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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda, Queensland, Australia
1800 620 324
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Kuranda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Scenic Railroads
Activities: Viewing foliage, Group tours/train
Description: Opened in 1891, this journey goes 21 miles between Cairns and Kuranda.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We had not heard about this trip until visiting Queensland. We caught the train from Cairns station and enjoyed a very relaxing trip through the mountains.There were a variety of experiences but we just took the return journey on the train. The commentary was very informative and the views were fantastic. We found that the time between trip was about... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The scenery along the way is amazing and the journey takes 90 minutes. It is like an old time steam train. It stops so you can see the waterfall.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Be sure to do the round-trip version, coming back via the Skyrail. A great way to see the beautiful scenery; train slows/stops at various points for good photo ops. Waterfalls are more impressive if there has been rain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Great way to get to Kuranda, takes 1.5 hours, breathtaking scenery. Train slows at point of interest, the waterfall would be excellent after some rain.

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Hobart
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is a popular way to travel back down towards Cairns after taking the Skyrail up to Kuranda. After a couple of hours in Kuranda you can slowly wind down the mountain by train. The views are again great with good photo opportunities. The seating is better but not sure of the value of the Gold Class option.

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Brisbane, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Kuranda Scenic Railway line is of engineering and historic importance for North Queensland. 19th century navvies used pick and shovel to cut out the line and some dynamite to blast through rock to form 15 tunnels, finishing them by hand. The journey is leisurely as the train cannot go quickly on the narrow winding route! This give gives passengers... More

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Canberra, Australia
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Helpful, friendly staff. A great experience and a definite must-do for the visit. The in-flight commentary was very well done, not boring or too long. A fascinating piece of railway/engineering history.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We did the Kuranda Train and Skyrail trip which was well worth doing. The scenery is spectacular and the train ride very interesting with all its history. The Kuranda Village at the end of the train ride is lovely to see with heaps of attractions - Birdworld, Butterfly Sanctuary and a Venom Zoo to name a few. Lots of shops... More

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Rosebud, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Best train ride ever. Bit expensive but was worth it. Beautiful scenery that was easy to see from the train as well as take photos. Educationally historical.

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Hobart
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6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

You can read all about the railway and the engineering feats performed and how many people lost their lives in the construction of the line in other posts or on the website. There are plenty of photos of the falls and the gorges and the horseshoe bends elsewhere too. You travel from Cairns to the pretty market town of Kuranda... More

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