Kuranda | Self Drive | Skyrail & Train | Great Value | VDT-VSD
Kuranda | Self Drive | Skyrail & Train | Great Value | VDT-VSD
(1.) Self drive Kuranda tour. Park your hire car at Skyrail and hop the coach transfer to the Freshwater train station (2.) Free Kuranda Boarding Pass 10% discount Birdworld, Koala Gardens, & Butterfly Sanctuary. (3) Skip the queue Skyrail & Train tickets with pre-allocated seating and pre-allocated carriages (Upgrade options for the Skyrail Diamond View gondolas and upgrade to Gold Class carriages on the Kuranda train) (4.) Choose to spend 2.5 or 4 hours in Kuranda Village (5.) Skip the queue tickets for the Skyrail Rainforest cableway gondola ride down or up the mountain (6.) Kuranda boarding pass including a map and information about the region. Available in foreign languages
Kuranda | Self Drive | Skyrail & Train | Great Value | VDT-VSD
Why Book This Tour?
- Skip ticket queues with pre-allocated Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway tickets.
- Pre-allocated carriage and seat numbers on your Kuranda Boarding Pass means all you need to do is board the Kuranda Scenic Railway at the appropriate time.
- Express check-in at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway means all you need to do is simply queue to board at the allocated time.
- Language options available on all Kuranda Tours.
- Upgrade option available on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Diamond Class where you’ll be able to look straight through the floor of your gondola, offering an additional perspective to already breathtaking views.
- Upgrade option available on the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Gold Class. 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. You'll also receive a Kuranda Scenic Railway gift pack and a souvenir trip guide.
For this self-drive day tour to Kuranda you will be required to drive yourself to the Skyrail gondola car park which is located in Caravonica just 10 minutes north of Cairns city. Your departure to the village of Kuranda will be in one of the beautifully restored Kuranda Scenic Railway carriages and this self-drive day tour provides you with a coach transfer from the Skyrail cableway carpark to the Kuranda Scenic Railway station.
Your return journey to your rental car at the bottom of the mountain will be on the spectacular Skyrail gondola cableway ride which provides breathtaking views across Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef on the way down the mountain.
Experience the wonders of the rainforest, learn about the construction history of one of the world’s great train journeys the Kuranda Scenic Rail and experience the majesty of the scenery high above the trees in a Skyrail gondola all with the flexibility of using your own car to get to your day tours departure points!
This great day tour in Cairns is now the second most popular Cairns attraction in Queensland Australia, which provides a convenient and more interesting way of getting to and exploring the village of Kuranda and the ancient rainforests of Tropical North Queensland when you stop of at Red Peak Station.
With the convenience of this self-drive Kuranda tour you have the choice of how much free time you would like to spend exploring the rainforest village markets, shops and other attractions at the top of the mountain. With plenty of things to see and plenty of things to do, we are sure you will choose the longest option possible as the village offers so much for a day visitor!
You will park your rental car at the Skyrail car park terminal at Caravonica, and a shuttle bus will take you to the Freshwater train station. This gives you the convenience of having your hire car waiting for you at the end of the journey so you can return to your accommodation or continue on with your day to another Cairns attraction.
One of the Great Train Journeys of the World - Kuranda Scenic Railway
The historical Kuranda Scenic Railway has been winding its way through the Macalister ranges for over 100 years. It has not always been a passenger railway, coming into existence originally as a supply train after a series of floods left the regions pioneering miners starving. The miners slowly left the region in search of fortunes elsewhere, but the allure of the rainforest and the isolation of Kuranda meant the railway would not stay disused for long. Now you can immerse yourself in history as she slowly winds her way up and down the range, passing waterfalls, entering several hand cut tunnels and traversing some hair-raisingly thin bridges with deep gorges below.
You will be issued your Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail gondola boarding passes on arrival which means you will have very limited boarding times at either station. Our great value day tours also provide you with a detailed itinerary, map and express check-ins to ensure your day goes as smoothly as possible. You will be pre- issued a carriage and seat number, and then you will board the train. Sit back and enjoy the ride, as you listen to the overhead commentary or read the information booklet provided. There are water taps available in every restored carriage for your extra comfort.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a continuously moving cableway running up and down the Macalister ranges behind Cairns city. The 5-6 person clear Perspex cable cars offer uninterrupted views of the treetop canopies offering a bird’s eye view of this ancient rainforest as well as the landscape of the city and the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. You will once again skip the queue as your tickets have been pre-issued by our great value day tours team.
