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Tour ID: 10004688

This wonderful one-day tour from Cairns combines the Scenic Railway, the unique quaint little village of Kuranda, and the Skyrail, travelling through, around and over the lush rainforest and tall canopy of the Barron Gorge.

• Step back in time and travel on the Scenic Railway through an ancient lush rainforest
• Visit the village of Kuranda and all it encompasses
• Glide over the tall canopy of Barron Gorge in the Scenic Skyrail

This exciting full day tour starts at the Cairns Central Train Station, with morning departure times varying. Trundling along, you’ll experience this scenic journey in the original, fully refurbished, red-wooden carriages that simply radiate old world charm. Informative audio commentary on the fascinating history and ingenuity of our forefathers will be played during your journey. This 34 km Railway runs through the Barron Gorge National Park and is an absolutely astonishing engineering feat. Built between 1882 and 1891, it encompasses 40 bridges and 15 hand-made tunnels. Complimentary chilled refresher towels and filtered water are provided to keep you cool and comfortable.

This amazing train journey crosses the remarkable Stoney Creek Bridge and stops at Barron Gorge viewing platform. Indulge in the 360-degree view of this spectacular lush green rainforest and the spectacular, constantly roaring Barron Falls during your short stop. Back on the train and you’re off to Kuranda. The diverse collection of attractions, sights and sounds in this quaint mountain village is guaranteed to please and delight all travellers, whether young, old or anywhere in between. While strolling through this beautiful area, visit Koala Gardens to have a snuggle with our gorgeous little ‘bears’ and walk through the eye-popping reptile house. Birdworld – with its enclosed rainforest habitat – will allow you to immerse yourself in their world. Free flying above and around you are exquisite bird species from Australia and around the world. The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary has 1500 glorious tropical butterflies, including the electric blue Ulysses butterfly and the giant Cairns or Australian Birdwing. Enjoy a delicious morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea of sumptuous fresh food, with a lovely cup of tea or coffee from an assortment of quaint little eateries. Kuranda Heritage Markets caters to all – peruse unique souvenirs and toys, fresh goods and produce, opals and boomerangs, beautiful food and beverages – it’s all here.

Hopping on The Skyrail Cableway for your return trip, you leisurely glide only metres above the rainforest canopy in comfortable gondola type cabins that accommodate six people. Enjoy our World Heritage listed Rainforest from an exhilarating and completely different perspective. With its rugged mountainous landscapes, deep ravines, thunderous waterfalls, gorgeous unique wildlife and tropical lush rainforest, sit back, relax and immerse yourself in the spectacular sights, exquisite sounds and the sweet musty aromas of this very special place.

Alighting at Skyail's Caravonica Station, you can pick up a coach for a relaxing ride back to your accommodation or Cairns Central Railway station.

TTG Code: topninecairnstours

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    One-way Kuranda Scenic Railway + One-way Skyrail Rainforest Cableway + One-way bus transfer back to City accomodation or Northern beaches.

  • Duration:

    Train journey takes about 2 hours from Cairns to Kuranda
    Skyrail journey takes about 1 hour 15 mins from Kuranda to Smithfield (includes the 2 stops along the way)
    Coach transfer takes about 30 mins from Skyrail Smithfield to Cairns station

  • Departure:

    No Specific Times Daily

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  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    Please make own way to station in the morning as one way transfer is in the afternoon from Skyrail back to the hotel or station.

  • What to bring:

    comfortable shoes, hat, camera

  • Fitness level required:


  • Child policies:

    Child Fares 4-14years. Infants under 4 years are Free of Charge, however please include them in your booking request to ensure a ticket/seat is issued. Children must be accompanied by an adult while travelling on Kuranda Scenic Railway.

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