Kuranda Scenic Railway
Most tours set out from Cairns, Port Douglas, or the northern beaches, from where it’s two hours to the end of the line at Kuranda. Passengers can choose standard carriages or more luxurious service. Combine your tour with North Queensland activities such as a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, an Army Duck tour of the Rainforestation Nature Park, a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef, or a visit to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.
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Things to Know Before You Go
English-language commentary is provided on the train.
Luggage space is limited, so bring a day bag with sunscreen, insect repellent, and comfortable shoes if you plan on exploring the rainforest.
Wheelchair access is available at all stations except Barron Falls station, but you must request it in advance.
How to get there
It’s possible to ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway in either direction, starting your journey at Cairns Station, Freshwater Station, or Kuranda Station. Cairns Station is located in the center of Cairns, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) or a 1-hour train ride south of Cairns Airport.
When to get there
The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs twice daily, with morning departures from Cairns and afternoon departures from Kuranda. Trains run year-round, but with no air-conditioning on the historic trains, it can get hot in summer.
Natural landscapes of the Wet Tropics
The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs right through the heart of the UNESCO-protected Wet Tropics, climbing through the jungle-clad mountains of the Barron Gorge. Jump off along the way to see Barron Falls, admire Stoney Creek Falls, or take a hike through the ancient woodlands, looking out for wildlife such as rainbow lorikeets, wild orchids, and Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos.
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