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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda, Queensland 4870, Australia
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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, Queensland 4870, Australia
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"freshwater station"
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"scenic railway"
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"sky rail"
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"window seat"
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"train trip"
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"barron falls"
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"cable car"
in 86 reviews
"great train ride"
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"comfortable seats"
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"cairns station"
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"return trip"
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"great trip"
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"great scenery"
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"day trip"
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"taking the train"
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

I went on a combined day trip from Cairns to Kuranda by the scenic train and return by the skyrail. It was a beautiful day and the glorious views from the train and the stops on the way up gave me some great photos to...More

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

The tram up to Kuranda and the train trip back from Kuranda is the best part of the day. Re train, opt for Gold Class for uncrowded car with personal service. Ultimately, two-three hours is max in Kuranda and that will buy you time for...More

2  Thank Latitudes_Dancer
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is a fabulous experience. Our teenagers thoroughly enjoyed the trip up on the train and then the walk around Kuranda. The staff were terrific and were happy to take a few photos for us. Scones and jam are a must at the station on...More

3  Thank Donna B
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

You can choose to go up in the morning to Kuranda on the train or return down to Freshwater station in the afternoon. We came down on the train.It is a long train, but there are a couple of "Gold Class" coaches which cost a...More

4  Thank Glen7_11
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

We took the sky rail up to Kuranda in the rain, but fortunately the sky cleared as we arrived at the Barron Falls which were spectacular due to heavy rain. Unimpressed by Kuranda, (other than our visit to the Butterfly garden), we looked forward to...More

4  Thank DorsetEeyore
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

Did this as a family with our 2 kids (6 & 7 ) who were excited for about the first ten minutes then it got boring . If your a train buff the history of it is interesting and well told , but otherwise it's...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

We went to kuranda by train and got the gold pass well worth the extra money it made the trip. I would like to thank Beth for her great hospitality and excellent service.

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Reviewed April 1, 2014

A very nice all day tour. Best done on a sunny day. The Tjapukai experience is unique and pleasant experience. The cable ride up and stops were vey nice (sunny day helps). The train ride was just OK. Not a whole lot to see on...More

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Reviewed March 31, 2014

Part of a full day bus tour from our cruise ship In Cairns. Try to get a seat on the right hand side going up to Kuranda. Views are spectacular and there is a stop about half way up for pictures. The rain forest village...More

Thank Glenn M
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

starting at Freshwater station, which itself was excellent, goes up to Kurunda Village. Takes about an hour, with some fantastic scenery on route. Go up on the railway, come back down on skyrail.

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Nancy E
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High humidity all yr round similar weather in Florida wear thin cootn and comfy shoes
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LizzH
September 29, 2017|
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Response from Maggie F | Reviewed this property |
Hi Lizz, a Gold Class on the rail would be far superior to ordinary. We were so disappointed on the normal seats. We did this trip for the views, the basic class has four passengers opposite each other, no room to move, no... More
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