Ultimate Kuranda Tour | Train, Skyrail, Rainforestation & Butterfly Sanctuary | TW | CKBB/BKBB/PKBB

Tour Code: 162

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

The All Inclusive Kuranda Tour
  • Not only will you relish a BBQ lunch with tropical fruits, but while riding on the WW II Army Duck, depending on the season you might even get to experience the ‘Miracle Fruit’: a berry than can actually turn sour to sweet and vice-versa!
  • This Kuranda tour includes it all in one day. Kuranda train and Skyrail gondola, Aboriginal cultural show, Koala Wildlife park, Butterfly Sanctuary, Army Duck tour, Barbeque lunch and so much more 
  • The markets in Kuranda Village are not to be missed.  Explore the hidden laneways to get the true feel of the Kuranda Heritage Markets.

Included In Price

  • Morning pick up from your Cairns accommodation (7:00am)
  • Morning pick up from your Northern Beaches accommodation (8:30am)
  • Morning pick up from your Port Douglas accommodation (7:45am)
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway (8:50am)
  • Kuranda Village: 1 hour and 15 minutes; during that time you could visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Tropical BBQ Buffet Lunch
  • Army Duck Tour
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Cultural Experience
  • Koala and Wildlife Park
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (4:00pm)
  • Return coach transfer back to your Cairns accommodation (5:30pm)
  • Return coach transfer back to your Northern Beaches accommodation (6:00pm)
  • Return coach transfer back to your Port Douglas accommodation (6:30pm)

Heading back to Cairns via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway gondola over the canopy of the rainforest – this is the best Kuranda day tour in Cairns for sure!

If you are looking for a high quality all inclusive Kuranda day tour then our Ultimate Kuranda tour is perfect for you. 

This is a fully immersive day tour where you will be looked after by our hosts and hostesses as they plan your full itinerary for a day of exploration and unique experiences. 

This is the best Kuranda tour where you will be chauffered around and taken to see all the main attractions of Kuranda and not have to arrange anything for yourself. 

Kuranda Activities

Learn about Aborignal culture

Ride the historic Kuranda train

Soar above the rainforest canopy in the Skyrail Gondola

Visit the largest butterfly aviary in Australia and see over 2000 butterflies

Wander the Koala and wildlife park

Enjoy a barbeque buffet luncheon

Wander the tropical fruit farm

Amphibious army duck tour

Return coach transfers

Kuranda Coach Transfers

Whether you are staying in Cairns, the northern beaches or Port Douglas this ultimate Kuranda tour is available to everyone.

Offering door to door transfers from your accommodation and operating daily (except Christmas Day) you can rest assured you will not miss out on any ‘must do’ activity.

Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway 

Travelling through World Heritage Listed Rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park, this historical Kuranda train ride is classed as one of the world’s most esteemed railway journeys, now classified as one of the great train journeys of the world.

As you weave through the wet tropics rainforest you will encounter unsurpassed views of the steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls, including the famous Barron Falls.

Winding its way from Cairns to Kuranda you will become immersed in the history of the early construction of the railway that took place between 1882 and 1891 – where even today it is considered to be an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude.

These pioneers’ hand-built 15 tunnels and 37 bridges, many of those hard workers lost their lives and today you have the privilege of travelling through them via the restored Kuranda train carriages. 

Along with this experience the old worn charm of the refurbished original wooden heritage train carriages and the commentary you receive while on board are quite moving.

Kuranda Train Upgrade to Gold Class 

Add a little extra premium experience to your Kuranda train tour and book yourself into a Gold Class Carriage.

It offers a little bit of luxury and a most memorable experience.

Gold Class includes: Dedicated host service in the Gold Class Carriage, individual club style lounge seating, a Kuranda train gift pack, morning or afternoon tea with local produce and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, welcome mocktails prior to boarding the train, optional exclusive tour of the heritage listed signal cabin at Kuranda station and a souvenir trip guide. 

Skyrail Gondola Cableway

So you want to experience the ancient rainforest? The Skyrail Gondola Cableway is the answer.

When you travel on the Skyrail you don’t just visit this fascinating botanical wonderland, instead you smell, feel and hear the wet tropics rainforest and all that it is made up of.

This longstanding rainforest is damp and humid and consists of dense tropical vegetation.

The gigantic trees shade the rainforest bed making it a thriving environment for many living tropical animals and insects.

The Skyrail departs from Smithfield and takes you up over the tree canopy.

From here the views of Cairns are extensive and very photogenic on a clear day.

As you reach the peak of the Macalister Range you will descend into canopy layers to become one with this mesmerising environment.

The Skyrail offers two stops in-between Smithfield and Kuranda.

The interpretation centre is a hub for all the amazing creepy-crawlies that you may find within this natural environment.

These stops provide boardwalks through the rainforest with lookouts over the renowned Barron Falls.

In the Green season the Barron Falls become very powerful and are visually quiet impressive. 

Skyrail Cableway is sure to astound even the most advanced ecologists.

Skyrail Upgrade to Diamond View 

The best way to enhance your Skyrail gondola experience is to upgrade to the Diamond View. Perfect for those photographer enthusiasts, the perspex glass bottom floor provides brilliant photo opportunities.

You just need to not be scared of heights for this amazing rainforest canopy experience.  

Kuranda Village

Home to the wet tropics world heritage rainforest this little village is surrounded by extensive natural beauty.

The Barron River runs through the township and occupies the famous Barron Falls.

The Kuranda Village has a relaxed atmosphere and a colourful arts and crafts culture. With two sets of markets and array of quaint street shops, you can be sure to find all your holiday gifts and souvenirs.

Kuranda is a hub for the Australian boulder opal and has plenty of indigenous artefacts, such as didgeridoos, boomerangs and artworks. 

