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

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

The Skyrail 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 and 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 hours 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 since the early 1900s.

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

The town was filled with musicians and artists, and the famous Kuranda Markets began during this time.

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

Restaurants and cafes featuring bush-tucker and international cuisines are throughout the Village.

Kuranda also features Wildlife parks and local Aboriginal Culture.

While you are in Kuranda, there is an excellent selection of local produce and 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 railway is one of Australia’s most picturesque journeys 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 handmade tunnels and 37 handmade bridges.

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

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

Next, head out to the Outer Barrier Reef with Reef Experience.


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

Your  Itinerary

  • 8:45 am approximately depart your hotel
  • 9:30 am – Travel to Kuranda Village by Skyrail
  • 11:15 am – 3:15 pm Enjoy free time to explore Kuranda Village.
  • 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 Gold Class on Kuranda Scenic Rail

We recommend bringing the following:

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

This package is inclusive of hotel pickup and dropoff.

The Skyrail unfortunately does not operate every day. If the package is not available on your preferred day of travel, you can join a package that includes a Coach Transfer from Kuranda to Cairns in place of the Skyrail ticket.

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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