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KURANDA IN A DAY - SELF DRIVE | From $ 111 | Save $50

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Self-drive; Train Up, Skyrail Down!

Itinerary:

• Self-drive to Skyrail, Captain Cook Highway, Smithfield
• Park your car free for the day
• Meet Cairns Tours coach at Skyrail, Smithfield
• 9.10am Coach transfer to Freshwater Station
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Self-drive; Train Up, Skyrail Down!

Itinerary:

• Self-drive to Skyrail, Captain Cook Highway, Smithfield
• Park your car free for the day
• Meet Cairns Tours coach at Skyrail, Smithfield
• 9.10am Coach transfer to Freshwater Station
• Kuranda Scenic Rail departs 9.50am
• Free time in Kuranda
• Skyrail depart Kuranda at your choice of time (last Skyrail is 3:45pm)
• Disembark at Skyrail Smithfield to collect your car

In summary: When you reach the end of your Skyrail journey you are able to simply get into your car and drive back to your hotel. If you plan to do the Gold Class upgrade you will be served an alcoholic beverage if you wish. This is on the train in the morning. If you prefer to do the Skyrail in the morning followed by the Gold Class Train in the afternoon so that you can enjoy an alcoholic beverage in the afternoon this is possible but it is a different tour.

Self-drive to Skyrail on the Captain Cook Highway, Smithfield. Leave your car in the car park - free of charge. Meet the Cairns Tours coach in the car park. You will be greeted by your Driver, who will collect your voucher, issue your Kuranda Boarding Pass and transfer you to Freshwater Station. Do not go into the Skyrail terminal to check-in. You are being transferred to Freshwater Station to meet the train first.

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SKYRAIL & WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE | From $ 124 | Save $70

Special Expires 31 Mar 2017

The Kuranda Wildlife Experience includes entry to the Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Cuddle a koala, get close to a kangaroo, see and feed one of the world’s largest birds, the Cassowary, and be surround... More
The Kuranda Wildlife Experience includes entry to the Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Cuddle a koala, get close to a kangaroo, see and feed one of the world’s largest birds, the Cassowary, and be surrounded by the graceful motion of over 1,500 butterflies, all native to the rainforest region.

Sample Itinerary for Return Skyrail & Wildlife Experience:
• Pickup from hotel (except for self drive)
• Skyrail to Kuranda
• Free time in Kuranda to visit Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld & Butterfly Sanctuary
• Return by Skyrail 3.30pm
• Barron Falls & Red Peak Boardwalks
• Coach transfer back to hotel (except for self drive)

Sample Itinerary for Train, Wildlife Experience & Skyrail:
• Pickup from hotel (except for self drive)
• Kuranda Scenic Rail 8.50am or 9:50am depart Freshwater Station
• Free time in Kuranda to visit Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld & Butterfly Sanctuary
• Return by Skyrail 3.30pm
• Barron Falls & Red Peak Boardwalks
• Coach transfer back to hotel (except for self drive)

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About Kuranda Train & Skyrail Packages

Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail Package

Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail Package

Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail is one of the world's most beautiful and unforgettable rainforest experiences. Most tours include both the Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with accommodation transfers. There are many Kuranda packages available so we have collated all the tour options, extras and upgrades from all tour operators so you have everything you need to easily plan and book your ideal Kuranda experience.

The Kuranda Scenic Railway

THE KURANDA SCENIC RAIL JOURNEY

This is a spectacular journey from Cairns to Kuranda - the village in the rainforest. The Kuranda Scenic Train winds its way through dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls from sea level to 328m in approximately 2 hours.  The views over Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef are just magnificent!

Experience 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 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 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.

 

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the longest rainforest cableway on the planet spanning 7.5kms over pristine rainforest. Gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy in comfortable six-person  or 5 person diamond view gondola cabins, the Skyrail journey will immerse you in an intimate rainforest experience. 

