Kuranda railway trip was a great way to finish the day. We chose the gold car option after reading reviews and were glad we did. I hesitated to pay the extra costs as we were a family of five but it was money well spent. At the end of the day it was nice to relax in comfortable chairs and have drinks and nibbles delivered to you and watch the scenery pass by. Our carriage hostess gave us interesting information and warned us of when a great photo opportunity was coming up. The carriage was a lot more roomy than the heritage cars (less people per carriage). The views were beautiful and the train stopped or slowed down to allow us to get some great photos. The nibbles gave us a small taste of local produce and were delicious. Don't expect a full on meal as one family group had. We booked sky rail on the way up and the train on the way down with a rain forestation in the middle. It was a pretty full on day and if you do this I would suggest packing your own meals as your time is limited. We also booked a transfer bus as the sky rail is out of town. The train does go all the way into Cairns (near Cairn central which is about 15 minute walk from the Esplanade)
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