Kuranda Train & Skyrail

Kuranda Train & Skyrail

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Kuranda Train & Skyrail Info

Kuranda Scenic Train, Free time in Kuranda and Skyrail with return hotel transfers

Tropical Horizons combines the Kuranda Scenic Rail through the Barron Gorge National Park, and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway offering a 7.5km journey over the rainforest canopy, and free time in Kuranda.  We recommend visiting both the Original and Heritage Markets and the many Kuranda attractions including Birdworld, The Kuranda Koala Gardens and The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.  A great day trip! 

Travel includes the Kuranda Boarding Pass:

  • Quick and easy check-in on coaches and at Skyrail
  • Express check-in and pre-allocated seating on Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Highly detailed information ensuring your day runs smoothly
  • Detailed Kuranda map with highlights and points of interest
  • Tour itinerary with timings and Handy Hints
  • 10% off entry to Bird World, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala Gardens

    Train first then Skyrail - Return Cairns City hotel transfers:
    • Cairns City hotel pick-up 7.00am or 8.15am
    • Transfer to Freshwater station for train journey to Kuranda
    • Train departs at 8.50am or 9.50am
    • Free time in Kuranda
    • Choice of 11.30am, 12.45pm or 2.45pm Skyrail departure from Kuranda
    • Coach return to your hotel 
    • *Most popular time is 9.50am Train with 2.45pm Skyrail allowing 3 hours free time in Kuranda

    Skyrail first then Train - Return Cairns City hotel transfers:

    • Cairns City hotel pick-up 8.15am, 10.15am, 11.45am or 1.15pm
    • Transfer to Skyrail station for your journey to Kuranda
    • Free time in Kuranda
    • Choice of 2.00pm or 3.30pm train
    • Coach return to your hotel 

    Train first then Skyrail - Return Northern Beaches hotel transfers:

    • Northern Beaches pick-up 7.15am, 8.15am
    • Transfer to Freshwater station for your train journey to Kuranda
    • Free time in Kuranda
    • Choice of 1.45pm or 3.45pm Skyrail for your return journey
    • Coach return to your hotel

    Skyrail first then Train - Return Northern Beaches hotel transfers:

    • Northern Beaches pick-up 
    • Transfer to Skyrail station for your journey to Kuranda
    • Free time in Kuranda
    • Choice of 2.00pm or 3.30pm train
    • Coach return to your hotel 

    Kuranda Budget tour - Pick-up only - Skyrail first then Train back into Cairns Central Station:

    • Cairns City hotel pick-up 8.15am, 10.15am, 11.45am or 1.15pm
    • Transfer to Skyrail station for your journey to Kuranda
    • Free time in Kuranda
    • Choice of 2.00pm or 3.30pm train
    • Tour terminates at Cairns Railway Station (Cairns Central Shopping Centre)
    • This tour does not allow time to visit the Freshwater Heritage Railway Station
    • Passengers make their own way back to their hotel from Cairns Central Railway Station

    The Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey offering views of World Heritage Listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park. This famous railway winds its way from Kuranda to Cairns.
    Allow 1.5 hours for this journey.

    Kuranda Village is a quaint little township in the rainforest, situated where both Skyrail and the Kuranda Scenic Train journeys terminate. Kuranda Village is famous for arts and crafts and indigenous artefacts and the excellent attractions of the Butterfly Sanctuary, Koala Gardens and Bird World.

    Passengers travelling with Tropical Horizons Day Tours may obtain discount entry to these attractions (show your boarding pass).  Both The Original Kuranda Markets and the Heritage Markets are open daily. 

    You will journey up the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which spans 7.5kms over pristine rainforest.
    Gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy in comfortable six-person gondola cabins, the Skyrail journey will immerse you in an intimate rainforest experience. Enjoy the stunning rainforest scenery, panoramic views of the Cairns’ tropical region and the glittering waters of the Coral Sea.

    During your Skyrail journey you will have time to explore two on the rainforest mid-stations - Red Peak and Barron Falls, where you can explore the forest floor on boardwalks, view the scenic look-outs and spend time in the state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretive Centre.

    A one-way Skyrail Experience will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.  You can spend as much time at you like at Skyrail rainforest mid-stations enjoying the facilities and rainforest atmosphere. Plan to spend approximately 20-30 minutes.

    Gold Class Train upgrade (extra cost):

    Gold Class on Kuranda Scenic Railway a special rail journey for the discerning traveller - all in your exclusive carriage. Your experience includes:

    • Dedicated Guest Services attendant
    • Individual seating, lounge-style chairs
    • Ambient historical decor
    • Welcome drinks
    • Appetisers, local coffee & tea
    • Beverages, beer, sparkling and still wine
    • Gift pack
    • Available on 9:50am train from Freshwater
    • Available on 3:30pm train from Kuranda

    Skyrail Diamond View Gondolas upgrade (extra cost):  Provides guests with amazing panoramic views of the tropical landscape, Coral Sea and rainforest canopy, but also the unique perspective of looking straight down from the treetops to the forest floor through the glass flooring for the entire Skyrail experience. Taking a maximum of 5 persons and a waiting time of 7 minutes. (extra cost)

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