During your Skyrail journey you will have time to explore two on the rainforest mid-stations - Red Peak and Barron Falls, where you can explore the forest floor on boardwalks & view the scenic look-outs. A one-way Skyrail Experience will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. 

THE KURANDA TRAIN AND SKYRAIL TOUR

THE KURANDA TRAIN AND SKYRAIL TOUR

This is one of the most popular land based tours in Cairns. The Kuranda Train departs the Cairns Railway Station at 8.30am and 9.30am daily. It stops en-route at the Freshwater Historical Railway Station also known as Freshwater Connection.

This station includes a railway museum, pioneer cottage and a café where you can enjoy a hearty breakfast. This station is a feature of the day and we always recommend guests depart or return to this station. Departures from Freshwater Railway Station are at 8.50am and 9.50am. Tours picking up from Cairns hotels start at 7.30am and 8.30am and take you to Freshwater Connection in plenty of time to meet the train. If you prefer to do the Kuranda Scenic Rail Train in the afternoon there is a 2pm and a 3.30pm departure from Kuranda. This will get you back to Freshwater Station at 3.30pm and 5pm with coaches meeting these trains.

The afternoon train is popular for guests who book the Gold Class upgrade. This upgrade includes beverages and morning or afternoon tea. All of these tours do need to be pre-booked. The coaches are for pre-booked passengers only and there is not a regular local bus service. The train takes 1 hour and 40 minutes to make its way up the mountain range through hand carved tunnels and rainforest, stopping at the Scenic Barron Falls for a photo opportunity. Once in Kuranda there is plenty to do. Shopping at the famous Markets, Wildlife attractions including Butterfly Sanctuary, Bird World and Koala Gardens, and Kuranda River Cruise.

The Skyrail is a cableway and runs like a ski gondola on a 14 km loop with many gondolas. These gondolas arrive every 40 seconds so there is not set departure times for these. We do suggest to allow 1.5 hours to go down the mountain. There are 2 stations on Skyrail where you can wander through World Heritage rainforest. There are many different tour operators who offer variations to fit with your planning. For example people who prefer to sleep-in can opt for a later hotel pickup, go up on Skyrail then come back down the mountain on the Kuranda Train.

SELF-DRIVE KURANDA TRAIN & SKYRAIL

SELF-DRIVE KURANDA TRAIN & SKYRAIL

For people who have their own car it is possible to book the Kuranda Train and Skyrail self-drive tour option. This involves driving your car to the Skyrail Station. Parking it free for the day. A coach driver then picks you up here and drives you over to the Freshwater Station where you can have a look around the station, head up to Kuranda on the train, spend the day in Kuranda then come down the mountain on the Skyrail at your leisure and jump in your car and drive back to your hotel.

For people who have their own car this option gives you the convenience of leaving at a time that suits you and is a little cheaper than the other option that includes return hotel transfers. Most Kuranda Tours are unguided and leisurely days. Fully inclusive tours that include lunch and Rainforestation. As well as Sunrise Hot Air Ballooning tours that combine with the Kuranda Train and Skyrail and work out at better value than booking these options separately.

Kuranda - The Village in the Rainforest

Kuranda - The Village in the Rainforest

Most Train & Skyrail Packages include time to explore Kuranda Village. This small township 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 including the relaxed atmosphere of the local markets, selling unique souvenirs and gift items.

Kuranda Attractions

There are many attractions to visit in Kuranda including Rainforestation, Birdworld, the Koala Gardens Wildlife Park and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and getting there is all part of the experience.


Kuranda Train & Skyrail Packages Reviews

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0 Peter Wilkinson

HIGHLY RECOMMEND. We left our hire car at Smithfield and was taken by bus to Freshwater where we boarded the train. A fantastic journey up to Kuranda where we walked around the Village, had lunch and then caught the Skyrail to Smithfield. The Skyrail was great, the gondola sailing over the treetops with magnificent views of the countryside. A most memorable journey with our car waiting for us on our return. Highly recommend this way of going.


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