Cairns: Self-Guided Kuranda Day Trip, Scenic Rail & Skyrail

Cairns: Self-Guided Kuranda Day Trip, Scenic Rail & Skyrail

From US$ 109.24 per person

Visit Kuranda by traveling on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and returning by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Explore the village located in pristine rainforest and enjoy free time visiting markets, shops and food stalls. Marvel at views from the cableway.

About this ticket

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 7 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Instant confirmation
Host or greeter
Pickup included
Your accommodation in Cairns.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover World Heritage-listed pristine rainforest by historic scenic railway
  • Take a ride on the cableway, gliding just meters above the rainforest canopy
  • Visit Kuranda markets, unique shops and wildlife parks
Full description
On this 7-hour excursion, you’ll visit the beautiful village of Kuranda, nestled in pristine World Heritage-listed rainforest. You will be picked up from your hotel (in the Cairns city area) in a modern and comfortable coach and travel to the train station. Climb aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and take in views of the surrounding mountains along the way to Kuranda. Rising from sea level to 328 meters, the journey to Kuranda passes spectacular waterfalls and then takes you into the stunning Barron Gorge. Enjoy 2.5 hours of free time to explore the markets, shops and walking trails or take a river cruise (seasonal). Discover the amazing array of food stalls and cafés or dine with the resident water dragons at Frog’s Restaurant, famous for their freshly made sauces and dressings. Take the famous Skyrail down, spanning 7.5 kilometers over the pristine rainforest canopy. This is also an opportunity to spot native wildlife, including the cassowary (the world's 3rd-largest flightless bird)! After that, you will take the 2:00 PM Skyrail back down to the bottom (Skyrail Smithfield station). Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and deep into the world’s oldest, continually-surviving tropical rainforest. The iconic Skyrail experience is a must do Cairns attraction that provides a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed tropical rainforest - immersing guests in the sights, sounds, smells and tranquility of one of the most botanically fascinating areas on earth. At the end of your Skyrail experience, you will be picked up again by bus at 3:30 PM then brought back to the hotel.
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway (1-way ticket)
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (1-way ticket)
  • Pick-up and drop off at most major hotels in central Cairns

    Select participants and date



    Prepare for the activity

    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • Skyrail operation can be affected by weather. The local operator will do their best to accommodate.
    • Cruise ship passengers who arrive at Yorkeys Knob will need to make their own way to the Railway Station, and back to Yorkeys Knob after the tour
    • Cruise ship passengers who arrive at Cairns Terminal will need to make their way to Pullman International Hotel to be picked up due to congestion at the Terminal
    • Northern Beaches Transfers are not available. Passengers will need to make their way to the Railway station.
    • The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary order and time due to limited availability and/or weather. The operator is at liberty of third parties ie. Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Rail
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 / 5

    based on 477 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.2 / 5
    • Transportation
      4.5 / 5
    • Value for money
      4.2 / 5
    • Service
      4.5 / 5
    Sort by

    Great day at Kuranda Village, I enjoyed the train ride, felt like being back in time, with great views and Barron Falls was impressive! The Skyrail got cancelled due to weather, but received a quick refund and the transfer back, all efficiently handled. Got to feed the tropical birds at Birdworld (really fun) and see a Southern Cassowary (which I was longing to find somewhere as I don't drive) and saw the beautiful butterflies at the Butterfly Sanctuary. Memorable day getting to see everything I wished for :)

    Read more

    January 28, 2021

    Picked up from hotel promptly. Taken to the station where we had time to browse the shop and soak up the atmosphere. Loved the journey up by train to Kuranda with stops. Arrived in Kuranda and free shuttle bus to the centre. Lots of shops and places to eat. Returned by Skyrail which was amazing.

    February 23, 2020

    The day was well organised and the guide was very friendly and helpful. The train Up was stunning. The village itself was nice. Can’t comment about the Skyrail yet as a storm hit just as we were about to board. After about an hour of waiting around they cancelled all Skyrail journeys meaning we had to get bussed down. There was a partial refund offered but this didn’t cover the cost of purchasing tickets ourselves. However I have to say that Global Tour Services have been great, they have sorted out replacement tickets instead of the partial refund and we plan to travel the Skyrail tomorrow with them. Thanks again to our driver and the staff at GTS making those arrangements for us

    Read more

    February 11, 2020

    Organized by

    Product ID: 76071