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Self Drive Kuranda inc. Scenic Rail, Transfer, Kuranda, and Skyraill (RSD)

Departing: Port Douglas

Port Douglas Kuranda Tour
  • The history behind the development of the Kuranda Scenic Railway is extraordinary. Be sure to pay attention to the commentary while on board
  • Flexibility to choose which iconic Cairns experience – the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, or the Kuranda Scenic Railway – you’d like to travel aboard first; how early you’d like to start your day; and how much time you’d like to spend in Kuranda
  • Skip the queue tickets for pre-allocated carriage seating on the Kuranda Train and express check in for the Skyrail, discount vouchers for Kuranda attractions

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

Kuranda Self Drive Tour Meeting Point

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.  

All Aboard The Kuranda Train

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 (optional) on the Kuranda Train

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.

Kuranda The Village in the Rainforest

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. 

Homeward Bound

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 Skyrail Gondola Diamond View Carriages (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 glass perpsex floor of the carriage. 

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

See more Kuranda tours and attractions.

Included In Price

  • Kuranda Boarding Pass
  • Express check-in at Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway
  • Express check-in with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Detailed information of your day, including tour itinerary, timings, and helpful tips on how to make your day as enjoyable as possible
  • Discounts into Kuranda attractions including Birdworld, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and Koala Gardens
  • Concierge assisted returns from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Port Douglas

Departure Time
  • Meet at 7.50am for the 8.50am Kuranda Scenic Railway with 2hours free time in Kuranda and 12.45pm return from Kuranda aboard Skyrail
  • Meet at 7.50am for the 8.50am Kuranda Scenic Railway with 3 hours free time in Kuranda and 1.30pm return from Kuranda aboard Skyrail
  • Meet at 7.50am for the 8.50am Kuranda Scenic Railway with 3 hours free time in Kuranda and 1.45pm return from Kuranda aboard Skyrail
  • Meet at 7.50am for the 8.50am Kuranda Scenic Railway with 4 hours free time in Kuranda and 2.45pm return from Kuranda aboard Skyrail
  • Meet at 7.50am for the 8.50am Kuranda Scenic Railway with 5 hours free time in Kuranda and 3.45pm return from Kuranda aboard Skyrail
  • Meet at 9.10am for the 9.50am Kuranda Scenic Railway with 1 hours free time in Kuranda and 12.45pm return from Kuranda aboard Skyrail
  • Meet at 9.10am for the 9.50am Kuranda Scenic Railway with 2 hours free time in Kuranda and 1.30pm return from Kuranda aboard Skyrail
  • Meet at 9.10am for the 9.50am Kuranda Scenic Railway with 2 hours 2hr free time in Kuranda and 1.45pm return from Kuranda aboard Skyrail
  • Meet at 9.10am for the 9.50am Kuranda Scenic Railway with 3 hours 3hr free time in Kuranda and 2.45pm return from Kuranda aboard Skyrail
  • Meet at 9.10am for the 9.50am Kuranda Scenic Railway with 3.5 hours free time in Kuranda and 3.15pm return from Kuranda aboard Skyrail
  • Meet at 9.10am for the 9.50am Kuranda Scenic Railway with 4 hours free time in Kuranda and 3.45pm return from Kuranda aboard Skyrail
  • Meet at 9.30am for the 9.45am Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with 2 hours free time in Kuranda and 2.00pm return from Kuranda aboard Scenic Rail
  • Meet at 9.30am for the 9.45am Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with 4 hours free time in Kuranda and 3.30pm return from Kuranda aboard Scenic Rail
  • Meet at 10.30am for 10.45am Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with 1.5 hours free time in Kuranda and 2pm return from Kuranda aboard Scenic Rail
  • Meet at 10.30am for 10.45am Skyrail Rainforest Cableway 3 hours free time in Kuranda and 3.30pm return from Kuranda aboard Scenic Rail
  • Meet at 11.30am for 11.45am Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with 2.5 hours free time in Kuranda and 3.30pm return from Kuranda aboard Scenic Rail
Departure Instructions
  • Meet your hostess/driver at the covered bus stop at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway’s Smithfield Terminal for check-in and to receive details on your day
  • Do not go into the Skyrail Terminal for check-in
Destinations

Kuranda

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Closed Christmas Day
Will close in severe weather conditions, and during planned, preventative maintenance

Duration

Full Day
Half Day

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Upgrade to Kuranda Train and Scenic Rail Gold Class
  • Upgrade to Skyrail Cableway Diamond View Gondola
Fitness Level Required

Low, Disabled

Additional Information

Kuranda Boarding Pass can be provided in one of the following languages: German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese

Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Insect repellant
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle
  • Cash or card for snacks, meals and drinks
  • Camera (charged)

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

Facilities

Wheelchair accessible restroom facilities at all 4 stations

Activities

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

Facilities

1 wheelchair accessible toilet on board all train services and at Cairns, Freshwater and Kuranda Stations

  • Children 3 and under travel free
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children
  • 2nd Child Travels 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 Tour from Port Douglas, Skyrail, Kuranda Train

Departing: Port Douglas

Port Douglas Kuranda Tour

From

au$135.00

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

Child: au$70.00
Family: au$340.00

Tour Code: 563

From

au$135.00

15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

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