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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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Great overall experience.

We travelled up to Kuranda via the rail, embarking at the Freshwater station (self drove to Freshwater), and then took the Skyrail down to Smithfield and had a little minibus... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
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Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

We travelled up to Kuranda via the rail, embarking at the Freshwater station (self drove to Freshwater), and then took the Skyrail down to Smithfield and had a little minibus drive us back to Freshwater. All-in-all a good trip, and great way to see the history of the region including the rail construction and the hydro electric power station (and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

I would rate 0 if it is available. It was so disappointment and ruined the whole cairns trip! Because of this stupid train we go home with big grumpy mood. 1. No air cond in the tropical city is a bad idea 2. Church a like seat 3. Historical story telling where noone wants to hear because they want to... More 

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

You can ride either up to Kuranda or down. The track takes you through unspoilt tropical jungle at really close quarters. There is much information on the construction and history of the railway - a great engineering feat of 120 years ago. I was left wondering about the original purpose of the railway but am very pleased that it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We travelled up on the cable car and back on the train on 8 January. At the last minute we upgraded to Gold class as the carriage was pretty full and Gold Class had big comfy seats and we noticied people sipping sparkling wine as we walked to our carriage! Best $48 (each) spent. We travelled in comfort with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

travelled with a package deal, pick up from hotel around 1035, then start with the Skyrail, and made our way back with the train leaving Kuranda around 1530. Really enjoyed the whole trip :) The view was amazing, both from the Skyrail and the train. It is worth upgrading to the Gold Class, enjoy some snacks with champagne and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Great experience, wonderfully restored carriages, stunning scenery. Highly recommend it as THE way to get to Kuranda.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Did the railway up to Kuranda and the Skyrail back down. The train trip was good, crew were very good and very helpful. Day unfortunately was a wet day so some scenery was difficult but added to the water flows down the rock faces and the water falls. Informative details on the train trip - displays at train station at... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Would have paid extra to travel in the 1st class carriage of the train had we known how cramped the carriages we're going to be.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Service and staff are fantastic. The train trip is amazing Well worth the extra $ to travel Gold Class you won't be disappointed.

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Hope Island, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We went up into the rainforest on this lovely vintage train, the carriages are authentic from early 1900's and the stations pristine and well taken care of and so pretty with all the trees, it's like something from a movie. Highly recomend this.

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