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    Soar above the rainforest on SkyRail

    by Gypsygirl05 Updated Jan 10, 2011
    Riding up the Great Dividing Range
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    If you like trees and the rainforest in general, SkyRail is a pretty cool experience. It allows you to 'fly' above the canopy across the Great Dividing Range in what are essentially ski pods. They seat six people and there is very little extra room for baggage - this is important if you intend to stay in Kuranda for awhile, because you are typically only allowed to bring one small bag with you. The pods stop at two places along the way, and you can explore parts of the forest at ground level. There are walking paths that guide you through the trees and a building with information about the rainforest. The second stop is Barron Falls, a fairly large waterfall that is best during the wet season. I didn't see much for animal life along the way, but seeing the rainforest from above is a pretty surreal experience!

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    Take the Skyrail or Train to the Rain Forrest

    by dgines Written May 31, 2010

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    Kuranda Scenic Railway - Gold Class will get you lounge seating and heavy hour d'oeuvres and beer/wine service in special vintage carriages.
    Photos to take along the way: Barron Falls, Barron Gorge, Stoney Creek Bridge....

    Skyrail - take a gondola ride over the World Heritage Tropical Rainforrest on the cable way from Kuranda to Caravonica

    While in Kuranda visit the Koala Gardens, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and Kuranda Birdworld.

    Watch out for your backpacks while in Birdworld. Something ate the plastic pieces of my zippers. Also, make sure you see the most dangerous bird in the world - the frightening Cassowary!!!!

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    Skyrail

    by rhondav_2004 Written Jan 9, 2006

    Take the skyrail or the train (or both) through the rainforest to the town of Kuranda. Shopping is the main activity here, although you can go to the Butterfly sanctuary, or the Kuala Gardens and hold a kuala for a photo op. Fun day trip!

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    Views from the skyrail to Kuranda

    by rhondav_2004 Written Jan 9, 2006

    Take the skyrail or the train (or both) through the rainforest to the town of Kuranda. Shopping is the main activity here, although you can go to the Butterfly sanctuary, or the Kuala Gardens and hold a kuala for a photo op. Fun day trip!

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    Skyrail to Kuranda, scenic railway back to Cairns

    by coolbananas Updated Mar 12, 2003
    Me next to the scenic train
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    The Skyrail takes you on a trip not through, but ABOVE the rainforest all the way to Kuranda. It's a unique opportunity to see a rainforest in a different way. On the way to the top there are two stops, where you can go for a walk through the rainforest, visit the interpretative centre and have a look at Barron Falls.

    In Kuranda, a little town 40 km north of Cairns, you can go for a walk through the rainforest or have a look at the tacky souvenir shops and markets.

    The way back to Cairns can be done by the 'scenic railway', that takes almost two hours. On board of the train you're provided with information about the construction of the railway line and all the nice sights the train passes.

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    Cairns-Kuranda Railway and Skyrail

    by BeverlyTyler Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Thursday 26 September 2002

    ON THE SKYRAIL OVER THE RAINFOREST ON THE WAY FROM KURANDA TO CAIRNS. AT THE END OF THE SKYRAIL IS THE TJAPUKAI ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTER.

    The scenery up to Kuranda on the train is spectacular (see main Cairns article) and we ate in one of the many dining places in Kuranda, the Kuranda Rainforest View Restaurant. We recommend it. The sandwiches were delicious and the view of the rainforest was pleasant.

    Kuranda has shopping (I bought a black Kangaroo skin hat that fold up and is very soft and Barbara bought opal earings at a good price) but I would recommend you spend only an hour or two here and take the skyrail down to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center unless you have another day to spend there. There are two stops on the skyrail, get off at the second (you have to disembark) and take the nature tour. Well worth it.

    This is an activity you can do on your own. We went with a tour company, being first time visitors but it is easy enough to go to the train station and purchase a ticket for the historic train trip to Kuranda and then buy a Skyrail ticket for the return trip (the way I recommend you go). However, If you go with a tour company they tell you everything you need to know and pick you up at your B&B/Hotel and it probably doesn't cost an more than buying it on your own.

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    SKYRAIL

    by a5floor Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The Skyrail experience offers the wonders of world heritage listed rainforest like never before.
    You'll be carried over 7.5 kms of pristine rainforest in gondola cabins just a few metres above the forest canopy. You'll alight at Skyrail's two rainforest midstations to explore and learn about this fascinating environment.
    Allow up to 1.5 hours to complete a oneway experience that would include 20 minutes at each mid-station. For a return experience allow 2.5 hours plust time to spend in Kuranda.

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    Cairns Skyrail

    by lashr1999 Written Sep 26, 2004
    Cairns Skyrail

    Take the skyrail ride above the rainforest canopy between Cairns and Kuranda. See a variety of foilage and waterfalls. Great views!

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    Rainforest via SkyRail

    by Robachu1 Written Dec 30, 2003
    A real ocean view

    This ride gives you a bird's eye view of the rainforest near Cairns. It takes about 45 minutes one-way, a little longer if you get off at one of the two stops for photographs etc.

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