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Kuranda Day Trip from Cairns by Scenic Railway and Skyrail Including Army Duck Rainforest Tour
"Start your day with a journey on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway journeying up the mountain to the village of Kuranda. The historic railroad rises from sea level to 328 meters and passes through ancient rainforest providing you with incredible views of Cairns and the coast. Look out for waterfalls and enjoy the stop at the breathtaking Barron Gorge.Enjoy a visit to the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park where you can take a tour on a historic World War II Army Duck over land and through water. The friendly and informative Duck Captains will identify and explain the flora and fauna of some of the world’s oldest rainforest.You will finish your day travelling in comfortable 6-person gondolas just metres above the rainforest canopy. The cableway spans 7.5 kilometers passing over the rainforest and Barron River as it makes its way down to Cairns. Enjoy two rest stops offering the opportunity to explo as well as views over the Barron Falls and the famed Red Peak Station
From AUD175.00
Kuranda Day Trip from Port Douglas with Optional Skyrail Cableway or Scenic Railway
"You'll be picked up from your accommodation anywhere in Port Douglas from 8.30am with a maximum of only 12 guests you are guaranteed personal service and entertaining commentary. Your first stop is Freshwater station to take a journey aboard the where you'll travel through the rainforest enjoying breathtaking scenery waterfalls and tunnels. On arrival in Kuranda your guide will be there to meet you and show you around this 'Village in the rainforest' famous for its colourful arts and crafts markets.After approximately 2-hours in Kuranda it's time for a trip on the multi-award winning Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (if option selected) where you will enjoy a world heri head up the coast to stunning Palm Cove where you'll be shown along the palm fringed Esplanade where you can enjoy a milkshake soft drink coffee and cake (at own expense) overlooking the picturesque beach. You can take a stroll amongst the shops and galleries
From AUD125.00
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove
"Learn about Tropical North Queensland's pioneering history on a leisurely train journey to Kuranda 'the village in the rainforest'. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you wind your way through the rainforest. A short photo stop is made at Barron before arriving in Kuranda. There is free time in Kuranda to do a little shopping at the heritage markets grab some lunch in one of the many restaurants/cafes (additional cost) or have a wildlife encounter at Birdworld Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (entrance fees not included). There are many options available to choose from for your Kuranda day trip so you can do as much or as little as you like. Choose from: Rail/Rainfores visit Rainforestation Nature Park return on Skyrail (10 hours) Rail/Sky - Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway return on Skyrail (8.5 hours) Sky/Rail - Travel to Kuranda on Skyrail
From AUD159.00

Kuranda Scenic Railway Tips (18)

Great Way to See the Rainforest

There are a 3 primary ways to get to Kuranda village - Skyrail, automobile and the Kuranda Scenic Railway. These are also the options for the return trip. We chose to take the Kuranda Scenic Railway...
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May 20, 2015

Kuranda Skyrail

Kuranda Skyrail offers a unique way of seeing the rainforest, as the Sky gondolas transport you right over and sometimes inbetween the trees. We took the trip from the Caravonica Station in the Cairns...
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Feb 11, 2009

Kuranda Village, Railway and Skyway

The village of Kuranda is a great destination for a daytrip. It seems to have attracted all kinds of arty the kids went crazy trying to decide on souveneirs. There was aboriginal art and...
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Mar 19, 2008

Kuranda Scenic Train Ride

One nice way to tour the scenic area inland from Cairns is to take a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Train. After climbing just a short distance in elevation the landscape becomes more dramatic, with steep...
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Apr 24, 2004

Historic Train to Kuranda

Well we think the best option is to go up by the historic rail and come back by Sky Rail. But if you go by train pay the extra and upgrade to Gold Class .....two special carriages....drinks...
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Sep 23, 2011

Kuranda Railway

The Kuranda Railway winds its way slowly (heed the warning) from Kuranda Village down to Cairns, following closely the route of the Barron falls River. Originally built to transport miners, the train...
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Dec 10, 2004

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

This is definitely a 'must do' when visiting Cairns. We had a fantastic day out!! We went up on the train and back down on the skyrail. There are various ways to get there and various packages. The...
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Sep 15, 2014

Kuranda Scenic Railway

As I’m a volunteer conductor on Melbourne’s iconic Puffing Billy Railway, it was compulsory that I ride and enjoy the experience of the Kuranda Scenic Railway. I had pre-booked tickets from...
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May 02, 2012

Kuranda Sky Rail

I'd definitely recommend this as the best way to see the rainforest. The Sky Rail runs from Cairns to Kuranda (both directions) and you can take it either way you choose, or even roundtrip. I took the...
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Apr 07, 2007


When in Cairns I finally got to ride the quite locally famous "Scenic" train to the small rainforrest town of Kuranda..Althoughth only a short journey of 37 kilometers and taking (about 45 minutes)...
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Sep 06, 2011


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...
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Jan 09, 2006

Kuranda Skyrail

The Kuranda Skyrail is a eco-tourism gondola ride over and through the rainforest canopy from just outside Cairns through to Kuranda.Initially considered controversial due to it's location in pristine...
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Jul 20, 2003
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