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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
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About
The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs from Cairns to Kuranda, affording spectacular views of Queensland’s Wet Tropics, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this tour, experience Gold Class service as you ride the famous railway, enjoy free time to explore the markets and wildlife parks of Kuranda, and ride the thrilling Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for even more incredible views.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Gold Class service on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Spectacular views from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Skip-the-line tickets: no time wasted queuing
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns or Port Douglas
What to expect
  • After pickup from your Cairns or Port Douglas hotel, transfer to the railway station to board the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Using your skip-the-tickets, hop straight aboard, and take your seats in the comfortable Gold Class carriages. On the journey, gaze out over the magnificent landscapes of Barron Gorge National Park, with its dense rain forest, dramatic gorges, and tumbling waterfalls. As you take in the views, sip a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy the provided tea, coffee, and snacks. On arrival, enjoy free time to browse the shops or purchase lunch in Kuranda village, learn more about the region’s indigenous heritage at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (optional, own expense), or spot kangaroos and koalas in the Rainforestation Nature Park (optional, own expense). Return to Cairns via a thrilling ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, including two stops at viewing stations along the way, where you can enjoy a firsthand view of the rain forest, following purpose-built boardwalks. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
German, Chinese, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Gold Class service on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Spectacular views from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Skip-the-line tickets: no time wasted queuing
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns or Port Douglas
What to expect
  • After pickup from your Cairns or Port Douglas hotel, transfer to the railway station to board the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Using your skip-the-tickets, hop straight aboard, and take your seats in the comfortable Gold Class carriages. On the journey, gaze out over the magnificent landscapes of Barron Gorge National Park, with its dense rain forest, dramatic gorges, and tumbling waterfalls. As you take in the views, sip a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy the provided tea, coffee, and snacks. On arrival, enjoy free time to browse the shops or purchase lunch in Kuranda village, learn more about the region’s indigenous heritage at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (optional, own expense), or spot kangaroos and koalas in the Rainforestation Nature Park (optional, own expense). Return to Cairns via a thrilling ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, including two stops at viewing stations along the way, where you can enjoy a firsthand view of the rain forest, following purpose-built boardwalks. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2570KURANDA
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • One way Kuranda Scenic Railway ride in Gold Class
  • One way by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Scenic Railway
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.
  • Entry/Admission - Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Koala Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Birdworld Kuranda
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Pickup available from selected Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas hotels available - IMPORTANT: please ensure to correctly choose the Cairns or Port Douglas option when booking. Contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please advise if you are using a Wheelchair. Both Skyrail & Scenic Rail have maximum dimensions they can take.
  • 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 50 travelers
Inclusions
  • One way Kuranda Scenic Railway ride in Gold Class
  • One way by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Scenic Railway
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.
  • Entry/Admission - Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Koala Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Birdworld Kuranda
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Pickup available from selected Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas hotels available - IMPORTANT: please ensure to correctly choose the Cairns or Port Douglas option when booking. Contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please advise if you are using a Wheelchair. Both Skyrail & Scenic Rail have maximum dimensions they can take.
  • 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 50 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Kuranda Scenic Railway
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Kuranda Koala Gardens
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
    Pass by
    Barron Gorge National Park
    Barron Falls
  • 5
    Birdworld Kuranda
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
    Pass by
    Down Under Tours - Day Tours
  • You'll return to the starting point
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HiltonR5571
Gold Coast, Australia6 contributions
Great day out
Oct 2021
Had a great all round day. We were picked up by very friendly drive outside our hotel who gave us some informative commentary on the way to the skyrail station. The ride up on the skyrail was great with fantastic views. There’s a couple of stops on the way up with a mini rainforest walk and viewing platforms. Once in Kuranda we spent the day walking around and visiting the markets . Some were very touristy stalls with T-shirts’/ trinkets but there were a few specialty ones that were great. The highlight of the tour was the Gold Class train back. Wow , some of the best service I have experienced. With drinks and nibbles all the way down to Freshwater Station.
Written October 8, 2021
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Leslie M
Gold Class is an amazing way to spoil yourself! I am pleased to hear you had a fantastic day. Thank you for your great review.
Written October 17, 2021
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Kelshaw
Pottsville, Australia23 contributions
Exceeded our expectations!
Jul 2021
Wow, wow, wow! This trip was amazing and we would highly recommend that if you can, upgrade to Gold Class. It was well and truly worth it! The skysail was fantastic and our boys aged 6 and 10 loved it. The two stops along the way to look at the fall were great and Luke was very knowledgable. The scenic railway home was fantastic. Gold class meant that we had our own quiet carriage with only a few others, comfortable, individual arm chair seating and a lovely and attentive host, Aikito, looking after our every needs. Included in gold class was unlimited wine, beer and soft drink, and Aikito kept our drink well topped up for the duration of the trip. We also received macadamia nuts, mango sorbet and an individual cheese and dip platter. Yum! I would highly recommend this tour and upgrade to gold class if you can!
