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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
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Tour snapshot
Customise your tour: five different itineraries to choose from
Duration:
7h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
80
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    7h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    80
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
The Kuranda Scenic Railway is one of the most popular attractions in Queensland’s tropical north, affording incredible views of the Barron Gorge National Park. This flexible tour offers a choice of five different itineraries, so you can tailor your tour to your preferences and include optional extras such as a ride on the Skyrail, a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park, a tour of the Rainforestation Nature Park, or lunch in the rainforest.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Stunning views as you ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway through the Barron Gorge
  • Free time in Kuranda Village: browse the many shops for souvenirs
  • Hassle-free tour with hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Cairns
What to expect
With five different itineraries to choose from, this full-day tour from Cairns lets you create your ideal day trip. All tours include a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, through the heart of the Barron Gorge National Park. The 1.5-hour journey climbs through the mountain valleys, passing the dramatic Stoney Creek Bridge, and affording spectacular views over Kuranda Waterfall and the Barron Gorge. Additional options include a thrilling ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which soars over the Barron Gorge National Park, stopping at treetop viewpoints along the way; an off-road adventure in the Rainforestation Nature Park; or an immersive cultural experience at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park. All tours include hotel pickup and drop-off from your Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
German, Chinese, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Stunning views as you ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway through the Barron Gorge
  • Free time in Kuranda Village: browse the many shops for souvenirs
  • Hassle-free tour with hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Cairns
What to expect
With five different itineraries to choose from, this full-day tour from Cairns lets you create your ideal day trip. All tours include a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, through the heart of the Barron Gorge National Park. The 1.5-hour journey climbs through the mountain valleys, passing the dramatic Stoney Creek Bridge, and affording spectacular views over Kuranda Waterfall and the Barron Gorge. Additional options include a thrilling ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which soars over the Barron Gorge National Park, stopping at treetop viewpoints along the way; an off-road adventure in the Rainforestation Nature Park; or an immersive cultural experience at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park. All tours include hotel pickup and drop-off from your Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 2570KRPS
Important information
Inclusions
  • Cairns Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • One-way trip on Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Rainforestation Nature Park (if option selected)
  • Kuranda Boarding Pass
  • Written itinerary available in German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin
  • Entry/Admission - Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Scenic Railway
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Birdworld, Kuranda Koala Gardens & Butterfly Sanctuary (own expense)
  • Any other optional activities not mentioned
  • Entry/Admission - Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
  • Entry/Admission - Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Koala Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Birdworld Kuranda
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pickup is available from selected hotels in Cairns - please contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Only one tour option is wheelchair accessible: Tjapukai w/ Lunch-Sky-Rail (code: KRST)
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • KQS and KSQ are both wheelchair accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travellers
Inclusions
  • Cairns Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • One-way trip on Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Rainforestation Nature Park (if option selected)
  • Kuranda Boarding Pass
  • Written itinerary available in German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin
  • Entry/Admission - Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Scenic Railway
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Birdworld, Kuranda Koala Gardens & Butterfly Sanctuary (own expense)
  • Any other optional activities not mentioned
  • Entry/Admission - Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
  • Entry/Admission - Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Koala Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Birdworld Kuranda
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pickup is available from selected hotels in Cairns - please contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Only one tour option is wheelchair accessible: Tjapukai w/ Lunch-Sky-Rail (code: KRST)
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • KQS and KSQ are both wheelchair accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 3
    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Rainforestation Nature Park
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 5
    Kuranda Scenic Railway
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    Kuranda Koala Gardens
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 7
    Barron Gorge National Park
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Barron Falls
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 9
    Birdworld Kuranda
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
204 reviews
Excellent
125
Very good
57
Average
16
Poor
3
Terrible
3

allthelowes
Sydney, Australia40 contributions
Mar 2020
I would highly recommend Dowunder Tours, very professional and very punctual company. We were picked up from our hotel in a lovely coach, the highlight being our gorgeous driver named Paul who kept us entertained with his extremely funny personality which everyone enjoyed on the journey to Freshwater train station - we truly loved him! The train ride to Kuranda was really enjoyable and very educational taking approximately 90 minutes. Once we arrived, we had 3 hours to explore Kuranda which we had no problem filling with a visit to the koala park ($19 per adult to get in but we loved it) and the jungle walk which was approximately 3km. We then made our way to the sky rail for our journey down to Smithfield, enjoying to 2 stops on the way, where we were met by our coach and was dropped back to our hotel. It is a little pricey to do the trip to Kuranda but well worth the cost to visit.
