Kuranda Day Tour | Kuranda Train | Skyrail | Rainforestation
Kuranda Day Tour | Kuranda Train | Skyrail | Rainforestation
From Cairns enjoy a full-day Kuranda rainforest tour combining a visit to Kuranda (limited time only, 30 minutes), the ‘Village in the Rainforest’, and the day at Rainforestation Nature Park. Travel to and from Kuranda aboard two of Cairns’ most iconic experiences: the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Train. Bonus inclusions are the "Skip the Queue tickets" free discount vouchers to the attractions in Kuranda and the Kuranda pass.
Kuranda Day Tour | Kuranda Train | Skyrail | Rainforestation
Your coach pick-up will collect you from your accommodation between 7:00am and 8:15am depending on where you’re staying and which tour option you’ve selected.
Kuranda Tour Options:
- Travel to Kuranda on the Kuranda Train. This tour includes both a pick-up and drop off to and from your Cairns and the Cairns Northern Beaches.
- Travel to Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This tour offers a pick-up ONLY from Cairns accommodation and will terminate after the Kuranda train return at the Cairns Central Station. Guests will then make their own way back to their accommodation.
If you’ve chosen the return transfer option you’ll start your journey to Kuranda, located 330m above sea level, aboard the historic Kuranda train. Constructed in the late 1800s, you’ll wind through tunnels, past thick rainforest, and waterfalls tumbling into deep ravines.
Once at the quaint ‘Village in the Rainforest’ you’ll have some free time to explore. Showcasing Kuranda’s ingrained arts culture, the Heritage Markets are a must-do. The many cafés that provide the perfect pit-stop for coffee and cake.
You’ll then be collected by the Rainforestation Nature Park coach at the meeting point of the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, 100m from the markets. Home to the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, the Koala & Wildlife Park, and rainforest explorations aboard the amphibious World War II army duck, you’ll walk away from this with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the incredibly surrounding World Heritage-listed rainforest.
You’ll journey home aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. gliding above rainforest canopy you’ll enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Coral Sea and tropical landscape.
Your Coach Pick-Up
Your day starts with a coach pick-up from your accommodation in Cairns or the Northern Beaches, from approximately 7:00am. The exact pick-up time will vary depending on where you’re staying and will be communicated to you upon booking.
If you’ve booked the pick-up only option, you will be collected from your Cairns accommodation from 8:15am. This tour will also have you commencing your journey to Kuranda aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Journey to Kuranda
If you’ve booked tour with return transfers to and from your accommodation, your first stop is the Kuranda Train Scenic Railway station. You’ll arrive at 8.50am to board your pre-allocated seat and carriage. Built in the late 1800s, the construction of this railway line is an engineering feat even by today’s standards. As you pass panoramic views, travel over dozens of bridges, through 15 tunnels, and around 93 curves, listen to the informative commentary; you’ll understand how lives were lost during its construction. The trip will take approximately 90 minutes.
If you’ve opted for the pick-up only tour, the coach will collect you from your Cairns accommodation from 8:15am. You’ll then travel aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, gliding above the rainforest canopy as you enjoy spectacular views of the Coral Sea and surrounding tropical landscape.
Upgrade to Gold Class (optional)
If travelling to Kuranda aboard the Scenic Rail, an upgrade to Gold Class is available. Here you’ll be treated to dedicated host service, lounge-style chairs, and delectable delights from the Tablelands and Queensland such as Gallo Dairyland cheese, Skybury coffee, Wondaree macadamias, Sirromet Wines, Great Northern lager, and more.
Kuranda The Village in the Rainforest
Upon arriving at Kuranda village, at around 10:25am, you’ll have approximately 30 minutes to explore on your own. Wander through the Heritage Markets, venture along one of the many walking paths, or grab a coffee and cake at one of the many cafés.
If travelling aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway first, as per pick-up only tour option, you can expect to arrive in Kuranda at approximately 11:15am.
Rainforestation Nature Park
The Rainforestation shuttle will pick you up from the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Only five minutes from Kuranda Village, Rainforestation Nature Park is a 100-acre attraction offering a unique exploration of World Heritage-listed rainforest.
You’ll board the amphibious World War II army duck for a unique rainforest tour across both land and water, where your guide will identify and explain fascinating plants and wildlife along the way. You’ll meander through the tropical fruits orchard, with over 40 different species of exotic fruit trees. You’ll join the interactive Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience where you’ll experience a traditional welcome and smoking blessing. You’ll discover the medicinal and culinary qualities of bush tucker, you’ll have a go at boomerang throwing, and you’ll observe spear-throwing and didgeridoo-playing.
The park is also home to many native species such as crocodiles, dingoes, snakes, lizards, the endangered Cassowary. Handfeed kangaroos and wallabies, cuddle a koala, or hold a baby crocodile. It’s also the only place in North Queensland where you’ll find a Tasmanian Devil.
