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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Bunda Street | PO Box 930, Kuranda, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 1800 577 245
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Port Douglas
Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Kuranda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Activities: Viewing foliage, Group tours/train
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Owner description: 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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Palm Cove, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This was the last part of a day trip to Karunda with my 3 boys (11,8 & 3). A great day out was simply capped off with the Rail trip down the mountain. The 3 year old ended up asleep on my lap about half way down, but until then even he was captivated. The train travells very slow down... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We took the scenic train to get to Kuranda. It is a pretty comfortable train for having wooden bench seating. It is a leisurely pace with plenty of history about the area interspersed. you can get out at a rest stop to get a great view and a little rest from the train. Once you finish the ride you still... More

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I have travelled on the KSR many times and never cease to be amazed by this feat of engineering and the history of how it came about. No dumpy levels, bulldozers, backhoes or GPS equipment when this was built. Only picks, shovels, some dynamite and tons of determination, courage and ingenuity to achieve what we all enjoy so much, today.... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We took the train from Freshwater Station to Kuranda. Nice ride with a lot of scenery. There is commentary along the trip the tells the history of the railway. The town of Kuranda is filled with shops and restaurants, and has three different wildlife parks. We took the sky rail gondola back. This is a great way to see the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

slow train journey through the most beautiful scenery up to the beautiful town of Kuranda. it is a fantastic experience.

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Alice Springs, Australia
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53 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is just a really pleasant and relaxed trip. I didn't mind spending the extra for the gold pass. After a couple of wines you just feel pleasantly mellow, watching the spectacular scenery go by. Well worth it, second time round :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The train trip winding up the hills is just great, fabulous views from an old style carriage. The town itself has plenty to occupy anyone until the time comes to take the sky rail back and be awed at the sites coming down over the forest. Loved the friendly black turkey who wanted to be everyones pet.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Definitely worth a trip. There is plenty of information provided about the history of the railway and its construction which was interesting. The views are great with recommendations for good photos provided on the loud speaker system. The stop at the falls is long enough. Just make sure you get the skyrail back!

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We traveled up to the top on this, commentary on the way up was very interesting and the driver goes slow in all the right places for those photo opportunities. There is a stop half way up for another photo session. Kuranda is a far bigger place than you anticipate too.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We took our return trip back from Kuranda Village on the train. To be honest most of us fell sleep due to the train rocking. There are few spots with amazing views from the train but majority of the ride the train is surrounded by dense vegetation and trees. Overall I could have done without this and would have preferred... More

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