We booked though DownUnder Tours and found them to be professional and great deal wth!
Written July 7, 2021
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Leslie M
Thank you so much for the great 5 star review. It is pretty special to spoil yourself on Gold Class! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your day so much and have so many good memories of your time spent on the Kuranda Scenic train and Skyrail Cableway.
Written October 18, 2021
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rianda26
Malua Bay, Australia75 contributions
Great day out
Jun 2021 • Couples
The skyrail is amazing and such beautiful scenery with two stops and easy to use. The stop at Kuranda town was a nice walk around, the market was mostly souvenirs from China a lot of rubbish. Shops varied but not cheap. Lunch at trading post cafe not good would not recommend. Train trip was wonderful and again scenery great and the information was so interesting.
Written June 29, 2021
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Leslie M
Thank you for your review, I am pleased that you enjoyed your Skyrail Cableway and the Gold Class service on the Kuranda Scenic Train. Lovely to hear that you spoiled yourselves with the experience. Sorry to hear your time in Kuranda Village didn't quite live up to your expectations, but that the amazing scenery made up for it.
Written October 18, 2021
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Peppa
6 contributions
Fantastic Experience
Jun 2021
We did the VIP experience and was well worth it. Staff provided us with a savoury and sweet treat, coupled with either a tea/coffee/champagne. The train ride itself was spectacular and very informative. Staff were lovely!

Once we were in Kuranda, there is heaps of little cafes, coffee shops and little shops to explore. We also visited the butterfly and bird sanctuary.

The cableway on the way down was also spectacular! As we were a group of two, we did have to share a cable on the way down which was a downside, but was wonderful nonetheless.
Written June 29, 2021
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Leslie M
Thank you for the glowing review Peppa, we are so pleased that you experienced the wonderful service of Gold Class and that you were totally spoiled. You really did a lot in Kuranda, it's a quaint little village with a lot to offer, isn't it. Thank you for sharing your review and the 5 star rating.
Written October 18, 2021
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lgecc
Molong, Australia150 contributions
Gold Class Skip the Line
What a fabulous way to enjoy a luxury train journey through fabulous landscapes. Starting with a mocktail at Freshwater Station and then boarding the train was simple, seamless and enjoyable.
Once on board, Aiko, our carriage guide served drinks and lovely hot food while making sure we knew where the next view was. We missed nothing.
The lounge chairs are comfortable and the delightful heritage carriages are spotlessly clean. Drop down windows provide a cooling breeze and photo access. The stop at Barron Falls is long enough to take the pics you want.
Access to the carriage is via steep narrow steps.
Written May 7, 2021
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DUTsales
Hi Igecc, summed up all the benefits of Gold Class brilliantly. Thanks for sharing...
Written June 12, 2021
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Margaret H
Wollongong, Australia8 contributions
Amazing
Apr 2021
Train ride was beautiful, waterfalls flowing full after all the heavy rains.
The service on the train was exceptional,we did gold class so we had extras which made the journey even better.
The Skyrail views are just amazing,we loved every bit of it.
Written May 5, 2021
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DUTsales
Hi Margar, Thank you for travelling with us, Kuranda is such a popular destination and so glad you enjoyed.
Written June 12, 2021
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Huddo17
30 contributions
Fantastic service and experience
Apr 2021
Picked up from our accommodation and everything was well organised which made the whole experience fantastic. Definitely the way to go and you have plenty of time to stop and do things at your own pace. Beautiful scenery and Kuranda is lovely township. Recommend the Gold Class rail trip home as relaxing with a wine, beer and snacks is great way to end the day travelling through some fantastic scenery and close up waterfall views.
Written April 29, 2021
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DUTsales
Hi Huddo17, Gold Class down from Kuranda to Freshwater offers a cold beer/wine as you traverse the Barron Gorge, a great way to end the day. All the best...
Written June 12, 2021
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Flopsynz
Gold Coast, Australia94 contributions
Amazing day out!
Had an amazing day out with Downunder Tours. Noel the coach driver was very informative and friendly, and the tour was great.
Started with hotel pickup, Noel gave information on way to Kuranda Railway at Freshwater. Took train up and spent day there, and down on skyrail.
Noel was then waiting for us at the bottom and took us back to hotel.
Written February 27, 2021
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DUTsales
Thanks Flopsynz, Kuranda is a fantastic destination, glad you enjoyed your day. Have passed your feedback onto Noel...
