commentary, which brings the stories of the railway to life. The journey takes approximately 90 minutes, which includes a stop along the way at the Barron Falls lookout for about 10 minutes.

If you’ve chosen to travel on the Skyrail first you’ll simply enter the terminal and join the boarding queue. There is no need to check-in as you would’ve already done so with your host. 

Upgrade to Gold Class (optional)

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.

The times available for the upgrade option are:

9.50am and 3.30pm trains 

The Village in the Rainforest

Once you’ve arrived at Kuranda, explore at your own leisure. The thriving restaurant and café scene means there are plenty of options for a bite to eat, including Frogs Restaurant, located at the Heritage Markets. The daily, all-weather markets are a testament to the ingrained arts culture of the village.  You’ll find plenty of local arts and craft, souvenirs, and more. Or explore one of the many walking trails surrounding the village, suitable for every age and fitness level. Go on a riverside stroll, further into the rainforest, or to one of the lookouts. Or explore one of the top wildlife attractions, including Birdworld, Australia’s largest butterfly sanctuary, and the Kuranda Koala Gardens. Discounts are provided as part of the Kuranda Boarding Pass; however, the price of final entry is at your own expense

Homeward Bound

If travelling about the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for the return trip home, you’ll glide over rainforest canopy while enjoying spectacular panoramic views of the Coral Sea and waterfalls. You’ll stop at two rainforest stations along the way. The first is Barron Falls Station. Here you’ll have access to the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Red Peak Station is the second, where you can enjoy a complimentary ranger-guided tour.

Once you’ve arrived at Smithfield Terminal, you’ll be able to jump in your car and head on home.  

Upgrade to Diamond View (optional)

Upgrade to the Diamond View gondola, where, in addition to spectacular panoramic views, you’ll have the unique experience of being able to see through the floor of the carriage. 

Please note there is limited availability for this option, so best to enquire upon booking.

Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Meet at Skyrail Caravonica at 7:50 am for the 8:50 am Kuranda Scenic Rail departure from Freshwater Station.
  • Meet at Skyrail Caravonica at 9:10 am for the 9:50 am Kuranda Scenic Rail departure from Freshwater Station
  • Meet at Skyrail Caravonica at 9:30 am for a 945 am Skyrail Cableway departure to Kuranda (return via Kuranda Scenic Rail at 2 pm or 3:30 pm)
  • Meet at Skyrail Caravonica foat 10:30 am for a 10:45 am Skyrail Cableway departure to Kuranda (return via Kuranda Scenic Rail at 2 pm or 3:30pm)
  • Meet at Skyrail Caravonica at 11:30 am for an 11:45 am Skyrail Cableway deparutre to Kuranda (return via Kuranda Scenic Rail at 2 pm or 3:30 pm)


Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Closed Christmas Day
Operation may be affected by adverse weather events or scheduled maintenance


Varies depending on departure time on skyrail

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Upgrade to Kuranda Scenic Rail Gold Class on 9.50am and 3.30pm trains only
  • Upgrade to Skyrail Cableway Diamond View Gondola
Fitness Level Required

Low, Disabled

Additional Information

Kuranda Boarding Passes can be provided in one of the following languages: German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese, China.

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Light jacket
  • Insect repllant
  • Bottle of water
  • Cash or card for additional purchases, drinks and meals

Containes notes on wheelchair accessContaines notes for the visually impairedContaines notes for the hearing impaired
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


Please advise upon booking if you require a wheelchair-friendly coach transfer.

  • Children aged 4 - 14 Years.
  • Family price is based on 2 Adults & 2 Children.
  • Children under 4 travel free

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

Kuranda Self-Drive, Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway

Tour Code: 199

Departing: Cairns

2nd Child Travels FREE



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

Child: au$72.00
Family: au$348.00

Tour Code: 199



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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