Written 13 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi allthelowes Thank you for your lovely review – we are so glad to hear you had a great day visiting Kuranda via the Skyrail and Scenic Rail, and had a great experience with our staff too! Paul is a valued team member here who truly loves what he does, being able to share the region with our passengers and meet new people. I will pass on your lovely feedback to Paul and the rest of our team. Thank you for choosing to travel with us and we hope that you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday! Safe travels, The DUT Team #downundertours
Written 11 October 2020
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rerp
Kibworth Beauchamp, UK289 contributions
Feb 2020
Don't miss this trip if you are in the area. Furthermore, pay the extra to avoid the tours and travel '1st Class'. It is worth it if you can afford it.When we made the journey the '2nd Class' carriages were virtually full yet just four of us shared a whole 1st class carriage. We had our own stewardesses who, included in the price, served us various warm cakes, biscuits and other nibbles. We were offered our choice of drinks (including sparkling wines if we wanted them) and had sights personally pointed out to us. Expensive, but well worth the cost.
Written 7 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi rerp, Thank you for your review – we are glad to hear you had a great day visiting Kuranda, and enjoyed the Gold Class upgrade experience on the Kuranda Scenic Rail! We definitely agree that it is well worth the upgrade if you can! Be sure to book in advance though as Gold Class is only available on the 9:50am & 3:30pm trains, and there is only limited seating availability for this. Thank you again, and we hope that you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday! Safe travels, The DUT Team #downundertours
Written 11 October 2020
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Sue S
3 contributions
Feb 2021
What a great day. The bus was on time to collect us and the driver Neil was extremely informative on the way to drop us at the train. Full of knowledge about the area. With his information it made the rest of the day easy. All staff on the train and sky rail were lovely. A must do while in NQ.
Written 16 February 2021
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DUTsales
Hi SuesV7, Neil has been with us for over 20yrs and is one of the many experienced driver/guides working across the company. Glad you enjoyed his insights.
Written 8 March 2021
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Jenny M
Wollongong, Australia18 contributions
We took the train up to Kuranda and the Sky rail back. Parked the car at the Sky rail and were then transferred to the train station by bus which worked very well. The carriages on the train were heritage with each seat holding 4 people. The people in the seat in front of us were facing us so we were touching knee to knee and very squashed. Given the recent COVID scare here in Queensland I didn’t think this close proximity to other patrons was appropriate.
When booking online we did not have a choice of seats. We did have a window seat but travelled the whole trip facing backwards. There was NO social distancing and we had to remain seated the whole journey. With a number of tunnels diesel fumes could be an issue for those with breathing challenges.
The view was pretty and some different scenery to the sky rail. Would not want to do this trip on a hot day. The sky rail was much better.
Written 12 June 2021
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DUTsales
Thank you JennyM, Down Under Tours operates our Kuranda tours in conjunction with both the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Queensland Rail. Both partners, as well as ourselves operate under Industry approved Covid Safe Plans, Queensland Rail operates the rail component, they actually are able to now operate at 100% capacity. Please understand safety is of the utmost priority. Queensland Rail allocate all the seating, which is why we are unable to advise at the time of booking. We have passed on your feedback to Queensland Rail for consideration.
Written 12 June 2021
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Graham S
17 contributions
The train allocates carriages to tourist operators these days. So you get crammed in to the allocated carriages even though other carriages were not occupied. Even though we were allowed to move to a spare seat QR were a bit rude about it. Still a nice informative ride in the train. Funny thing was they perched COVID distancing but were happy to sit unrelated people in the same back to back seats
Written 17 November 2021
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Leslie M
Queensland Rail operates the Kuranda Scenic Railway and they adhere to a strict COVID safe plan. There is a process for allocations and I am pleased that you were able to move to a spare seat on the day you travelled.
Written 23 November 2021
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saginaw111
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
Oct 2021
Hello, can you tell me how you came to the price for an Adult return cairns to kuranda on the tourist train at $76 ? It seems way over the top . For two of us with a 5 year old boy it will cost us $190 return . That my be ok for cashed up rich tourists , but what about the rest of us who live here in Australia and just want to try out the experience. Damn rip off . thanks for for being another greedy tourist coroporation rouge.
Written 4 November 2021
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Leslie M
I'm sorry, this isn't our tour, we do not provide tours return on Kuranda Scenic Train. You are most likely referring to Kuranda Scenic Railway themselves. We provide experiences which package both skyrail and the train.
Written 10 November 2021
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Paul W
13 contributions
Jan 2020
Overall this was an pretty enjoyable activity. There wasn't enough time to tour the markets in the morning before departing on the train, but the train ride itself was nice, the buffet lunch was great and the trip back on the skyrail was enjoyable. The rainforest stop with the tour of the animal park is pretty cool, you can pet/feed wallabies or get your picture with a koala bear for a few extra bucks.
Written 14 February 2020
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Hi Thank you for your review – we are glad to hear you had a great day visiting Kuranda & Rainforestation via the Skyrail and Scenic Rail! In the Rainforestation & Kuranda package tour, there is only limited time in Kuranda Village before the transfer to Rainforestation due to the timings of the Skyrail, bus transfer and Scenic Rail. Thank you for choosing to travel with us and we hope that you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday! Safe travels, The DUT Team #downundertours
Written 11 October 2020
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Mark
Brisbane, Australia26 contributions
Thoroughly enjoyable rail journey from Freshwater to Kuranda.
