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Kuranda Scenic Railway

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Address: Coondoo Street | PO Box 930, Kuranda, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4036 9333
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Activities: Viewing foliage, Group tours/train
Description: 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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Lovely ride but give it a miss for young children

We did a self drive skyrail and train tour which ended with the train from Kuranda to freshwater station. The train ride itself was lovely the views and information provided was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We did a self drive skyrail and train tour which ended with the train from Kuranda to freshwater station. The train ride itself was lovely the views and information provided was great. Unfortunately we had a two year old travelling with us who was not happy to sit for an hour and a half and as we were not able... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed visting Kuranda. We did the scenic rail on the way to kuranda, My little 3 year old enjoyed the train and looking out the window for animals and different landmarks. The audio tour guide was very informative.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Loved this day trip to Kuranda via the steam train, not only is the scenery amazing (you will get lots of fab photo opportunities) but the commentary throughout the journey is so informative. My kids, ages 4 and 8 loved it, you get to learn some history and marvel at what men with only picks and shovels made.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A very beautiful and interesting way to see the rainforest. Learn how hard the workers had it back in the day, and take photos of the skinny bridges and waterfalls as you wind your way through the mountains. I recommend taking the train up instead of down. The breaks squeak!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Kuranda scenic railway is one of the most acitivity have to do in cairns. We were in gold class cause I don't want to be in the crowed wanted to get own window to get the most of the view guess what I had most fantastic view and service in the gold class, I felt I back into 80's and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I went on this the first time a few years ago. ...today l ventured onto Gold Class again only to find the same attendant -Beth. She was brilliant the first time. ...and brilliant again today. AND she remembered me...customer service doesn't get much better than that! The train has a lot of historic significance in Australia, being an engineering feat... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I love a good train ride and had to do Kuranda. From the moment we got on and began the journey I loved it. The commentary alerted you to good photo opportunities which was an added bonus. Waterfalls, tunnels and mountains added to the atmosphere. Skyrail back was good too but not as exciting as I wanted it to be.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We rode the tram to Kuranda and then took the train back. Several people told me how great this trip was. It was so-so. All you could see was a zillion trees, not much else. If I had this to do over, I would just rent a car and drive up to Kuranda. The town itself was cute, but 100%... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

A lovely train ride, up and thought the mountains, and over the water fall. A lovely town to walk around. Walk though the markets, and natural parks, and get lost. Then finish the day on the sky rail, going back down the mountain. Breath taking views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

Travelled on the Kuranda railway with husband and 2 11 yr olds. We all had a wonderful time, great way to see the local country side. Appropriate commentary. My husband is in wheelchair and access was very easy, well appointed cabin with accessible toilet Highly recommend

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