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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns provided by Down Under Tours - Day Tours

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 06/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
The Kuranda Scenic Railway is one of the most popular attractions in Queensland’s tropical north, affording incredible views of the Barron Gorge National Park. This flexible tour offers a choice of five different itineraries, so you can tailor your tour to your preferences and include optional extras such as a ride on the Skyrail, a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park, a tour of the Rainforestation Nature Park, or lunch in the rainforest.
Itinerary
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  • 1
    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 2
    Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 3
    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    Rainforestation Nature Park
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 5
    Kuranda Scenic Railway
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 6
    Kuranda Koala Gardens
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 7
    Barron Gorge National Park
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 8
    Barron Falls
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 9
    Birdworld Kuranda
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
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Highlights
  • Customise your tour: five different itineraries to choose from
  • Stunning views as you ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway through the Barron Gorge
  • Free time in Kuranda Village: browse the many shops for souvenirs
  • Hassle-free tour with hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Cairns
What to Expect
With five different itineraries to choose from, this full-day tour from Cairns lets you create your ideal day trip. All tours include a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, through the heart of the Barron Gorge National Park. The 1.5-hour journey climbs through the mountain valleys, passing the dramatic Stoney Creek Bridge, and affording spectacular views over Kuranda Waterfall and the Barron Gorge. Additional options include a thrilling ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which soars over the Barron Gorge National Park, stopping at treetop viewpoints along the way; an off-road adventure in the Rainforestation Nature Park; or an immersive cultural experience at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park. All tours include hotel pickup and drop-off from your Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel.
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Important Information
Duration
7h
Inclusions
  • Cairns Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • One-way trip on Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (if option selected)
  • Rainforestation Nature Park (if option selected)
  • Kuranda Boarding Pass
  • Written itinerary available in German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin
  • Entry/Admission - Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Scenic Railway
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Birdworld (approx. AU$19/adult, AU$9.50/child)
  • Butterfly Sanctuary (approx. AU$20/adult, AU$10/child)
  • Kuranda Koala Gardens (approx. AU$19/adult and AU$9.50/child)
  • Any other optional activities not mentioned
  • Entry/Admission - Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
  • Entry/Admission - Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Koala Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Birdworld Kuranda
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Additional Info
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Only one tour option is wheelchair accessible: Tjapukai w/ Lunch-Sky-Rail (code: KRST)
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • KQS and KSQ are both wheelchair accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Brien J wrote a review Dec 2020
Gladstone, Australia40 contributions2 helpful votes
Very family friendly. The train is a modern engine pulling antique carriages up the mountain on a wonderful scenic tour. The train slows by popular things to see so everyone can get a good look. The train stops close to the top of Barron Gorge so everyone can get out and have a
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from DUTsales, Director of Sales at Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Responded Dec 6, 2020
Hi Brien J, Appreciate the review, thanks for posting. Glad you enjoyed the Kuranda experience with us. To think the track was built back in the 1880's and still allowing passengers like yourself to enjoy today, is truly remarkable. Safe travels.
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Nathan L wrote a review Oct 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
The Sky Rail is a must do, views were amazing, took the train up, was a great day all around. Booked through Downunder tours and their service and staff were fantastic.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from DUT_Marketing, Digital Marketing Executive at Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Responded Oct 11, 2020
Hi nathanlQ1672JR, Thank you for your review – we are glad to hear you had a great day visiting Kuranda via the Skyrail and Scenic Rail, as well as experience with our lovely staff! We definitely agree- the views and rainforest experience really make this trip a must do when visiting Cairns! I will pass on your lovely feedback to the rest of the team here at Down Under Tours. Thank you for choosing to travel with us and we hope that you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday! Safe travels, The DUT Team #downundertours
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marden85 wrote a review Sep 2020
Brisbane, Australia110 contributions20 helpful votes
The train trip is fantastic and the commentary informative and entertaining. The scenery on the way up to Kuranda is amazing. Unfortunately as soon as we got there it started raining so we were unable to do some of the walks around the town and rainforest that we had planned.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Susan H wrote a review Sep 2020
10 contributions
We caught the train from cairns station and the scenery was beautiful, it took couple of hours but it was well worth it has lots of markets up there and the Skyrail coming back down was fantastic
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from DUT_Marketing, Digital Marketing Executive at Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Responded Oct 11, 2020
Hi X1153QGsusanh, Thank you for your review – we are glad to hear you had a great day visiting Kuranda via the Skyrail and Scenic Rail! It is a fantastic experience on both the Skyrail and Scenic Rail, and the unique Village has lots of things to explore. Thank you again, and we hope that you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday! Safe travels, The DUT Team #downundertours
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Puzzle M wrote a review Jul 2020
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How wonderful. Quiet because of the Corona times but a wonderful way to spend the day. The staff were very helpful.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from DUT_Marketing, Digital Marketing Executive at Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Responded Jul 22, 2020
Hi puzzlem2020, Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us - we are so glad to hear you had a great day and thank you for joining us as we slowly begin our operations again. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your holiday! Safe Travels, The DUT Team #downundertours
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ShaneaLawson
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Stunning views!! Long review but read it!
The scenic railway is the best, I accidentally booked gold class & what a happy accident that was! We booked it thr
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MichelleH_LenD
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Brilliant Day Out
Our family really enjoyed the experience and each place is well worth visiting. It’s something we’ll always remembe
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deboraheF2717FZ
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Booking not efficient enough
Very disappointed that at the end of a great day we couldn’t get the bus back to sky rail. No one told us you have
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shereem883
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Awesome Crocodile Experiences
We had an unforgettable day at Hartley's. It all started with an awesome breakfast with a Koala named Daisy and a k
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amysdavis
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Another awesome visit to Hartley’s!
We have been to Hartley’s quite a few times now, each visit has been faultless. Bringing our toddler for his very
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247kellil
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Wonderful Day out
Daniel took us on a fabulous tour to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation. He is an amazing guide - very knowledgeable
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ashleef2019
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Immersive, informative and fun
Tour was excellently led by guide Daniel, who was extremely charismatic and knowledgeable, making for an awesome da
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KWilcock
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Kuranda Scenic Railway
Wonderful day, only found out skycable wasn't working in November, just before we departed for holiday. Train was s
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shantariar
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Scenic railway
We took the scenic railway both ways and upgraded to gold class. The scenery was beautiful, the service was phenom
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Ross B
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Absolutely a great day out.
Absolutely a great day out. Cute railway stations and Kuranda township. Great service on Gold Class train and what
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kirstenhD7338ZK
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Where the forest meets the sea
We had an all round wonderful day. Daniel our tour guide was the ultimate professional ~a funny, very informative/
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nickiwi14
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Educational
Had a great day visiting. The team are very informative, especially around the management plan they have helped in
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refinnej11
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Fabulous full day trip
Saw a bit of everything from Rain Forest, Daintree River with Crocodiles, beautiful Cape Tribulation, lunch on a pr
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lyndal936
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Kuranda Railway and Coach return
Andrew picked us up and gave us a good commentary on the way to Freshwater Station to board the Kuranda Railway tra
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Katz22
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Half day Kuranda tour
Eric from Down Under Tours picked us up from our accommodation in Cairns and gave us a very informative commentary
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Key Details
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
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