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Cairns: Self-Guided Kuranda Day Trip, Scenic Rail & Skyrail

1. Cairns: Self-Guided Kuranda Day Trip, Scenic Rail & Skyrail

Explore the village of Kuranda in a pristine World Heritage-listed rainforest. Be picked up from your hotel and travel to the train station. Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway and marvel at mountains on the way. Soar over waterfalls and over Barron Gorge on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Explore the markets, shops, and walking trails, or take a river cruise (seasonal) for 2.5 hours. Discover the food stalls and cafés, or dine with the water dragons at Frog’s Restaurant famous for its sauces and dressings. Take the famous Skyrail down, spanning 7.5km over the rainforest canopy. Spot native wildlife, including the cassowary, the world's 3rd-largest flightless bird. Next, take the 2:00 PM Skyrail back to the bottom (Skyrail Smithfield station). Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and deep into the world’s oldest, continually-surviving tropical rainforest. The iconic Skyrail experience is a must-do Cairns attraction of Australia’s World-Heritage listed tropical rainforest, immersing you in one of the most botanically fascinating areas on earth. At the end of your Skyrail experience, be picked up again by bus at 3:30 PM to be brought back to the hotel.

Cairns: Skyrail, Kuranda and Rail Tour with Hotel Transfer

2. Cairns: Skyrail, Kuranda and Rail Tour with Hotel Transfer

Explore the Cairns World Heritage Rainforest on this tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns. Expereince the beauty of the rainforest from above on a ride to the town of Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Spend free time in Kuranda before returning on the Kuranda Scenic Rail train. Be picked up from the comfort of your cairns accommodation in the morning. Relax on the drive to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and glide silently over the rainforest on your journey to Kuranda. Stop at two stations on the cableway where you can go for a walk in the rainforest to spectacular lookouts or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Center. Once you arrive in Kuranda. Have free time to explore the many and varied shops, as well as the Heritage Markets which operate daily. Board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail train for ride over one of the world's most scenic rail routes. Cruise through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning stunning gorges. Catch your coach back to your accommodation in Cairns.

Cairns: Reef Flight, Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Rail Combo

3. Cairns: Reef Flight, Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Rail Combo

On this full-day excursion, you'll see the best of the Great Barrier Reef on this 40-minute scenic flight in a high wing aircraft. You'll see Cairns, Green Island, Arlington Reef, Upolu Reef, Double Island and Palm Cove. After exploring the reef, you’ll head back toward the mainland with views of the North Queensland coastline. With window seats guaranteed, take in the stunning views as your professional pilot provides you with expert commentary along the way. After your scenic flight, you'll be taken to ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, where you'll soar above 7.5 kilometers of pristine rainforest canopy in a cable car. Visit the beautiful town of Kuranda, nestled in the pristine World Heritage-listed rainforest. You'll have 2.5-hours of free time to explore the eclectic village, local markets, shops and walking trails or sit back and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many amazing food stalls or cafes that the town has to offer.  Take the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and marvel at the views of the surrounding mountains along the way. Rising from sea level to 328 meters, the journey to Kuranda passes spectacular waterfalls and then will take you into the stunning Barron Gorge. At the end of your day, make your way back to your accommodation. Alternatively, transfers can be booked during check-in at Skyrail Smithfield Station for an additional cost of $11.50 per adult. Your combo will also include a free transfer courtesy bus from your centrally located Cairns accommodation.