Decided to travel Gold Class and enjoyed a fruit cocktail at the station, morning tea, beverages and drinks on the trip up.
Stunning views with ample photo opportunities and the car hostess on the train was superb.
Diamond class ride down on the Skyrail was equally memorable and enjoyed the alternative view of Barron Falls and the boardwalk
Written 19 June 2021
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Leslie M
Thank you for your 5 star rating and your recommendations for anyone wanting to really spoil themselves on their Kuranda experience. We are glad you enjoyed your day so much.
Written 18 October 2021
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Vacationer686219
Austin, TX43 contributions
Feb 2020
take the 100 year old train up to Kuranda rainforest. Stay at least 1/2 day. Walk around the rain forest, have a nice lunch. Check out the small shops. Go to the mini animal zoo and feed the kangaroos, have pic taken with a sweet koala bear. Loved the hot humid weather. Sky rail back down.
Written 7 March 2020
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Hi Vacationer686219 Thank you for your review – we are glad to hear you had a great day visiting Kuranda via the Skyrail and Scenic Rail! At Down Under Tours, we are pleased to be able to offer a number of different timing options for our passengers, depending on how long you would like to spend in Kuranda Village, so we recommend speaking to our friendly reservations staff to see what options are available. Thank you again, and we hope that you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday! Safe travels, The DUT Team #downundertours
Written 11 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ghofmann111
Sandy, UT147 contributions
Great way to spend an afternoon. The train itself is an historic masterpiece, beautifully redone. The ride takes you through a beautiful rainforest complete with gorgeous vistas, waterfalls, and stunning bridges and tunnels. You arrive in a cute little town with many shops and restaurants. We visited the aviary and animal sanctuary. Holding an 18 month old Koala was a highlight of our 2 week trip. Don’t worry if it’s raining it’s still a great trip. We took the gondola up and train back, both were great rides
Written 22 March 2020
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Hi Ghofmann111, Thank you for your review – we are so glad to hear you had a great day visiting Kuranda via the Skyrail and Scenic Rail! It truly is a great experience on both the Skyrail and Scenic Rail, and even in the rain, you will experience the beauty of the rainforest in it's element! Thank you again, and we hope that you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday! Safe travels, The DUT Team #downundertours
Written 11 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Nicola B
Nicola B
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Great a must see
It was a really good experience great staff and it was enjoyable and educational for all. I would recommend for all
75kirstyh
75kirstyh
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Informative, comfortable, value for money
We enjoyed a fantastic day out with Down Under, despite the wet weather! The bus was super comfortable and the food
Trisha S
Trisha S
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A really great, fun afternoon!
Great staff, great animals. The lake cruise meeting crocs was fascinating. The snakes, koalas, cassowaries and o
Expedition658832
Expedition658832
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Great place to Visit
Great staff, very entertaining. Snake & Crocodile feeding big highlight, walks with nature, koala, bird Avery and
cfma2000
cfma2000
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Professional, Knowledgeable and Fun
We were on a group visit to the Daintree Forest and Mossman Gorge. DownUnder tours were our guides for a number of
margaret P
margaret P
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Brilliant tour company
Brilliant trip. Brilliant drivers We were on a fun over fifty tour and we all had a ball We did a week with this to
Travelwisetwosome
Travelwisetwosome
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Amazing scenery and experience.
An amazing day! Very well organised from pick up to drop off. The Kuranda train ride was great. We loved the morn
sakura1314
sakura1314
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Bad customer service
Booked a tour and was supposed to be picked up at 8:30am. Bus 40mins late with no notification for my friend and I
Lex F
Lex F
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Sight seeing trip to Kuranda and back via train and skyrail.
We had a great day taking the skyrail up to Kuranda and the train back. I would recommend this trip to everyone as
Melissa2704
Melissa2704
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Great day
A great day had by all the family. Although a very wet day, our train was cancelled due to rain, staff were wonderf
Ruthandyu
Ruthandyu
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Exciting experience.
The train and skyrail journeys were informative and great excursions. All staff encountered were friendly and knowl
Orsmm9
Orsmm9
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Terrible
Very poor paid and was waiting for our pick up in the morning at 7:40 it was 7:50 and they were still not here so I
Linda C
Linda C
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Fantastic, informative day out.
The staff were great, we walked around taking in all the atmosphere and experiences around us. Enjoyed the shows, a
Brittain4joy
Brittain4joy
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Treetop beauty
A great day out out. A must do whilst in Cairns! Teens enjoyed it as did we, had an average lunch at the top at the
Aislinn B
Aislinn B
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In my opinion not worth it
Our tour guide Mark was amazing, really knowledgeable and engaging. Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, Daintree Icec
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