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Gold Class Kuranda Scenic Railway and Diamond View Skyrail Cableway – The way to travel!
Posted on February 19, 2014 by Sophie Tabouel
One of the top tours in far north Queensland is the ‘Kuranda Scenic Railway’ and ‘Skyrail Cableway’ with a stop in the beautiful township of Kuranda. Having a friend visit from down south we thought it would be nice to treat ourselves and upgrade to Gold Class on the train and the Diamond View Skyrail (glass bottomed) and I tell you it was well worth it for only a small extra cost!
We opted for a self-drive package with International Coaches. Charles the driver of the coach transferred us from the Skyrail station (car park) to the train station during which he gave us a great little tour of a well-kept secret through the back streets of Cairns suburbs, past cane fields and fresh water creeks. Return transfers from accommodation also available.
Gold Class Train
With a refreshing mocktail on arrival in the station’s Gold Class section our morning of our pampering had begun. The characteristic little train station has a museum that we perused, perfectly filling in time till boarding. Once the train arrived we were guided to comfortable cushioned seats in a roomy carriage, we kicked back and settled in. On-board tasty beverages and a delicious variety of local produce were served by some friendly and attentive train crew. There is an audio presentation throughout the train journey with interesting commentary on the trials and tribulations of building this magnificent train and tracks in dense rainforest with tropical climate. The views are breathtaking with an array of highlighted natural beauties including the beautiful Barron Falls to photograph along the way! The crew supply post cards for guests and post them for you which is a lovely touch. The scenery along with the crew makes this a memorable journey.
Always a gem to visit, Kuranda’s daily shops, markets and eateries keep the most regular of visitors busy. The wildlife parks and shopping area are all closely located making navigating Kuranda a piece of cake! A very scenic town with lovely Aussie artefacts on show throughout and encircled by the Barron River, cameras are rarely put away. Don’t forget to try the Kuranda Candy, a great present idea for family and friends or yourself!
Diamond View Skyrail
Upgrading to the new ‘Diamond View’ Skyrail it opened up our viewing pleasure, not only did we get 360° views of rainforest as far as the eye could see from the windows, we could also see the rainforest looking down between our feet. The Skyrail travels at a relaxed speed with cool breezes blowing in through the vents. There are two stops along the way back to Caravonica Station, the first being Barron Falls which is the most visited place in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.These majestic waterfalls stand 260 metres high. At Barron Falls Station is also the CSIRO interpretive centre where you learn about animals and statistics of the rainforest. The second stop is Red Peak Station with lovely boardwalks and interpretive and cultural information boards guiding you along your rainforest journey. As you venture over Red Peak and continue down the mountain, Cairns and the surrounding region and out to Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef appear. Breathtaking.
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Written and Experienced by:
Kelly – A Cairns Holiday Specialists Tour Specialist
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