Explore Cairns’ Rainforest on a Skyrail Cableway and Scenic Railway

Want to escape to nature? Not sure what to do in Cairns? The Skyrail Experience and Kuranda Scenic Railway are two must-do experiences if you’d like to explore the Aussie nature! Take a journey and explore the world heritage-listed rainforest in Cairns.

The Skyrail Experience

Stretching 7.5km through pristine rainforest, the Skyrail Experience offers the most amazing aerial views of North Queensland’s ancient tropical rainforests. You’ll glide just metres above the rainforest canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at the Red Peak and Barron Falls.

The Skyrail Experience will take approximately 1½ hours one way, or 2-2½ hours return including time spent at two rainforest stations. It can commence or conclude at either Smithfield or Kuranda, depending on your direction of travel.

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Imagine all that natural wonder so close that you can almost touch it, your senses alive with the heady organic fragrance and untamed sounds of the dense rainforest. That’s what it’s like aboard Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda passes spectacular waterfalls and into the stunning Barron Gorge. Meandering through picturesque scenery, you travel through 15 handmade tunnels and across 37 towering bridges that stand as a monument to the pioneers of the north.

Choose from a refurbished original red-wooden heritage carriage in Heritage Class or go all-out with an individual lounge-style chair carriage in Gold Class. Your Gold Class journey also includes a selection of premium beverages and locally sourced appetizers, as well as a complimentary gift pack.

Or save your time and money and combine the two leading attractions to create an unforgettable day tour – One way Skyrail Experience & One way Kuranda Scenic Railway Experience. You can choose the first leg of your trip by riding either on a Skyrail cableway or on a scenic railway. Upon arriving at Kuranda, explore this “Village in the Rainforest” with plenty of restaurants and cafes and the famous Kuranda Markets. If you plan to spend more time in the rainforest, include the Kuranda Rainforest Park Entry Ticket in your trip and book the One Way Skyrail Experience & One Way Kuranda Scenic Railway & Entry to Rainforestation. After exploration in Kuranda, get on board the railway or the Skyrail and enjoy the rest of your journey.

What you need to know:

  • Transfers from Cairns are available for tours including the Skyrail Experience, please remember to choose the correct package.
  • If you’d like to experience the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway on one day and take Kuranda Scenic Railway first, you’ll have to check in at the Skyrail Ticketing Counter at Freshwater Train Station.
  • For self-drive visitors experiencing Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway, even when driving your own vehicle, you will require a coach transfer as Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway are in two different locations, a short drive apart. If you have your own vehicle you will need to select the ‘Self-Drive’ option when booking your Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway experience. This includes the self drive coach transfer in your tour price. Coach transfers operate between Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal and Freshwater Railway Station at times to suit your selected itinerary.

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