The Skyrail Gondola cableway journey takes around 45 minutes without interruption, however there are two stops at interpretive stations and we suggest that you hop off at along the way to enjoy them. The first stop on the way down the mountain is the Barron Falls Station which provides a lookout over the majestically cascading Barron Falls which is a different view to experience from the opposite side of the one you had on the train. This waterfall is especially spectacular in the green season when a lot of rain has fallen and the mountains are just crying with raging rivers whose banks have burst. This station also has a CSIRO interpretive rainforest centre with educational displays about the rainforest and its eco systems. The second stop, at Red Peak Station, is where you must disembark as the cable way line ends and a new one begins. It is here that you can take advantage of the free guided rainforest walk that takes you along the 10 minute boardwalk. With allowances for 15 minutes at each stop, the journey will take you 1 hour and fifteen minutes. Your rental car will be waiting for you at the bottom of the mountain, for an easy drive to your next Cairns attraction or your holiday resort.
Kuranda has been a local favourite for many years. It began life in 1888 as a supply station for the areas mining and logging workers, and it wasn’t long before it had its own good old Aussie pub and hotel which became the local meeting place and watering hole. Soon word spread of the glorious Barron Falls, and the seclusion of the rainforest brought honeymooners and locals seeking a short escape from city life down below the mountain on the beaches. During its lifetime this village has seen the Gold Rush, the rise and fall of tobacco farming, military training, and hippy communes. Thankfully this hippy vibe still remains today as the town thrives on self-sustainability, local crafts and isolation from the hustle and bustle of Cairns.
During your free time in Kuranda, you can wonder the streets and explore the many hidden secrets of this tiny rainforest village. Market stalls line the streets and fill several market complexes, offering home-made, hand crafted and second-hand delights. You can ask the information centre about self-guided walks, or pay a visit to the bat refuge centre, BatReach. Sample local produce, eat lunch at a local café and buy authentic Aboriginal artworks.
There are many Indigenous Australian wildlife experiences to be found around Kuranda, a wildlife lover’s dream. The Koala Gardens should be your first stop if you love the cute and cuddly symbols of Australia. You can even cuddle a koala for a great photograph for your souvenir album. Birdworld puts on fantastic free flight bird shows, and the venom zoo is for those seeking the thrill of seeing some of Australia’s most dangerous and deadly animals. The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is Australia’s largest free flight butterfly aviary, and provides the children and adults alike with the education center within their breeding laboratory. Just make sure you wear red, white or pink as the butterflies just cannot keep themselves away from these colours.
For those seeking a little more adventure, or want to get more immersed in the rainforest and Australian culture, Rainforestation is a must. This property has brought together all the major aspects of life in the region, presenting it in a fun and interactive environment. You can take a tour in a WWII era amphibious vehicle, spotting wetland wildlife and learning about the ancient flora. There is an indigenous show, which captures the imagination as the local Aboriginal tribe tells their stories through dance and music. You will even get a chance to participate in their dancing. They have their own wildlife park as well, where you can feed the wallabies, get a photo with a koala or baby crocodile, and meet the famous jack the Ripper. This monstrous beast got his name from his bad habit of killing his girlfriends; he made his way through 12 of them before his keepers simply gave up.
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Travel in Comfort - Optional Upgrades
Gold Class Kuranda Scenic Train Option:
While the scenic rail train trip alone is beautiful, you can upgrade your experience to Gold Club Class carriages making the journey even more special! The Gold Class Club cars provide you with comfortable, sofa-style club seating inside its original fully restored carriages, so you can enjoy the view from the most comfortable seats on the train. In the Gold Class Club carriages you have your personalised host service, serving you beverages such as wine, beer, juices, sodas, tea and coffee. As an extra little nicety canapé’s and nibbles are provided which are sourced from local producers and served fresh every day. Every Gold Class Club passenger also receives a souvenir pack for the journey. (Please note this option is only available on the 9.50am train departure or the 3.30pm return train departure)
Skyrail Cableway Gondola Diamond View Upgrade:
Each Skyrail Gondola gives you magnificent views of the surrounding rainforests, mountains, Cairns city and the waters of the Great Barrier Reef thru the clear Perspex windows but with a Diamond View upgrade you can take it one step further and watch the rainforest glide by under your feet with the clear Perspex floor. This unique, birds-eye-view perspective is definitely the ultimate way to experience the enormity of this ancient rainforest and you will kick yourself if you do not pre-book one of these cable cars.
