Cairns Skyrail

Cairns Skyrail gives you a truly unique perspective of the rainforest.   As you glide above the pristine canopy, your view is entirely unrestricted.

Skyrail was engineered explicitly with breathtaking views in mind.  As a result, the views stretch over Cairns, out to the Coral Sea to Green Island

It is the most environmentally sensitive way to visit the rainforest!

Discover an ancient rainforest

You will be able to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and tranquillity of the oldest rainforest on the planet.  Daintree Wet Tropics rainforest has remained unchanged for over 130 million years and is, therefore, one of the most botanically fascinating.

Cairns Skyrail Stations

Red Peak Station provides a beautiful walk along a boardwalk through the rainforest.  Allow about 20 minutes and encounter lush ferns, palms, butterflies, birds and giant rainforest trees. 

After that, stop at Barron Falls Station, which provides a spectacular view of the famous Barron River Waterfall.  Explore the rugged beauty and learn about the pioneering history of the Historical Precinct.   Then test your nerves and walk the glass boardwalk of The Edge lookout.

Meanwhile, make sure you download the Skyrail app to your phone before departing.  As a result, you will have access to expert commentary as you glide through the canopy.

Perfect for those staying on the Atherton Tablelands.  It is a self-drive option departing from Kuranda


See other great things to do in Kuranda.




The best thing about the Skyrail?
  • Stunning Rainforest views
  • Iconic Skyrail Cableway
  • Barron Falls
  • Barron Gorge National Park
  • Kuranda Village
  • A one-way Skyrail experience will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. If you are joining the return service please allow at least 2 1/2 hours at a minimum to enjoy some time in Kuranda.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before departure at either Smithfield or Kuranda terminals

Smithfield to Kuranda Departure times: every 15 minutes between 8:45 am and 1:00 pm

Kuranda to Smithfield Departure times: every 15 minutes between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm


Return (round trip) Skyrail Rainforest Cableway from Smithfield

  • Barron Falls station will provide you with an amazing view of the Barron Falls
  • Take a complimentary guided boardwalk tour and find out about our unique ecosystem.
  • Learn more at the Rainforest Interpretation Centre.
  • Red Peak Station is 545 metres above sea level. Our 175-metre boardwalk provides the opportunity to explore the rainforest from ground level.
  • When approaching the first station – Red Peak, your gondola will descend through the canopy layers and take you deep into the forest.

Have an even better experience!

For an amazing experience, upgrade to our unique glass floor gondola. These gondolas allow our guests an uninterrupted view of the treetops and the forest floor below.  Diamond view gondolas carry a maximum of 5 passengers. Departures from the stations are roughly every 7 minutes.

Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail


Drive yourself to Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal and collect your tickets (free parking, with space for RV’s & Caravans). Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is located 6 Skyrail Dr, Smithfield QLD 4878

Gondolas depart constantly throughout the day. Bookings are made in 15-minute intervals.

The first departure from Smithfield is at 8:45 am. The last one-way experience departs Kuranda at 2:30 pm.

Please let us know your desired departure and return times. Keep in mind, including the 2 stops along the way, a one-way journey will take approx 1.5 hours.

During busy periods, sharing of gondolas with other guests may be required.

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