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Kuranda Scenic Railway

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Address: Coondoo Street, Kuranda, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4036 9333
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The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising...

The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of World Heritage Listed rainforest, steep ravines and picuresque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park. This famous railway winds its way from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Constructed between 1882 and 1891 it is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. Hundreds of men were employed to build the 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges that stand as a monument to the pioneers of tropical North Queensland

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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
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$134*
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Port Douglas
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Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

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We booked a Kuranda roundtrip (first railway in the morning to Kuranda and back in the afternoon by skyrail and bus to train station) at our CP. It is a lovely old train which... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked a Kuranda roundtrip (first railway in the morning to Kuranda and back in the afternoon by skyrail and bus to train station) at our CP. It is a lovely old train which goes up thru rainforest over spectacular bridges and passing some beauty waterfalls. There is a stop at Barron Falls for some minutes to take pictures of... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked a package from our accommodation in Port Douglas to do the Kuranda Scenic train up from Freshwater then the Sky Rail back down. We were not disappointed. Our hosts suggested we upgrade to the gold class carriage as there is more room (we are all tall) and try to get seats on the right hand side going up... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We travelled back to Cairns from Kuranda via the scenic railway. The journey in my husbands words was 'awesomely, stunningly, amazingly, brilliant'. I think he liked it!!!! The seats are sat opposite each other in rows of 2, there is limited leg room and if you are tall I think it would be difficult to get comfortable and if you... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After a trip on the Sky Rail cable car and a several hours in Kuranda the journey back down on the scenic railway was terrific. The train stops to get a great view of waterfalls.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

All the family enjoyed this trip, we went one way from Kuranda to the base with 2 adults and 4 kids, 4yo, 2yo and 10mth twins. We all enjoyed the views but thought it was a little pricy for what it was, lucky we only had to pay for 1 child otherwise we would have seriously had to rethink it.... More 

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Camberwell, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We decided to do the Self Drive trip, meeting a coach at the Skyrail terminal at Smithfield, to be transferred to Freshwater Station. We had considered Gold Class, but decided against it because we didn't wish to be loaded with food and drinks, so soon after having breakfast. Instead, we had regular seating on comfortable padded rail seats. Being a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely brilliant. Seats get a bit hot and sweaty but well worth it. Great views of water falls, mountains, bridges and tunnels...... Fun for adults and children alike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went on this train as a package trip along with the Sky Rail to Kuranda, but I think you can just do the train on its own. The main cars are from the 1930s and paneled in wood with comfortable bench seats. The seat numbers are on plaques on the back of the seat. It takes about an hour... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely day out at Kuranda which started with the train ride. For some reason I was expecting an older train but it makes sense for them to use mid 1970's locomotives to pull the turn of the century rail cars. The cars themselves are pretty cool and window seats are the way to go if you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, it's an old style train. Sadly pulled by diesel now, but...... It's got to be one of the worlds greatest train rides. 37km of rain forest, tunnels, tight turns and narrow gauge. I done the Swiss narrow gauge up over the Alps and this ride rates! Bucket list stuff

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