Lunch at Rainforestation (optional)
Enjoy the extensive buffet lunch with a wide variety of dishes to choose from such as soups, steak, sausages, chicken, potatoes and root vegetables, stir-fried noodles and vegetables and rice. And if that’s not enough there are cold salads, tropical fruits, and cheeses on offer as well. Visit the Tropical Treats Juice Bar for a refreshing piece of fruit, an ice cream, or a fresh juice.
If you’re keen on the lunch option, be sure to let your agent know when booking your tour.
Your Return Journey
At 3:45pm you’ll board the Skyrail for your 7.5km return journey to Cairns. As your gondola descends from the Atherton Tablelands you’ll glide above rainforest canopy, over the Barron River, and past tumbling waterfalls. This is one of the most spectacular ways to experience the region’s World Heritage-listed rainforest, not only for the views but because you’ll also have an opportunity to alight at two stations along the way. The first is Barron Falls Station where you’ll be able to visit the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre and wander along the boardwalks to view the almighty Barron Falls. Red Peak Station is the second stop. Here you can enjoy a complimentary ranger-guided tour. Allow approximately 20 minutes for each stop.
If you’ve travelled to Kuranda aboard the Skyrail already, you will ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway home.
For those travelling aboard the Skyrail for the return journey home, your coach will be waiting at Smithfield Terminal around 3:30pm to 3:45pm for your transfer to your accommodation in Cairns and the Northern Beaches.
If you’ve opted for the pick-up only tour option, the tour will end at Cairns Central Station, and from there you’ll be able to make your own way to your accommodation.
Included in Price
Return transfers from your accommodation in Cairns or Northern Beaches - Except Budget Option 7SR & 7SRL Ex Cairns
Kuranda Boarding Pass - skip the queue
Kuranda Scenic Railway
30 Minutes ONLY Free Time in Kuranda village
Coach transfer to Rainforestation
Entry to Rainforestation Nature Park
Lunch - with option 7RRL, 6NBRL and 7SRL ONLY
Coach transfer to Kuranda Skyrail terminal
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
For Bookings Call Now!
1300 761 612
10 hours approx.
From 7:00am for Kuranda Scenic Railway first/return transfer tours from Cairns (7RR & 7RRL)
From 7:00am for Kuranda Scenic Railway first/return transfer tours from the Northern Beaches (6NBR & 6NBRL)
From 8:15am for Skyrail Rainforest Cableway first/pick-up only tour offering from Cairns only* (7SR & 7SRL) - As this is a walk-home option this tour option does not pick-up guests from the Northern Beaches.
Days of Operation
Daily - except Christmas Day
Departs FromCairns & Northern Beaches
Be waiting at the front of your accommodation at the allocated pick-up time communicated to you upon booking.
- Cairns Beaches
What To Bring
Casual clothing, comfortable walking shoes, hat, umbrella, sunglasses, sunscreen, drinking water and money for souvenirs & extras.
Fitness Level RequiredLow
Child price applies to children aged 4 to 14
Children under 4 travel free
Family price is based on 2 Adults & 2 Children
One child travels free as part of a family (2 adults & 2 children)
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:
75% 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.
Kuranda Village - 30 Minutes ONLY
Selfie Tips: with the rainforest canopy underfoot and panoramic views of the Coral Sea and tropical landscape, a selfie aboard your Skyrail gondola is a must, OR a snap aboard the amphibious World War II army duck as you traverse land and lake, exploring the World Heritage-listed rainforest OR while not a selfie, photos of you cuddling a koala are essential and will be available for purchase at Rainforestation Nature Park.
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2019 - 20201 Apr 19 - 31 Mar 20
|Ex Cairns - Budget Options No PM Transfer Back To Accommodation|
|7SR | BUDGET OPTION Ex Cairns | 8:15am Pickup | 9:00am Skyrail | 30 Minutes Kuranda | 3.5 Hours Rainforestation | 3:30pm Kuranda Train | NO PM TRANSFER TO ACCOMM Check My Price||Check My Price||
|7SRL | BUDGET OPTION Ex Cairns | 8:15am Pickup | 9:00am Skyrail | 30 Minutes Kuranda | 3.5 Hours Rainforestation Incl Lunch | 3:30pm Kuranda Train | NO PM TRANSFER TO ACCOMM Check My Price||Check My Price||
|7SR+G | BUDGET OPTION Ex Cairns | 8:15am Pickup | 9:00am Skyrail | 30 Minutes Kuranda | 3.5 Hours Rainforestation | 3:30pm Kuranda Train Gold Class | NO PM TRANSFER TO ACCOMM Check My Price||Check My Price||
|7SRL+G | BUDGET OPTION Ex Cairns | 8:15am Pickup | 9:00am Skyrail | 30 Minutes Kuranda | 3.5 Hours Rainforestation Incl Lunch | 3:30pm Kuranda Train Gold Class | NO PM TRANSFER TO ACCOMM Check My Price||Check My Price||
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|7RRL | Ex Cairns | 7:00am Pickup | 8:50am Kuranda Train | 30 Minutes Kuranda | 4 Hours Rainforestation Incl Lunch | 3:45pm Skyrail Check My Price||Check My Price||
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