Kuranda Tour From Cairns & Northern Beaches| Kuranda Train & Skyrail | Kuranda Village | VSQ/VQS

Tour Code: 195

Departing: Cairns

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  • The Kuranda Heritage Markets: aside from the huge array of local, hand-made goods for sale – from jewellery to pottery and Indigenous creations – there’s entertainment around every corner. 
  • The history behind the development of the Kuranda Scenic Railway is extraordinary. Be sure to pay attention to the commentary while on board. 
  • Skip the queue tickets, pre-allocated private Kuranda train carriages, and express check in Skyrail tickets. Discount vouchers for Kuranda attractions, multi language tours available  

Included In Price

  • Option VSQ: return transfers from your accommodation, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway up to Kuranda Village, Free Time in Kuranda, return on Kuranda Scenic Train
  • Option VQS: return transfers from your accommodation, Kuranda Scenic Train up to Kuranda Village, Free Time in Kuranda, return on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Your free time in Kuranda Village will vary according to the option you choose

Kuranda tour from Cairns & Northern Beaches including Kuranda Scenic Train, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and VIP Boarding Pass offering 10% discount at Birdworld, Koala Gardens, & Butterfly Sanctuary.

You’ll start your Kuranda day tour journey with a pick-up in a luxury coach from your accommodation in either Cairns or the northern beaches.

Sit back as your professional driver gives an overview of what you can expect to see and do on your Kuranda day tour.

Kuranda Scenic Train

If you have chosen to travel aboard the Kuranda Scenic Train first when booking, you’ll first arrive at Freshwater Station where you’ll board your pre-assigned carriage on the historic Kuranda train.

Winding through tunnels, across bridges, past thick rainforest, breathtaking views, and waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines, you’ll understand how lives were lost during the construction of this magnificent railway line in the late 1800s.  The informative audio commentary brings the stories of the railway to life.

The Kuranda train journey takes approximately 90 minutes, which includes a stop along the way at the Barron Falls lookout.

Kuranda Scenic Train Gold Class

Gold Class is offered on the following services:
9.55am departure from Freshwater station to Kuranda
3.30pm departure from Kuranda to Freshwater
Please Note: No Gold Class service is offered between Cairns and Freshwater Station. All customers are welcome to commence or end their journey at Cairns Station.

Gold Class inclusions:

  • Dedicated attendant service
  • Individual seating, lounge-style chairs
  • Ambient, historical carriage décor
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen and postcard
  • Souvenir trip guide
  • Stop and disembark at Din Din (Barron Falls) station, with stunning views of Din Din (Barron Falls)
  • Morning or Afternoon Tea featuring a selection of Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as Gallo Dairyland Cheese, Skybury Coffee, Wondaree Macadamias, Tropical Sorbets, freshly baked muffins, quality Australian white and red wines and Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager
  • 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 Village

Once you’ve arrived at Kuranda known as the quaint ‘Village in the Rainforest’, you’ll have time to explore at your own leisure.

Heritage Markets – Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 3.30pm
Original Rainforest Market – Wednesday to Sunday, 9.30am – 3pm

You’ll find woodwork, handmade leather goods, pottery, glasswork, jewellery, and more.  Indulge in a sweet treat, paired with coffee made from locally roasted beans, at one of the many cafés, or put your walking shoes to use, venturing along one of the surrounding tracks; suitable for every age and fitness level.

Or perhaps you’d like to explore one of the top tourist attractions, including Birdworld, Australia’s largest Butterfly Sanctuary, and the Kuranda Koala Gardens.

Discounts are provided as part of the Kuranda VIP Boarding Pass; however, the final entry cost is at your own expense. 

Why Book This Kuranda Tour?

  • Skip ticket queues with pre-allocated Kuranda train and scenic railway tickets.
  • Pre-allocated carriage and seat numbers on your Kuranda Boarding Pass means all you need to do is board the Kuranda train scenic railway at the appropriate time.
  • Language options available on all Kuranda Tours.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

The Skyrail Cableway station is located near the bottom of the village centre, within easy walking distance.

Once again, your pre-allocated boarding passes mean you do not need to join the line at the ticket booth; you can proceed directly to the boarding line and begin the beautiful journey across the river and rainforest canopy.

The Skyrail cable way line is 7.5kms long, taking you up over the ranges from Kuranda, over the mighty Barron River Falls and down onto the coastal plain. It gives you amazing views and magnificent photography opportunities! Along the way you can look forward to two rainforest interpretation centre stops, to enhance your rainforest experience.

The first is at Barron Falls, giving you a second opportunity to take photographs of these magnificent waterfalls from the opposite of travel from the view you had on the Kuranda Scenic Railway.  This is also the location of a CSIRO rainforest interpretive centre that aims to educate and entertain all who visit their centre of the sensitive environment we all need to protect for our own survival.  

