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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns

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Overview

Take a day trip from Cairns to Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and return via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Alternatively, make the 1-way journey by railway and return by skyrail. Enjoy a tranquil ride as you soar above the rainforest canopy, with views from Cairns all the way to the Great Barrier Reef, and spend free time in Kuranda Village. If you wish, upgrade your transport with admission to the Rainforestation Nature Park or Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park — the latter option with or without lunch.
  • Day trip to Kuranda aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway from Cairns
  • Variety of options available including Kuranda Scenic Railway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Pickup and drop off at Cairns and northern beaches hotels by luxury coach
  • Exclusive Kuranda Market Discount and guide assistance
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Rainforestation Nature Park (if option selected)
Cairns Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Birdworld, Koala Gardens & Butterfly Sanctuary (own expense)
NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

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Pickup is available from selected Cairns hotels - please contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.
After pickup from your hotel in Cairns, board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for Kuranda. It's a spectacular aerial ride above the treetop canopy, with two optional stops to enjoy a guided walk through the rainforest or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre.

On arrival at your destination you'll have free time to do as much or as little as you like; perhaps shop in Kuranda's Heritage Markets, or grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants or cafes (own expense). Upgrade your experience to include a visit to Rainforestation Nature Park, or gain entry to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (included buffet lunch here is optional). 

If you'd like, enjoy a wildlife encounter at Birdworld, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (additional cost; payable direct).

Finish your day trip with a scenic rainforest journey aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway back to Cairns, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel. Alternatively, you can travel 1-way to Kuranda by railway and return to Cairns by skyrail.
Itinerary
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:  
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
  • 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.

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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 Skyrail Rainforest Cableway 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 Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skyrail Rainforest Cableway 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 Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns.

