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Kuranda Scenic Railway

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Address: Coondoo Street, Kuranda, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4036 9333

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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VIP Kuranda - Skyrail

Exceptional experience, would highly recommend, was really well organised and made to feel a part of landscape. Glenn was sensational, knowledgeable and great with people. He made... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Exceptional experience, would highly recommend, was really well organised and made to feel a part of landscape. Glenn was sensational, knowledgeable and great with people. He made sure we were all organised and made us feel like we didn't have to do anything. He also took us on little parts off the beaten track to show us things he recognised... More 

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Leakey, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Ride the train from Kuranda back to Cairns. It is a wonderful journey back in time with spectacular scenery and great narrative along the way. Suitable for all ages & a "must do" for train buffs. Great photo opportunities. It will be hot in summer & cold in winter, but that is a small price to pay for this amazing... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This has to be one of the great train trips with spectacular bends and drop offs and a journey through the rain forest between Cairns and Kuranda. Definitely a tourist must but there are some traps. A tour company promotes the event, train up and Sky train back. Expensive and if heights are not your thing that's a problem. With... More 

Thank RonWamberal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good couple of hours looking at a very well run business very interesting enjoyed seeing all the different butterflys

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All our friend told us we MUST SEE Kuranda Railway and Village whilst staying in Port Douglas. They were right, it was amazing! VIP Northern Exposure Tours made it easy! We were picked up right outside our accommodation (Villa San Michele). Our tour guide Glenn was fabulous. He explained everything in clear terms and shared stories of local interest all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kuranda is the thing to do when you visit Cairns, and though it ain't cheap - it is worth your money. We were picked up at our hotel ( The Plaza ) in the early morning and after 20 minutes drive we were at the The Smithfield where we waited for our Diamant view cable car. If you choose Diamond... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very long (33 kms) taking around 90 mins but all of it at a sedate pace, enabling the passengers to take in the amazing views on the ascent to the 330m high summit at Kuranda. One 10 min stop off at Barron Falls for photos. An historic set of carriages but now hauled by a more modern diesel. Comfortable... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Did the sky rail up and the train down great day. No air conditioning in train but nice breeze when going .lovely staff

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely train ride with spectacular views. Even though there hasn't been much rain and the falls weren't all pumping, it was still quite a sight. I would probably recommend going in a wetter season, to get the full blown experience. Also take note, the train ride is an hour and a half, and little ones may need something to do... More 

Thank Elisha W
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a family day at Kuranda and returned to Cairns on the Kuranda Train. What a relaxed way to travel down the range. Carriages were really clean, staff were very helpful and friendly. We all enjoyed the scenery and train ride.

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