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How to Choose the best Kuranda Tours WHAT’S MY STYLE, GOLD CLASS OR HERITAGE CLASS?

Posted on April 3, 2019 by

Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway – Cairns – Port Douglas

The Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway is one of the most sought-after experiences by visitors holidaying in the Cairns and Tropical North Queensland region.

It is an iconic Cairns attraction that most people would have read about at some time or another, while exploring their options of “Things to do” in Cairns.

And generally, it is high on the “Must Do” list along with the Kuranda Skyrail Cableway Gondola journey which it is most commonly packaged with on all Kuranda tours.

So just when you’ve asked yourself the question of “Do I take the Train to Kuranda, and return by Skyrail? OR vice versa?”

There is another question you may want to ask yourself…

What style do I normally like to travel in?

Photo courtesy of Down Under Tours – Kuranda Scenic Train

Do I Choose Classic Old World HERITAGE CLASS or go with a bit of luxury in GOLD CLASS?

The Kuranda Train offers an old-world charm experience in refurbished original red-wooden heritage carriages with comfortable bench seats.

The scenic journey on the train winds around the mountains of the World Heritage-listed rainforest belonging to the Barron Gorge National Park.

The Kuranda train and scenic railway experience includes an audio commentary about the history and original purpose of this historic railway line.

It has a brief stop at Barron Falls where guests alight at the viewing platform for ten-minutes to take in the breathtaking view of Barron Gorge and take in some photo opportunities.

The duration of the of the journey is 2 hours one way if travelling from the Cairns Railway Station. Or, if traveling from the Freshwater Station, the duration is 1 hour 40 min to reach the mountain top village of Kuranda.

For guests staying in Port Douglas there are Coach transfers to Freshwater Train Station or the Skyrail Gondola Station.

What Is The Difference – Gold Class v.s Heritage Class?

HERITAGE CLASS carriages provide a charming ambience with a cedar interior, classic style cushioned bench seats as used during the train’s bygone days, and historical photos adorning its walls.

Photo courtesy of Down Under Tours – Heritage Class

Chilled filtered water is available in each carriage, and a chilled refresher towel is offered in the Summer months.

GOLD CLASS carriages are a little extra-special. Or should I say, a little more “indulgent”ť in comparison to Heritage Class.

This is because along with the same inclusions as Heritage Class, there is a dedicated hosted service. Individual seating in comfortable lounge-style club chairs are provided.

These chairs replace the classic-style bench seats in the Heritage Class carriages.

The hosted service offers hot and cold beverages such as beer, wine, tea, coffee and orange juice.

As well as morning or afternoon tea containing snacks made from local produce sourced from Queensland and the Atherton Tablelands up behind Cairns.

Gold Class Carriage Availability

9.30am departure from Cairns to Kuranda

9.50am departure from Freshwater to Kuranda

Return from Kuranda to Cairns 3.30pm

Gold Class Is Not All About the Food & Beverage Upgrade

Photo courtesy of Down Under Tours – Gold Class

If the idea of a hosted service with morning tea, afternoon tea, beer or wine is not grabbing your attention in Gold Class, it is definitely worth the consideration if you prefer the comfort and support of an individual arm chair, as an alternative to the bench seats that Kuranda trains Heritage Class offer.

The hosts in Gold Class endeavour to make your experience a more exclusive one. They provide additional local knowledge of the area travelled through, and nearby in the region.

It is this personal interaction that makes your journey on one of the greatest train journeys in the world all the more rewarding.

Kuranda Train Heritage Class Inclusions

  • Barron Falls viewing platform
  • Audio Commentary
  • Souvenir Trip Guide

Kuranda Train Gold Class inclusions

  • Barron Falls viewing platform
  • Audio Commentary
  • Dedicated host service
  • Individual seating, lounge-style chairs
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen and postcard
  • Souvenir trip guide
  • Optional exclusive tour of the Heritage-Listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station [subject to availability, ask your Gold Class host]
  • Morning or Afternoon Tea featuring a selection of Queensland and local Tablelands produce, including Beer, Wine, Softdrinks, Tea, Coffee, Orange Juice.
  • Welcome tropical mocktails served in the pavillion area, 20 minutes prior to the arrival of the train when boarding at Freshwater Station in the morning.
  • Welcome drinks served onboard the train, 20 minutes prior to departure, when boarding at Kuranda Station in the afternoon.

Kuranda Train Gold Class Morning Tea Menu

  • Warm Feta & Spinach Pastry Rolls
  • Savoury Muffins made with Gallo Dairyland Heritage Cheddar Cheese, bacon and herbs
  • Freshly baked ANZAC biscuits
  • Mango to Go, 100% Pure mango frozen treat

Kuranda Train Gold Class Afternoon Tea Menu

  • Wondaree Macadamia Nuts
  • Gallo Dairyland Cheese Platter, A selection of three local cheeses accompanied by locally produced gourmet dip, dried fruit and assorted crackers.
  • Mango to Go, 100% Pure mango frozen treat

Kuranda Train Gold Class Beverage Menu [available morning and afternoon]

  • Skybury Coffee
  • Daintree Tea
  • Orange Juice
  • Soft Drinks Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite
  • Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager
  • Australian Sparkling Wine
  • Sirromet Pinot Gris
  • Sirromet Unwooded Chardonnay
  • Sirromet Cabernet Sauvignon

Photo courtesy of Down Under Tours – Gold Class

At the end of the day the goal is to take the most scenic route to the village in the rainforest known as Kuranda, and no matter where you sit in the train you are all going to end up in the same place at the same time just like you do in an airplane!

Also for those guests who may be disabled and are in a wheelchair, the Kuranda Train has a specially fitted carriage to accommodate a comfortable journey for everyone.

This also applies to the Skyrail Gondola and Cableway. Please read our information on travelling with a disability in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland.

You can even add more Cairns attractions to your Kuranda day tour and visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Rainforestation Nature Park and Hartleys Crocodile Park in a package deal.

See all of our Kuranda tours and attractions and make your own selection on-line or give us a call and we will gladly be of assistance.

Author: Jennifer Tofia – Destination Specialist

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