Day trip

Cairns: Self-Guided Kuranda Day Trip, Scenic Rail & Skyrail

Activity provider: Global Travel Services

Cairns: Self-Guided Kuranda Day Trip, Scenic Rail & Skyrail

Activity provider: Global Travel Services
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Visit Kuranda by traveling on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and returning by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Explore the village located in pristine rainforest and enjoy free time visiting markets, shops and food stalls. Marvel at views from the cableway.

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Duration 7 hours
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Pickup included
Your accommodation in Cairns city area, except for the northern beach area such as Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Kewarra Beach, Machans Beach, and Yorkeys Knob.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover World Heritage-listed pristine rainforest by historic scenic railway
  • Take a ride on the cableway, gliding just meters above the rainforest canopy
  • Visit Kuranda markets, unique shops and wildlife parks
Full description

Explore the village of Kuranda in a pristine World Heritage-listed rainforest. Be picked up from your hotel and travel to the train station. Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway and marvel at mountains on the way. Soar over waterfalls and over Barron Gorge on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Explore the markets, shops, and walking trails, or take a river cruise (seasonal) for 2.5 hours. Discover the food stalls and cafés, or dine with the water dragons at Frog’s Restaurant famous for its sauces and dressings. Take the famous Skyrail down, spanning 7.5km over the rainforest canopy.

Spot native wildlife, including the cassowary, the world's 3rd-largest flightless bird. Next, take the 2:00 PM Skyrail back to the bottom (Skyrail Smithfield station). Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and deep into the world’s oldest, continually-surviving tropical rainforest.

The iconic Skyrail experience is a must-do Cairns attraction of Australia’s World-Heritage listed tropical rainforest, immersing you in one of the most botanically fascinating areas on earth. At the end of your Skyrail experience, be picked up again by bus at 3:30 PM to be brought back to the hotel.

  • 1-way ticket for Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • 1-way ticket for Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Pickup and drop-off at most major hotels in central Cairns, except for the northern beach area
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • All participants who are over 16 years old must present proof of full vaccination or lawful exemption. All participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult from their household

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • Cruise ship passengers who arrive at Yorkeys Knob will need to make their own way to the Railway Station, and back to Yorkeys Knob after the tour
    • Cruise ship passengers who arrive at Cairns Terminal will need to make their way to Pullman International Hotel to be picked up due to congestion at the Terminal
    • Skyrail operation can be affected by weather; the activity provider will do their best to accommodate
    • The activity provider has the right to change the itinerary order and time due to limited availability and/or weather
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 875 reviews

    Review summary

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    This is quite an expensive trip but its definitely worth it, the train ride is amazing the views were beautiful, especially when we stopped to see the waterfall. The cable car experience was also great, seeing the forest from above is surreal. Overall had a really good day. One thing to note is the seating on the train isnt what I expected they have long sofas set out facing eachother quite closely and the train is full so they squash 8 people into one area of seating so its not really very what you’d expect. Its not the most comfortable and if you’re not sat at the window you can’t really see the views. Also theres not much going on at kuranda nothing special here.

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    August 17, 2022

    The tour was very well run, train trip was interesting and the Skyrail return meet all expectations. It is just a shame that Covid has resulted in the closing of a number of the shops, but hopefully the town will be able to regenerate very soon. Really enjoyed the local artist work - so many talented people there, would recommend.

    August 17, 2022

    The train ride was nice, however we boarded at central station with other passengers. The train has long bench seats which have 4 seats right next to each other. 4 Grown adults shoulder to shoulder is a bit warm particularly if the weather is hitting 29 degrees not to mention a bit tight if you have any Covid anxiety. The train views are predominantly on the right as you go up. So if you like to take pics of scenery You need a seat next to the right hand window or choose the gold class option for more space. The gondola was awesome, spectacular scenery, again if busy your likely to be sharing a tight space with others. There is not much time at Kurranda, we would have liked to have seen the aviary and butterflies, but we did not have time to do that. Be careful if you book on line, tge online form said pick up at 9am, but our guide arrived at 8:20am.

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    August 13, 2022

    Product ID: 76071