First on the agenda is Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, step back in time more than 40,000 years to be immersed in an interactive exploration of the world’s oldest living culture. Visit Kuranda Village on the iconic Skyrail and Train
A great value Indigenous Cultural Park and Kuranda Village combo tour. See the sights, culture and history of Cairns and Tropical North Queensland in one day.
At the multi-award winning Cairns attraction, Tjapukai, learn all about the ancient indigenous Australian people’s culture and their association with the land, native plants and animals. Try some of the traditional weapons like the spear or boomerang and join the performers in traditional music and dance.
Board your Skyrail Rainforest Cableway gondola and head up the mountain to Kuranda Village. Silently gliding over rainforest canopy you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Coral Sea, Barron River, and tropical landscape.
Once at the quaint ‘Village in the Rainforest’, explore at your own leisure. The daily, all-weather Heritage Markets are a nod to the ingrained arts culture and a must-do. You’ll find a range of locally handmade arts and crafts, souvenirs, fashion, and more. The thriving restaurant and café culture means you’re spoilt for choice on where to stop for lunch. Then perhaps venture along one of the surrounding tracks; or explore one of the top tourist attractions such as Kuranda Koala Gardens.
Your return-leg home aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway will depart at 3.30pm. Aboard this historic railway, constructed in the late 1800s, you’ll wind through tunnels, past thick rainforest, and waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines. Once at Freshwater Station you’ll be transferred back to your accommodation.
A coach pick-up from your accommodation will transfer you to your first destination: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. The exact pick up time will depend on where you’re staying and will be communicated to you upon booking.
You’ll spend the morning at Tjapukai, exploring the world’s oldest living culture through a range of interactive experiences. You’ll wander through the ‘History and Heroes’ exhibition, a homage to Indigenous heroes past and present; you’ll learn about the intricacies of playing the didgeridoo; you’ll witness hunting demonstrations and learn about tribal law; you’ll discover all there is to know about bushfoods and their medicinal qualities. And you’ll even have a chance to throw a returning boomerang.
You’ll then make your way to the nearby Skyrail Terminal, to board your gondola at midday. As you climb towards Kuranda, located 330m above sea level, you’ll glide over rainforest canopy as spectacular panoramas of the Coral Sea, Barron River, and tropical landscape dominate the view. Along the way, you’ll descend through the canopy, alighting at two rainforest stations. The first is Red Peak Station, where you can join the complimentary ranger-guided tour, and the second is Barron Falls Station. Here you’ll have access to the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre.
Upgrade to the Diamond View gondola where you’ll have the unique experience of being able to see through the glass floor of the carriage.
You’ll then have two hours to explore Kuranda at your own leisure.
The daily Heritage Markets are a nod to the ingrained arts culture of the village and are a must-do. The daily, all-weather Heritage Markets are a nod to the ingrained arts culture and a must-do. You’ll find a range of locally handmade arts and crafts, souvenirs, fashion, and more. The thriving restaurant and café culture means you’re spoilt for choice on where to stop for lunch. Then perhaps venture along one of the surrounding tracks; the range of paths means there’s a walk suitable for every age or fitness level. Or explore one of the wildlife attractions such as Kuranda Koala Gardens. Discounts into the Koala Gardens, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and Birdworld are provided as part of the Kuranda Boarding Pass; however, the final entry cost is at your own expense.
You’ll ride aboard the 3.30pm Kuranda Scenic Railway for your return journey home. This magnificent railway line was built in the late 1800s, with many lives lost in its construction. Along the way you’ll travel over dozens of bridges, along 93 curves, and through 15 tunnels, all while passing thick rainforest, breathtaking views, and waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines. The informative audio commentary brings the stories of the historic railway to life. The 90-minute journey includes a stop along the way at the Barron Falls lookout. When sugar cane fields start to dominate the view, you’re nearing Freshwater Station where your coach transfer will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation.
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.
Pick-up between 8 and 9 am daily.
January - December
Operation may be affected by adverse weather conditions and scheduled maintenance events
Closed Christams Day
9 hours approx
Kuranda Boarding Passes can be provided in one of these languages: German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese, 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
Ramp accessibility to front entrance.
Cultural village accessible and on ground level.
Wheelchair area at top of theatre seating area
Restaurant area fully accessible
Tactile paving & braille information throughout park
Visual information provided.
2 designated wheelchair toilets located near the Dance Theatre
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 at time of booking if wheelchair friendly vehicle service is required.
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
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 196