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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

  • Customise your tour: five different itineraries to choose from
  • Stunning views as you ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway through the Barron Gorge
  • Free time in Kuranda Village: browse the many shops for souvenirs
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
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Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway and return on Skyrail; approx. 8.5 hours; departs at 7am and 7:45am
Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway, visit Rainforestation Nature Park and return from Kuranda on Skyrail; approx. 10 hours; departs at 7am and 8am
Travel to Kuranda on Skyrail and return on the Scenic Railway; approx. 10 hours; departs at 8am and 8:45am
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The Kuranda Scenic Railway is one of the most popular attractions in Queensland’s tropical north, affording incredible views of the Barron Gorge National Park. This flexible tour offers a choice of five different itineraries, so you can tailor your tour to your preferences and include optional extras such as a ride on the Skyrail, a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park, a tour of the Rainforestation Nature Park, or lunch in the rainforest.
What to Expect
With five different itineraries to choose from, this full-day tour from Cairns lets you create your ideal day trip. All tours include a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, through the heart of the Barron Gorge National Park. The 1.5-hour journey climbs through the mountain valleys, passing the dramatic Stoney Creek Bridge, and affording spectacular views over Kuranda Waterfall and the Barron Gorge.

Additional options include a thrilling ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which soars over the Barron Gorge National Park, stopping at treetop viewpoints along the way; an off-road adventure in the Rainforestation Nature Park; or an immersive cultural experience at the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

All tours include hotel pickup and drop-off from your Cairns or Northern Beaches hotel.
Reviews (485)
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Reviewed yesterday
Worthwhile Trip

We enjoyed our ride to Kuranda on the train. It was comfortable. Glad that we were able to see more of Cairns this way. The narration in the train at each point gave us a better understanding of its history and what happened when it...More

Thank Margaret P
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great train journey

We travelled on the scenic railway with 2 families. Kids really enjoyed riding on an old fashioned train. Adults enjoyed the relaxing ride down. The stop at Barron Falls was a highlight! Great views! Enjoyed listening to the commentary along the way..

Thank AthenaKi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nice trip down the valley

We had gone up on the sky rail and looked around the markets before heading back down on the train. The views are great and the stop at barren falls was cool. seating is not really suited to every one as some people are sitting...More

3  Thank Softballdad241
DUT_Marketing, Digital Marketing Executive at Down Under Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Softballdad241, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review - we are glad to hear that you and your family had a fun day visiting Kuranda. It is definitely a unique experience - thank you for your feedback regarding the Scenic...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love railways and have travelled on them in five continents. The trip from Kuranda back to Cairns was truly special. The train either slowed down or stopped at the viewpoints which was appreciated.More

Thank MartinD2092
DUT_Marketing, Digital Marketing Executive at Down Under Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi MartinD2092, We are so glad to hear you had an awesome day and enjoyed the Scenic Rail from Kuranda! There are wonderful views and such interesting history to go with the Kuranda Rail. Thank you for your review and we hope that you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great day out

A great day on Karanda Railway, it was over 20 years since we were last on it and wanted to take the kids. All had a great day, we took Karanda Railway to Karanda and then the Skyrail back with Diamond View as it was...More

Thank Anthony B
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September 26, 2018|
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Response from Mark W | Reviewed this property |
Looks like you got lots of answers. I booked through Trip Advisor. Recommend that as it included ride to/from train and Skyrail. I think the vendor was Down Under Tours.
Sam W
September 11, 2018|
Response from GnAW480 | Reviewed this property |
Yes - give yourself plenty of time if visiting the attractions. There is an excellent visitor information centre at Kuranda.