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Tour ID: 10004689

This enjoyable one-day tour from Cairns combines the well-known Scenic Railway, free time in Kuranda, and the Skyrail Cableway, seeing all aspects of the lush rainforest and tall canopy of the Barron Gorge from a variety of viewpoints.

•    Take the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway on journey through time and an ancient lush rainforest
•    Visit the laid-back village of Kuranda and it's popular markets
•    Glide over green canopy of rainforest aboard the Scenic Skyrail Cableway

This full day tour starts from the Freshwater Train Station, at either 8.55am or 9.55am with your train journey from Freshwater to the village of Kuranda. Travel in our original Heritage Class Carriages which are fully refurbished, red-wooden carriages that simply radiate old world charm. Learn about the history and design of the unique Railway and the sights that you see on the way with our informative audio commentary played during your journey. The Railway is an engineering feat which runs a 34km route through the Barron Gorge National Park. There are 40 bridges and 15 hand-made tunnels along the way. Complimentary chilled refresher towels and filtered water are provided to keep you cool and comfortable.

We cross the amazing Stoney Creek Bridge, before stopping at the Barron Gorge viewing platform which you can briefly disembark and take some photos. The view of the lush green rainforest and the spectacular Barron Falls are stunning and are a prime candidate for your photographic skills. Once we get back on the train we head into Kuranda where you'll see the heritage listed Kuranda Railway station, famous for it lush ferns hanging from the rafters.

Kuranda offers a wide range of attractions, sights and sounds, all in a quaint village amongst the lush rainforest. Take a walk through the town, enjoy the famous Heritage Markets, and perhaps take in a bite of Morning Tea or Lunch. Though not included in your tour, you can choose to visit the Kuranda Koala Gardens to get up close and personal with one of our iconic animals, or perhaps visit Birworld for an amazing look at some of the local and not-so-local tropical birds. Don't forget the camera! You'll want a few photos of the birds playing with in the trees right in front of your eyes, or even landing on your shoulder for a quick 'hello, how are you' before they're off again on a swooping flight across the magnificent rainforest-habitat space. Perhaps you're more of an insect lover, and if so, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary might be your cup of tea! With around 1500 beautiful tropical butterflies, including the electric blue Ulysses butterfly and the giant Cairns or Australian Birdwing, you're sure to find a species that you haven't spotted before (tip- wear bright colours if you are keen on having them land on you).

Head to the Kuranda Skyrail terminal to board your six-person cableway gondola for your return trip. Glide leisurely just a few metres above the green leaves and sprawling canopy of the rainforest. Enjoy the World Heritage listed Rainforest from a completely different perspective. Take a break from the cableway at 2 different locations, to see more of the rainforest from beneath the canopy, and more of the Barron Falls, this time from the opposite side to where the train was in the morning. 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. You'll have the opportunity for some great photos from the heights of the cableway across Cairns and on a clear day, you might even spot Green Island in the distance.

Alighting at Skyrail's Caravonica Station, you can pick up a coach for a relaxing 25 minute ride back to Freshwater Station, where you started your day.

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    One-way Kuranda Scenic Railway (Heritage Class) + One-way Skyrail Rainforest Cableway + One-way bus transfer back to Freshwater Station.

    Limited space is available for disabled or mobility impaired customers in easy access carriages. Please contact us to discuss your needs before booking as places are limited.

  • Available for purchase/hire:

    Gold Class Upgrade: You may like to upgrade from the standard Heritage Class Carriage to the Gold Class Carriage.

    • Gold Class is ONLY available on the 9.55am service from Freshwater Station. Gold Class passengers beginning the tour at Freshwater Station will enjoy tropical mocktails served in the pavillion area, 20 minutes prior to the arrival of the train.
    • Gold Class offers individual seating in lounge-style chairs, historical decor, with a dedicated host service provided.
    • Morning Tea is included in Gold Class and feature a selection of Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as Gallo Dairyland Cheese, Skybury Coffee, Wondaree Macadamias, Mango to Go (100% pure mango treat), freshly baked muffins, Sirromet wines and Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager. (note: Alcoholic beverages not served on Anzac Day 25 April)
    • You'll also receive a Gold Class Gift Pack (souvenir pen, badge, postcard and trip guide) to remember your journey by.

  • Duration:

    Train ride - 1.5 hours from Freshwater
    Skyrail journey - 1.25 hours from Kuranda
    Skyrail coach - 15 mins from Smithfield to Freshwater

  • Departure:

    8:55 AM Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat
    9:55 AM Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat

  • Return:

    Return times will vary depending on the Skyrail service time.

  • Departure points:


  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    Please make your own way to the Freshwater Railway Station to start your tour on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. When you return on the Skyrail a bus transfer service will bring you from Skyrail's Smithfield terminal back to the Freshwater Station.

    Choose your preferred departure time of 8.55am or 9.55am, however please note if your preferred departure is full we will book you on the available departure.

  • 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.

  • Additional Information:

    The Train journey takes about 1 hour 30 mins.
    Skyrail journey takes about 1 hour 15 mins.
    Coach transfer takes about 15 mins.
    Hotel transfers are not available.

  • Destinations:


Optional Extras

  • Gold Class Train Upgrade (9.55am service only)

    Individual seating in lounge style chairs with a dedicated host service provided. Includes a range of refreshments with tasty appetisers and a gift pack. Subject to availability - we recommend booking at least 10 days prior to travel to avoid disappointment.

    Adults: $49.00 | Children: $49.00 | Family: $196.00

  • Diamond View Skyrail Upgrade @ 2.15pm

    Upgrade to the Diamond View Gondola with glass floor on Skyrail. Seats are very limited and subject to availability after a booking is created. We recommend booking at least 10 days prior to travel, or calling in order to avoid disappointment.

    Adults: $20.00 | Children: $10.00 | Family: $60.00 | Pensioners: $20.00

  • Diamond View Skyrail Upgrade @ 3.45pm

    Upgrade to the Diamond View Gondola with glass floor on Skyrail. Seats are very limited and subject to availability after a booking is created. We recommend booking at least 10 days prior to travel, or calling in order to avoid disappointment.

    Adults: $20.00 | Children: $10.00 | Family: $60.00 | Pensioners: $20.00

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