Kuranda Boarding Pass
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.
The self- drive Kuranda option comes with the flexibility to either take the Scenic Rail up or return on the Skyrail, or to take the Skyrail up and return on one of two Scenic Train departures. If you choose the former, you will enjoy a stunning view over Cairns and the Coral Sea as you crest over the mountains and glide towards Cairns. If you wish to take the train home, you can choose a later Skyrail departure and get to sleep in, who doesn’t love a sleep in on holiday!
- 9.10am Train & Skyrail
Park at Skyrail Station, where your transfer will be waiting to take you to the train station in time to check-in and board your 9.50am train to Kuranda. You can choose between 2.5 hours or 4.5 hours spent in Kuranda, before heading home on the Skyrail.
- 9.30am Skyrail & Train
Park at Skyrail Station and take the 9.45am Skyrail up to Kuranda. You can choose between 2.5 hours or 4.5 hours free time in Kuranda, before hopping on either the 2.00pm or 3.30pm Scenic Rail departure.
- 10.30am Skyrail & Train
Park at Skyrail Station and take the 10.30am Skyrail up to Kuranda. You can choose to spend either 1.5 hours or 3 hours in Kuranda before departing on either the 2.00pm train or 3.30pm train.
- 11.15am Skyrail & Train
Park at Skyrail Station and take the 11.15am Skyrail up to Kuranda. You will get 2.5 hours free time to spend in Kuranda before returning on the 3.30pm Scenic Rail.
This self-drive Kuranda tour is a great way to get around at your own pace to enjoy the sights and scenery of Kuranda and all it has to offer. You must pre-book for the tickets and the coach transfers to ensure you will be collected at the Skyrail carpark for your journey to the Kuranda Scenic Railway Station. A great tourist attraction for not only visitors to Cairns but a big favourite tour for Cairns locals also so don’t miss booking this day tour when you come to Cairns Queensland Australia for your next holiday.
Kuranda Day Trip Map
Included in Price
Self drive to Skyrail along Captain Cook Highway, Caravonica.
Leave your car in the carpark. A coach will transfer you (approx 8:50am) from the carpark to Freshwater Train Station for check-in
Please do not go into the Skyrail terminal for check-in
Transfer to Freshwater Station
Kuranda Boarding Pass
Kuranda Scenic Rail 9.50pm
Free time in Kuranda approx. 2.5 or 4hrs
Heritage Markets ~ Daily
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Departs 1.30pm or 3.30pm Disembark Caravonica Lakes to collect your car.
For Bookings Call Now!
1300 761 612
Optional upgrade to Skyrail Diamond View glass floor gondola
Optional upgrade to Gold Class carriage with hostess on Kuranda Scenic train
Tour Languages Offered
Varies depending on departure time on skyrail
Days of Operation
Daily - Except Christmas
Leave your car in the carpark. A coach will transfer you (approx 8:50am) from the carpark to Freshwater Train Station for checkin. Please do not go into the Skyrail terminal for checkin
- Cairns Beaches
- Palm Cove
What To Bring
Fitness Level RequiredLow
Children aged 4 - 14 Years.
Family price is based on 2 Adults & 2 Children.
Children under 4 travel free
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:
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
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.
Although we live in lovely tropical North Queensland, Kuranda can still feel the cold on the top of the mountains during the winter months. Take a light cover up just in case, and store it in your bag when you don’t need it. Kuranda is a great day out for the whole family as there is so much to see and do in Kuranda Village you will love it.
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2017 - 20181 Apr 17 - 31 Mar 18
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Optional Extras for 2017 - 2018
The following optional extras can be purchased at time of booking.
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|Kuranda Scenic Rail Gold Class Upgrade - G||
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