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Kuranda Day Tour | With Transfers, Self Drive OR Budget Option | Skyrail | Kuranda Scenic Train

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

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  • The thriving café 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. 
  • Treat yourself to an upgrade aboard both the Scenic Rail and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Pre-booking is essential!
  • Skip the Queue Tickets, Bounus Discount Vouchers for Kuranda Attractions, Pre-allocated Carriage Seating in Train 

Start your exploration of Kuranda Village early in the morning or after lunch, it’s up to you; select which iconic experience you’d like to travel aboard first - the Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway or the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and how much time you’d like to spend exploring Kuranda.

If you are arriving to Cairns on a cruise ship then this is the perfect Kuranda tour for cruise ship passengers berthing at Cairns City.

Our Kuranda tour timetable is very flexible and designed around catering to cruise ship shore excursion requirements, and for guests who wish to sleep in and enjoy a more flexible tour itinerary whilst visiting Tropical North Queensland.

We have so many great options on the Kuranda tour to save you both money and time.

This is a tour for guests staying in Cairns city or in the northern beaches of Cairns.

Choose from a self drive tour to the Kuranda train or Skyrail gondola pick up points or take a convenient coach transfer.

You can even ride the Kuranda train back to Cairns city and walk to your hotel or cruise ship saving you even more money. 

If you decide to travel aboard the Skyrail cableway first, you’ll be taken to the Smithfield Terminalto begin your tourtraversing the side of the mountain.

Bonus Offer: Free Discount voucher book to enter the tours and attractions in Kuranda Village

Gliding over rainforest canopy in your gondola, you’ll have plenty of photo and selfie opportunities as you take in spectacular views of Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, vast tropical landscape, and then the Barron Falls and river.  

Once at the quaint village of Kuranda, 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 many cafés and restaurants; or cuddle a koala at the Kuranda Koala Gardens.

Your return-leg home to Cairns aboard the Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway will wind through tunnels, past thick rainforest, and waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines.

From Freshwater Station, you’ll be transferred back to your accommodation in the northern beaches or stay on the train and walk back to your hotel or cruise ship in Cairns. 

Your Kuranda Tour Journey Begins

You’ll start your day with a pick-up in luxury coach from your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation.

The pick-up time all depends whether you’d like to start your day as early as 7am, or as late as 1.15pm and dependant on the time your cruise ship berths in Cairns.

Keep in mind this will affect how much time you’re able to spend in Kuranda, which ranges from no time at all, to an hour, two, three, and so on, to the maximum amount of time of five hours.  

You’ll also be able to decide which of the iconic Cairns’ experiences you’d like to hop aboard first for your journey to Kuranda: the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, or the Kuranda Train Scenic Railway.

You would have decided all this before boarding the coach, so for now sit back in your reclining, leather seat as your knowledgeable driver provides an overview of what you can expect from the day

All Aboard - Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway

If you’ve chosen to travel aboard the Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway for the first leg of your journey, your coach transfer will deliver you to Freshwater Train Station.

It’s here you’ll board your assigned carriage of the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail Train.

As you climb to Kuranda the ‘Village in the Rainforest’, located 330m above sea level, you’ll winding through tunnels, across bridges, past thick rainforest, and waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines.

As you pass 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, including a stop along the way at the Barron Falls lookout for about 10 minutes. 

Upgrade Train to Gold Class Carriage (optional)

Upgrade to a Gold Class Carriage aboard the Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway where you’ll be treated to dedicated host service, lounge-style chairs, and delectable delights from the Atherton Tablelands and Queensland such as Gallo Dairyland cheese, Skybury coffee, Wondaree macadamias, Sirromet Wines, Great Northern lager, and more.

The Kuranda train times that are available for the Gold Class Carriage upgrade option are:  9.50am and 3.30pm trains  

Kuranda The Village in the Rainforest

Once you’ve arrived at Kuranda Village, 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 – or perhaps you’d prefer French or German?

The daily, all-weather markets are a testament to the ingrained arts culture of Kuranda 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. 

