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“Sky rail” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kuranda, Coach, and Skyrail Tour

Kuranda, Coach, and Skyrail Tour
Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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“Sky rail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

If can can do the full tour KRST the only thing I did not like is you are told what time you have to do every thing and it would be nice if they used a steam train the food is very good when you get back sky rail

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“June 2012 Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

What you will do on this trip:
1. Ride a train up to Kuranda, stopping for a fantastic shot at Barron Falls.
2. Arrive in Kuranda where the only thing you can do for free is walk the paths and up and down the sidewalk that is filled with food and items for sale.
3. Take the skyrail back down to Cairns (well, actually two skyrails as you must get off towards the end and get into a new gondola/car)
4. Wait at the Cairns giftshop where they try to sell you a picture of you on the skyrail, for transportation back to your hotel.

We booked this trip using one of Cairns numerous travel agents. We actually got great seats (which are booked ahead of time) and our trip in the train was fantastic. It moves very slow so you can take pictures out of the windows (that open). Someone complained about being on the "wrong side" in one of these reviews. Huh? Everyone sits on the same side and you can get UP and walk around (there is water and restrooms available on the train).

Once we arrived in Kuranda, we couldn't believe how boring it was. It's a tourist trap. There's little to do unless you pay for it. Most people riding the train seem to have been met up with a tour bus at the top of Kuranda. Others probably paid the (I thought) crazy high prices to go see the butterflies, ride the "scenic" boat ride, or go to the zoo to hold a koala.

My husband and I aren't cheap, but Australia was a lot more expensive than we expected. This was the last adventure we went on (we had been in Sydney and Cairns for two weeks), and we were just over the high cost of everything. Kuranda's locals appear to take advantage of the tourists being "trapped" for the duration of their stay (for example, we had to wait over three hours before we could leave on our skyrail ticket) and I thought the prices on everything were higher than you'd pay back in Cairns.

Thus, we spent the time walking the trails that are mostly well maintained. It was a rainy, dreary day and there were no bugs, but we didn't see anything that special.

The skyrail is most impressive. We were in awe during the ride of what a marvel it was to even have built it. I am not scared of heights, but it is definitely very high and since it was rainy and cloudy out, we didn't see much other than the tops of the very tall trees. It is high enough to get my imagination working overtime and it stopped enough (just randomly) that I actually felt quite a bit of adrenaline the entire trip. It does stop three times, once, as I said, where you change to another skyrail car. I would imagine when it gets busy, there are long wait times to get into the next car to continue your trip down the mountain. We also didn't get great pictures as all the rain and clouds fogs up the huge windows.

Overall, we spent about $200 per person to do this adventure and I would have to say it was worth 1/2 of that. If you keep hearing people say, "Oh, you must go to Kuranda!" definitely ask WHY?!

Visited June 2012
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

kinda boring. if you seat on the wrong seat on the train, you will miss all the "great" views. they advertise about the bridge and the waterfall, but they will go past that in 30 seconds. After and before that is all bush bush bush and the smell of the fumes that comes from the train is terrible inside the tunnel.
kuranda is a nice city, but dont expect to get any good food in there...
Skyrail is OK. It doesn't last long, 90% of the time is just bush boring views. Only at the end you can see all Cairns from above. Not worth paying $200 for 1min view.
After the Skyrail we had to wait for 1hours to get the bus back to freshwater... #fail

Visited June 2012
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“A must....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

If your around the region this is a must. Caution to anyone who isnt great with heights on the sky rail. I mean Im ok with heights, but this is a whole new level. We took the sky rail there and back. I think this gives you just a good a view as the train would, train rides costing more. Barron falls, and some of the look out points are totally out this world ( there are two stops where you can walk around ). Kurranda is a lovely small village with a smaller market going on, which can be missed easily. Caution in kurranda, as we was sold a bottle of mango wine for $28 before we could blink. Fair play, good sales. With that to one side, and the cost, yeah it's a great half a day tour with car/ van parking in front.

Visited May 2012
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“Great Views!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

A very good trip, well organised and some great highlights. Recommend doing he Skyrail last, and allow plenty of time for stop-offs on the way.

Visited June 2012
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