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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Cairns, Australia
About Kuranda Scenic Railway
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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Experience the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kuranda Rainforest on a full-day tour from Cairns. Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Kuranda where you first visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest flight aviary in Australia. Tour the Rainforestation Nature Park in an amphibious Army Duck vehicle, then see koalas, dingoes and more at the Koala and Wildlife Park. Take a dreamtime walk with a Pamagirri guide for the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, then feast on an Australian barbecue buffet lunch. Finally, return to Cairns on the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
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Fred D wrote a review 6 Dec
Adelaide, Australia163 contributions48 helpful votes
First time trip to Cairns, we treated ourselves to a trip on the Kuranda railway back from Kuranda. It was a lovely trip and a great photo opportunity of the train, the scenery and mountainous surroundings. There was a short stop at the Barron Falls and we got some really nice photos. It was worth the trip, the commentary was great and gave an insight into the building of that track, what an astounding feat. I would defenitely do it again and maybe book the Gold Class.
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Date of experience: November 2021
lynnettemayo wrote a review 4 Dec
Brisbane, Australia7 contributions
On our recent trip to Cairns, we treated ourselves to a Gold Class trip on the railway back from Kuranda. It was a lovely trip and our hostess, Melinda, was really lovely and took very good care of us. Melinda made sure we knew in advance when a photo opportunity was about to present itself and which side of the train to look out of. There was a short stop at the Barron Falls and we got some really nice photos. It was worth the extra money and would gladly do it again.
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Date of experience: November 2021
Graham C wrote a review Nov 2021
Brisbane Region, Australia81 contributions42 helpful votes
The "heritage" carriages of this service have an atmosphere all of their own which adds to the experience. Staff are friendly and happy to answer questions. The printed guide and tour commentary are really very good. Kuranda railway station is outstanding for its tropical gardens. Congratulations Queensland Rail and Kuranda Scenic Railway.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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susantY2252BC wrote a review Nov 2021
Australia111 contributions71 helpful votes
From the days of steam to those of diesel, this special train wends its way from Cairns to Kuranda every day. No longer can you put your heads out the windows to "get a better view". Workplace health and safety, you know. Even so, all views are spectacular, especially back towards the coast on a clear day. It never ceases to amaze that the tunnels were mostly cut out by heavy duty man power - pick and shovel with occasional use of dynamite. If you travel in the front or rear carriages, there are several curves from which you can see almost the entire train. Enjoy! If you want a little extra comfort, a drink and a few nibbles, you can pay for the gold class carriage.
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Date of experience: August 2021
dtrcg wrote a review Nov 2021
Gold Coast, Australia189 contributions39 helpful votes
What a great day, book the train ride back from Kuranda and decided o go gold class, so glad we did . The service was second to none from Mathew . We could not fault the service and we throughly enjoyed the train ride back down to cairns. Lovely old train with great veiws of Barwon falls. If you can definitely go gold class
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Date of experience: November 2021
Response from QueenslandRailTravel, Marketing Coordinator at Kuranda Scenic Railway
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to review. Happy to hear you had a great time onboard, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.
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