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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
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icon7 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 7 more
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Overview

Explore the lush beauty, amazing wildlife and rich heritage of Tropical North Queensland on this customizable full-day trip to Kuranda from Cairns. Travel to this enchanting rain forest village aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, and choose from a variety of activities including visits to the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Rainforestation Nature Park. Hang out with koalas and exotic birds, browse local markets and opt to include a delicious buffet lunch. At the end of the day, glide through the treetops back to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
  • Day trip to Kuranda from Cairns
  • Experience the wildlife, history and lush landscape of Tropical North Queensland
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Barron Falls on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for aerial views of the verdant forest
  • Explore the markets and wildlife attractions of Kuranda during free time in the village
  • Choose from tour options that include Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Pickup and drop-off at Cairns and northern beaches hotels included

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Choose from multiple tour options, all including the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail.
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Cairns Hotel pickup and drop-off
One-way trip on Kuranda Scenic Railway
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Rainforestation Nature Park (if option selected)
Kuranda Boarding Pass
Written itinerary available in German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin
Food and drinks, unless specified
Birdworld, Kuranda Koala Gardens & Butterfly Sanctuary (own expense)
Any other optional activities not mentioned

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8:50 AM
Pickup is available from selected hotels in Cairns - please contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.
Create your own perfect day in the beautiful rain forest of Tropical North Queensland with the choice of five different itineraries showcasing the best of Kuranda. Explore indigenous culture at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park, including didgeridoo demonstrations and a heritage dance performance. At Rainforestation Nature Park, take an exciting Army Duck tour and observe animals such as birds, kangaroos, and koalas. See the Itinerary section below for a description of each option.

All itineraries include a one-way ride aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. During the 1.5-hour journey, learn about regional history as your train winds through Barron Gorge National Park and wraps around mountain curves for spectacular vistas. Cross Stoney Creek Bridge and chug by gorgeous waterfalls before arriving at the charming Kuranda train station. 

To return to Cairns, get an aerial view of the rain forest as you glide above the treetops on the 4.5-mile (7.5-km) Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Ride in a 6-passenger gondola and disembark at two different vista points to take in fantastic views and explore the forest via a boardwalk. 

Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns is included with all options.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Choose Tjapukai Package option if you would like to visit here. Discover the world's oldest living culture at Tjapukai Cultural Park - showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture through traditional dance, storytelling and more.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
The largest butterfly flight aviary & exhibit in Australia. Situated next to the Kuranda Markets, it is home to over 1500 tropical butterflies. Wander through the aviary's lush tropical gardens and breeding laboratory to learn more about a butterfly's life cycle & behaviour.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Glide over and through the canopy of the ancient rainforest and marvel at the spectacular views from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. There are two stops along this gondola journey where you can alight and explore the rainforest from within.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Rainforestation Nature Park
Choose the Rainforestation Package if you would like to visit this wonderful nature park. See Australian wildlife in their wildlife park, and take an amphibious Army Duck tour through the rainforest.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Take a historic journey on the Kuranda Scenic Rail, travelling through the rainforest and along the mountainside of Barron Gorge.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Visit this wonderful Wildlife park to see iconic Australia wildlife. Feed and pat the tame wallabies and kangaroos. Discover wombats, freshwater crocodiles, lizards, snakes and much more! Koala photos are also available.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Barron Gorge National Park
See the might Barron Falls from both the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Edge Lookout, and at a stop on your journey on the Kuranda Scenic Rail.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Barron Falls
See the might Barron Falls from both the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Edge Lookout, and at a stop on your journey on the Kuranda Scenic Rail.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Birdworld Kuranda
Immerse yourself in this wonderful free flying bird exhibit. See and enjoy the company of hundreds of rare and beautiful exotic and Australia native species in the lush tropically landscaped setting.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Down Under Tours - Day Tours
Down Under Tours is Tropical North Queensland’s leading day tour operator with an extensive range of tour options to suit any taste. We love to share the beauty of Tropical North Queensland and the ancient rainforest with our passengers.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Only one tour option is wheelchair accessible: Tjapukai w/ Lunch-Sky-Rail (code: KRST)
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • KQS and KSQ are both wheelchair accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Down Under Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns.

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  • "You do not need to pay extra to hold the bear - only if you want a picture taken ( it is a very good picture)." See review
  • "Cable car and train as well as the visit to Karanda are not to be missed." See review
  • "You can go to Butterfly or Koala Park for extra fees." See review

