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About Kuranda Train & Skyrail

Your Day in Kuranda

Kuranda Scenic Rail

Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail is one of the most popular experiences for visitors to the Cairns region. The package combines the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway into a relaxing scenic day trip an one of the world's most beautiful and unforgettable rainforest experiences.

Your package can include accommodation transfers from Cairns and the Northern Beaches or you can drive yourself to Skyrail and get a shuttle bus to Freshwater station.

The Kuranda train takes 90 minutes to reach Kuranda and you will stop along the way to view the Baron Falls.
The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey is a minimum of 45 minutes but most people stop at the stations along the way to take in the views and explore the rainforest on the boardwalks. Allow for 90 minutes to get back down to the Cairns station.

Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail Self Drive option

KURANDA, SCENIC RAIL & SKYRAIL

Self-Drive is a popular option for people who have their own vehicle and can save you up to 10% of the cost of the package. 

When you book the Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail self-drive option you will need to drive your car to Skyrail at Smithfield. 

You can park your car at Skyrail for the day at no cost. 

Included in the Self-drive option is a shuttle transfer from Skyrail Smithfield to Freshwater Station where the Kuranda Scenic Rail departs.

The Train Journey takes around 90 Minutes and you can choose between an 8:50am or 9:50am departure from Freshwater Station.

After spending some time in Kuranda village you will return to your car on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

When you reach the end of your Skyrail journey you are able to simply get into your car and drive back to your hotel.

The self-drive option is popular as it saves time and costs a little less.

 

Optional Hotel Transfers from Cairns & Beaches

You can include return hotel transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches. You will be given a pickup time when booking & our driver will greet you, collect your voucher and issue your Kuranda Boarding Pass. We will then transfer you to Freshwater Station. There is no need to queue as your pre-allocated Train tickets are already on your Boarding Pass.

 

Kuranda Scenic Rail Timetable

Kuranda Train Times

Departures:

  • Cairns station: 8:30am & 9:30am
  • Freshwater station: 8:55am & 9:55am
  • Kuranda station: 2:00pm & 3:30pm

Arrivals:

  • Kuranda station: 10:25am & 11:25am
  • Freshwater station: 3:32pm & 5:02pm
  • Cairns station: 3:55pm & 5:25pm

Freshwater Connection Station

Freshwater Station Cairns

Freshwater Connection is a popular departure point for pre-organised tours.  Situated in a quiet, leafy suburb, amidst tropical gardens and authentic heritage railway carriages Freshwater Connection provides a perfect venue for visitors to enjoy a hearty breakfast and is an ideal way to begin a Kuranda Scenic Railway journey.

Many of Freshwater’s small Queenslander houses were built for railway workers and local farmers in the 1920 & 30s, some with timber from the old Mareeba Hospital. The very large mango trees in the area date from the 1890s. Freshwater Connection was built in 1984 as a tribute to the visionaries and pioneers who built the Kuranda Scenic Railway between 1887 and 1891. Freshwater Connection station includes a museum, and pioneer cottage which provide visitors with an interesting and educational experience.

Kuranda Scenic Rail Experience

Kuranda Scenic Rail

Kuranda Scenic Rail is one of the most unique rail journeys in Australia steeped firmly in Australian Pioneer history.

Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda winds its way through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past beautiful and spectacular waterfalls and into the awesome Barron Gorge. Only minutes away from Barron Falls the train journey comes to an end at beautiful Kuranda Station.

The Journey

The Kuranda Scenic Rail journey takes one and a half hours to complete and includes an English commentary on the history of the region and the railway.

All passengers receive a a souvenir booklet which includes information on the history of the railways construction, a trip map and a map of Kuranda. The Kuranda Scenic Railway can be joined at Cairns Railway Station or Freshwater Connection for morning departures to Kuranda. Journeys from Kuranda Station to Cairns run in the afternoon.

Each carriage is fitted with three media screens to provide passengers with detailed information of the history of the Kuranda railway. There are also two gold class carriages where refreshments and finger food are served on the journey.

The dreamtime story of Buda-dji, the ancestral being, is also told daily. Buda-dji is the Carpet Snake who, in the dreamtime, carved out the Barron River and the creeks that join onto it, from the coast to the Tablelands. The Railway Engine itself has been painted with a representation of this ancestral being.  

Kuranda Station

Kuranda Train Station

Kuranda Station is one of the earliest stations to be built in Australia using standard concrete units and is the oldest remaining examples of its type in Queensland. Described as “after the style of a Swiss Chalet, the idea being to make Kuranda a show station”, the station was designed in 1910. A modified version of the design was built in 1914 and included the Passenger Station building, Signal Cabin and Utilities Block.

Ornamental planting proposed in the 1910 scheme, was developed by George Wriede and Bert Wickham, both station masters at Kuranda. Today Kuranda Station is world renowned for its tropical gardens and historic significance. It is possibly one of the most photographed railway stations in the world. The heritage-listed buildings blend with the tropical surrounds providing a relaxed environment to enjoy. The Kuranda Railway Tea Rooms at the station offer a great range of souvenirs and refreshments.

Kuranda Village

Kuranda

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

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

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail

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.

The Kuranda Boarding Pass

SKYRAIL RAINFOREST CABLEWAY

All bookings made with Cairns tours receive the Kuranda Boarding Pass

  • No waiting with Cairns Tours
  • 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

News By Kuranda Train & Skyrail

Skyrail Edge Lookout Now Open

Skyrail Edge Lookout

By Kuranda Train & Skyrail

11 Apr 2019

The Edge Lookout over Barron Falls is now open to the the public!

If you are a little scared of heights you may need to push your boundaries to experience Skyrail latest attraction. The Edge gives you the opportunity to stand on a glass panel section of the boardwalk suspended some 160 metres above the Gorge.

The Edge  is Skyrail Rainforest Cableway’s latest attraction located at Skyrail’s Barron Falls Station providing access to unimpeded panoramic views of the ancient landscape spanning across the waterfall, down along the Gorge.

We are expecting to see a lot of selfies appear on Facebook and Instagram featuring the new Edge Lookout.

To access the Edge Lookout stop at Barron Falls station and follow the Rainforest Boardwalk to the Barron Falls Lookout.



Kuranda Train & Skyrail Reviews

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2 Richard Mustchin

Top quality operation. Beautiful comfortable coaches. And the drivers are real Aussie characters. Professional booking operations office. Showcasing the best of the tropical Cairns region.

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2 Carina Gyford

We did the Kuranda Scenic Rail, Rainforestation and Skyrail Tour last weekend. Great door to door service and your itinerary and tickets are getting pre-issued which means no queuing to get them and more time to explore. The experience itself was fantastic and we enjoyed every minute. Absolutely recommended! Thank you!


How to get to Kuranda Train & Skyrail

The Kuranda Train departs twice daily from Freshwater Station. 8:50am & 9:50am. If you choose the self drive option you will need to drive to Skyrail in Smithfield to meet the shuttle bus that will take you to Freshwater Station. If you require hotel transfers you will be picked up and taken directly to Freshwater station


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