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star-4
Lovely day
Geaty_H
, Jul. 2022
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!
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the Village in the Rainforest so much. The journey too and from adds so much to the experience too, doesn't it. Hopefully you can get back to Cairns one day to be able to spend more time in Kuranda Village. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
star-5
A tranquil green landscape
Bill_S
, Jul. 2022
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.
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
I am thrilled that you enjoyed your experience so much. Kuranda is a magical little village in the rainforest and the journey to an from so unique. Thank you for taking the time to review your experience and for our 5 stars.
star-4
Sky rail amazing - train ok - market disappointing
Justine_M
, Jul. 2022
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
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
I am pleased you enjoyed your travel to Kuranda on the Skyrail. Thank you for your review on your train experience and I am sorry that the markets weren't quite what you expected.
star-5
Beautiful day out
Tori_V
, Jul. 2022
Very glad I did this. It was an incredible experience that my daughter and I will remember forever. Spectacular!
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
It is an amazing experience, isn't it. I am thrilled you are able to take home some fabulous memories. We appreciate your 5 stars and your wonderful review. Thank you.
star-5
Amazing
Kevin_R
, Jun. 2022
Both the train and sky rail. The seamless way the tour was handled Weather was hit and Miss but didn’t spoil the day
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review and for our 5 star rating. We are pleased you enjoyed your day on Skyrail, the Kuranda Scenic Train and your time in Kuranda.
star-5
Great experience. Worth the money.
Tanaya_K
, Jun. 2022
Great experience. Views from skyrail were very beautiful. The rainforest is well maintained, vast and amazing.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thank you for our 5 star review. We are thrilled that you had such a great day.
star-5
Great day l will be back
Donna_M
, May 2022
From being picked up from our accommodation right to the end staff were fantastic. We took the train up, great scenery and the stops along the way were spectacular. We took the gondola down and enjoyed it, again great views. We were able to stop at two places on the way down, so took advantage of that and the waterfalls and scenery again did not disappoint. I would recommend it anyone.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
The journey to and from Kuranda and spending time in the little village is a great day trip , isn't it. Thank you for taking the time to review. We are thrilled you had a wonderful day and have great memories to bring home from your holiday.
star-5
Fantastic views
MichaelNorma_M
, Feb. 2022
Wonderful experience riding in the skyrail feel free and a great views. Both my husband and I we loved it. We will come back again.
icon Response from Host , Feb. 2022
We are so pleased you had an amazing day. Thank you so much for the 5 star review. We look forward to welcoming you back next time.
star-3
Beautiful Scenery
sla27214
, Jan. 2022
The scenery on the way up Via Train and than on the way back Via Sky rail is spectuclar,But did find once up the top everything was a bit rushed,and didnt really get to experience everything.
icon Response from Host , Feb. 2022
Thank you for your review. Your comment will help others when they are deciding how much time is needed in Kuranda Village. Some people only want a short amount of time but others can spend hours there and still not have enough time. There is so much to do in the village in the rainforest if you enjoy shops, markets, wildlife experiences, a river boat tour, dining at a café, restaurant or the local village pub. I hope you can come back again one day and get to experience the village more thoroughly.
star-3
Skyrail yes but no to the train
Tandin_Y
, Dec. 2021
Skyrail is amazing but the train is extremely boring and waste of time and money. We understand that it’s to experience the olden days but it’s really pathetic for there isn’t any AC. We were sweating and there weren’t any great scenic to look at. It was too much time consuming, waste of time in my opinion. Moreover, 4 people at a seat wasn’t comfortable enough. Would recommend 3 people seating for comfort.
icon Response from Host , Jan. 2022
We are sorry that you didn't enjoy the train trip portion of your day, but really happy that the rest of your day was amazing.
star-5
Unique experience! Picked...
Dragana_P
, Nov. 2021
Unique experience! Picked up and dropped at the hotel by excellent guides who ran amusing commentary. The train journey was scenic and very informative, with many photo opportunities. Staff on the train are friendly and efficient. Kuranda is a small pleasant place with many restaurants and shops for every taste and pocket. We loved the chocolate shop and the honey shop. Trip back to Cairns is stunning, high over trees and waterfall. We were little apprehensive at first but it really feels safe and smooth. Both ways we stopped at lookouts. I highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Nov. 2021
Thank you for your 5 star review, your day sounds amazing and it is lovely that you took the time to share it with others. It's a great trip that spoils you from the moment you get picked up to the moment your day finishes. So happy that you have lots of memories of your special day.
star-5
Kuranda rainforest experience
Bronwyn_G
, Jun. 2021
Loved the views from the train on the way to Kuranda, magnificent views of the rainforest coming back down to Cairns on the Skyrail.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2021
Thanks Bron, glad you enjoyed the day....
star-5
A definite must do
Sara_d
, May 2021
The view was excellent and you felt quite safe in the ‘ski lift capsule! The staff were so helpful especially as I had a broken leg at the time !
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2021
Hi Sara_d, I like you description of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway:) It's a very safe and exhilarating experience...
star-4
Stunning scenery. A great experience.
Mark_W
, May 2021
Beautiful scenery and it was great getting out at the lookout spots to see the waterfall and beautiful walkways through the rainforest.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2021
Hi Mark_W, Thanks for the feedback, glad you enjoyed the day.
star-2
Disappointing trip
Wendy_B
, Apr. 2021
Disappointing. Train from Freshwater Station delayed - had to wait at hot station for over 2 hours - packed into train - very uncomfortable.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Sky rail trip.
Keith_M
, Jan. 2021
Looking down at the trees and over the canopy of trees we were passing over plus the great view of city and ocean before the last stop.
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2021
Hi Kieth, glad you enjoyed the Skyrail...the views are fantastic. On a really clear day you can sometimes see Green Island too.
star-5
Great Rainforest Experience.
KENNETH_S
, Oct. 2020
Great way to experience the sheer scale of the rainforest by going over it in a Cable Car. The 2 stops along the way also enhanced to overall experience.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Very good
Neville_W
, Jun. 2019
Skyraul and train to Kuranda was very interesting. There were a variety of shops in Kuranda to look at.
star-5
beautiful ..gorgeous ...lovely view of...
Kanchanamala_M
, Apr. 2018
beautiful ..gorgeous ...lovely view of the rainforest ..didnt want to get off the rail
star-4
A really lovely day out to Kuranda...
Eileen_T
, Apr. 2018
A really lovely day out to Kuranda with plenty to see. Unfortunately the train wasnt running due to the torrential rain the week before so they stopped it running for a few days. The cable car was amazing which we took both ways due to the train not running. The driver picked us up really early and so we were left outside the entrance waiting to get in. A really great place to visit. Would definitely recomment this trip.

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