This self-drive option from Port Douglas allows you to select which iconic experience through our World Heritage listed rainforest you’d like to travel aboard first - the Scenic Railway or Skyrail. Choose how much time you’d like to spend exploring Kuranda.
This is the perfect self-drive Kuranda tour from Port Douglas and regardless of whether you travel to Kuranda Village on the Skyrail or the Kuranda Train and 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 self-drive day tour to Kuranda and recieve all your travel documentaion.
Skip the queue tickets with pre-allocated carriage seating on the Kuranda Scenic Train, express tickets on Skyrail, and BONUS discount vouchers to the Kuranda Village attractions and multi lingual information.
If you’re travelling aboard the Skyrail Gondola first, you’ll make your way to the boarding queue. Before you know it, you’ll be gliding over Kuranda rainforest canopy taking in spectacular views of the Coral See, Cairns, and surrounding tropical landscape. If travelling on the Kurnada train first, a coach will transfer you to Freshwater Train 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 Kuranda Heritage Markets, grab a bite to eat at one of the cafés, or cuddle a koala at the Koala Gardens.
The historic Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway winds through tunnels, past thick rainforest, and waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines; an incredible way to travel between Cairns and Kuranda
After your drive from Port Douglas, along the scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive, you’ll meet your host 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 Kuranda Train and 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.
As you climb to Kuranda Village in the Rainforest, located 330m above sea level, you’ll make your way along the historic Kuranda Train and 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 a spectacular journey, made even more so by the informative audio commentary, which brings the stories of the Kuranda 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 rainforest gondola 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 aboard the Kuranda Train and 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 the 9.50am and 3.30pm trains.
Once you’ve arrived at Kuranda, explore at your own leisure. The thriving 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.
Your host will provide you with discount vouchers are provided as part of the Kuranda Boarding Pass; however, the price of final entry is at your own expense.
If travelling about the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for the return trip home, you’ll glide over rainforest canopy while enjoying 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 the Smithfield Skyrail Terminal, you’ll be able to jump in your car and head on home back to beautiful Port Douglas.
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 glass perpsex floor of the carriage.
Please note there is limited availability for this option, so best to enquire upon booking.
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January - December
Closed Christmas Day
Will close in severe weather conditions, and during planned, preventative maintenance
Kuranda Boarding Pass can be provided in one of the following languages: German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese
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.
50% cancellation fee for any cancellations within 24 hours of travel, or for passengers who fail to appear on the day of departure
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 563