If travelling aboard the Scenic Railway first, you’ll depart Port Douglas at 7.45am to board the 9.50am Scenic Railway. If travelling to Kuranda aboard the Skyrail first, you have the option of a 7.45am or 10am pick up. You’ll then be able to spend between one to four hours in the quaint village, exploring at your own leisure. Venture along one of the walking trails, visit the daily Heritage Markets, grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafés, or cuddle a koala at the Kuranda Koala Gardens.
You return-leg aboard the Skyrail will see you gliding over rainforest canopy in your gondola, taking in spectacular views of the Coral Sea, Barron River, and tropical landscape. From Smithfield Station, you’ll be transferred back to your Port Douglas accommodation. If returning on the Scenic Railway, you’ll be met at Freshwater for your transfer back to Port Douglas.
You’ll start your day with a luxury coach collecting you from your Port Douglas accommodation. The pick-up options are either 7.45am or 10am, with your driver taking you to whichever iconic Cairns’ experience you’ve decided to travel aboard for your journey to Kuranda: the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, or the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
If you have selected to travel aboard the Skyrail first, for example, you’ll travel on the Scenic Rail for your return trip home and vice versa if you travel aboard the Scenic Rail first.
Once you’ve decided whether you’re travelling aboard the Skyrail or Scenic Rail first, you’ll then need to figure out how much time you’d like to spend in Kuranda, with the options ranging from one to four hours.
This, however, would have all been decided when booking, 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.
If you selected to travel aboard the Scenic Railway for the first leg of your journey, your coach transfer will deliver you to Freshwater Station. It’s here you’ll board your assigned carriage.
As you climb to the ‘Village in the Rainforest’, located 330m above sea level, you’ll wind through tunnels, across bridges, past dense rainforest, and waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines. Passing breathtaking views, you’ll understand how problematic the construction of this magnificent railway line must have been in the late 1800s. It’s considered an engineering feat even by today’s standards. The informative on-board audio commentary 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 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.
An upgrade to Gold Class is only available on 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. There’s French, German, even Israeli. Or Frogs Restaurant, located at the Heritage Markets, is a popular haunt. The daily, all-weather markets are a testament to the ingrained arts culture of the village. There are 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, the 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.
For the return trip home, aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway gondola, you’ll glide over rainforest canopy while enjoying spectacular panoramic views of the Barron River, the falls, vast tropical landscape, and finally Cairns and the Coral Sea. Take the opportunity to alight at the two rainforest stations. The first is Barron Falls Station, where you’ll have access to the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre and lookouts. And the second is Red Peak Station, where you can enjoy a complimentary ranger-guided tour which is well worth it. Once you’ve arrived at Smithfield Terminal, your coach will be waiting to return you to your accommodation.
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.
January - December
Closed Christmas Day
May not operate due to severe weather conditions, and during planned, preventative maintenance
Kuranda Boarding Passed 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
Please advise of any requirements or mobility issues at 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