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“What a trip!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Cnr Cairns Western Aerial Rd & Captain Cook Hwy, Smithfield, Queensland 4878, Australia
61 7 4038 5555
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Smithfield
Type: Trams, Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns Australia, is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. The Skyrail experience, spanning 7.5kms over pristine rainforest, allows you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth.
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Canberra, Australia
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“What a trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to travel on the Cairns Skyrail. This is a full day experience which costs around $100.00 per head (depending where you buy the tickets). I would say immediately that for the experience, $100.00 is very well spent. The day commences with a ride to a little village called "Kuranda" in the hills above Cairns. The ride takes about 2 1/2 hours and travels along and old mining trail. The views and the trip are nothing less than spectacular. The train does not travel much faster than walking pace, but is very steep and absolutely picturesque. On arrival at Kuranda, there is amply sufficient time to walk around the village, have lunch and relax in the local pub for at least a couple of beers. The return trip by cable car is just sensational. The car travels above the rain forest and down the mountain by a direct route to the cafe at the bottom wher your car is waiting to return you to your hotel. All in all, a spectacular and sensational day.

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“What a way to travel down from Kuranda”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We went up to Kuranda village by scenic train which was also excellent and had tickets to come back via Skyrail. It was a wonderful experience, being suspended way above the rainforest, with incredible views and our own cable car, making it a personal experience. The sky rail stopped twice on the way down for photo opportunities at Barron Falls and Red Peake station, which were both worth a stop at. Excellent day out and highly recommend taking the train up and sky rail down.

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“Fantastic day!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

My partner and I did the skyrail up and took advantage of all the stops. The plan was to get the skyrail up and just get a transfer back. When we got to Kuranda and had a walk around we couldn't find any transfers. We asked at the tourist information centre and were told to wait in front of the butterfly park. Went to the butterfly park, ask a driver there and he told us to get on the free shuttle. We get on that and got transferred to the skyrail in Kuranda. That driver told us to wait in front of the coke machine on the main road for a transfer back. There was a bench near a coke machine with no signs so we waited there. A bus pulled up and we asked that driver about it and he never heard of transfer back to the main terminal but to ask for Johnno's bus (how are we supposed to know who that is?) and he might be able to tell us more. By this stage an hour and a half had passed so we just went to the rail station and caught the scenic rail back- which was fantastic. I thought the day was brilliant, but having better information at Kuranda would have been fantastic.

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“An easy sample rainforest terrain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

If you want to show kids what a rainforest looks like ,and you're on a timeline, this is an easy and approachable way to do it.

The whole ride is about an hour each way to Kuranda (with two intermediate stops that you can spend time at, or not, at your option).

Lovely way to get a visual sense of where you are - and what is out there - in just a few hours.

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“Djabugay Rainforest Tour not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

The trip over the rainforest by skyrail was spectacular. At the first station a ranger can identify some of the trees in the rainforest. At the second station, the interpretive centre had some informative interactive displays which explained the science and history behind the rainforest. We chose to also do the Djabugay tour where we were welcomed to country by a traditional owner, and were led through the rainforest along tracks. We heard all about the way the rainforest plants can be used for food, medicine, tools and weapons. We saw how traditional shelters were made and heard stories of the dreamtime near a secret billabong. Our guide was knowledgable and friendly. It was by far the highlight of our trip to Cairns. Do not confuse this with the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Experience which is in a building near the skyrail terminal near Cairns.

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