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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Overview

Journey to the rain forest village of Kuranda via two unique transit options on this memorable full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Skip the line and enjoy Gold Class service aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, winding through lush mountain passes and waterfall gorges along the way. In the opposite direction, glide above the treetops in a gondola and soak up spectacular views of the mountains and coastline on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. In Kuranda, enjoy leisure time to explore the heritage markets, learn about aboriginal culture or interact with native wildlife.
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway day trip from Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas
  • Skip the line with express tickets for the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Travel in Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic Railway with premium seating and morning or afternoon refreshments
  • Have plenty of free time to explore Kuranda and take advantage of discount entry to a variety of attractions and wildlife exhibits
  • Browse the famous Heritage Markets in Kuranda Village at your leisure
  • Take an optional exclusive tour of the World Heritage-listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station
  • Marvel at the engineering of the Cairns-Kuranda Railway, constructed between 1882-1891

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Skip-the-line and on-board refreshments with this Gold Class ticket for the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
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One way Kuranda Scenic Railway ride in Gold Class
One way by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

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Pickup available from selected Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas hotels available - IMPORTANT: please ensure to correctly choose the Cairns or Port Douglas option when booking. Contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.
Nestled high up the tropical mountains at 1076 feet (328 meters) above sea level, the rain forest village of Kuranda is a must-see destination on any trip to Cairns. Travel to the historic outpost in style, beginning with pickup at your Cairns or port Douglas hotel. Choose the order of your transit options at booking to customize the day. 

On one leg of the journey, skip the line for a ride aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Enjoy Gold Class service in a well-appointed cedar train car featuring comfortable lounge chairs, timber flooring and historic memorabilia. Sip on sparkling Australian wine, tea and coffee and nibble snacks while enjoying magnificent views of mountains and valleys and waterfall-studded Barron Gorge. Receive a complimentary gift pack including a pen, postcard, badge and souvenir guide as a memento of your ride.

On the opposite leg, get an aerial perspective of Tropical North Queensland as you soar over the treetops on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Settle into an enclosed 6-passenger gondola and take in panoramic views of the highlands, forest and Coral Sea on the 4.5-mile (7.5-km) ride. Stop at two lookout stations along the way, where you can chat with rangers, stroll along forest boardwalks and snap photos.

In Kuranda, enjoy several hours of leisure time to explore the historic village and surrounds. Browse heritage markets, have lunch at a local café (own expense), learn about indigenous history at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or encounter native wildlife like kangaroos, butterflies and koalas at the Rainforestation Nature Park (not included).  

Your full-day rain forest adventure concludes with drop-off back at your Cairns or Port Douglas hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
The Australia Butterfly Sanctuary is located in the Kuranda Markets. You can choose to visit this place in your free time in Kuranda. Wander through the enclosed rainforest and see the amazing butterfly life.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Journey over and through the World Heritage listed rainforest of Tropical North Queensland.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Take a journey on this heritage railway line that winds through the Rainforest, on a mountain between Kuranda and Freshwater Station.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Koala Gardens
To see Australian Wildlife, visit Kuranda Koala Gardens during your free time in Kuranda.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Barron Gorge National Park
Take a journey through the ancient rainforest in Barron Gorge National Park. Journey via Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Kuranda Scenic Rail.
Pass By:  
Barron Falls
Take in the amazing views of the might Barron Falls from both Skyrail and the Scenic Rail.
Stop At:  
Birdworld Kuranda
You can choose to visit Birdworld during your free time in Kuranda. The largest single collection of free-flying bird in Australia
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Down Under Tours - Day Tours
Down Under Tour is the largest day tour operator in the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please advise if you are using a Wheelchair. Both Skyrail & Scenic Rail have maximum dimensions they can take.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Down Under Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

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  • "This tour only provides transportation to and return from Kuranda." See review
  • "How can you charge for a scenic rail when only one side of the train can see anything?" See review

