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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
star-4.5
$173.86 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great trip
Gold class is the way to go on the train - spacious comfy chairs and great service by Mathew our carriage 8 host
Janyoung, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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Awesome Kuranda gold class experience
Matthew_G, Jun 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Even though the weather was a little against us, we had a wonderful time. The gondolas were clean and the views amazing. Kuranda was great but wet and the train ride in Gold class was informative and first class. Transfers were a breeze. Highly recommend.
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Spectacular
Aurelia_R, Oct 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Worth the money..the views were spectacular especially with the skyrail rainforest cableway. We enjoyed every bit of it.
star-5
Mesmerising
Nicola_T, Oct 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Brilliant experience. A must do experience…. Kuranda is beautiful - the rail was the kids favourite (11 &9). They were mesmerised by the views and the history of the train.
star-5
Excellent day trip
natalie, Oct 2021
Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation
The Army duck tour was informative and interesting. The boomerang throwing was great fun. Excellent to see the value placed on the indigenous history of the area.
star-5
Fantastic day out
Nigel_S, Oct 2021
Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation
The Kuranda Rail and the Skyrail experiences where top shelf. The Butterfly sanctuary, Wildlife Park and Rainforestation were very good. Experienced and informative guides helped make this day tour a memorable one.
star-5
Fantastic family day out
Jasper_H, Sep 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
All round excellent day. Bus drivers were interesting and friendly. Train ride was educational and relaxing. SkyRail is highspot of day - unforgettable.
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Kuranda Scenic Rail
Geoff_R, May 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The Gold Class on the Kuranda Scenic Railway was well worth the extra as they provided 1st class service and the views along the wsy are fantastic - The Skyrail from Kuranda back down gave you spectacular views of Barron Falls
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Skyrail
julieann_m, Oct 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Loved the train journey, and when we got there, we also went on a lovely boat journey. And then cable car down. Great day out even the the rain did not spoil it made the day,
star-5
A wonderful experience....
Mahkam_G, Sep 2021
Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation
A wonderful experience. The tour guide was really nice and helpful. Would visit this place again in my next trip to Cairns.
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The boy & i on hols
Scott_C, Sep 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Was well worth the trip from brissy,my son & i had a top time👌👌👌🤙🤙🤙👍👍👍 The train ride up was really good
star-5
Kuranda a great day
CARROLYN_H, Sep 2021
Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation
Duck cruise and Sky Rail The best along with the Village of Kuranda aboriginal experience it was an inclusive tour of a high standard. Tour driver excellent highly recommend this comprehensive day tour A must if you visit Cairns
star-5
Awesome trip
Jill_I, Sep 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Excellent trip on the train up to Kuranda. Did some shopping up there had a great lunch, did the bird park and my son had photos with koala. Feeding the kangaroo 🦘

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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