Kuranda Train and Skyrail

Travel in style with this Kuranda train and Skyrail departing from Cairns and travelling to Kuranda the village in the rainforest.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Beginning your journey to Kuranda with the Cairns Skyrail.  Take in the view as you glide above the World Heritage-listed rainforest.

Which transverses the Kuranda range for 7.5km. Along the way, there are two mid-stations to visit Red Peak and Barron Falls.

Meanwhile, you can follow the rainforest boardwalks to scenic lookouts, join ranger-guided tours.  After that visit the CSIRO Interpretation station.

Don’t forget to check out ‘The Edge’.  We suggest you allow about 1 ½ hour for the Skyrail experience.

Kuranda Skyrail and Train
Kuranda Skyrail Map
Visit Kuranda

You will have time to explore Kuranda, ‘the village in the rainforest’.  Kuranda Village has been a favourite to visitors from the early 1900s.

In the 1960s, Kuranda became popular because of the climate and lifestyle.  Hippies moved into town.

During this time the town filled with musicians and artists and the famous Kuranda Markets begun.

Today the village features an eclectic mix of shops and market stalls.

Restaurants and cafes, featuring bush-tucker and international cuisines are dotted through the Village.

Wildlife parks and local Aboriginal culture are also featured in Kuranda.

While you are in Kuranda, there is an excellent selection of local produce and also locally-designed fashion.

Also, keep your eye out for hand-crafted jewellery, leather products, woodwork and gemstones.  

Next take some time to visit some of the local attractions, including Rainforestation and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

Kuranda Scenic Railway

This is one of the most picturesque railway journeys in Australia and is a must-do when visiting North Queensland.

Once onboard, you can sit back and relax n the original refurbished carriages as you make your way back to Cairns through the rainforest.

Afterwards, take the scenic railway journey to Cairns.

In the 1880s the construction of the Kuranda Railway began.  Miners from the west needed transport to ‘civilisation’, Cairns.

This historic construction includes fifteen hand-made tunnels and 37 handmade bridges.

Tourists began using the railway to visit Kuranda in the 1930s and its still a top-rated tour today.

After you arrive at the Cairns Railway Station, a bus will transfer you back to your accommodation.


  • Return Coach Transfers from your Accommodation
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Free time in Kuranda Village
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

Your  Itinerary

  • 08:45 am approximately depart your hotel
  • 10:00 am Travel to Kuranda Village by Skyrail
  • 11:15 am – 3:15 pm Enjoy free time to explore Kuranda Village.  Take in the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, or jump on the shuttle bus to Rainforestation Nature Park (Additional costs)
  • 3.15 pm Be ready at the Kuranda Railway Station for your 3.30 pm departure
  • 5.15 pm arrive at Cairns Railway Station for the bus transfer back to your hotel

Included in your day

  • Return bus transfers from your Cairns accommodation
  • One-way Travel on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Free time in Kuranda Village
  • One-way Travel on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Upgrade to Diamond Class on Skyrail
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Upgrade to Gold Class on Kuranda Scenic Rail

For your Kuranda Skyrail and Train journey, we recommend bringing the following:

  • Hat, Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • Comfortable, sturdy footwear
  • Re-fillable Water bottle
  • Cash/credit cards for any purchases
  • Your Camera

While both the Skyrail and Train are Wheelchair accessible, please let us know at the time of booking if any mobility assistance is required.

While the Kuranda Village is quite small, there is a lot of walking involved. The main street is slightly inclined, but a low-moderate level of fitness will be able to move around with ease.


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