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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
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 young children, Activities for older children
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Hadera, Israel
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I took the Tjapukai, Skyrail Kuranda rail combo and this was a disappointing end to the day. The train is vintage and there are a few good views but the ride is long and slow. Maybe it was because it was the end of the day but my kids (16, 13 and 9) just fell asleep. I would not recommend... More

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Tadley, United Kingdom
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53 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This ought to be a highlight of a visit to Cairns but sadly it fell short for one principle reason - the seats were too cramped. After a pleasant enough sky rail trip to Kuranda we boarded the train at the appointed time only to find we were painfully close to the people opposite - painful as there was clearly... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

My husband, 7 month old son and I had a great day out on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. (We caught the Skyrail up to Kuranda and the train back). Based on other previous reviews, we opted for Gold Class and it was well worth the extra money. A very relaxing and scenic journey with great service.

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Cairns, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

What a fantatic little activity. The scenic train is a fun way to travel to or from Kuranda. The scenery is awesome and the staff are friendly. There's evena bit of commentary on the train to fill you in with all the history. Very nice.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

If you don't love trains, it's a long, slow, crowded, hot trip up to Kuranda! The sky rail is much better and faster, although it's probably worth doing the train trip at least once to see the falls.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We recently did the Skyrail trip to Kuranda with the train trip back to the start. The gondola above the trees was great with a lovely view of Barron falls. Kuranda was nice. I would have liked more time to explore it. Unfortunately, the train trip was a little uncomfortable for someone who does not like to go backwards in... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Wonderful scenic trip, good commentary, thoughtful staff and a slow pace to enjoy it all. Great family outing. Definitely worth doing the train one way and the sky rail the other.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Scenic route up from Freshwater station to Kuranda station was lovely. The children really enjoyed the trip and the views. Try not not to be in a hurry and enjoy the ride

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Perth, Australia
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We travelled up by the Skyrail cableway and were booked on to the train for the 3.30pm ride back down. We spent the time in between wandering round Kuranda which was very busy with all the tourist shops and cafes. We shared a very yummy pie from I think Annabel's Pantry and then indulged in scones with jam and cream... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The railway trip back was interesting & the commentary informative but the ride a bit uncomfortable & if the train is full would be more so. Good photo opportunities & great for kids.

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