Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Self Drive

You can visit the picturesque Kuranda, a “village in the rainforest“, on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Self Drive. You will discover an eclectic mix of village shops and world-famous markets: Bush-tucker and international cuisines, wildlife and local Aboriginal Culture.

The Kuranda Train and Skyrail Self-Drive tours are excellent for those with cars.

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

In the 1880s, the construction of the Kuranda Railway began. The railway was needed for Miners from the west to get back to civilisation.

Construction began in 1886 to build 15 handmade tunnels and 37 bridges along 75.1 kilometres.

During this time, many construction workers lives lost their lives.

Construction workers removed three million cubic metres of earth, quite a feat for those times. Tourists began using the railway to visit Kuranda in the 1930s.

You will learn all this and more on your journey through the majestic mountain range surrounded by the oldest rainforest on the planet. Stop off at the Barron Falls lookout for the perfect photo opportunity. To see the falls thundering after some rain is very impressive.

Kuranda Markets

The markets in Kuranda are renowned all over the world. The Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets and the Heritage Markets are the two different market locations found within the Village in the Rainforest. The stalls sell various handcrafted items, including jewellery, leather and wood goods, and Aboriginal artefacts. The vendors are more than happy to discuss their trade, and shipping items to other countries is not a problem. It’s also possible to take pleasure in the entertainment provided by roving buskers.

It is not difficult to locate the Kuranda markets because there is convenient signage all over the Village. The world’s best opals are on display in Kuranda.   Next, head to Australis Gallery for a fantastic collection of Australian art.

See the future

Your tarot card reading will undoubtedly bring you good luck! A large selection of unusual souvenirs and gifts made in Kuranda is suitable for people of all ages.

Make it a point to take your time and enjoy Kuranda Village without feeling rushed.

Kuranda Skyrail

Not only beautiful but sustainable too! Kuranda Skyrail is an excellent example of ecotourism. Specifically engineered for breathtaking views, there’s no better way to see the rainforest! As the Skyrail takes you high above the canopy, your view of the rainforest will be completely unrestricted.

Stop off at not one but two different stations to explore the rainforest from the ground. Red Peak Station provides a beautiful walk along a boardwalk through the trees. Barron Falls Station provides a spectacular view of the famous Barron River Waterfalls.

Tailor the tour to suit you

The choice is yours. Travel up to Kuranda by train and return by Skyrail, or travel up by Skyrail and return by train. Whichever you decide, you will drive to the Skyrail station in Smithfield.

If you opt for the train first, a bus will meet you at the Skyrail station bus stop. There will be a short trip to the Freshwater train station. A charming old-style station. Upon your return on Skyrail from Kuranda, you can jump straight into your car and head back to your accommodation.

If you prefer taking the Skyrail first, you still make your way to Skyrail station. After your return to the Kuranda railway, a shuttle bus will bring you back to your vehicle.

There are heaps of things to see and do in Kuranda. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to experience it all.

Next, explore more of Cairns

Train up / Skyrail down

AM 1: Meet at Skyrail at 9:10 am. The train departs at 9:50 am.

Free time exploring in Kuranda.

Skyrail departure times: 1:30 pm or 3:30 pm.

 

Skyrail up / Train down

 

AM 1: Meet at Skyrail at 9:30 am.  9:45 am Skyrail departure.

Free time exploring in Kuranda.

Train departure times: 2:00 pm or 3:30 pm**.

 

AM 2: Meet at Skyrail 10:30 am. 10:45 am Skyrail departure.

Free time exploring in Kuranda.

Train departure times: 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm**.

AM 3: Meet at Skyrail 11:30 am. 11:45 am Skyrail departure.

Train departure times: 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm**.

 

**Gold Class Upgrade only available on 3:30 pm Train

 

  • Kuranda Boarding Pass
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Heritage Markets
  • One way coach transfer between the Skyrail Station and the Scenic Rail Station
  • Free time in Kuranda Village
  • Hostess assisted
  •  Water
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Money for extras, souvenirs and food

The Skyrail station is located at 6 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield QLD, 4878.

It takes around 20 minutes to drive there from the Cairns CBD, with Free Parking available here all day. If you choose to join the Scenic Rail in the morning, you will still need to meet here for your transfer over to the Freshwater Train Station.

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Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Self Drive Tours

Kuranda world-famous markets

9:45 am Skyrail and 2:00 pm Scenic Train

Self Drive to Skyrail Smithfield Terminal, with 2.5 hours free time in Kuranda Village. Return on the 2:00pm Kuranda Train. Shuttle Transfer back to Skyrail to collect your car.

Departs

Gliding silently over the canopy

9:45 am Skyrail and 3:30 pm Scenic Train

Self Drive to Skyrail Smithfield Terminal, with 2.5 hours free time in Kuranda Village. Return on the 3:30pm Kuranda Train. Shuttle Transfer back to Skyrail to collect your car.

Departs

12:00 pm Skyrail and 3:30 pm Train

Self Drive to Skyrail Smithfield Terminal, with 2 hours free time in Kuranda Village. Return on the 3:30pm Kuranda Train. Shuttle Transfer back to Skyrail to collect your car.

Departs

8:50 am Train and 1:30 pm Skyrail

Self Drive to Skyrail Smithfield Terminal. Shuttle transfer to Freshwater Train Station for 8:50 am train. 3 Hours free time in Kuranda. 1:30 pm Skyrail transfer back to Smithfield Terminal to meet your car.

Departs