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Gondola

For the return trip home to Cairns from Kuranda Village, aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway gondola, you’ll glide over rainforest canopy while enjoying spectacular panoramic views of the Great Barrier Reef and waterfalls.

Take the opportunity to alight at the two rainforest stations for a walk around to admire the view and visit the interpretation centre.

The first is Barron Falls Station. Here you’ll have access to the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre.

Red Peak Station is the second stop where you can enjoy a complimentary ranger-guided tour of the rainforest. 

Once you’ve arrived at Smithfield Skyrail Terminal, your coach will be waiting to return you to your accommodation.  

Skyrail gondola Upgrade to Diamond View (optional)

For an even more immersive experience you may upgrade to a Diamond View gondola, where, in addition to spectacular panoramic views, you’ll have the unique experience of being able to see through the perspex glass floor of the gondola carriage.

This is not for the faint hearted! 

Please note there is limited availability for this option, Diamond View Gondola upgrade option so best to book early.

See more Kuranda tours and Cruise Ship Shore Excursions.

Included In Price

  • Return accommodation transfers
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Gondola Ride
  • Kuranda Traina and Historic Scenic Rail Tour
  • Express check in with pre-allocated tickets for Skyrail Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Rail
  • Bonus Discount Voucher Book: for entry into Kuranda attractions including Birdworld, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and Koala Gardens
  • Concierge assisted returns from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Detailed Itinerary
Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time
  • 7am Cairns accommodation pick-up for a Scenic Rail departure time of 8.50am and 1hr free time in Kuranda with 11.30am departure aboard Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • 7am Cairns accommodation pick-up for a Scenic Rail departure time of 8.50am and 2.5 or 4hr free time in Kuranda with 12.45pm or 2.45pm departure aboard Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • 8.15am Cairns accommodation pick-up for a Scenic Rail departure time of 9.50am with 1.5 or 3hr free time in Kuranda and 12.45pm or 2.45pm departure aboard Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • 7 - 8am Northern Beaches accommodation pick-up for a Scenic Rail departure time of 8.50am with 3.5 or 5hr free time in Kuranda and 1.45pm or 3.45pm departure aboard Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • 8.30am Northern Beaches accommodation pick-up for a Scenic Rail departure time of 9.50am with 2 or 3.5hr free time in Kuranda and 1.45 or 3.45pm departure aboard Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • 8.15am Cairns accommodation pick-up for a Skyrail Cableway departure time of 9.45am with 2.5 or 4hr free time in Kuranda and 2pm or 3.30pm departure aboard Kuranda Scenic Rail
  • 10am Cairns accommodation pick-up for a Skyrail Cableway departure time of 11am with 1.5 or 3hr free time in Kuranda and 2pm or 3.30pm departure aboard Kuranda Scenic Rail
  • 11.45am Cairns accommodation pick-up for a Skyrail Cableway departure time of 12.30pm with 1.5hr in free time in Kuranda and 3.30pm departure aboard Kuranda Scenic Rail
  • 1.15pm Cairns accommodation pick-up for a Skyrail Cableway departure time of 2pm with no free time in Kuranda and 3.30pm departure aboard Kuranda Scenic Rail
  • 8.30am Northern Beaches accommodation pick-up for a Skyrail Cableway departure time of 9.45am with 2 or 3.5hr free time in Kuranda and 2pm or 3.30pm departure from Kuranda aboard Kuranda Scenic Rail
Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
Destinations
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Kuranda
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Closed Christmas Day
Does not operate in severe weather conditions, and during planned, preventative maintenance

Duration

Half Day
Full Day

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Upgrade to Gold Class Rail
  • Upgrade to 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, Chinese

Eco Certifications
Ecotourism Certified
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Light Jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle
  • Cash or card for additional purchases, drinks and snacks

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

AMRUTH J

Reviewed on September 24, 2015

It was good.

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

Transfers

Please advise if you require wheelchair friendly access upon booking.

  • Children aged 4 - 14 Years.
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 2 Children
  • Children under 4 years 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, Skyrail & Scenic Railway Tour - Full Day

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove

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From

au$122.00

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

Child: au$66.00
Family: au$328.00

Tour Code: 242

From

au$122.00

15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

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