Self-Drive Skyrail & Train

Skyrail & Kuranda Train Self-Drive

  • Skyrail with flexible morning departure
  • Kuranda Train in the afternoon
Inc. all levies & taxes

Self-Drive Skyrail & Train Info

(Self-drive; Skyrail Up, Train Down)


Itinerary:  Skyrail Up, Train Down - Self Drive

  • Self-drive to Skyrail, Captain Cook Highway, Smithfield
  • Park your car free for the day
  • Check-in at Skyrail Terminal
  • Skyrail journey to Kuranda
  • Red Peak & Barron Falls Boardwalks
  • Free time in Kuranda
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail at 2pm or 3:30pm
  • Coach transfer back to your car from Freshwater Station

In summary:  This tour is ideal for self-drivers who would like to do the Gold Class Train in the afternoon and for people who would like a later morning start.  The departure time in the morning is flexible as the Skyrail is a Gondola system with continuous departures throughout the day.  The flexibility offered to self-drivers with this tour is the start time in the morning.  The Gold Class carriage is only on the 3.30pm train.  There is also a train departure at 2pm without Gold Class.  When you reach the end of your Kuranda Scenic Rail journey at Freshwater Station you will be met by a coach that will transfer you to the Skyrail Station at Smithfield to retrieve your car.  

Gold Class:  If you plan to do the Gold Class upgrade you will be served an alcoholic beverage if you wish.  Some people prefer to do the Skyrail in the morning followed by the Gold Class Train in the afternoon and enjoy an alcoholic beverage in the afternoon.   

Self Drive: If you have your own vehicle, you will not require transfers from your accommodation.  This package automatically includes a one-way transfer from Kuranda Scenic Railway’s Freshwater Connection Railway Station to Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway:   Skyrail 1.5hr journey including free time at each stop as you make your way to Kuranda.  There are two stops en-route to explore Barron Falls and Red Peak Rainforest Boardwalks. 

Kuranda Village:  Free time is allowed to explore this quaint village, including the Markets which operate daily. 

Kuranda Scenic Rail:  At Kuranda Railway Station, board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail for your 1.5hr journey to Freshwater Station. 

**Please note this is a self-guided tour


Gold Class Kuranda Scenic Rail provides a premium experience for passengers wanting that extra comfort and a little bit of luxury for a most memorable experience. Gold Class includes:

  • 3.30pm departure from Kuranda
  • Dedicated personalised Gold Class attendant
  • Individual seating, lounge-style chairs (24 seats in each carriage over 4 carriages)
  • Ambient, historical décor, including timber look flooring, historical photographs and cedar interior
  • Gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen, postcard
  • Souvenir trip guide available in 9 languages
  • Optional exclusive tour of the Heritage-Listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station
    - Conducted 15 minutes after arrival for morning trains
  • Food & beverage offerings will focus on Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as:
    o Gallo Dairyland Cheese
    o Skybury Coffee & Daintree Tea
    o Wondaree Macadamias
    o Mango to Go (100% pure mango "ice-cream" style treat)
    o Freshly baked muffins with local fruit
    o Sirromet Wines & Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager

Kuranda Wildlife Experience includes entry to the Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. You will have access to all three attractions at a great saving off the normal admission price!

Highly recommended upgrade!  Skyrail Diamond View Gondolas 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)

Language Options:
Queensland Rail have developed a unique and interactive app to give customers the opportunity to listen to commentary while they sit back, relax and take in the many historical sites on-board the Kuranda Scenic Railway.  The apps are available in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese/Mandarin & German for Apple from the iTunes app store and from Google Plus for Android users.  Please ensure you download the app prior to visiting Kuranda Scenic Railway's Stations.  If you don't have a headset they are available for purchase at the gift shops in Freshwater or Kuranda for $1.

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