Kuranda Tour, Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway

Departing: Port Douglas

Pickup: Port Douglas

Must Try This!

From

au$150.00

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

Child: au$80.00
Family: au$412.00

Tour Code: 157

Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
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  • The Kuranda Heritage Markets: aside from the huge array of local, hand-made goods for sale – from jewellery to pottery and Indigenous creations – there’s entertainment around every corner. 
  • 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, located at the Heritage Markets, and watch the water dragons scampering in the rainforest while you refuel. 

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. 

Your Journey Begins

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. 

Tailoring Your Trip

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. 

Kuranda Scenic Railway

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 (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.

An upgrade to Gold Class is only available on the 9.50am and 3.30pm trains. 

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. 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. 

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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 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.

Included In Price

  • Return accommodation transfers
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail
  • Pre-allocated tickets
  • Express check-in at Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail 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
  • 7.45am accommodation pick-up for a 9.50am Kuranda Scenic Railway departure with 2hr free time in Kuranda and 1.45pm departure aboard Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • 7.45am accommodation pick-up for a 9.50am Kuranda Scenic Railway departure with 4hr free time in Kuranda and 3.45pm departure aboard Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • 7.45am accommodation pick-up for a 9.45am Skyrail Rainforest Cableway departure with 2.5hr free time in Kuranda and2pm departure aboard Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • 7.45am accommodation pick-up for a 9.45am Skyrail Rainforest Cableway departure with 4hr free time in Kuranda and 3.30pm departure aboard Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • 10am accommodation pick-up for an 11.45am Skyrail Rainforest Cableway departure with 1hr free time in Kuranda and 2pm departure aboard Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • 10am accommodation pick-up for an 11.45am Skyrail Rainforest Cableway departure with 2.5hr free time in Kuranda and 3.30pm departure aboard Kuranda Scenic Railway
Departure Instructions
  • Pick-up time will vary depending on pick-up point and will be communicated to you upon booking
  • Please be waiting at the front of your accommodation at the allocated time.
Pickup Locations

Port Douglas

Destinations

Kuranda

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Closed Christmas Day
May not operate due to severe weather conditions, and during planned, preventative maintenance

Duration

Half Day
Full Day

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Diamond View Skyrail Gondila Upgrade
  • Gold Class Kuranda Scenic Rail Upgrade
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

Additional Information

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

Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Water Bottle
  • Cash or Credit card for additional purposes on the day
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 of any requirements or mobility issues at time of booking.

  • Children 3 and under travel free
  • Children aged 4 - 14 Years.
  • Family Price is based on 2 Adults & 2 Children.

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 Tour, Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway

Departing: Port Douglas

Pickup: Port Douglas

Must Try This!

From

au$150.00

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

Child: au$80.00
Family: au$412.00

Tour Code: 157

Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
BarrierReefAustralia

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