This is the ultimate one day tour where you won’t miss a single feature of what makes Australia so exceptional! You’ll begin by climbing through mountain peaks on the spectacular Kuranda Train. Your carriage will arrive in the picturesque Kuranda Village, where more adventure awaits.
In the heart of Kuranda Village and the ancient rainforest, you’ll find quirky and colourful markets, astonishing souvenirs and eateries.
Venture into the butterfly sanctuary to see the largest butterfly aviary on the planet, perhaps you may want to take the extra time to join one of the free guided tours!
At Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park, you’ll travel in a genuine WW II Army Duck! Your friendly guide will share stories about the wildlife and exotic fruit orchard on your travels.
For lunch enjoy a delicious Aussie BBQ buffet, and the chance to throw a boomerang after watching a magnificent Aboriginal indigenous cultural performance!
Journey through ancient, world heritage listed rainforest on your adventure. The Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway is over one hundred years old, and still to this very day, considered an engineering accomplishment of rare magnitude.
And on this tour you’ll see why! Cut through mountain ranges, and trailing over jungle-covered peaks, you’ll be simply awed by the beauty and wildlife on your breathtaking ride.
The Barron Gorge is one of the highlights along the way, and the tumbling cascades of Stoney Creek Falls.
As you view the surrounding rainforst, listen to the informative railway presentation and learn how this remarkable railway was constructed.
Once in Kuranda, be ready to meet some of the local wildlife. The Kuranda Rainforestation Koala and Wildlife Park is a native animal sanctuary. See kangaroos, wallabies and their joeys - you can handfeed them too!
Take the opportunity to have your phot taken holding a koala or perhaps you are brave enough to spend sometime with the native pythons.
This beautiful lush park is surrounded by rainforest, and boasts elevated walkways for a close up view of enclosures.
You simply cannot miss the rare cassowary, nor ‘Jack the Ripper’ a 5m Saltwater crocodile!
Feel free to uncover the attractions at your own pace, or be welcomed in a guided tour.
You’ll be inspired by an indigenous Aboriginal musical performance on this part of the tour, learning how the Pamagirri people lived in harmony with the land.
As custodians of the rainforest for tens of thousands of years, they tell their unique story with costume, song, dance, and the echoing melody of the digeridoo.
You may want to learn some of their steps on stage, and try your own talent by learning to play the digeridoo too!
There’s also the fascinating Dreamtime Walk, where you’ll hear further intriguing tales about indigenous culture, and see how these skilled people thrived in the jungle.
Since hunting was a large facet of survival, you can join in a display on how a spear and boomerang is thrown.
The WWII Army Duck is a highlight of the day. Venture through the Kuranda rainforest in the unique amphibious vehicle.
Designed to roam over land and water, you will get to do both and enjoy informative commentary on the way.
On your way to the tropical fruit orchard, a friendly guide will share stories about the million year old environment, and even spot wildlife with a skilled eye!
The local water-dragons are a regular sight but keep your eye out for turtles as you cross the streams!
There are certainly marvels and spectacular sights for you to discover in the little village of Kuranda.
With unique craftsmanship, colourful markets, and delightful eccentricities the town offers a relaxed bohemian atmosphere. Set in the rainforest, you’ll find the surroundings lush.
You’ll also find Aboriginal indigenous galleries, delicious sweet shops, and eye-catching boutiques.
You could have your picture taken next to an authentic dinosaur skeleton, drink a locally grown coffee, and meander along the streets while deciding between a digeridoo or boomerang souvenir!
One of the more astonishing keepsakes is the Mookite Crystal; a sacred rock used in indigenous ceremonies that has the appearance of an aboriginal painting in intricate patterns of stunning yellow-ochre!
Explore in an all-weather rainforest enclosure, which happens to be the largest aviary of its kind on the planet!
Once you’ve entered the Australian Butterfly sanctuary in Kuranda, you will be welcomed with the sight of native butterflys in all shapes and sizes.
You will, without a doubt, see the bright blue of the Ulysses, and the stunning green and gold of the Birdwing; Australia’s largest butterfly. It’s a great idea to wear pink, white, red or blue as these winged beauties are attracted to these colours, and you’ll find them not just passing by, but landing right on you too.
Free guided tours are provied and there is a butterfly museum, UV light room (some butterflies glow in the dark!) and breeding laboratory with over 4000 species for you to gain amazing knowledge on these creatures too!
The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is one of Far North Queenslands most iconic experiences. Departing Kuranda, cross the Barron River before climbing high above the rainforest canopy.
The view from high above allows you to take in the sheer size of this incredible landscape. The story of the cableway is just as impressive as the surrounding environment; not only were there no roads leading to its construction site, and all building material was bought in by helicopter, but every worker wore special footwear to protect the world heritage jungle!
Stop at Barron Falls to experience the boardwalks, lookouts and interpretive centre and again at Red Peak Station where you can join one of the free tours provided by a Parks Ranger.
See more Kuranda rainforest tours and attractions.
Departs 7:30am - Returns 5:30pm
January - December
9.5 hours (approx)
Languages: the Army Duck tour and the Pamagirri Aboriginal experience have pamphlets available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, German and Italian
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
The amphibious Army Ducks can be boarded from platform 2 with barriers removed, seats are higher for ease of transfer from wheelchair
Visual information available
Accessible toilet facilities located next to the restaurant
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
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.