Ultimate Kuranda , Skyrail, Rainforestation & Butterfly Sanctuary

Tour Code: 162

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Port Douglas

The All Inclusive Kuranda Tour
  • Not only will you relish a BBQ lunch with tropical fruits, but while riding on the WW II Army Duck, depending on the season you might even get to experience the ‘Miracle Fruit’: a berry than can actually turn sour to sweet and vice-versa!
  • This Kuranda tour includes it all in one day. Kuranda train and Skyrail gondola, Aboriginal cultural show, Koala Wildlife park, Butterfly Sanctuary, Army Duck tour, Barbeque lunch and so much more 
  • The markets in Kuranda Village are not to be missed.  Explore the hidden laneways to get the true feel of the Kuranda Heritage Markets.

Included In Price

  • Return Coach Transfers
  • Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Entry into Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Amphibious Army Duck Rainforest Tour
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Cultural Experience
  • Tropical Fruit Orchard
  • Koala and Wildlife Park
  • Tropical Barbeque Buffet Lunch
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Kuranda Village

Discover Kuranda Rainforest and the world’s largest butterfly aviary. Pat a koala, ride on a WW II Army Duck through the jungle, and enjoy a sumptuous Barbeque lunch with a fascinating Aboriginal performance!

This is the ultimate one day Cairns tour where you won’t miss a single feature of what makes Australia and Tropical North Queensland 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!

We then board the coach and make our way to Rainforestation Nature Park.

At Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park, you’ll travel in a genuine WW II Army Duck!  Your friendly guide will share stories about the native Australian 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 home to Cairns aboard the incredible Skyrail Cableway Gondola - high above the rainforest canopies with 2 stops to explore and learn more about the Wet Tropics region.

Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway Tour

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 historic train 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 rainforest, listen to the informative railway presentation and learn how this remarkable railway was constructed.

The Kuranda train tour is now recommended as one of the great train journeys of the world. 

Kuranda Rainforestation Koala and Wildlife Park

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 cuddling beside 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 explore the attractions at your own pace, or be welcomed in a guided tour.

Pamagirri Aboriginal Cultural Experience

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. 

Army Duck Kuranda Rainforest Tour

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!

Discover Kuranda the Village in the Rainforest Behind Cairns

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! 

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda Village

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!

Kuranda Scenic Skyrail Gondola

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.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time

Departs 7:30am - Returns 5:30pm

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Port Douglas
  • Pick up from Cairns City accommodation between 7 am – 7.50 am. Specific time will be advised upon booking
  • Pick up from Northern Beaches accommodation approximately 8:00am. Specific time will be advised upon booking.
  • Kuranda
  • Rainforestation Nature Park
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



9.5 hours (approx)

Fitness Level Required


Additional Information

Languages: the Army Duck tour and the Pamagirri Aboriginal experience have pamphlets available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, German and Italian

Eco Certifications
Eco Green Travel Leader
Ecotourism Certified
  • Comfortable Shoes & Clothing
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent (roll on)
  • Camera
  • 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


Accessible toilet facilities located next to the restaurant

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


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 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


1 wheelchair accessible toilet on board all train services and at Cairns, Freshwater and Kuranda Stations

  • Children price applies to Children aged between 4-14 Years.
  • Children 3 years and under travel free
  • Family Fare: 2 Adults and 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.

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

Ultimate Kuranda , Skyrail, Rainforestation & Butterfly Sanctuary

Tour Code: 162

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Port Douglas

The All Inclusive Kuranda Tour



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

Child: au$131.00
Family: au$653.00

Tour Code: 162



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1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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