Cuddle a Koala in the Kuranda Koala Gardens.

The village boasts its incredible native Australian wildlife parks – The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Bird World, home to some of Australia’s largest birds, Koala Gardens where feeding a kangaroo or having your photo taken standing near a Koala is just another highlight to your ultimate Kuranda experience.

With so much to do and see in Kuranda Village it will have you wanting to come back again and again.

Rainforestation Wildlife and Aboriginal Cultural Park

Rainforest Army Duck excursions, koala and wildlife park, tropical fruit orchard and Aboriginal culture and performance shows – yes, the Rainforestation Nature Park has it all!

Don’t miss a thing, head out to the much loved Rainforestation for a real Far North Queensland adventure.

World War II Army Duck Rainforest Tour

The World War II Army duck takes you on a journey through ancient World Heritage rainforest in the search for native wildlife.

The fabulous tour travels as a boat on the rivers and overland vehicle on land covering many different terrains.

The commentary and educational experience will teach you about the rainforest environment and all that it is made up of.

From here you will walk through the fruit orchard and acquire information about the many tropical fruits that are native to Tropical North Queensland.

Surprisingly there is lots learn about these delicious fruits, as many of them have medicinal purposes according to the Aboriginal indigenous culture.

Aboriginal Pamagirri Cultural Experience

The indigenous culture takes you on a journey back to the Dreamtime, with an aboriginal dance performance, dreamtime walks, didgeridoo playing and spear throwing.

Learn about the deep-rooted dreamtime stories and the traditional methods of the aboriginal culture.

Buffet BBQ Lunch

Enjoy a delicious hot and cold BBQ lunch at Rainforestation before visiting the many different animals at the wildlife park. This delicious lunch also caters for different dietary requirements.

Koala and Wildlife Park

See Koalas or study a crocodile while it suns itself on the banks. With an array of different wildlife, you will be intrigued with Australia’s most adored animals.

The Rainforestation Wildlife and Cultural Park is sure to complete your rainforest, cultural and native Australian wildlife experience.

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda Village

Your Kuranda experience will be complemented with a visit to Australia’s largest Butterfly flight aviary and exhibit.

Situated in the heart of Kuranda village the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is home to over 1,500 magnificent tropical butterflies. 

Some species that you can expect to see and even have land on you are the iconic Kuranda Butterfly – The Blue Ulysses Butterfly and the fluorescent green and yellow Cairns Birdwing.

The aviary is a rainforest setting, kept warm and humid with a flowing stream and many tropical plants all suited for the butterflies.

Explore the laboratory, also known as the engine room and learn about the fascinating breeding techniques, along with many other interesting facts about these delicate and beautiful species.

Every half an hour a guided tour takes place and visitors receive a free fact sheet that is available in most languages.

A tip for those butterfly lovers is to wear bright coloured clothing especially pink, white or red as it will attract more butterflies to land on you.


  • 7.00am (approx.) Cairns coach accommodation pick up 
  • 8.30am (approx) Northern Beaches coach accommodation pick up 
  • 7:45am (approx) Northern Beaches coach accommodation pick up 

Ride the historic Kuranda Train and Scenic Railway to the top of the mountain

  • 10.25am Arrive at Kuranda Village
  • 11.45am meet at the bus stop outside the Butterfly Sanctuary
  • 12.00pm Arrive at the Rainforestation Nature Park
  • BBQ lunch
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour with tropical fruit orchard
  • Indigenous Pamagirri Experience
  • Koala and Wildlife Park
  • 3.45pm Transfer to Skyrail Cableway
  • 4.00pm Skyrail Cableway over the rainforest canopy down the mountain 
  • 5.15pm Your coach will meet you at the Skyrail Terminal to return you back to your accommodation

Kuranda Day Trip Map

Kuranda Day Trip Map | Skyrail Rainforest Cableway & Kuranda Scenic Rail

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


Departure Time

Approx. Pick-up time 7.45am - 8.45am - Returns 5.45pm

Pickup Locations


  • Pick up from Cairns City accommodation between 7 am – 7.50 am. Specific time will be advised upon booking
  • Pick up from Northern Beaches accommodation approximately 8:00am. Specific time will be advised upon booking.
  • Kuranda
  • Kuranda Rainforestation and Kuranda Village
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



10.5 hours (approx)

Available for Purchase / Hire

Animal photo - picture of you holding a small Crocodile or standing near a koala

Fitness Level Required


Additional Information

Languages: the Army Duck tour and the Pamagirri Aboriginal experience have pamphlets available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, German and Italian

Comfortable Shoes & Clothing, Money for Souvenirs & Markets in Kuranda

Containes notes on wheelchair accessContaines notes for the visually impairedContaines notes for the hearing impaired
Wheelchair Accessibility

Ramps and paved pathways available throughout the park

The Pamagirri Aboriginal Cultural centre is accessible with a designated viewing platform at the amphitheatre

Access to the Wildlife section is paved for viewing of all animals

Boarding Access

The amphibious Army Ducks can be boarded from platform 2 with barriers removed, seats are higher for ease of transfer from wheelchair

Hearing Impaired Information

Visual information available


Accessible toilet facilities located next to the restaurant

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

Children price applies to Children aged between 4-14 Years.

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:

100% cancellation fee applies to all day tours cancelled within 24 hours prior to departure or no show

100% cancellation fee applies to day tours if cancelled within 24 hours prior to departure or no shows.

Ultimate Kuranda Tour | Train, Skyrail, Rainforestation & Butterfly Sanctuary | TW | CKBB/BKBB/PKBB

Tour Code: 162

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns

The All Inclusive Kuranda Tour



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

Child: au$148.00
Family: au$688.00

Tour Code: 162



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

0 - 3 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 761 612
+61 427 074 745
1300 761 612
+61 427 074 745

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