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Kuranda Scenic Railway

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Address: Coondoo Street, Kuranda, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4036 9333
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The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising...

The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of World Heritage Listed rainforest, steep ravines and picuresque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park. This famous railway winds its way from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Constructed between 1882 and 1891 it is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. Hundreds of men were employed to build the 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges that stand as a monument to the pioneers of tropical North Queensland

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Historically interesting train ride. Great for kids

I have always ridden the train from cairns to Kuranda and back again (this year we did the train one way and the sky rail). Our miss 2 loves trains so this was a real thrill for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have always ridden the train from cairns to Kuranda and back again (this year we did the train one way and the sky rail). Our miss 2 loves trains so this was a real thrill for her and although it is "just" a train ride, there is a lot of history about this line which is narrated on the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The train is a reasoanably modern diesel electric while the coaches are a collection of period pieces with vinyl seats. The ride mostly runs within the forest or cuttings so the view is very limited apart from a rather distant view of Barron Falls which, without significant recent rain, is mostly exposed rock face. There is a commentary of marginal... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We travelled Gold class on the Kuranda Train from Cairns to Kuranda. Little bit of luxury but any seat on the train is an experience. Totally gobsmacked with the history of the track and the magnificent views. Awesome! Kuranda for lunch and village markets. Then another great trip on the skyrail back to Freshwater. This trip needs to be on... More 

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Newnan, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took the cable car up and the train down. We paid the extra for Gold Class and I think it was worth it. The car isn't overly crowded and the views were good. Be sure to get seats on the left if you are facing forward or to your right if you face the rear of the train. All... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Did the trip and we all agreed that we have ticked it off our list but it was well under the expectations of most. The views were great and we all agreed it was worth doing but don't get to excited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I travelled from Cairns to Kuranda in the second to last car. It was a fantastic experience and though being in a regular class, the customer service was fantastic! The QR lady was more than happy to take photos of me for me especially at Barron falls station. The views of Cairns and surrounds are sureal and beautiful. Sorry I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the tram up to Kuranda and the railway back down. What fun. The train and tracks date from 1891 when it was built to supply the mining town. We splurged for the Gold status and were very glad we did. The regular cars had wooden bench seats, but we had comfy chairs in a separate car and they... More 

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great way to travel up to Karunda, spacious carriages, cold water machines and toilets all on board. It's a beautiful journey and there is commentary to give you heads up for photo opportunities, but use the trip guide you can pick up for free at the station. There is a stop about 10 mins before arrival at... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travelled from Kuranda down to Cairns in Gold Class and it was worth every penny. The views are amazing, the commentary spot on and the service in Gold Class was fantastic. All food and wine served were locally sourced and the staff were happy to tell you all about the producers, the area and the train. Would do this... More 

Thank Shazza1972
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great day! We started the journey on the train from cairns to Kuranda... We then had three hours in Kuranda for markets and food activities, then came back to cairns via the sky rail ... Diamond view also available from the sky rail for an extra $12... There isn't as many diamond view carts and can we left waiting around... More 

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