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Kuranda Scenic Railway

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Address: Bunda Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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+61 7 4036 9333
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Kuranda Scenic Railway is the original scenic rail journey to Kuranda. This...

Kuranda Scenic Railway is the original scenic rail journey to Kuranda. This spectacular

experience travels over bridges and through tunnels hand-made by North Queensland's

pioneers over 100 years ago. Traversing the World Heritage listed rainforest of the Barron

Gorge National Park, this is one of the world's great railway journeys.

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Good day out from Cairns.

This is a low stress day trip while in Cairns. One can travel up or down by train, and the other direction by bus or by Skyrail, or both ways on the train. Informative commentary... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a low stress day trip while in Cairns. One can travel up or down by train, and the other direction by bus or by Skyrail, or both ways on the train. Informative commentary en route. Kuranda itself has lots of touristy shops, snack shops, and local restaurants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved this trip, you get to stop at a beautiful waterfall on the way to Kuranda. During the ride you hear facts about the train and the building of the tracks which was interesting.

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experience Heather! We're so glad you enjoyed the scenery and the history of this tour - we think it's such a relaxing change of pace. We hope you left with some amazing photos and memories! Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a great way to make our way up to the town of Kuranda. The journey was accompanied by commentary and a stop at the waterfalls which educated us on how the railway came about and other matters. I was a little worried from some of the reviews that the heat would be unbearable but it wasn't too bad... More 

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your journey with us! It sounds like you were able to make the most of the experience and learn the local history :) Glad to hear you were able to enjoy the scenery without heat concerns and, we hope you received the refreshing cold towel ;) Enjoy the rest of your... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I booked the Historical Scenic Rail to Kuranda and the SkyRail down. While the SkyRail was a thrill, this ride was more leisurely. You get a taste of the past as you wind up the mountain around bends and through tunnels. The views are spectacular. I enjoyed the SkyRail back down a bit more, but am happy I got the... More 

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're so glad you found the value in the change of pace and the journey through Heritage-listed forest. We're big fans of the views too! We hope you go home with some wonderful photos and memories and safe travels! Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Reminded me very much of the mountain train in India. Almost colonial. We travelled up to Kuranda by this train and down by sky train. So so much cheaper to book it oneself rather than a package. Wasn't terribly impressed with Kuranda itself. Very touristy, very expensive. Would recommend the river tour. Two hours is ample time in Kuranda including... More 

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share you experience Chris. It's very much a step back in time when you travel through the heritage-listed area. We're glad you were able to appreciate the beauty! We hope you've gone home with some beautiful photos and memories. Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel More 

Seoul, South Korea
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I went up to Kuranda by skyrail and returned by scenic railway. The train is not air-conditioned. You might think fresh air will come in through the open windows, but the train is so slow that you cannot feel any air flow. There is a water dispenser in the train, but make sure you bring enough drinks for 2 hours... More 

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We're sorry to hear it didn't live up to expectations. We recognise the heat can be a little bit much, particularly at this time of year and it is truly a vintage train travel experience - a step back in time if you will. We hope you were able to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Been on the train twice and the sky rail 3 times. We absolutely loved it each and every time. Worth the money for sure. Do the early sky rail and later train to ensure you see everything in Kuranda.

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this review

Hi Chrissie, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're so glad you're a repeat traveller! There's always something new to discover and enjoy :) Thank you, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel More 

St Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A very quaint ride up the mountain. It's an old 1900 train and takes 2 hours to take you to the top. A warning; whilst the seats are comfy, space is limited and they squeeze 4 in a row facing each way. They allocate seats so do try to book seats forward facing next to the window. Also there is... More 

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It's certainly a 'vintage experience' and a step back in time. We hope you were able to find some joy in your trip and get some memorable photos to take home with you. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels! Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel More 

Asuncion, Paraguay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Beautiful travel by the forests tropical. A fun attraction that takes half a day. The best combination is to go by train and return with the skyrail. In the end you have a small town with stores of memories.

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this review

Hi Domingo, Thank you for sharing your experience - we're so glad you think it's as beautiful as we do! We hope you went home with some amazing photos :) Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

As part of our family holiday to cairns, we visited the Kuranda scenic tour. Our family really enjoyed the scenery around the national park and especially my daughter love the sky rail a lot. We love the beautiful Mother Nature that our country have to offer for all the tourists from all over the world to enjoy how beautiful Australia... More 

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! It sounds like you and your family really made the most of the day out! We hope you were able to go home with some beautiful photos as a reminder :) Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel More 

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