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1-Day Rainforestation with Kuranda Scenic Rail (R1BT)

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

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  • Riding on a real World War II Army Duck through rare wildlife and world heritage rainforest! 
  • Travel on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway past stunning waterfalls and with views of the Barron Gorge and rainforest surrounds.

This is an absolutely superb day tour encompassing all that makes Australia fascinating. You’ll thread through World Heritage rainforest by coach to Kuranda; a charming village perched in the mountains behind Cairns.

Kuranda is renowned for its heritage markets, and it's here you'll have the opportunity to shop at some of the eclectic  stores and shops and taste local foods.

Visit Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park where you can enjoy Aboriginal culture and a wildlife tour and indulge in a BBQ lunch. In the wildlife sanctuary, you'll be able to hand feed a few kangaroos or even upgrade to have your picture taken cuddling a koala!

Your adventure includes one of the country’s historic attractions, the Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway. Running through mountain peaks and past cascading waterfalls, this will complete a day full of historical, cultural, and natural wonder. 

Enjoy the Pamagirri Aboriginal indigenous cultural show, were you will participate in a Dreamtime Walk and if you so desire have a turn at throwing a boomerang, learn to play the didgeridoo and watch a spear throwing demonstration.

Our Kuranda Rainforestation tour also includes a journey through the wild rainforest on an authentic World War II Army Duck. 

Travel from home to Kuranda Rainforestation via comfortable air-conditioned coach.

Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway

Your carriage awaits! The Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway has been climbing its way through World Heritage rainforest for 120 years.

Rising 328m above sea level, you’ll experience an elevated panorama of surrounding rainforest and gorges, and no less than 15 handmade tunnels cut into the Macalister Ranges.

This train is still considered an iconic engineering accomplishment in this day and age, though the historical beauty will remind you of a yesteryear era.

Over 37 breathtaking bridges, you’ll pass by natural wonders such as the flourishing Stoney Creek Falls and remarkable Barron Gorge, close enough to touch. 

Discover Kuranda the Village in the Rainforest Behind Cairns

Well known for the creative people who call Kuranda home, the village offers stunning indigenous galleries and likewise boasts an array of photographic art. 

You’ll find everything from intricate leather handbags, to breathtaking opal jewellery. 

The freshly made local delights also extend as far as homemade tropical ice-creams and sorbets, Spanish Style doughnuts and traditional felafels. 

If some of the unique local artwork or craft is your desire, Kuranda prides itself on posting worldwide for those souvenirs that won't fit in the suitcase! 

Optional Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Take in the sight of a brilliant aqua-hued Ulysses, and the incredible 27cm Hercules moth. These vivid creatures can be seen in Australia's largest butterfly aviary. 

Take the chance to enjoy the free guided tour to learn even more about the inhabitants. The beautiful Purple Azure butterfly you'll see actually changes colour due to humidity.

Which means further down the coast it will appear blue, but here it wears a vivid amethyst! You'll also find a museum, breeding laboratory with 4000 species, a wondrous myth and legend room, and even a UV light display, as some butterflies glow in the dark.

Kuranda Rainforestation Aboriginal cultural and wildlife park

Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park is a sanctuary for native Australian animals rare and wondrous, cute and cuddly.

It’s here you'll be invited to feed kangaroos and wallabies, and if you so choose cuddle a koala.

You'll also have the opportunity to wander around the park and take in sights like ‘Jack the Ripper’, a 5m Saltwater crocodile or join a guided tour.

You may even get the chance to meet an adorable wombat; this furry creature sleeps a lot of the day, but is playful in nature and surprisingly quick to learn and make friends.

Pamagirri Aboriginal Cultural Experience - Kuranda

The colourful Pamagirri Aboriginal people tell their Dreamtime legends through song and dance, in native costume and astonishing detail.

These Aboriginal Indigenous peoples have been guardians of the land for tens of thousands of years, and share their traditions in the most remarkable way. 

The music in the show is partly created by a didgeridoo, which you may be invited to play on the Rainbow Serpent Walk. 

Hear the way the Pamagirri people can imitate the sounds of tropical birds on this musical instrument. 

You may also have the opportunity to throw both a boomerang and spear. Your friendly guide can give you expert advice.

Army Duck Kuranda Rainforest Tour

Travel aboard a vehicle from a bygone era. On an authentic World War II Army Duck, you'll gain a new perspective of the ancient rainforest. 

Boasting Australia's largest fleet of amphibious vehicles, ride across a thrilling landscape in this rainforest wonderland. You’ll hear a presentation along the way about the park’s rare tropical fruit orchard, and how this environment is home to a few creatures found nowhere else the world!

Your ‘Duck Captain’ may spot a couple of rare turtles for you, or even Boyd’s dragon; a lizard known only to Far North Queensland.

See more Kuranda Rainforest tours and attractions.

Included In Price

  • Travel from Kuranda aboard the Kuranda Train and Scenic Rail
  • Kuranda Village
  • Entry into Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Army Duck tour - Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience - Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Koala & Wildlife Park
  • Return coach transfers from Cairns accommodation and coach to Kuranda
Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Departs From

Cairns

Departure Time

Departs Cairns 7:45am - Returns Cairns 5:30pm

Pickup Locations

Cairns

  • Pick up time will be confirmed at time of booking
Destinations
  • Kuranda
  • Rainforestation Nature Park Kuranda
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Duration

8.25 hours (approx)

Available for Purchase / Hire

Lunch at Rainforestation Nature Park

Fitness Level Required

Low, Disabled

Additional Information

This tour does not include Skyrail

Eco Certifications
Eco Green Travel Leader
Ecotourism Certified
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Light jacket in cooler months
  • Cash or credit card for drinks, snacks and souvenirs

Containes notes on wheelchair accessContaines notes for the visually impairedContaines notes for the hearing impaired
Wheelchair Accessibility

Ramps and paved pathways available throughout the park

The Pamagirri Aboriginal Cultural centre is accessible with a designated viewing platform at the amphitheatre

Access to the Wildlife section is paved for viewing of all animals

Boarding Access

The amphibious Army Ducks can be boarded from platform 2 with barriers removed, seats are higher for ease of transfer from wheelchair

Hearing Impaired Information

Visual information available

Facilities

Accessible toilet facilities located next to the restaurant

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

  • Child price applies to children ages 4 - 14
  • Children 3 & under 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.

100% cancellation fee applies to day tours if cancelled within 24 hours prior to departure or no shows.

Kuranda Tours - Rainforestation Nature Park & Kuranda Train

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

Best-Family-Seller

From

au$149.00

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

Child: au$75.00
Family: au$373.00

Tour Code: 167

From

au$149.00

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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