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Apr 13

Kuranda Scenic Rail Gold Class, Rainforestation & Skyrail with Down Under Tours

Posted on April 13, 2010 by

Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail are the second most requested touring options during a holiday in the Cairns Region.  Why not enjoy both of these fantastic choices! Combining the luxurious gold class service on the train and the interactive and entertaining Rainforestation in Kuranda Village guarantees a day filled with sights and experiences that will last a lifetime.

The day starts with a prompt 7:30am pick up from your accommodation in a newly refurbished air conditioned coach.  On our 30 minute journey out to Freshwater train station our driver, Greg, gave us a detailed rundown on our upcoming day.  We arrived at Freshwater station just past 8:00am and headed over to check in with the friendly and efficient Down Under Tours staff.  We received our personalized itinerary for the day and had a few spare minutes to grab a coffee and have a look around the museum and gift shop. 

The train pulled into Freshwater station at 8:45am and we were welcomed aboard the gold class carriages with our choice of soft drink, wine, or beer.  The train departed and began our decent up to Kuranda!  Selections of snacks were offered during the journey including croissants, pastries, and danishes.  The train slowed as we passed Stoney Creek falls allowing for a photo opportunity.  We were lucky enough to take this trip in the green season, so the falls were in full force!  Along the way there are several scenic views of Cairns and the coastline which provided some really fantastic shots as well.  The train stopped at Barron Falls and we had about 10 minutes to hop off the train and take some pictures.  From this point there were only ten more minutes to our journey before we arrived in Kuranda, a little village up in the rainforest!

Kuranda is a laid back little village that is extremely popular with both tourists and locals.  On any given day there are heritage markets for shopping and eating, and several different animal parks including koala gardens, bird world, butterfly sanctuary, and a venom zoo!  Many tour operators include Kuranda as part of other day trips such as Tjapukai, Hartley’s Crocodile Farm, and Rainforestation.  We selected the Rainforestation package so we had about an hour to look around Kuranda before meeting our driver for our transfer over to the park.

Upon our arrival at Rainforestation at 11:30am we were given an itinerary of the day.  The first stop was the animal tour where we were able to walk around in the kangaroo park and get up close to these beautiful creatures.  There were also cassowary, crocodiles, and all sorts of different lizards.  Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining, showing us all the different characteristics of the different animals.  Next stop was lunch and the Rainforestation Restaurant.  It was served buffet style with international dishes including hot curries, vegetables, and meat as well as fresh salads and fresh fruit. 

After lunch it was time for the famous Army Ducks! There was some question between us as to whether these vehicles were cars or boats. Regardless of the answer, this water/overland tour was awesome.  It was about 30 minutes in length and our informative driver pointed out different ecological areas, as well as giving us some history on the Army Duck itself.  We managed to get the front seats in the boat and it was quite interesting seeing the duck go from car to boat just by going into water or coming back onto dry land.

Next up on the itinerary was the Pamagirri Dancers – a group of about 6 Aboriginal performers who acted out variations on different Australian animals such as the kangaroo and the cassowary.  They got the audience involved as well, teaching us songs and inviting a few people up on stage to perform a traditional Aboriginal dance with them!

The next stop was a spear throwing demonstration and a boomerang throwing demonstration.  We were able to have a go with the boomerangs, which is something that is a lot harder than it looks!  Soon enough, we boarded the bus for our transfer back through Kuranda to the Skyrail depot.

The Skyrail cable car is a stunning 7.5km track that glides over the rainforest canopy.  After boarding our carriage, we had about 15 minutes to take in the stunning views of the rainforest, mountains, and waterfalls before hopping off at the first stop and getting some great photos at the different lookouts of the Barron Falls and Barron Gorge.  After re-boarding, it was about 15 minutes again before the next stop, where we were able to test our rainforest knowledge at the CSIRO Information Station. The last stretch of track was amazing – after coming over the final crest of the mountain, the ocean and the coastline is stretched out before your eyes and the views were just spectacular!  About 15 minutes later we arrived at the Skyrail depot in Caravonica where we caught our coach ride back to our accommodation.

 Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail are absolute must do’s during your stay in Cairns.  Adding the Rainforestation option provided us with a better understanding of the Aboriginal culture and the park was very entertaining.  This day does not disappoint so make sure you take advantage of Kuranda and all it has to offer during your holiday to Far North Queensland!

 By: Andrea Teed, TTS Tour Consultant

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