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Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Open daily 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Bunda St, Cairns, Queensland, 4870

The Basics

Most tours set out from Cairns, Port Douglas, or the northern beaches, from where it’s a two-hour one-way journey to the end of the line at Kuranda. Passengers can choose standard heritage carriages or the more luxurious Gold Class or Royale Class service, in which refreshments are served. For the best value, combine your tour with other North Queensland activities such as a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, an Army Duck tour of the Rainforestation Nature Park, a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef, or a visit to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
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$167.12 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Well worth it
Gold class was well worth the extra. Lovely and informative staff and refreshments were great. The shopping and animal enclosures were fun but prepared to walk
Lachlan_R, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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The whole trip was very...
michael_i, Jul 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The whole trip was very good 😊 from beginning to end , but Kuranda market was very rundown and need a facelift …..nearly 3 years of Covid must have taken its toll !!
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Breathtaking! The train...
Julie_G, Aug 2022
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Breathtaking! The train and the sky rail were both scenic and informative. Easy and we’ll organised by DUT. Great day.
star-4
Brilliant
Joan_W, Aug 2022
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Meeting very nice people, Train, Sky Rail, Butterfly centre, not many places to get sandwiches or decent cuppa
star-5
Memoriable
Ted_R, Aug 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Had a very enjoyable day. The service was impeccable. Would recommend this trip to anyone. Had plenty of time to see all the attractions. We went gold class the only way to go.
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Train up and gondola down is the way to go
Kristopher_D, Aug 2022
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Highly recommend. The logistics of being picked up and dropped off, where and when were clear and taken care of. Came to our hotel and dropped us off there too. Recommend taking the train up to Kuranda for the scenery of valley’s and waterfalls and great start to the adventure. Added bonus: locals come out to wave you off. Then take the gondola down for breathe taking views of forest and coast line. Lots of information on local history too.
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Kuranda Skyrail, rail and waterduck
Linda_B, Jul 2022
Grand Kuranda Incl Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation (CKBB)
Fantastic family day out for all ages. This is a whole day tour packed full and loads to see, shopping and a good lunch.
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Scenic Day Out
Jasmina_S, Jul 2022
Grand Kuranda Incl Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation (CKBB)
A full day of interactions in a small group. Skyrail was fun, Karunda village was good for picking up some souvenirs and the butterfly farm was lovely. If you can get to spend some.time in the heritage markets as there is lots to see, eat and buy. The rail was a long slightly uncomfortable ride but very scenic. I hear the gold class is better.
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Experience of Kuranda
Jacob_E, May 2022
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
The Kuranda Scenic Railway was a fantastic experience. The history of the railway - using picks to fig tunnels was mind boggling. The views were amazing. The staff on board were helpful and friendly. The carriages were well maintained. The railway staff were helpful.
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Great family day out
Sarah_K, Aug 2022
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
I was a little worried that a 10-hour day would be too much for my 2 and 3 year old toddlers but they absolutely loved it! We did the rainforestation tour and also managed to fit in the butterfly sanctuary. Kids loved the aboriginal dance show. Would highly recommend this tour.
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Lovely experience
Patrick_G, Aug 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Loved the ride back to cairns. The scenery was fabulous. Great history experience and we were made to feel special in the gold class heritage carriage
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Poor comms
Allen_G, Jul 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The poor communication by Viator, hopeless with confirmation and we will always avoid Viator in future
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Train experience
Timothy_D, Jul 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Train was excellent and staff were friendly and attentive.All together a great day for families and friends.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • English-language commentary is provided on the train.

  • Luggage space is limited, so bring a day bag and be sure to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, and comfortable shoes if you plan on exploring the rainforest.

  • Wheelchair access is available at all stations except Barron Falls station, but it must be requested in advance.

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How to Get There

It’s possible to ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway in either direction, starting your journey at Cairns Station, Freshwater Station, or Kuranda Station. Cairns Station is located right in the center of Cairns, about five miles (eight kilometers) or a 1-hour train ride south of Cairns Airport.

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When to Get There

The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs twice daily, with morning departures from Cairns and afternoon departures from Kuranda. Trains run year-round, but with no air-conditioning on-board the historic trains, it can get hot in summer.

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Natural Landscapes of the Wet Tropics

The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs right through the heart of the UNESCO-protected Wet Tropics, climbing through the jungle-clad mountains of the Barron Gorge. Jump off along the way to marvel at the Barron Falls, admire Stoney Creek Falls, or take a hike through the ancient woodlands, looking out for wildlife such as rainbow lorikeets, wild orchids, and Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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