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star-5
Well worth it
Lachlan_R
, Aug 2022
Gold class was well worth the extra. Lovely and informative staff and refreshments were great. The shopping and animal enclosures were fun but prepared to walk
star-5
Memoriable
Ted_R
, Aug 2022
Had a very enjoyable day. The service was impeccable. Would recommend this trip to anyone. Had plenty of time to see all the attractions. We went gold class the only way to go.
star-4
Lovely experience
Patrick_G
, Aug 2022
Loved the ride back to cairns. The scenery was fabulous. Great history experience and we were made to feel special in the gold class heritage carriage
star-5
Poor comms
Allen_G
, Jul 2022
The poor communication by Viator, hopeless with confirmation and we will always avoid Viator in future
star-5
Train experience
Timothy_D
, Jul 2022
Train was excellent and staff were friendly and attentive.All together a great day for families and friends.
star-5
Excellent.
Anthony_S
, Jul 2022
Buses comfortable and timely. Excellent drivers. Sky rail and train ride both excellent and interesting. One of the best tourist trips we have done. Very professional from all concerned.
star-5
Kuranda GoldPass
Sophia_c
, Jul 2022
Everything including the Village especially the little Gem shop and museum… the food and drinks and comfy seats up with the gold pass scenic train ride was definitely a bonus we didn’t know was included
star-5
Railway and skyrail
Dennis_L
, Jul 2022
The railway gold class was fantastic. Extremely well looked after - drinks generous as was food. The journey was a great experience. The scenery and information provided was great. The skyrail another fantastic experience great scenery and great views highly recommend Highly recommend both experiences with Viator who made the day out seamless.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
What a wonderful review! We are so pleased you spoiled yourselves by travelling Gold Class on the train. The Scenic train and the Skyrail are wonderful experiences, such unique ways of travelling to the little village in the rainforest, thank you for sharing your review.
star-2
Poor tour handler with beautiful views
Stephen_M
, Jul 2022
Increíble views riding train up and doing sky rail down. Horrible low with your tour operators, did not pick me up at hotel, and cost 50 dollars USD to make it to railway station to pickup Karunda.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
I have spoken to our reservation team about your situation. Our driver was at your hotel to pick you up and spent time looking for you and calling out your name. He had to move on and you were listed as "Failed to load." All our buses are tracked on a GPS app. We know that our bus was at your hotel at 8:25am. When our reservations person spoke to you at 9:15am she offered you the opportunity to be picked up at a later time and your tour to be operated in reverse; Skyrail up and train down, but you refused this offer deciding to make your own way to Freshwater Station to meet the 9:50 train up and return by skyrail. I am pleased that you enjoyed the Scenic Train and Skyrail to and from Kuranda and that you enjoyed the experience.
star-5
The whole trip was very...
michael_i
, Jul 2022
The whole trip was very good 😊 from beginning to end , but Kuranda market was very rundown and need a facelift …..nearly 3 years of Covid must have taken its toll !!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We appreciate you taking the time to write us a review of your experience. Thank you for the 5 stars. We are thrilled you enjoyed your whole day.
star-5
Great experience.
Amanda_H
, Jul 2022
Delightful old carriage, excellent service and wonderful views. Very highly recommended, including spending the extra for Gold Class.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We are thrilled you decided to upgrade to Gold Class, it adds to an already amazing experience, doesn't it. We appreciate your 5 stars and your review.
star-5
We had an amazing time we...
Nicola_M
, Jul 2022
We had an amazing time we did the good class which was so worth it would highly recommend it . We had Melanie as our host she was amazing.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
I am thrilled you decided to spoil yourselves on Gold Class! It is a lovely experience with the extra comfort, local produce and drinks, as well as the extra special commentary and attention from your host. Thank you for our great 5 star review.
star-4
going over the scenic...
Mark_N
, Jun 2022
going over the scenic bridges and great cabin service and very friendly people was a standout for us. we had ticket issues at the start was sorted out
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are pleased that you spoiled yourselves on Gold Class and enjoyed your scenic railway trip up to Kuranda. Thank you for taking the time to give us a review.
star-5
Amazing Day
Toni_H
, Jun 2022
Had an amazing day. Money well spent. The views were amazing and gold class made it a memorable day.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are thrilled you upgraded to Gold Class and that this experience added to your special day. Thank you for your 5 star review.
star-5
We had a wonderful time...
Bobbie_E
, Jun 2022
We had a wonderful time on the Skip the Line train and cable ride. Our hostess in carriage 8 Gold Class was so funny, and attentive. Absolutely beautiful scenery. Well done everyone
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are thrilled that you decided to spoil yourselves with Gold Class and that it added to your whole experience. Thank you so much for your 5 star review.
star-4
Very good tour
Martin_C
, May 2022
Enjoyable trip with the highlight being the train ride from Kuranda to Freshwater. I recommend the gold-class option which makes the journey quite relaxing as one is served drinks and canopies. Although the skyrail seemed a long journey it is broken up with a couple scenic stops en route. Not much to Kuranda apart from the opportunity to stretch the lags and pop into the local tavern. Quite a long day if you are staying in Port Douglas.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review on your experience. We are pleased that you enjoyed your Skyrail and train journey and that you decided to spoil yourself with Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic train.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
The gold Class was so...
Sandie_J
, May 2022
The gold Class was so enjoyable. the best part of the trip was Melinda our service attendant. The food and Beverages were outstanding. will be doing this one again
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are thrilled that you spoiled yourself on Gold Class, it truly is an amazing experience. Thank you for taking the time to add your review.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent.
Elizabeth_B
, May 2022
Everything. The train up, then the Skyrail down. Even though a couple of us don’t like heights. Gold class was wonderful. The service was exceptional.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for our excellent 5 star review. We are thrilled you had such a great day. The Kuranda Scenic Train and the Skyrail are a fabulous way of getting to and from the little village in the rainforest, aren't they. We are glad you spoiled yourself with Gold Class on the train.
star-5
Worth the upgrade
Lynn_W
, May 2022
Gold class was comfortable and relaxing. Our host IC was excellent and really friendly. Morning tea was delicious. The views are better on the right hand side.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Excellent review, thank you for the 5 stars. I am thrilled you spoiled yourselves with Gold Class on the Scenic Train.
star-5
Excellent day out
Denice_S
, May 2022
Excellent day out. Nice refreshing drink before your trip up to Kuranda. On board refreshments were very nice. Didn’t realise Kuranda was as big as it was, thought there would only be a few shops but had a full street lined with shops. Make sure you read the map before you continue up into the village, we missed a few things which was disappointing but entirely our fault. A few of the usual touristy stuff but quite a few nice shops as well. Spent a few dollars so had a good day. Sky rail back was excellent. A few stops on the way back if you want to get off and have a look around. The view coming back over the last hill n down into the station was spectacular.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for our great review! I am thrilled you had such a special day travelling up and back on the train and skyrail and spending great time in the little village in the rainforest. I am pleased you have so many precious memories to take home with you.

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