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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Captain Cook Highway & Cairns Western Arterial Road, Smithfield, Queensland, 4878

The Basics

A one-way ride on the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway takes around 90 minutes, including the ranger-guided boardwalk tours available at Red Peak Station. Two ticket types are available: Standard (in regular panoramic gondolas that seat six people) or Diamond View (in special glass-floor gondolas that seat five).

Tours that include the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway typically run from Cairns, Port Douglas, or the Northern Beaches. A popular choice for a day tour is to ride the Skyrail to Kuranda, then return via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Myriad packages also include Kuranda attractions such as Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Birdworld aviary, or Koala Gardens. You can also combine a Skyrail ride with a thrilling helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef, tickets to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, or an Army Duck Rainforest Tour.

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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
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USD167.12 per adult
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Well worth it
Gold class was well worth the extra. Lovely and informative staff and refreshments were great. The shopping and animal enclosures were fun but prepared to walk
Lachlan_R, Aug. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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The whole trip was very...
michael_i, Jul. 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The whole trip was very good 😊 from beginning to end , but Kuranda market was very rundown and need a facelift …..nearly 3 years of Covid must have taken its toll !!
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Sky rail amazing - train ok - market disappointing
Justine_M, Jul. 2022
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
Sky rail is spectacular - loved the view above the trees - train was a bit too cramped - was surprised with Covid still around that we were squeezed so compactly into the carriages - the market was nice but not amazing
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Memoriable
Ted_R, Aug. 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Had a very enjoyable day. The service was impeccable. Would recommend this trip to anyone. Had plenty of time to see all the attractions. We went gold class the only way to go.
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Lovely day
Geaty_H, Jul. 2022
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
Beautiful views and a lovely well organised day. My only feedback is that more time in Kuranda would have been great and was definitely possible with the schedule. The village was my highlight, plenty to see there!
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Lovely experience
Patrick_G, Aug. 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Loved the ride back to cairns. The scenery was fabulous. Great history experience and we were made to feel special in the gold class heritage carriage
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Poor comms
Allen_G, Jul. 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The poor communication by Viator, hopeless with confirmation and we will always avoid Viator in future
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Train experience
Timothy_D, Jul. 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Train was excellent and staff were friendly and attentive.All together a great day for families and friends.
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A tranquil green landscape
Bill_S, Jul. 2022
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
A journey that brings out the free spirit in any one. A magnificent part of the world that has to experienced once at least in our lives.
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Kuranda GoldPass
Sophia_c, Jul. 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Everything including the Village especially the little Gem shop and museum… the food and drinks and comfy seats up with the gold pass scenic train ride was definitely a bonus we didn’t know was included
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Beautiful day out
Tori_V, Jul. 2022
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
Very glad I did this. It was an incredible experience that my daughter and I will remember forever. Spectacular!
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Excellent.
Anthony_S, Jul. 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Buses comfortable and timely. Excellent drivers. Sky rail and train ride both excellent and interesting. One of the best tourist trips we have done. Very professional from all concerned.
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Railway and skyrail
Dennis_L, Jul. 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The railway gold class was fantastic. Extremely well looked after - drinks generous as was food. The journey was a great experience. The scenery and information provided was great. The skyrail another fantastic experience great scenery and great views highly recommend Highly recommend both experiences with Viator who made the day out seamless.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Gondolas leave every 15 minutes but advance booking is highly recommended, especially during peak times.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen, especially if you plan on enjoying the boardwalk tours, but pack light—large bags and luggage are prohibited on the gondolas.

  • Restrooms, snack bars, and gift shops are available at each station.

  • The Skyrail is accessible to wheelchair users, and complimentary wheelchair rental is available upon request.

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How to Get There

The main starting point for the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the Smithfield Terminal, about a 15-minute drive northwest of Cairns or a 50-minute drive south of Port Douglas. Shuttle buses run from Cairns, the Northern Beaches (excluding Holloways Beach, Machans Beach, and Yorkeys Knob), and Port Douglas, but most guided tours include round-trip transportation from your hotel. You can also board the Skyrail at Kuranda station and follow the same route in reverse.

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When to Get There

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway runs year-round. The busiest time is during the peak summer season (December and January), when opting for an early-morning time slot will help you avoid the crowds and the hottest part of the day. The gondolas are fully enclosed and umbrellas are available at the stations during rainy days, so don’t be put off by the weather—in fact, the rain forest is often even more impressive on a rainy or misty day.

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The Skyrail Experience

After setting out from Smithfield Station, enjoy views that stretch as far as Cairns, the Coral Sea, and the start of the Great Barrier Reef. After around 10 minutes in the air, arrive at the Red Peak Rainforest Station, where you can explore the rain forest on an optional ranger-guided walking tour (included in the ticket price). Continue on the Skyrail to Barron Falls Station, where lookout points afford dramatic views over Barron Falls and Barron Gorge National Park, and the Rainforest Interpretation Centre offers insight into the region’s unique geology. Finally, arrive at Kuranda Terminal, where you can spend time discovering Kuranda Village, perhaps enjoying lunch at a restaurant looking out over the rain forest, browsing the traditional markets, or visiting one of the wildlife reserves.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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