Skyrail, Cairns

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Cnr Captain Cook Highway & Cairns Western Arterial Road, Smithfield QLD 4870, Australia +61 7 4038 5555

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    The World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Eperience

    by Usctwin Updated Oct 3, 2014

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    The Skyrail is one of the 3 main ways to get down from Kuranda and in my opinion, by far the best way. Self-proclaimed "world's best rainforest experience," after thoroughly enjoying the 50 minute ride from top to bottom, I have to agree. Floating feet above the rainforest canopy sit back, relax and enjoy the 7.5km (4.5m) ride while viewing waterfalls, amazing flora, and lots of birds.

    There are two stops for travelers to get out and enjoy - Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station. Red Peak has a boardwalk tour that lets you explore a close look at the rainforest environment. The Barron Falls Station provides a great lookout for viewing the falls.

    As you approach the Smithfield Terminal, where your shuttle awaits, remember to smile as the cam captures an image of all passengers to try to sell to you on your way out.

    One way is $49, return is $73. We opted for Kuranda Scenic Railway on the way up and Skyrail on the way down which was $120 AUD per adult.

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    Soar above the rainforest on SkyRail

    by Gypsygirl05 Updated Jan 10, 2011

    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!

    Riding up the Great Dividing Range The walking path at Red Peak Barron Falls
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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 Rainforest Cableway

    by sue_stone Written Jun 1, 2007

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    What an experience! The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is an amazing cable car ride which takes you for a 7.5km trip across the top of the rainforest, just north of Cairns.

    A one-way trip takes about 1.5 hours and departs from either Caravonica or Kuranda, depending on your direction of travel. If you are going to take just the one-way option (you can do a return trip as well) then I would recommend starting in Kuranda so you get the great views as you come down the hill into Cairns. There are two station stops along the way if you want to get off and go for a wander in the rainforest.

    We found this to be a fabulous experience and loved the feeling that we were floating about the trees. A friend of mine who is scared of heights also thought it was an amazing experience, but did confess to being terrified the whole time!

    Highly recommended.

    Skyrail
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  • Skyrail, Train & Kuranda

    by burlof Written Aug 7, 2006

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    We got the train up and the skyrail back. While in Kuranda coming out to the main street be sure to make your morning tea stop the Kuranda Hotel which is right on the corner. Cold beer, hot delicious coffee and warm scones. The scones were only $3.50 for two including jam & cream and were extremely delicious and the coffee is locally grown and one of the nicest cups if not the nicest I had the entire time I was away.

    The train has allocated seating which has it advantages and curses, especially if you dont like to travel backwards. There is an aisle on the left of the carriages and then seats to the right facing into each other, eight persons to a section. Lots to look at, mostly out of the right side of the train. It was a great journey.

    Whilst in Kuranda you can just stroll around the shops, markets and the various wildlife parks. We went to the Butterfly House and the Bat Rescue. I have heard that Rainforestation is the better of all the places up there. The Bat rescue centre is only open certain days and entry by donation.

    The Skyrail back was good even though I hate the bumps and find that kind of thing quite terrifying. I was put off because they said the journey takes 1.5 hours and I didn't want to be stuck in something like that for so long but it doesn't take that long, actually if anything what takes so long is standing in their queues to get on the darn thing!. There are a few stops along the way you can get off and one mandatory one where you have to change lines and queue up all over again. It was a bit annoying the way you had to allocate a return time yet you still had to fight crowds. Having said that the views are magical, especially toward the end as you come over the final hill and see the ocean and Cairns area and this leg of the journey seems to last quite a long enough time to take plenty of photos and enjoy the view.

    Overall a fantastic day out !

    View of Ocean and Cairns Beaches from Skyrail Bat Rescue Barron River from Skyrail

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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

    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.

    Me next to the scenic train The Skyrail The magnificent view My Dutch travel buddies Arjo (red shirt) and Daan After the trip to Kuranda we had a few drinks...
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    Cairns-Kuranda Railway and Skyrail

    by BeverlyTyler Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

    Thursday 26 September 2002
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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

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

    Cairns Skyrail
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    Rainforest via SkyRail

    by Robachu1 Written Dec 30, 2003

    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.

    A real ocean view
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