Day trip

From Port Douglas: Kuranda via Scenic Rail & Skyrail Option

Day trip

From Port Douglas: Kuranda via Scenic Rail & Skyrail Option

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Experience one of Australia's most scenic train journeys on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Board the train at Freshwater and travel through a landscape of lush rainforest and waterfalls. Get some free time in Kuranda to stroll the craft markets and more.

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Duration 8 hours - 1 day
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up from your accommodation in Port Douglas or Palm Cove.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Ride one of the most spectacular rail journeys in Australia through 15 hand-carved tunnels
  • Stroll around the quaint rainforest village of Kuranda and visit its arts and crafts markets
  • Unwind in Palm Cove and enjoy a cocktail or walk on the beach
  • Benefit from pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Port Douglas or Palm Cove
Full description

Following pickup in the morning, relax on the ride with 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 wildlife. 

Arrive at the beautiful Freshwater Station and board the historic Kuranda scenic railway. Then, head through the rainforest and take in the 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, which are 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'll be taken along the palm-fringed esplanade. Then, purchase a drink and enjoy some staggering views of the picturesque beach or take a walk along the beach and let the kids play in the playground.

Return to Port Douglas with new friends and great memories, before getting dropped off at your accommodation or chosen restaurant on request.  

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guide
  • Lunch
  • Cocktails and other drinks
  • Hotel pickup from Cairns city

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This tour is unavailable from Cairns
  • This tour is suitable for all ages and for those with limited mobility
  • This tour is available from the Northern Beaches of Cairns
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 105 reviews

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What a great day we had, from the nice greeting we got from our pick-up to the ride up to Kuranda on the train, which gave us great views and commentary to then walking round the village and then the ride down on the skyrail again giving you more great views. Our driver made sure we knew where we had to meet up at each stop and gave us information about the area while travelling back to our hotel. Would definitely recommend.

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March 4, 2023

The whole day was great. It was such a pleasure to sit back, relax and enjoy a well planned day. We were picked up on time by Grant, who kept us amused and streamlined all the day's activities. Our train tickets were collected for us and as promised, he was waiting at the end of the ride to transport us to the market and then the air rail.

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October 24, 2022

Very well-organized, meandering our way through the rainforest on the scenic railway. The commentary on the scenic train journey was very clear describing the hardships the construction crews faced in building the railroad through the mountains. A must journey to explore when visiting Cairnes or passing through. Kuranda is a very laidback township, especially the markets.

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October 16, 2022

Product ID: 88049