Kuranda Rainforestation with Train and Skyrail
Do you want to see it all? This Kuranda Rainforestation tour takes a trip on the Kuranda Scenic Rail as well as the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This tour is certainly not one to be missed and it has everything!
Your journey begins on the Kuranda Train
So take a seat and relax on the Kuranda Scenic Train. In the 1880s, work on the Kuranda Railway began. Tin miners in Herberton, west of Cairns, wished for an easier supply route. The roads to the seaside had become muddy. It was also tough to travel due to the rain. The building of this railway was, without a doubt, a huge thing at the time. During the build, many people died. There were fifteen hand-built tunnels and 37 bridges in all.
You will be welcomed to ‘the village in the rainforest’ as soon as you reach Kuranda. You’ll see why Kuranda Village has been a favourite of visitors since the early 1900s. Kuranda became famous in the 1960s due to its climate and way of life. It is full of colourful people, odd stores, musicians, and artists. Everything is surrounded by beautiful, deep tropical rainforest. You will have about 1 hour to explore this village before it is time to head to Kuranda Rainforestation.
You’ll soon meet your bus outside the Butterfly Sanctuary. Join the 100% Electric Bus for your journey to the Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park. Learn to toss a boomerang and snuggle a koala during your visit to Rainforestation! Participate in an Aboriginal dance performance and take a ride on the Army Duck. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant with a view of the lovely lagoon.
The Army Duck
The DUKW (also known as Duck) is a six-wheel-drive amphibious version of World War II’s 2-ton CCKW vehicles. DUKWs and amphibious tour buses are still used for tourist travel around the world.
Twelve of these vintage automobiles may be found in Rainforestation. Each has a 6-wheel drive system, a propeller, and a rudder, as well as seating for up to 30 passengers. Your expert Duck Captain will point out interesting flora and animals as you pass by. Join a 45-minute rainforest trek before plunging into the lake for a cruise where you may see even more animals.
You may visit the tropical fruit orchard after your tour. You may learn about over 60 different exotic tropical fruit plants here.
Koala and Wildlife Park
The Koala and Wildlife Park offers visitors the chance to discover Australian native animals. As well as interact with them up close and personal! You may spend as much time as you like exploring the Wildlife Park. With many raised boardwalks that provide good views of the surroundings. See what Australian critters, reptiles, and the Kuranda Rainforest you can find.
Hand-feed the kangaroos and wallabies who wander freely on the grounds.
Keep a lookout for the critically endangered cassowary as well as Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo. Meet Juliet, our clever wombat, and other natural wildlife. Ricky, the cheeky Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, may also be found. You may find a range of pythons and lizards at the Reptile House. Most importantly, don’t forget to pay a visit to the Koalas!
Crocodile Feeding, Dingo Enrichment, and Macropod Feeding are just a few of the Wildlife Shows on during the day. Remember that your Wildlife Park entry has unlimited re-entry on the day of your visit, so come back as often as you like.
Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
Rainforestation Nature Park protects and shares Indigenous Australian culture. At Kuranda Rainforestation, you can experience the Dreamtime and old customs.
A dance show and a Dreamtime walk are part of the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. The Pamagirri Dance Performance takes place in a beautiful rainforest arena. So, let them tell you a story about animals, food-collecting, and hunting. Let the tale unfold with the didgeridoo as well as clapsticks. They will also show how didgeridoos are made and used in ceremonies. Watch how they play this by making animal noises like kangaroos and
Make sure to keep a careful eye on the show! Because there is a surprise at the end for the audience!
Skyrail Rainforest Experience
Eventually, it will be time to begin the trek home. After you board your gondola, you will return to Cairns by Skyrail.
The Skyrail provides a link between Cairns and Kuranda. As you head down the mountain, take in the stunning views of the ocean. See the UNESCO-listed Wet Tropics Rainforest canopy at the same time.
Kuranda mountain is crossed by the Skyrail, which is 7.5 kilometres in length. There are two
mid-stations on your journey: Red Peak and Barron Falls. You can certainly learn a lot about the Rainforest by visiting these stations. The Rainforest is unspoilt, therefore go for a walk in it. It’s also a great chance to learn about the local fauna and flora from the guide. For more information, head over to the CSIRO Interpretation Station.
One of the best parts of this tour is a visit to the ‘The Edge’ lookout. The views from the top of Barron Falls are certainly stunning. Din Din is another name for these legendary falls. They have, in fact, played a major role in Djabuganydji stories for many years.
We recommend leaving 1.5 hours for travel. So, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the Skyrail if you keep this in mind. Not to mention the time spent at each of the two stations.
Want more options?
On the other hand, perhaps you want more? What if you could visit the Great Barrier Reef as well as Kuranda? Check out our Great Barrier Reef Experience and Kuranda Package.
- Return bus transfers from your Hotel.
- Kuranda Scenic Railway
- Kuranda Village
- Army Duck
- Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
- Koala and Wildlife Park
- Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
- 7.30 am – Pickup from your Cairns City Hotel
- 8:50 am – Travel on the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
- 10:25 am – Arrive at Kuranda.
- 11:45 am Meet your shuttle to Rainforestation Nature Park.
- Army Duck Rainforest and Tropical Fruit Orchard Tour
- Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience.
- Koala and Wildlife Park.
- 3:00 pm – Transfer to Skyrail Rainforest Kuranda Terminal.
- 3.45 pm – Skyrail Journey from Kuranda to Cairns.
- 5.15 pm – Return transfer to your Cairns Hotel.
Included in your tour
- One-Way Ticket on Kuranda Scenic Railway
- Entry to Rainforestation Nature Park with the following:
- Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
- Army Duck Rainforest Tour
- Koala & Wildlife Park
- Tropical Fruit Orchard
- Lunch at Rainforestation
- One-Way Ticket on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
- Return Transfers to and from your Cairns City Hotel
- Upgrade to Diamond Class on Skyrail
- Upgrade to Gold Class on Kuranda Scenic Rail
What to bring
We suggest to bring the following:
- Hat, Sunscreen and Sunglasses
- Comfortable shoes
- Water bottle
- Cash/credit cards
How to get there
Hotel Pickup and Dropoff are included.
The Skyrail unfortunately does not run every day. If the package is not available on your preferred day of travel, you can join a package that has a Coach Transfer from Kuranda to Cairns in place of the Skyrail ticket. Alternatively, there is an option to join this package with the Train only.
While both the Skyrail and Train are Wheelchair accessible, please let us know at the time of booking if any mobility assistance is needed.
While the Kuranda Village is quite small, there is a lot of walking involved. The main street is slightly inclined, but a low-moderate level of fitness will be able to move around with ease.