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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Open daily 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Bunda St, Cairns, Queensland, 4870

The Basics

Most tours set out from Cairns, Port Douglas, or the northern beaches, from where it’s a two-hour one-way journey to the end of the line at Kuranda. Passengers can choose standard heritage carriages or the more luxurious Gold Class or Royale Class service, in which refreshments are served. For the best value, combine your tour with other North Queensland activities such as a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, an Army Duck tour of the Rainforestation Nature Park, a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef, or a visit to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
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$166.53 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Perfect Day!
Such history! Professional staff, amazing views and fantastic history. A lovely pace. Recommend the rail first and the cableway in the afternoon after a lovely lunch in Kuranda.
Jen_W, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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Kuranda by Train & return by Skyrail
Vickie_C, Jan 2022
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Great trip up via Train & back via Skyrail, the views are awesome. Travellers are well spaced by the Train Staff, because of COVID. There is a nice Pub available for lunch on arrival & if you like a Ginger Beer with a bit of an alcohol kick (4%) try the Pubs very own Green Ginger Beer
star-5
Awesome day out
Alan_M, Jan 2022
Grand Kuranda Incl Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation (CKBB)
Our driver Geoff was fantastic. Very knowledgeable. Super caring and concern when one girl got lost.
star-5
Breathtaking and I had recharged 200%
Uyanga_G, Jan 2022
Grand Kuranda Incl Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation (CKBB)
It was great experience and really loved all the activities. Worth it. We had an amazing time. The kangaroos we saw in the wildlife were so cute and the tour driver was so nice person. Friendly people and great discovery.
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Amazing Journey 🌺
Bronwyn_S, Dec 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Spectacular journey 🌺 Well worth doing. The gondola was amazing with fab views . Thank you The village is small but interesting heritage .
star-5
Gold class all the way.
Susan_T, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The service was Impeccable, comfort of the chairs and been able to take great photos of the falls with plenty of room, and views were Spectacular. Thank you for making our trip memorable.
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Excellent service and...
gerard_h, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Excellent service and kept supplied with drinks and snacks the whole train trip. Was worth every cent and wonderful views from both the train and skyrail.
star-5
Skyrail is a can't miss item. Rainforestation is also a great experience.
Jonathan_T, Dec 2021
Grand Kuranda Incl Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation (CKBB)
Great trip, lots to do and the Rainforestation was so much better than expected. Sad to see the markets at Kuranda village only half still open. Regardless of how scared you are, do not miss the Skyrail!
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The passing the waterfall...
Hayley_M, Nov 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
The passing the waterfall on the train and stopping at Barron Gorge lookout were key highlights. Really enjoyed my time
star-5
Great tour
Darren_S, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The scenic railway section was unbelievable. The service on the Gold Class (hay) started the trip off with style and service. Would highly recommend this tour purely on the customer service from Shay and the other staff of the scenic railway.
star-4
Worth the train and sky rail components
Chris_W, Nov 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
The train ride, river cruise and sky rail are fantastic. Unfortunately in this quiet period with borders still closed the town basically closes around 1330-1400. Went to the main pub for lunch only to find it closed at 1320. The bird and butterfly attractions are at the top of the town so you need to hussle to visit them I assume it stays open later in high season but a bit disappointed with Kuranda itself
star-4
A relaxing journey
Victorio_A, Nov 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Adventure started by getting picked up at my motel and dropped off to the train for the journey to Kuranda. The train went through scenic country. When finally arrived in Kuranda, exploring what the town had to offer. On the way home, hoped onto the skyrail for a relaxing time.
star-5
Very interesting staff...
bernadette_o, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Very interesting staff are lovely and very informative great train and sky rail journey will be recommending this to everyone

Things to Know Before You Go

  • English-language commentary is provided on the train.

  • Luggage space is limited, so bring a day bag and be sure to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, and comfortable shoes if you plan on exploring the rainforest.

  • Wheelchair access is available at all stations except Barron Falls station, but it must be requested in advance.

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How to Get There

It’s possible to ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway in either direction, starting your journey at Cairns Station, Freshwater Station, or Kuranda Station. Cairns Station is located right in the center of Cairns, about five miles (eight kilometers) or a 1-hour train ride south of Cairns Airport.

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When to Get There

The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs twice daily, with morning departures from Cairns and afternoon departures from Kuranda. Trains run year-round, but with no air-conditioning on-board the historic trains, it can get hot in summer.

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Natural Landscapes of the Wet Tropics

The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs right through the heart of the UNESCO-protected Wet Tropics, climbing through the jungle-clad mountains of the Barron Gorge. Jump off along the way to marvel at the Barron Falls, admire Stoney Creek Falls, or take a hike through the ancient woodlands, looking out for wildlife such as rainbow lorikeets, wild orchids, and Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos.

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