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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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Great views and overall experience

I caught the Kuranda Scenic Railway earlier this week back from Kuranda, and it was one of the main highlights of my trip to Cairns. Great views from the train, a good commentary... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is much more hyped up than what it really is. The scenes are limited and the foliage that you see through your ride is all very similar. Not worth the money we spent.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I caught the Kuranda Scenic Railway earlier this week back from Kuranda, and it was one of the main highlights of my trip to Cairns. Great views from the train, a good commentary pointing out the upcoming sights/photo opportunities, and a cool way to travel in itself. The experience could be improved by a louder commentary as it was a... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I feel much of the scenery on the train is blocked by the trees. It was just an hour and a half train ride that on occasion had something to look at. A few of the views were spectacular but far and few in between .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent trip to the Karanda village. very friendly staff, lots to see once there. give the forest walk way ago very peaceful trekking though the wilderness.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a four day train trip supplied by the same business that provides the Kuranda Rail Journey. The trip starts in Cairns and rolls back into Cairns four days later. What a hoot. We left Cairns on the Wednesday morning at 6.30 am and "sped" on our way. Eighteen of us and the two train drivers Will and Leigh.... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the rail trip up to Kuranda.Some amazing views on way up.Seating comfortable and staff pleasant.The rail trip great but very disappointed with Kuranda village.

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Mornington, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very fortunate in choosing Northern Exposure Tours for this excursion. Our host, Glenn was fantastic. He was so knowledgable about the entire area and so generous with his time, even departing from the normal route at times to show us special points of interest. The drive to get onto the Scenic Railway was made interesting by his commentary... More 

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Melbourne Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kuranda. What an absolute hole! The worst souvenir shops and "galleries" I have ever experienced. I couldn't get out of the place quick enough. It's not worth the car sickness winding road to get there. Please someone give it a makeover quick! Victoria market on steroids... Opals, boomerangs, non authentic rubbish!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had planned on catching the train from Cairns, but we met some unexpected slow traffic coming into Cairns from the Northern Beaches, so we called the booking office and changed our pick up location to Freshwater instead (which was no problem). The station was fantastic, grabbed a coffee and had a browse through the gift shop. We used the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We joined the journey at Freshwater Station, as did I think most of the train. Allocated seats gave us a view out of the window, and what a sensational view. Some of the corners you could see the front and the rear of the train. Beautiful forest, deep valleys and out toward the water and Green Island. Attentive conductors who... More 

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