One Way Skyrail & Coach. Self Drive
Park your car at Skyrail Smithfield Terminal where our hostess will greet you. Glide over the rainforest canopy on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to explore Kuranda. Take our coach back down the mountain range to your parked car.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is considered one of the best and most beautiful rainforest eco experiences in Australia and the world. spanning 7.5kms over pristine rainforest, this multi award winning eco tour will take you on an unforgettable journey gliding just metres above World Heritage listed tropical rainforest.
Comprising of comfortable six-person gondola cabins, the Skyrail journey will allow you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest, and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth. Operating from the Cairns suburb of Smithfield to Kuranda Village, this 1.5 hour experience will allow you to see, hear, smell and immerse yourself in the tropical rainforest environment.
Kuranda is a famous village located on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland, Australia. Surrounded by tropical rainforest and adjacent to the Wet Tropics World Heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park, Kuranda is situated just 25 kilometres from Cairns, making it a popular day trip for visitors to experience the region's natural beauty.
Kuranda Village has been attracting visitors for well over a century. Initially people came to admire the mighty Barron Falls, while artisans were attracted to the region's natural beauty. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Kuranda was popular with alternative lifestylers, a theme that still runs through the local community today.
Here you will discover a variety of natural, cultural, wildlife and shopping experiences. Visitors come to see the Barron Falls and to enjoy the stunning natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere of the local markets, selling unique souvenirs and gift items.
Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets
Kuranda Original Markets had their humble beginnings in 1978 organised by a group of locals to attract visitors to Kuranda and see their hand made arts, crafts and local produce. The original marketeers had to operate their own train service for two seasons, to prove commercial viability of the service to the Queensland Railway Department.
Today the markets are an established icon, operating 7 days a week and proving a huge success with providing employment for local artists and makers as well as raising the profile of Kuranda, which is now recognised as a unique Australian Rainforest tourist destination. The Original Markets has retained it’s atmosphere, with many local artists and personalities making the market part of their lifestyle. Many of the current marketeers have been involved in the markets during the course of the last 25 – 30 years.
This market also has a strong eco-conscious ethic with organic, recycled, natural, holistic and remedial products available here. Crafts people still flock to this mountain top oasis to display their beautifully hand crafted wares. Renovated in 2005, this market has lost none of it’s rustic charm, featuring tropical gardens, mini-golf in the rainforest, gourmet regional fare, and contemporary arts and crafts. You are sure to enjoy exploring this truly memorable destination.
Where: Corner of Therwine & Thoree St, Kuranda QLD 4881
When: Open 7 Days, 9:30am until 3:00pm
What: This market has a strong eco-conscious ethic with organic, recycled, natural, holistic and remedial products
The Kuranda Boarding Pass
When you book with us you will receive the Kuranda Boarding Pass
- Express check-in on coaches and at Skyrail
- Express check-in and pre-allocated seating on Kuranda Scenic Railway
- Highly detailed information on your day ensuring your day runs smoothly
- Detailed map with highlights and points of interest
- Tour itinerary with timings and Handy Hints
Where is Skyrail located?
Skyrail Terminal is located a 15 minute drive north of Cairns city and 50 minutes south of Port Douglas.
How long does Skyrail take?
We suggest you allow 1.5 hours to complete a one-way journey on Skyrail. This includes ample time to explore the two mid-stations.
How many hours should I spend in Kuranda?
Most visitors spend three hours in Kuranda. It is possible to opt for no time, up to five hours free time. We suggest three hours. This gives you enough time to have a good look around and have some lunch.
What is there to do in Kuranda?
The main attraction in Kuranda is the Original Kuranda Markets. There are also Heritage Markets, Boutiques, Art Galleries and Cafes. As well as shopping there are wildlife attractions including Birdworld, The Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala Gardens. It is possible to pay for these on entry or pre-purchase a three park pass at a discounted rate. Kuranda also has a river boat cruise, and a pretty river walk. Rainforestation is near Kuranda and a visit is often combined in a Kuranda package. This activity park a 5-minute drive outside Kuranda and is most known for the Army Duck ride among other activities.
How often does Skyrail run the Diamond View gondola?
Diamond view has very limited availability. The Diamond view gondola has a clear floor and is an optional upgrade. The carriage comes every 15 minutes and can seat up to 5 guests.
How many people can fit in the Skyrail gondola?
6 guests can sit in a Skyrail gondola. 5 guests can sit in a Diamond view Skyrail gondola.