Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

From USD 161.59

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Offered in: English


Journey to the rain forest village of Kuranda via two unique transit options on this memorable full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Skip the line and enjoy Gold Class service aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, winding through lush mountain passes and waterfall gorges along the way. In the opposite direction, glide above the treetops in a gondola and soak up spectacular views of the mountains and coastline on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. In Kuranda, enjoy leisure time to explore the heritage markets, learn about aboriginal culture or interact with native wildlife.
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway day trip from Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas
  • Skip the line with express tickets for the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Travel in Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic Railway with premium seating and morning or afternoon refreshments
  • Have plenty of free time to explore Kuranda and take advantage of discount entry to a variety of attractions and wildlife exhibits
  • Browse the famous Heritage Markets in Kuranda Village at your leisure
  • Take an optional exclusive tour of the World Heritage-listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station
  • Marvel at the engineering of the Cairns-Kuranda Railway, constructed between 1882-1891

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Skip-the-line and on-board refreshments with this Gold Class ticket for the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

What's Included

  • One way Kuranda Scenic Railway ride in Gold Class
  • One way by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
    6 Skyrail Dr, Smithfield QLD 4878, Australia

    6 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield, Bus Zone at the front of Skyrail Terminal

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Pickup available from selected locations in Cairns, Northern Beaches (Palm Cove, Trinity Beach) and Port Douglas. IMPORTANT: Please choose carefully your departure location. Contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.

What To Expect

Nestled high up the tropical mountains at 1076 feet (328 meters) above sea level, the rain forest village of Kuranda is a must-see destination on any trip to Cairns. Travel to the historic outpost in style, beginning with pickup at your Cairns or port Douglas hotel. Choose the order of your transit options at booking to customize the day. 

On one leg of the journey, skip the line for a ride aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Enjoy Gold Class service in a well-appointed cedar train car featuring comfortable lounge chairs, timber flooring and historic memorabilia. Sip on sparkling Australian wine, tea and coffee and nibble snacks while enjoying magnificent views of mountains and valleys and waterfall-studded Barron Gorge. Receive a complimentary gift pack including a pen, postcard, badge and souvenir guide as a memento of your ride.

On the opposite leg, get an aerial perspective of Tropical North Queensland as you soar over the treetops on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Settle into an enclosed 6-passenger gondola and take in panoramic views of the highlands, forest and Coral Sea on the 4.5-mile (7.5-km) ride. Stop at two lookout stations along the way, where you can chat with rangers, stroll along forest boardwalks and snap photos.

In Kuranda, enjoy several hours of leisure time to explore the historic village and surrounds. Browse heritage markets, have lunch at a local café (own expense), learn about indigenous history at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or encounter native wildlife like kangaroos, butterflies and koalas at the Rainforestation Nature Park (not included).  

Your full-day rain forest adventure concludes with drop-off back at your Cairns or Port Douglas hotel.

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Kuranda Scenic Railway

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Kuranda Koala Gardens

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Barron Gorge National Park (Pass By)

Barron Falls (Pass By)

Birdworld Kuranda

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Down Under Tours - Day Tours (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please advise if you are using a Wheelchair. Both Skyrail & Scenic Rail have maximum dimensions they can take.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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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Featured review
The train, Gold pass class was well worth the extra. Staff on the train were fantastic. Very comfortable seats and easy to view the scenery.


