About Kuranda Shuttle Bus from Cairns
Return Shuttle Bus to Kuranda
The Kurnada Shuttle Bus departs Cairns at 9am and returns at 4pm. Hotel Pick-ups commence at 8:30. You will have 5 Hours to explore the wildlife parks, markets & walking trails in Kuranda Village before returning to Cairns. Hotel Transfers included.Visit the beautiful Village of Kuranda, nestled amongst pristine World Heritage listed rainforest.
our knowledgeable and friendly guide will give passengers an entertaining interpretation of the region and points of interest along the way.
On the return journey we make a brief stop at Henry Ross Lookout to enjoy the breath-taking scenery. The Kuranda shuttle allows you to spend 4.5 Hours in the village to enjoy all that Kuranda has to offer.
Your day at a glance
- 08:30 Pick up from Cairns
- 09:00 Departs from Cairns City, head to Train Station and Skyrail Station before going up to Kuranda
- 10:00 Arrive Kuranda, customer will have about 4.5 hours free time in Kuranda
- 15:00 Depart from Kuranda, we will make a brief stop at Henry Ross Lookout
- 15:30 Pick up customer at Smithfield station (bus may stop here for 15 minutes)
- 4:00 Drop off customer back to hotels
- Return coach transfers from Cairns CBD Hotels to Kuranda Village
- 4.5 hours free time in Kuranda
- Entertaining commentary from the driver/ guide
- Henry Ross Lookout
Departure times & locations
- The Kurnada Shuttle departs Cairns at 9am and returns again at 4.30pm.
- Pick up from hotels in Cairns.
Special Family Pricing
We offer special rates for families. Please check the booking for form for up to date family pricing.
Instant Booking & Mobile Friendly Tickets
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Pre-booking is essential. Please do not turn up on the day without a booking.
Things to do in Kuranda
You will have 4 hours to explore Kuranda. Whilst in Kuranda, explore the markets, shops and walking trails or take a river cruise.
Discover the amazing array of food stalls and Cafes or dine with the resident Water Dragons at Frog’s Restaurant – famous for their freshly made sauces and dressings.
Kuranda Wildlife Pass which allows access to the Top 3 Wildlife Attractions in Kuranda including Koala Gardens, Butterfly Sanctuary and Birdworld.
If you are a Koala lover, Kuranda Koala Gardens with Koala Photo will not disappoint you.
Kuranda Koala Gardens
This award winning boutique style wildlife experience, Kuranda Koala Gardens, is in Kuranda Village right at the Heritage Markets. This is the only place in Kuranda village where you can enjoy the ‘Cuddle a Koala’ opportunity. A small fee applies and this includes a digital souvenir photo.
Also visit Australia’s first walk-through ‘Reptile House’ and see pythons and other reptiles roaming free. Meet tame wallabies, see wombats, freshwater crocodiles, lizards and more. Visit the ‘Pioneer Shed’ that depicts some of the early history of European settlement in the Kuranda region.
A free shuttle bus operates from Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Train Stations.
It’s a great attraction for those with limited time in the region, (if you have plenty of time, they also recommend visits to Cairns Tropical Zoo and Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures). Kuranda Koala Gardens is also part of the ‘Kuranda Wildlife Experience’. This combines Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.
These are ideal for independent travellers and small groups.
Home to the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia (some 500 of them!), Birdworld Kuranda displays no less than 60 species of the most spectacular birds from all corners of the planet – as well as from the earth’s fast diminishing rainforests. Visitors are free to wander through the lush, tropically landscaped aviary to observe the birds in their own specific – yet natural – habitats. Two lakes connected by a tumbling waterfall for example are home to waterbirds such as stilts, herons and Australia’s own unique Black Swan.
In the rainforest canopy overhead, blue, gold and scarlet Macaws dazzle with colourful brilliance as they soar above the treetops. One outstanding Birdworld denizen not to be missed is that rare avian giant, the Cassowary – now officially enlisted as endangered. Designed to ‘create a centre where birds would be showcased in their natural environment without the barriers of cages coming between them and their admiring public’, Birdworld is a photographers paradise. (And without those barriers, visitors often find a feathered friend nestling on their shoulder – a golden photo opportunity!)
Birdworld can provide guided tours for all group bookings.
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia – an all-weather experience in the heart of Kuranda. Home to over 2,000 magnificent tropical butterflies, you will be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of these elusive wonders of nature as you wander through the aviary’s rainforest gardens.
All butterflies are local rainforest species, including the electric blue Ulysses and the majestic green and yellow Cairns Birdwing butterflies.
Guided aviary tours detailing a butterfly’s life cycle and behaviour are available at no extra cost throughout the day. Be sure to wear something bright (we recommend red, white or hot pink) and let these beautiful and colourful creatures flutter all over you as you wander through!
After walking through the aviary, your guide will take you to the breeding laboratory, which houses up to 4,000 caterpillars. This interesting and educational experience provides an opportunity to view at first hand the breeding laboratory through special viewing windows, where you will see the caterpillars in their varying stages of development.
Jumrum Creek Walk
Although visitors arriving in Kuranda from the coast will have traversed the lush rainforest slopes of the Kuranda range, many are unaware that the forest is actually a central feature of the village and that a network of paths and boardwalks wind through this scenic landscape. No matter whether you arrived by road, train or Skyrail all the natural wonders of the area are easily accessed on foot from the centre of town. Walkers on a tight schedule can choose a variety of circuit track options within the village. Pick up your copy of the self-guided Kuranda walking trail brochure at the Kuranda Visitor Information
JUMRUM CREEK WALK – JUNGLE WALK – RIVER WALK
From the Visitor Information Centre three linked paths form an easy circuit walk through the rainforest in Kuranda Village. The Jumrum Creek Walk follows a short paved path past the fire station on Coondoo Street to the Jumrum Creek Conservation Park where it winds through rainforest, crosses Jumrum Creek, and then climbs to Barron Falls Road. At this point it connects to the Jungle Walk, which continues through rainforest to the River Walk beside the Barron River. The River Walk follows the riverbank to the railway station where a staircase links the walk to Coondoo Street, 500 metres from the Visitor Information Centre.
Time: 1hr Circuit
Type: Rainforest and Riverside Walk
Access: Starts at Kuranda Village Information Centre
Kuranda Shuttle Bus from Cairns
08:30 Pick up from Cairns 09:00 Departs from Cairns City, head to Train Station and Skyrail Station before going up to Kuranda 10:00 Arrive Kuranda, customer will have about 4.5 hours free time in Kuranda 15:00 Depart from Kuranda, we will make a brief stop at Henry Ross Lookout 15:30 Pick up customer at Smithfield station (bus may stop here for 15 minutes) 16:00 Drop off customer back to Cairns hotels