On this full day tour you can take in the magnificent views aboard the Kuranda Scenic Rail then above the rainforest canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Our coach will then transfer you to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.
The Kuranda Boarding Pass is a helpful tool designed to provide guests with an easy-to-understand guide for their day in Kuranda, including a map, schedule, location guide and information about each of the attractions available in Kuranda.
The Kuranda Boarding Pass is also available in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese or Chinese, making it much easier for foreign-language guests to know where they should be and at what time throughout the day, ensuring all guests reach the different attractions and buses on time.
Your day will start with your tour guide collecting you from your Cairns (7.00am - 8.00am). Your tour bus will then take you to Freshwater Station where you will wait for the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway.
This historical railway has to be one of the most magical and scenic rail journeys in the world. On the journey you will have commentary on its history and the amazing sights as you see them.
You will be sitting in a restored, rustic carriage, pulled by the locomotive power of a 1720 Class Diesel Electric Locomotive from 1966. Throughout the journey you'll be accompanied by commentary of the railway history and surrounding scenery (English).
As you snake up the McAllister range along the steep edges of the Barron Gorge you will realise what an amazing feat of engineering you are witnessing. Built in 1886 many lives were lost not only to the harsh conditions but to the local Aboriginals who were determined to defend their lands from the invading settlers.
The railway’s tunnels – all 15 of them – were hand dug and there was little machinery to aid in the construction of the 37 bridges along the way. Three million cubic metres of earth was excavated during its construction, which gives some idea of the amazing accomplishment that this railway represents in terms of man’s effort and engineering.
Upon arrival at around 10.25am, you will have approximately an hour to explore this amazing village located in the rainforest.
The heritage markets are open 7 days a week and if you are looking for that extra something ‘special’, a unique souvenir or just wish to browse amongst the colourful and interesting arts and crafts then this is your heaven.
There are also quirky cafes where you can sit to have a cake and a morning coffee and clothes boutiques that have hand made local clothes, so you can bet no one else will be wearing the same.
At 11.30am (5 minutes walk from Kuranda) you will board your bubble gondola for your amazing trip back down. You will soar over the canopy of this World Heritage Rainforest and not only will you see it from the air, but with stop offs along the way you can explore it at ground level too!
Red Peak Station is nestled deep in the rainforest at 545m above sea level. With a 175 metre boardwalk running from it through the trees this is an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the forest at root and trunk level.
The moment you arrive you will be surrounded by giant ferns, lush palms, towering trees and an array of wildlife and plants – the only thing missing is the dinosaurs. One can really appreciate the grandeur of the rainforest when looking up from the ground at the trees and the rainforest canopy towering above.
Join a complimentary boardwalk, where an experienced Ranger will provide a fun and informative tour pointing out the surrounding flora and fauna and information on the rainforest in general.
There are additional signs and displays that will give you additional information on the flora and fauna you are seeing.
Your trip between Red Peak and Barron Falls Station is a journey like no other as you glide over a myriad of vibrant colours, with the vivid shades of green of the rainforest beneath you. Look out for the flitting electric blue of passing Ulysses butterflies or the white of a passing crested cockatoo and the varied calls and tweets from native birds and insects.
The view from this viewing station across to the Barron Falls is one of the most amazing sites to behold on your Skyrail journey. The Barron Falls, especially in the green season (between December to March), is like watching a million fire hoses turned on full power in unison. The rising water droplets and mini rainbows as the water cascades to a depth of 125m (410 ft) is exhilarating.
The Rainforest Interpretation Centre station is also located at the Barron Falls Station. This is a state-of-the-art centre developed in conjunction with the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). You can see here an interactive visual presentation about the rainforest environment. With touch-screen computers, pictorials and videos your family will have fun learning about your amazing surrounds.
You will arrive at Smithfield Skyrail Terminal at around 12.40pm where the tour bus and tour guide will take you to your next stop.
At 1.20pm you will arrive at the best place to see crocodiles in Far North Queensland. This is the next best place to see the crocodiles laze, eat, kill than in the wild.
Lunch (not included in tour price)
Well, there’s only a few places you can order a crocodile burger and “make it snappy!”. Lilies Restaurant is located on a viewing deck that overlooks the lagoon – an ideal watering hole and feeding station for humans.
Lilies Restaurant offers a wide range of choices from a coffee, a croc (and other meat) burger, focaccia, hot meals, a salad - vegetarian food is also available.
All food is locally sourced and fresh and comes in generous sizes, so tasty and healthy.