From Port Douglas: Kuranda Village with Scenic Railway

4. From Port Douglas: Kuranda Village with Scenic Railway

Following pick-up from your accommodation anywhere in Port Douglas, commencing at 8:30 AM, journey in a small group of only 12 guests for guaranteed personal service and entertaining commentary. Travel down the Captain Cook Highway, known as the second most scenic highway in Australia, and learn the history of the region, along with local issues and stories about the wildlife.  Arrive at beautiful Freshwater Station and board the historic Kuranda scenic railway. Then, head through the rainforest and take in a breathtaking scenery of waterfalls and 15 dramatic tunnels carved through the rocks. Upon arrival in Kuranda, explore the 'Village in the Rainforest', famous for its colorful arts and crafts markets, open every day. Browse the wide variety of Aboriginal artifacts, such as handmade leather goods, wood and jewelry. Stop at a café for lunch and listen to the busker, or try some local snacks such as macadamia nuts, honey, mango wine, homemade sweets or delicious homemade ice cream. Next, head up the coast to Palm Cove, where you will be taken along the palm-fringed esplanade. Then, stop for a drink of your choice and get some staggering views of the picturesque beach. Stroll among the stores and galleries, or take a walk along the beach and let the kids play in the playground (only with the 11:00 AM departure). Return to Port Douglas with new friends and great memories, before getting dropped off at your accommodation or chosen restaurant on request.  

From Port Douglas: Small Group Rainforest and Kuranda Tour

5. From Port Douglas: Small Group Rainforest and Kuranda Tour

Spend an afternoon exploring the rainforest and a small village within it with a small group and a guide. After a late-morning pickup from your hotel, head down the Captain Cook Highway to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Enjoy the journey over the rainforest and stop at 2 stations along the way to experience this World Heritage Rainforest. After your arrival in Kuranda, a guide will meet you and show you around the Kuranda Village. Visit the vibrant markets, see the best places to eat, and visit some small animal parks. After 2 hours, jump onboard the Kuranda Scenic Train and head down the mountain, viewing 15 tunnels and waterfalls along the way. On arrival at Freshwater Station, you'll then head to Palm Cove, a beautiful beachside village where you can stop for a cocktail or 2, or take a walk on the beach and pier. Head back to Port Douglas for 6:45 PM. (Palm Cove stopover only available for the 11:00 AM departure)

Port Douglas: World Heritage Forest by Skyrail & Scenic Rail

6. Port Douglas: World Heritage Forest by Skyrail & Scenic Rail

Explore the Cairns World Heritage Rainforest on this tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Port Douglas. Experience the beauty of the rainforest from above then enjoy some leisure time in Kuranda before returning by rail. Be picked up from the comfort of your Port Douglas accommodation. Relax on the scenic drive to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway as you get ready to see the rainforest from the air. Board the Cableway and be awed as you glide silently over and through the rainforest on your journey. Admire the flora and fauna beneath as you head for the forest village of Kuranda. Stop at two stations on the cableway. Head out for a walk in the rainforest to spectacular lookouts or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Center. Once you arrive in Kuranda, make use of some free time to explore the village at your leisure. For the return journey, board the Kuranda Scenic Rail train for a ride over one of the world's most picturesque rail routes. Cruise through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning stunning gorges along the way. After disembarking, catch your coach back to your accommodation in Port Douglas.

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What people are saying about Far North Queensland

Wonderful day today. Firstly our pilot Brad from GSL Aviation (Cairns airport) was informative, professional, attentive & knowledgeable as we flew above the reef. Just 6 in the plane + pilot. Everyone had a window seat. A great experience we would recommend to everyone. 10/10 Brad. Then we went to Smithfield to catch the Skyrail up to Kuranda, a really good way to travel up the mountain with the rainforest below. Then at Kuranda we took a 45 minute boat ride on the Barron River (Kuranda Riverboat Tours) and our guide Lex was very knowledgeable in pointing out fresh water crocs, tortoises, fish & a cassowary, all up close & personal. 10/10 Lex. Then lunch at the Kuranda Pub (nice hamburger) and the train trip down the mountain. The trainline is a marvellous historical engineering endeavour & should be experienced.

Great way to see the rainforest and the views of Cairns. Train ride was well done with the commentaries and the slowing of the train for photos. Thanks!

So we’ll organised by our tour guide, we always knew where we had to be and what we were doing. Had some free time as well. We had a great day.

Very enjoyable trip by train, the skyway back down was very good. There is plenty to see and do whilst at Karanda.

Great experience, amazing views & very informative