Your second gondola stop is at Red Peak Station, where a free guided rainforest interpretation walk is held every 20 minutes along the 175 metre boardwalk, to help further your understanding of this fragile ecosystem.

Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Departs From




Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Does not operate Christmas Day
Adverse weather events may affect schedule and opperation
Planned maintenance events and closures are scheduled at various times throughout the year.


Varies depending on option selected

Fitness Level Required


Comfortable walking shoes & clothing, insect repellent, umbrella, bottled of water, money for lunch, snacks and souvenirs & entries to Kuranda parks

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

kathleen l

Reviewed on July 26, 2018

Loved the Skyrail going up and the train coming back down and of course Kuranda Village in between. Went to see the birds and koalas , strolled around the market and enjoyed the atmosphere. In Skyrail ride met two lovely guys from Sydney . One of them was afraid of heights so i told him about the unfortunate incident at Arthur's Seat in Victoria where the suspension collapsed. I think that made their day, they suggested that I also visit Rotorua in N.Z. as they also have a lovely gondola ride. Shall put that on the 'to do' list.

Tracy D

Reviewed on May 28, 2018

Yes the Kuranda Train and Skyrail Gondola was an excellent day out, thoroughly recommend the upgrade to gold class on the train

Response From The Tour Specialists

Thank you for your feedback. The Kuranda Train and Skyrail is one of the most popular experiences while visiting Cairns, it's great to hear you enjoyed your upgrade to Gold Class as well.

Sandra T

Reviewed on April 24, 2018

Yes we had a fantastic time.

Response From The Tour Specialists

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! I am happy to hear you had a fantastic time on the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail and spending time up in Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. If you are ever back in Far North Queensland we would be happy to give you more tips!

Jennifer R

Reviewed on October 01, 2017

We found the train trip up and the sky rail back quite interesting. We thoroughly enjoyed the river cruise at Kuranda. We were not that interested in the shops and found the area quite commercialised. It took some time to get back down by sky rail as there were so many people waiting. The transport services were very efficient.

Response From The Tour Specialists

Thanks for your feedback Jennifer. The Kuranda Day tour is one of the most popular tours on offer in Cairns. We are pleased you took the time to enjoy the river cruise and some of the lesser known sights of Kuranda.


Reviewed on September 07, 2017

A must do activity for all visitors to Tropical North Queensland. Definitely recommend the Diamond upgrade Gondola, it was spectacular (and shorter queues!). The train trip back we upgraded to First Class and was a very unique experience and worth the indulgence. We had a fantastic day.

Response From The Tour Specialists

Thanks for your feedback Shirley. The Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail combo is certainly up there on the list of must do activities for visitors to Cairns and Port Douglas. We are pleased you enjoyed the Gold Class service and The Tour Specialists look forward to being a part of your next visit to our region.

Lynette R

Reviewed on August 08, 2017

I enjoyed this tour very much. Not so much my husband as he is not into markets or shopping. Good one to go to with another female!! Both enjoyed the gondola and train tho

Response From The Tour Specialists

Hi Lynette, Kuranda is full of lots of Markets and shops! You will have to come back again to look through it all :)

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Containes notes on wheelchair accessContaines notes for the visually impairedContaines notes for the hearing impaired
Wheelchair Accessibility
Doorway Measurements For Wheelchair Access

Wheelchairs cannot exceed 630mm in width and 950mm in length.

Boarding Access

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

Visually Impaired Notes

Complimentary ranger-guided tour at Red Peak Station

Hearing Impaired Information

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 Accessibility

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

Boarding Access

No wheelchair access facilities at Barron Falls Station

Wheelchair compliant ramps at all stations

Onboard Access

Maximum 4 dedicated wheelchair areas on each train located in central carriages

Visually Impaired Notes

Information in braille at Cairns Station

Audio commentary during train journey

Hearing Impaired Information

Visual information provided


1 wheelchair accessible toilet on board all train services and at Cairns, Freshwater and Kuranda Stations


Please advise upon booking if you require a wheelchair-friendly coach transfer.

  • Child price applies to children aged 4 to 14
  • Family price is based on 2 Adults & 2 Children

Cancellation Policy:

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.

Tour Operator's T&Cs

50% cancellation fee for any cancellations within 24 hours of travel, or for passengers who fail to appear on the day of departure.

Kuranda Tour From Cairns & Northern Beaches| Kuranda Train & Skyrail | Kuranda Village | VSQ/VQS

Tour Code: 195

Departing: Cairns

Kuranda Tour - Skip the Queue



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$90.00
Family: au$448.00

Tour Code: 195



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

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1300 761 612
+61 427 074 745
1300 761 612
+61 427 074 745

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