419 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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Beautiful sites
Susan_B, Sept 2023
Really enjoyed this train. The area is beautiful and the seats comfortable during the ride back from Kuranda village. The hostess was very kind and the information of the area was verY informative. Great day !
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Hi Susan. Lovely to hear you had a great day, thanks for the review!
Great way to make the...
Wesley_F, Sept 2023
Great way to make the trip up to Kuranda and back. The train ride and snacks made a great start to the morning. The views from the skyrail are amazing.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Thank you Wesley for your review of you Gold Class experience.
The sky rail was good
nickyorpwood, Sept 2023
Sky rail was good. The train was not good. We booked the gold class and skip the line but there was no lines to skip. Also the services was not very good in the gold carriage as we was offered only 1 drink where others was asked if they would like a refill we had to ask for another drink. Also when they brought the wipes round he offered me one and as my wife was going to take hers he just walked away.
Great day out
Darryl_M, Sept 2023
Skyrail was awesome Kuranda markets amazing train trip back was the best I recommend do the Gold pass they don't let your wine glass get empty better viewing
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Hi Darryl, we highly recommend the Gold Class service also! Thanks for the review.
Great excursion, poor booking experience.
Lesley_S, Sept 2023
The scenic gold class was absolutely fabulous. Great journey, magnificent scenery and a wonderful conductor. The Skytrain was also great. It was a shame that I was booked to be transferred from Skyrail at 8am only to be told by coach driver I was not booked on her schedule and should wait for the 9.10am transfer coach. Having arrived at 7.30am not to be late a wait of over 90 minutes was unacceptable. Recommend booking direct with Skyrail.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Hi Lesley. I would like to invite you to contact me so I can follow up on your booking and look into what happened further. You can call: +61 7 4047 9050 or if you prefer email sales@dowundertours.com
Kuranda Gold Pass and Skyrail not to be missed.
Ann_G, Sept 2023
The Kuranda Gold Pass train trip is stunning and the service is excellent. We enjoyed the food, the sights and the history of how the rail dangerously came into existence. We needed more time in Kuranda, but enjoyed the Koala Sanctuary with other wildlife there. Many shops and eating places in Kuranda to peruse. The Skyrail is amazing with great and vast views of forest with 2 stops on the way to get out and look around. Our coach driver in the morning was great - amiable, helpful, humorous and informative. The whole day was seamless and thoroughly enjoyable. We loved it and would recommend it to all.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Hello Ann, thank you for the detailed 5 star review. You really did make the most of your Kuranda experience which is great to hear.
Worth the upgrade
William_P, Sept 2023
Loved the gold class car. Snacks and beverages were great. All in all an excellent experience. Recommend this tour
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Hi William, thank you for recommending our tour. It's great to hear you had a great overall experience.
Kuranda must do gold class
tracy_C, Sept 2023
The Kuranda scenic rail never gets old. I have done a couple of times now and would definitely recommend the gold class going up and the sky rail coming back. Mondays not a lot open as far as eateries go but otherwise I suggest frog restaurant or the Kuranda pub is also good.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Hi Tracy, thanks for the review. We highly recommend the Gold Class Upgrade also!
Great Cairns Experience
Helen_O, Sept 2023
Views from the train and Skyrail were magnificent. The information given to us about the history of the railway and its construction was very interesting as was that of the Skyrail and how it was built with helicopters so that the forest was basically undisturbed, amazing! It was also nice to have locally produced food products on the train. Good wandering around the shops and stopping for a coffee at a cafe at Kuranda
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Hi Helen. It's lovely to hear you had a great experience in Cairns. Thank you for the review.
Won’t use company again
Nicole_W, Sept 2023
The train trip was magical but booking with this company was a nightmare couldn’t contact them and no correspondence
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Hi Nicole. I would love the opportunity to look into your booking further if you could supply me with your booking number? Feel free to call or email me directly. +61 7 4047 9057 tara.reynolds@downundertours.com
Train / sky rail great….communication re booking poor
Chris_G, Sept 2023
Train ride and sky rail experiences are outstanding. However, overall communication about our booking was very poor. We booked the gold class skip the line experience. There is no skip the line….if you’re in gold class. We wanted afternoon train but got morning. First class food was basic….party sausage roll, dry muffin and an Anzac biscuit. And alcohol at 10am! When we picked up by the tour bus our itinerary was in Chinese. Don’t waste your money on skip the line/gold class or booking through viator
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Hi Chris, thanks for the review. Happy to hear you enjoyed the overall experience. I invite you to call me if you wish to discuss anything further in regard to your booking. Ph: +61 7 4047 9050
Spectacular scenery both ways
Sharyn_B, Sept 2023
We started our day on the Skyrail which was spectacular but nothing compared to the Gold service on the Kuranda Scenic railway on the way back down. The views were magnificent and Gold is definitely the only way to do it. We did find spending all day in Kuranda a bit much though and would have liked the option to return to Cairns a little earlier.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Thank you for your 5 star review!
Flying higher than birds
Elizabeth_M, Aug 2023
Such a fun trip to Kuranda. First taking the scenic railway and being served morning tea while taking in the beautiful views of Barrons Gorge. Then visiting the Koala Gardens (held a Koala), Bird World and Butterfly Sanctuary and Souvenir shopping in Kuranda Village. Took the Skyrail back to Cairns which was such an amazing experience! We were flying higher than birds above this fascinating and magnificent rainforest.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for the review! It's great to hear you had an amazing experience.
Worth the expenditure
Jane_B, Aug 2023
Beautiful views and day out. The train was excellent, as was the cable car. Had a wonderful time. Worth the extra expenditure to go Gold Class on the train. Made it really special.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi Jane, thank you for sharing your special experience with us. We highly recommend the Gold Class, glad you enjoyed it!
See the forest from above and at ground level!
Deborah_C, Aug 2023
Fun experience with opportunity for great photos on the Skyrail/ train ride back from Kuranda. The Gold Class service on the train was wonderful.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi Debra. Thank you for the 5 star review. We love the Gold Class service too.
Beautiful Rain Forest
Wanita_H, Aug 2023
Loved the canopy sky rail. The train was really fun and had some great reviews. It was fun to go back in time a bit. If you do the train, recommend going in the gold car. Drinks and snacks and much more comfortable. Kuranda is a cute town-very touristy. Did not do any of the museums since we had seen most before. Well recommend-just a nice relaxing day.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi Wanita, thank you for the 5 star review. Happy to hear you had nice relaxing day.
Spectacular Adventure
Anita_R, Aug 2023
The sky rail was amazing, seeing the falls and walking through rainforests was so spectacular. Then travelling on train in gold class , the staff were so hospitable.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi Anita. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your day and were well looked after by the staff. Thanks for the 5 star review.
Barbara_W, Aug 2023
The gondola ride was serene and views spectacular we had an awesome time The train was an incredible and very informative enjoyed the whole day Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi Barbra. We are so pleased you would highly recommend the tour and that you had a fantastic time.
A great day out.
Anne_W, Aug 2023
The train, Gold pass class was well worth the extra. Staff on the train were fantastic. Very comfortable seats and easy to view the scenery.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi Anne, thank you for the 5 star review. Upgrading to Gold Class is definitely worth it!
Excellent tour
Rick_W, Aug 2023
Excellent tour with different options for travel and plenty to see and do on arrival. Recommend this to all Dayan friends.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi Rick. Thank you for the 5 star review. We love that you had an excellent experience.

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