Hot Air Ballooning Cairns and Skyrail Package

Take to the skies and the fantastic views on our Hot Air Ballooning Cairns and Skyrail tour package.

Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by taking a scenic flight! Sunrise from a Hot Air Balloon is a sight to behold.

Take in the stunning views and vast blue skies over the Atherton Tablelands.  This region is perfect for a hot air ballooning experience.  The dryer environment of Mareeba in the north Tablelands is in stark contrast to the wetter south.  Meanwhile, gaze down upon the rolling green farm hills and lush rainforest.

Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise as you float for half an hour, and take in the wide-open spaces!  If this sounds like you, maybe you’d prefer to glide through the clouds for an hour instead – a fabulous optional extra.

Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail

Not only beautiful but sustainable too!  Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail is an excellent example of ecotourism.  Specifically engineered for breathtaking views, there’s no better way to see a rainforest!

Your views will be unrestricted as the Skyrail takes you high above the canopy.

Discover an ancient rainforest

Start with downloading the Skyrail app to your phone before departing. This app gives you access to expert commentary that you can listen to while floating over the rainforest canopy.

  During your trip, stop off at two different stations. Red Peak Station provides a beautiful walk along a boardwalk through the trees.   Barron Falls Station provides a spectacular view of the famous Barron River Waterfall.

Have an even better experience!

Upgrade to our unique glass floor gondola for a spectacular view, allowing our guests a unique perspective of the treetops and the forest floor below. Diamond view gondolas carry five passengers and depart stations approximately every 7 minutes.

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  • Spectacular Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise ride
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Cross Country Chase
  • Commemorative Certificate
  • Spectacular views over the rainforest canopy with Skyrail


Hot  Air Ballooning Cairns Itinerary

5 am (approx)

Meet our Pilots and Crew at the Mareeba Heritage Centre. Times will vary from season to season. Your confirmed Pickup/Meeting time will be issued as soon as you reserve your booking.

6.30 am

Experience the fun and unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise. With 30 minutes minimum flying time. Meanwhile, soak up the wide-open spaces! We have Australia’s largest fleet of balloons. In addition to a fun and highly trained crew to maximise the fun of your morning.

7.50 am

Return and Landing, pack-up games as well as lots of laughs.

8 am (approx)

Drop off at the Mareeba Heritage Centre. The tour finish time varies with the seasons (for example, summer, winter and the time of sunrise).

Skyrail Itinerary

  • A one way Skyrail experience will take approximately 90 minutes to complete so for our return service you should allow at least 2 1/2 hours.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before departure at either Smithfield or Kuranda terminals.
  • Barron Falls station will provide you with an awesome view of the majestic Barron Falls.
  • Take a complimentary guided boardwalk tour and find out about our fascinating ecosystem.
  • Learn about the rainforest at the Rainforest Interpretation Centre.
  • Red Peak Station is 545 metres above sea level our 175-metre boardwalk provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the rainforest from ground level.
  • When approaching the first rainforest mid-station Red Peak, your gondola will descend through the canopy layers and take you deep in the forest.



  • Spectacular 30 minute Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise ride
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Cross Country Hot Air Balloon Chase
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Commemorative Certificate
  • Meet at the Mareeba Heritage Centre

Optional Extras

  • Extra 30 minutes flying time

Have an even better experience!

For a spectacular view upgrade to our unique glass floor gondola allowing a unique perspective of the treetops and the forest floor below.  Diamond view gondolas carry a maximum of 5 passengers and depart stations approximately every 7 minutes.

How to get there

How to get the Hot Air Ballooning Cairns Tour

Mareeba Heritage Museum & Visitor Information Centre

345 Byrnes Street

Mareeba, QLD 4880

Phone:  4092 5674


Important Information

Important information for Hot Air Ballooning Cairns Tour

  • For Passengers with Weight or Mobility or Pregnancy queries – please phone us to discuss before booking online.
  • All times are an INDICATION only. Therefore, please note that times change in summer/winter/spring. This tour’s exact start times are on receipt of your complete booking details.
  • COVID 19 – Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will send a pre-screening health questionnaire email to you the day prior to travel.

This must be completed prior to boarding bus transfers/travel.

Should any guest not meet the pre-screening health questionnaire requirements, identify health concerns, display symptoms, or indicate contrary questionnaire responses.  That guest (and immediate members of the same booking) may not be permitted to travel.

Important information for Skyrail

  • Gondolas depart continuously throughout the day and bookings are made in 15-minute intervals.

The first departure is at 9:30 am, the last round trip experience departs at 2:15 pm from Kuranda and the last one-way experience departs Kuranda at 3:15 pm.

Please leave us a booking message with your desired departure and return times. Keep in mind, including the 2 stops along the way, a one-way journey will take approx 1.5 hours.

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