Your first destination is Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Be welcomed with the experience of a fire-making ceremony, traditional song and dance, a lesson on bush foods and hunting weapons, and how to throw a returning boomerang.
Next stop is the nearby Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Terminal. Gliding over rainforest canopy in your gondola, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Cairns and the Coral Sea, rainforest as far as the eye can see, and finally the Barron Falls and Barron River, before arriving at Kuranda.
Explore the ‘Village in the Rainforest’ at your own leisure. The daily Heritage Markets, with a range of hand-made arts and crafts, are worth stopping by. Pop into Little Scotland, where you’ll be able to taste a few flavours of fudge before deciding on what to take home. Or explore the nearby wildlife attractions of Birdworld, the Butterfly Sanctuary, or Kuranda Koala Gardens.
Your return-leg home aboard the Scenic Railway departs at 3.30pm. 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 Port Douglas accommodation.
After a coach pick-up from your Port Douglas accommodation, from approximately 7.45am, you’ll be taken to your first destination: Tjapukai Cultural Park. Filled with a range of interactive experiences, you can expect to be immersed in an exploration of the world’s oldest living culture at Tjapukai. You’ll learn about the creation story; 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 learn about hunting weapons and 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.
Next stop is the nearby Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Terminal where you’ll board your gondola at around midday. Gliding over rainforest canopy you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Coral Sea, Barron River, and tropical landscape. Along the way, you’ll alight at two rainforest stations. The first is Red Peak Station. We recommend joining a complimentary ranger-guided tour to get the most out of your experience. The second stop is at Barron Falls Station. Here you’ll have access to the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre.
Upgrade to the Diamond View gondola, where, in addition to the spectacular panoramic views, you’ll have the unique experience of being able to see through the floor of the carriage.
Once you’ve arrived at the quaint ‘Village in the Rainforest’, you’ll have about two hours to explore at your own leisure. The daily Heritage Markets are a nod to the ingrained arts culture of the village where you’ll find locally hand-made arts and crafts, jewellery, fashion, and more. Frogs Restaurant, also found in the markets, serves up a range of tasty dishes. After lunch indulge in a piece of Kuranda fudge from Little Scotland, before exploring one of the nearby wildlife attractions of Birdworld or the Butterfly Sanctuary. Or how about a cuddle with a koala at the Koala Gardens? If time permits, venture along one of the many walking paths surrounding the village, including the gentle 3km circuit from Coondoo Street (the main street) in the village to the Kuranda Railway Station.
For your return leg home you’ll board the 3.30pm train. Winding through tunnels, across bridges, past thick rainforest, breathtaking views, and waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines, you’ll understand how lives were lost during the construction of this magnificent railway line in the late 1800s. The informative audio commentary brings the stories of the historic railway to life. The journey takes around 90 minutes, which includes a stop along the way at the Barron Falls lookout. When sugar cane fields start to dominate the view, you know 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.
From 7:45 am
January - December
Closed Christmas Day
Will not operate during extreme weather conditions, and planned, preventative maintenance
Guests can opt for the Kuranda Boarding Pass to 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 of any mobility issues or special needs at the 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.
A 50% cancellation fee applies for any cancellations within 24 hours of travel, or for passengers who fail to appear on the day of departure