Herds of feeding lunch visitors can be viewed until 2.30pm when the restaurant is closed and the people are released back into the wild.
You can still grab a coffee or a snack, or even a drink from the licenced bar until 5.00pm.
At this stop there will be plenty of time for you to explore the wonderful wildlife at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.
These Melaleuca wetlands are the home of the saltwater crocodile and you can walk along boardwalks and pathways to see an array of native fauna and wildlife.
See these amazing animals eat and show off their amazing death rolls.
You can attend wildlife presentations that will include getting up close with cassowaries, snakes, quolls and koalas and many more.
If you want a photo holding a crocodile (a young one) then this is possible (not included in tour price).
Discover the world’s most venomous snakes at the Snake Show before your return transfer departs at 4.45pm.
See these amazing flightless large birds. With only 1200 left in the wild these are extremely rare and beautiful birds. Find out how the rainforest relies on the Cassowary to regenerate and grow.
Along this trail you can meet with freshwater crocs, lizards and turtles. You will also be able to walk-through a large bird aviary and be surrounded by stunning tropical birds. If you visit the Macalister Education Centre you will gain a valuable insight into the local nature and environment.
Hartley’s Crocodile do farm crocodiles at Hartley’s. You can go on a farm tour and learn about how they farm crocodiles and the contribution that farming has made to their conservation.
This is Hartley’s latest attraction and is described as “a bridge between two worlds”. This consists of displays and interpretative signage that shows how isolation led to Australia’s flora and fauna adapting and developing to make it so unique and unusual in the world today.
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures was created to showcase environmental sustainability and as a showcase to encourage ecotourism. From its design, operations and construction the park centres its philosophy on one of sustainability and minimal environmental impact.
7:00am - 8:00am
January - December
This tour operates Tue to Sat and daily during school holidays
Please note this tour only operates in conjunction with the 8.50am Kuranda Scenic Train
Does not operate Christmas Day
Tour will not run in severe weather conditions or for planned maintenance of Skyrail or the Scenic Rail
9-10 hours approx.
Food, Drinks & Souvenirs will be available for purchase at additional cost at Kuranda and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
This was an awesome tour. The only thing I wish had been different (which is not a criticism of your service - just the nature of all of the activities) would have been to have more time in Kuranda and a bit more time at each stop on the way back on the gondola... My wife and I brought 4 students with us and they all loved the tour as well.
Great day and we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the coach that picked us up from the hotel - clean and spacious and the driver knowledgeable. A well organised fantastic day. well done
Response From The Tour Specialists
Thank you for your review Simon, we are very happy you enjoyed your day with our local guides. The Kuranda & Hartley's Crocodile adventure tour does provide some amazing scenery and history of the Cairns Region and close encounters with our wildlife!
Wheelchair accessible ramps throughout park
A wheelchair is available for use at reception
A discussion before travel regarding welfare and operational issues to reach an agreement on guide animals is required
Fact sheets summarising the information provided in the wildlife presentations are available
Wheelchair accessible toilet at the McAlister Education Centre and Lillies Restaurant
The boat cruise is accessible via a wide ramp
Crocodile Farm tour and Cassowary Garden area are on compacted gravel which may be a little harder to access
Wheelchairs cannot exceed 630mm in width and 950mm in length.
The cableway will be paused to assist with boarding for all mobility impaired guests.
Wheelchairs must have handles to assist loading
Wheelchairs must be capable of being tilted back during loading
Complimentary ranger-guided tour at Red Peak Station
Printed information provided at Tjapukai and also in the form of the Kuranda Boarding Pass, which provides a detailed tour itinerary
Wheelchair accessible restroom facilities at all 4 stations
Ramp access to boardwalks at the 2 scenic viewing stations
Access to CSIRO Interpretation Centre at Barron Falls Station
Wheelchair lifts onto train carriage at Freshwater and Kuranda stations
Cairns Train Station level with platforms
Wheelchairs cannot exceed 630mm in width and 950mm in length
No wheelchair access facilities at Barron Falls Station
Wheelchair compliant ramps at all stations
Maximum 4 dedicated wheelchair areas on each train located in central carriages
Information in braille at Cairns Station
Audio commentary during train journey
Visual information provided
1 wheelchair accessible toilet on board all train services and at Cairns, Freshwater and Kuranda Stations
Please advise at time of booking whether wheelchair access is required
All cancellations must be in writing.
Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.
Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
50% cancellation fee for any cancellations within 24 hours of travel, or for passengers who fail to appear on the day of departure.
All passengers who cancel will be advised to contact their booking Agent for all refunds.