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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Captain Cook Highway & Cairns Western Arterial Road, Smithfield, Queensland, 4878

The Basics

A one-way ride on the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway takes around 90 minutes, including the ranger-guided boardwalk tours available at Red Peak Station. Two ticket types are available: Standard (in regular panoramic gondolas that seat six people) or Diamond View (in special glass-floor gondolas that seat five).

Tours that include the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway typically run from Cairns, Port Douglas, or the Northern Beaches. A popular choice for a day tour is to ride the Skyrail to Kuranda, then return via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Myriad packages also include Kuranda attractions such as Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Birdworld aviary, or Koala Gardens. You can also combine a Skyrail ride with a thrilling helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef, tickets to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, or an Army Duck Rainforest Tour.

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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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$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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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
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.
star-5
Worth the trip
Danielle_W, Aug 2021
Kuranda Day Trip from Cairns by Scenic Railway and Skyrail Including Army Duck Rainforest Tour
The views were spectacular, the ride was comfortable & informative. Kuranda is a little bit of paradise with quaint little shops & lovely people. Highly recommend!
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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,
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Scenic rail, Kuranda and sky rail tour
joan, Sep 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
We thought that the train trip was the highlight of our tour yesterday. We were in carriage 8 and the service provided was outstanding. Thoroughly enjoyed our morning tea and drinks. Our train steward was also very knowledgeable. So pretty, loved the waterfalls, the many tunnels and bridges along the way. Kuranda was quaint and the sky rail back was spectacular, so many wonderful views over the treetops and so quiet and peaceful. Highly recommend this tour.
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Kuranda rainforest experience
BRONWYN_G, Jun 2021
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
Loved the views from the train on the way to Kuranda, magnificent views of the rainforest coming back down to Cairns on the Skyrail.
star-4
Great experience
Kate, Jun 2021
Kuranda Day Trip from Cairns by Scenic Railway and Skyrail Including Army Duck Rainforest Tour
The whole tour was informative and well organised. The tour guides gave great information and the views from both the train and shy rail were breath taking.
star-5
A definite must do
Sara_d, May 2021
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
The view was excellent and you felt quite safe in the ‘ski lift capsule! The staff were so helpful especially as I had a broken leg at the time !
star-5
Simply Breathtaking!
Sanchita_S, Aug 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The Kuranda Rail Tour was absolutely beautiful. We got Gold Class tickets and were served food and beverages on the train. The train was old and beautiful, vintage. We reached Kuranda and had lunch there, its a really small and cozy town. We took the Cableway back to Cairns. The cableway was 7.5kms long. The views of the rainforest and the Barron Falls were breathtaking from both the train and the cableway. Worth it!
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Excellent
Carole_C, Jul 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Well organised and good transfers all on time and efficient Will book another tour again when next we travel
star-5
Must do.
Cindy_R, Jul 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Great and interesting trip. Epic views. Nothing more to say.abcdefghijklmnopqrstubwxyzabcdefghijklmn
star-5
Wonderful trip.
Lynne_M, Jul 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Train trip was so good. The gentleman who served us was very professional and so friendly. From the start to finish we were well looked after.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Gondolas leave every 15 minutes but advance booking is highly recommended, especially during peak times.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen, especially if you plan on enjoying the boardwalk tours, but pack light—large bags and luggage are prohibited on the gondolas.

  • Restrooms, snack bars, and gift shops are available at each station.

  • The Skyrail is accessible to wheelchair users, and complimentary wheelchair rental is available upon request.

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How to Get There

The main starting point for the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the Smithfield Terminal, about a 15-minute drive northwest of Cairns or a 50-minute drive south of Port Douglas. Shuttle buses run from Cairns, the Northern Beaches (excluding Holloways Beach, Machans Beach, and Yorkeys Knob), and Port Douglas, but most guided tours include round-trip transportation from your hotel. You can also board the Skyrail at Kuranda station and follow the same route in reverse.

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When to Get There

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway runs year-round. The busiest time is during the peak summer season (December and January), when opting for an early-morning time slot will help you avoid the crowds and the hottest part of the day. The gondolas are fully enclosed and umbrellas are available at the stations during rainy days, so don’t be put off by the weather—in fact, the rain forest is often even more impressive on a rainy or misty day.

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The Skyrail Experience

After setting out from Smithfield Station, enjoy views that stretch as far as Cairns, the Coral Sea, and the start of the Great Barrier Reef. After around 10 minutes in the air, arrive at the Red Peak Rainforest Station, where you can explore the rain forest on an optional ranger-guided walking tour (included in the ticket price). Continue on the Skyrail to Barron Falls Station, where lookout points afford dramatic views over Barron Falls and Barron Gorge National Park, and the Rainforest Interpretation Centre offers insight into the region’s unique geology. Finally, arrive at Kuranda Terminal, where you can spend time discovering Kuranda Village, perhaps enjoying lunch at a restaurant looking out over the rain forest, browsing the traditional markets, or visiting one of the wildlife reserves.

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