Written March 8, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ShaneaLawson
Sunshine Coast, Australia26 contributions
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 through Down Under Tours who offer to pick you up from Cairns and take you to the terminal (we drove to the terminal from Cairns). We opted for the train ride up to Kuranda & the views were stunning! We got to see a waterfall that you can only see from the train and due to gold class we received food, drinks, a small thank you gift and tons of information about the railway and how it was built etc. Was well worth the money and will do this again, I preferred the train over the gondola as it was super relaxing and the added bonus of seeing the Stoney Creek Falls. You also get to hop off and have a look at the Barron Falls(you also get to do this on the gondola which is a closer view), which was inflood because we went during wet season, totally worth it. We took the gondola down which was also amazing! You have two stops on the way down, the closer view of Barron Falls & at Red Peak station which you can do a rainforest walk, even if it’s raining please do this!! We did and it was awesome & because it was raining they offer free umbrellas to take as you look around and there’s less people you have to share it with.

In Kuranda there’s lots to do and see, from heritage markets to cute little retail shops, butterfly sanctuary, bird world, koala gardens & various restaurants & cafes etc. Because of the rain our gondola was delayed by an hour for safety (please remember to treat the staff at the Skyrail with respect as they only care about our safety, they are not trying to make your life difficult with delays). & Due to the extra hour that we received, we went and cuddled with a koala in the koala gardens and walked around the township a little more, which was awesome for us as we felt that we originally didn’t have enough time for us to do what we wanted to do. Overall, if you couldn’t tell, this was an awesome day and i could not recommend this more.
Written January 4, 2021
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DUTsales
Hi Shanea, Awesome review, love your detail and you can clearly see you enjoyed the day. Thanks again for sharing.
Written January 6, 2021
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Shantaria R
Leesburg, VA63 contributions
Scenic railway
We took the scenic railway both ways and upgraded to gold class. The scenery was beautiful, the service was phenomenal, and we enjoyed the food.
Written October 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi shantariar, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review - we are so glad to hear that you had a great experience on the Kuranda Scenic Rail's Gold Class service! It is definitely a great way to experience this historic rail journey. At Down Under Tours, we don't offer travelling on the Kuranda Scenic Rail both ways, however this can be booked directly with the Kuranda Scenic Rail itself. We hope that you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday! Safe Travels, The DUT Team
Written October 20, 2020
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Anniegolucky
Anniegolucky
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Good variety of locations.....Nice food, But...
We enjoyed the locations and variety of locations on this tour. Lunch was great with great options, morning tea OK
MARK G
MARK G
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Great day trip to Kuranda
This was all such a great day trip going up on the Skyrail and back via the train. We loved the whole experience. I
jhewww
jhewww
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Good times!
Absolutely fun 8 hr trip! The skyrail was outstanding and of course the train too. Didn't really enjoy the butterfl
Graham S
Graham S
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A bit rude
The train allocates carriages to tourist operators these days. So you get crammed in to the allocated carriages eve
saginaw111
saginaw111
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Expensive Experience
Hello, can you tell me how you came to the price for an Adult return cairns to kuranda on the tourist train at $76
KerrynY128
KerrynY128
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Excellent day tour
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour from start to finish. Our guide Daniel was courteous, informative and
Boofka
Boofka
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Amazing and worth the visit
Loved the train up and sky rail back. Enjoyed the markets. Butterfly Sanctuary a must. Thank you to Tours Down unde
MsMandy411
MsMandy411
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Sightseeing at its best
Loved everything about this tour. Whilst it was a long day, it was broken up with different stops and the bus was c
Eric Y
Eric Y
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Get your train ticket
If you Holiday in Cairns then you must do The Kuranda rail journey, the commentary provided on the journey up to Ku
melmN5464GQ
melmN5464GQ
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Disappointing experience
great experience till we got to Kuranda. Arrived just before 2pm to find no food available to eat as stores were ou
the_t_man05
the_t_man05
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Absolutely Awesome!
Absolutely awesome, the train ride up is just wonderful and the sky rail back is spectacular, one of the best thing
Dekka54
Dekka54
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Kuranda was dissapointing
We did the train up and gondola down todsy which were both fantastic. But when we got to Kuranda (on a Monday) most
Juergen1975
Juergen1975
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Gold class amazing for a treat, but caution if not a group of 4
Amazing scenery in train hauled by diesel locomotives that reminds me of catching train home from school. Upgraded
Scott R
Scott R
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Interesting history
Great train ride. Interesting history of area and railway. Friendly staff, great views of the Cairns area. Great wa
Patkym
Patkym
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Great Day Out
Great day out at Kuranda. Took the railway up and the sky rail back. Amazing views. So interesting to hear about
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