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Kuranda in a Day - Self Drive

Kuranda Train & Skyrail - Self Drive
  • Convenient Self Drive Option
  • Train & Skyrail
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Self Drive Kuranda  
FROM $111 per adult
Self Drive Gold Class  
FROM $165 per adult

Kuranda in a Day - Self Drive Info

(Self-drive; Train Up, Skyrail Down)


  • 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. 

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
  • 10% off entry to Bird World, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala Gardens
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail: At Freshwater Station, board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail for your 1.5hr journey to Kuranda. 

    Kuranda Village: Free time is allowed to explore this quaint village, including the Markets which operate daily. 

    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: At your scheduled time, board Skyrail for your 1.5hr journey to Smithfield where you will disembark to collect your car.  There are two stops en-route to explore Barron Falls and Red Peak Rainforest Boardwalks. 

    **Please note this is a self-guided tour


    Gold Class Kuranda Scenic Rail provides a premium experience for passengers wanting that extra comfort and a little bit of luxury for a most memorable experience. Gold Class includes:

    • 9.55am departure from Freshwater Station to Kuranda
    • Dedicated personalised Gold Class attendant
    • Individual seating, lounge-style chairs (24 seats in each carriage over 4 carriages)
    • Ambient, historical décor, including timber look flooring, historical photographs and cedar interior
    • Gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen, postcard
    • Souvenir trip guide available in 9 languages
    • Optional exclusive tour of the Heritage-Listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station
      - Conducted 15 minutes after arrival for morning trains
    • Food & beverage offerings will focus on Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as:
      o Gallo Dairyland Cheese
      o Skybury Coffee & Daintree Tea
      o Wondaree Macadamias
      o Mango to Go (100% pure mango "ice-cream" style treat)
      o Freshly baked muffins with local fruit
      o Sirromet Wines & Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager

    Kuranda Wildlife Experience includes entry to the Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. You will have access to all three attractions at a great saving off the normal admission price!

    Highly recommended!  Skyrail Diamond View Gondolas provides guests with amazing panoramic views of the tropical landscape, Coral Sea and rainforest canopy, but also the unique perspective of looking straight down from the treetops to the forest floor through the glass flooring for the entire Skyrail experience. Taking a maximum of 5 persons and a waiting time of 7 minutes. (extra cost)

    Departures: Daily

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