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Kuranda Scenic Railway

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Address: Kuranda, Queensland 4870, Australia
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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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Beautiful misty- trip way back!

We took the scenic railway on our way back from Kurranda and each minute was so enjoyable. I have a seven year old kid and he loved it immensely. Suddenly we were into clouds and... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was a good way to get to Kurranda and learnt some history. But got a litte tedious. Too many rules were given. But the views were lovely, especially Barron Gorge. At least do it once.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We took the scenic railway on our way back from Kurranda and each minute was so enjoyable. I have a seven year old kid and he loved it immensely. Suddenly we were into clouds and the next moment inside a tunnel. There were 15 tunnels in total and the journey was enthralling. You find waterfalls, dense forests and then valleys,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We travelled on Saturday up with the skyrail, back with the train ( gold class) fantastic views , great service, professional and very friendly staff, great luxury seating arrangement , beautiful drink and nibbles served (all local produce) fantastic trip a must do in cairns

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great for families or train enthusiasts but was a bit long at the end of a sky rail and day in Kuranda. Relaxing ride and the train stations were beautifully historic. The cold refresher towels were much appreciated in the humidity and heat. If you had only time or finances to do one I would chose the sky rail as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After a stunning ride up on the cable car we had booked the return journey on the train, we upgraded to the Gold class, which included a luxury carriage with fab individual seats, drinks and nibbles and also a guided tour the signal box. After paying and waiting for our guide we were returned to reception to be told they... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The train trip takes 90 minutes & is well worth the experience. The history of the making of the railway tracks & tunnels makes you appreciate the ride all the more. Yes, it is hot but you are on a steam train in the tropics & this is to be expected. There is cold water on the train & the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good scenery but not air conditioned and very hot. It would be good if you are a train buff or enjoy history, otherwise just get the cable car in both directions and give it a miss.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful family trip. Gets a bit hot. But water on the train and we also got given some cool towlets half way through the journey by the attendant, beautiful views and great experience

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was really impressed with the organisation of the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail packages making sure you arrived back where you had parked your car at the start of the day. The bus that took us to Freshwater station got us there half an hour before the train arrived which gave everyone time to explore the old station and grab... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's perhaps a tad on the expensive side but the whole trip is full of history and culture.... and, of course, a must for railway enthusiasts (which I'm not but enjoyed it anyway.) It's worth getting to the station at the bottom early and take the time to have a coffee. While we were on the train a member of... More 

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