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star-1
WOULD NOT RECOMMEND!
Nathan_T
, Jun. 2022
We didn't get to go as they have a 24 hour cancelation policy. We just wanted to change the day of our travel as we had car trouble getting up there. So they took our $400 and basically said tuff luck.. Luckily we called up down under tours and they understood our situation and rebooked us for another day that they still had spare seats free of charge. I will never be using viator again and telling all my friends and family to steer clear from this joke of a company.
star-1
Terrible experience
Agnes_S
, Jun. 2022
Was told the pick up at 720 am at a different hotel. Waited till 9 am before they picked me. And instructions not clear. Missed my tour and lunch too!
star-5
Great all round day
Ian_W
, Jun. 2022
The cable car was amazing. Kuranda itself is a great spot to explore and the train was very enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thank you for your 5 star review! We really appreciate you taking the time to comment.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great day, very well...
Jodie_B
, Jun. 2022
Great day, very well organised. Joe our driver to the station gave great tips and instructions. Well worth it.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are thrilled that you had such a great time on your Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Train and Kuranda Village experience. We really appreciate the 5 star review.
star-4
The day started out with...
Susan_G
, May 2022
The day started out with a mishap as we were overlooked at our pickup point, but got a taxi there and worked it all out in the end. It was a pleasant day and we all enjoyed the experience. Bus driver that missed us on pick up at least had a giggle on the return trip with us.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are glad everything worked out in the end and that you had a great day. Thank you for your understanding.
star-5
From our pickup at our...
Karen_A
, May 2022
From our pickup at our hotel to being dropped off a great day was had by my husband and myself. Wander thru the village we were amazed by the amount of shops and eating places. The cable car was my highlight but not so much my husband's. On saying that he did enjoy it and didn't feel frightened
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are thrilled that you had a great experience from start to finish. The Kuranda Scenic Train, the little village in the rainforest, the Cableway Skyrail, the coach transfers and the driver guide are all part of what makes the day so special. Thank you for our 5 star review.
star-5
Awesome day out
Dean_T
, May 2022
Awesome day out. Actual train time is about 1.5-2 hrs and cable car about an hour. Views on both are fantastic. Kurunda is a great little spot. Definitely get to bird world.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are so pleased you had su7ch a memorable day in Kuranda and on the journey getting to an from the little village in the Rainforest.
star-4
Experience of Kuranda
Jacob_E
, May 2022
The Kuranda Scenic Railway was a fantastic experience. The history of the railway - using picks to fig tunnels was mind boggling. The views were amazing. The staff on board were helpful and friendly. The carriages were well maintained. The railway staff were helpful.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are really pleased you had such a memorable experience on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Thank you for posting your review.
star-5
Excellent & well organised tour
Tony_C
, May 2022
The Kuranda rail was fantastic, the activities at the Rainforeststion was amazing too! Everything was prepared and set on an itinerary and was very well organised!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review. Kuranda Scenic Train, Skyrail and the Kuranda Village is a wonderful day trip, isn't it. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience.
star-5
Memorable experience
Katrina_G
, May 2022
Lovely day had by all, beautiful scenery, railway and skyrail was a memorable experience, highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
The journey up and back from Kuranda and time spent in the quaint rainforest village is a great day, isn't it. Thank you for our 5 star review.
star-5
Wow wow wow
Amy_G
, Apr. 2022
Wow!!!! What an amazing ride. So beautiful and we loved all the history. We got some amazing photos we'll cherish forever. Thank you
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your journey to Kuranda so much and that you have amazing memories to take home with you.
star-4
Unfortunately we went on...
Ian_R
, Apr. 2022
Unfortunately we went on ANZAC day and were not able to get the photos we would have liked due to very rainy weather other wise the trip was great
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
I am happy you had a wonderful day on your travels to Kuranda, despite the wet weather. The Kuranda Scenic rail and Skyrail are amazing ways to travel to the quaint village, aren't they.
star-5
Well organized tour
Sumedha_D
, Apr. 2022
It is very good experience specially the skyrail. Long and exciting. Operators didn't mix families in one cart which is very nice
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Thank you for your 5 star review. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Cableway tour to Kuranda.
star-5
Great memories
dean_w
, Apr. 2022
This was an awesome day. We learnt quite a bit and the view and scenery was wonderful. Our son even spotted a snake which he was excited about
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
I am happy that your family enjoyed their day so much. We appreciate your 5 star rating and your review, thank you.
star-4
Kuranda by Train & return by Skyrail
SantoshKumar_S
, Apr. 2022
It was a great experience(up by Train and back by Skyrail) , awesome views. Kids loved the whole journey. would like to give only 4 stars as we are not happy with the Downundertour operators as they had given us only 2.5 hrs to roam in Kuranda , seems they tried to squeeze us into last train to Kuranda and earliest skyrail , which had given us only short time to spend in Kuranda.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thank you for leaving your review. The time when you travelled was a very busy time, Easter holidays and I we may have had limited seats left available. Some people would think that 2.5 hours was far too much time in Kuranda and others not enough. I hope one day you are able to come back and do the tour again at a more leisurely pace.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Refund would be good
Emma_H
, Apr. 2022
My personal experience was amazing although my friend was refused entry at skyrail after we paid because of vaccination status. Would love a refund.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous day
Daniela_S
, Apr. 2022
Absolutely fabulous trip!! The kids loved every second. The day is filled with plenty to do and more than enough time to experience every site.
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
I am thrilled that your family enjoyed their day so much. Thank you for your comments and your 5 star review. I am thrilled you have so many great memories to take home with you.
star-4
Booking was no fun…
Sam_J
, Apr. 2022
The booking from Viator was somewhat frustrating when we just wanted to drive to the sky terminal in Smithfield. But it didn’t seem to have that option. After a fair bit of searching through documentation after booking we managed to find the tour operator who were quite helpful. We think they also charged us in USD for our Australian experience just down the road. The tour itself was well organised. It seems that you can book directly through sky rail for $120 AUD PP…
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
As the tour operator I am pleased that we were able to help you in the end and hope that you enjoyed your journey to and from Kuranda and your day up in the quaint village.
star-5
Amazing day out
alexander_c
, Mar. 2022
Being right at the top of the rainforest was truly a amazing experience one will take with them forever 😎👍
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
The journey up and back to Kuranda on the Skyrail Cableway and the Scenic Train is truly amazing, isn't it. We are so pleased you have so many great memories to share with your family and friends. Thank you for the 5 star review.
star-5
A dose of history .
Colleen_E
, Mar. 2022
Fabulous way to learn some local history and experience a by gone era. Relaxing and comfortably paced day.
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Thank you for the 5 star review. The Kuranda Scenic Railway takes you on an enjoyable and informative journey up to the little village in the rainforest and I am so pleased you have wonderful memories to share with your family and friends.

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