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Rainforestation & Skyrail

Skyrail & Army Duck
  • Skyrail Rainforest boardwalks
  • Rainforestation Army Duck
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Rainforestation & Skyrail Tours

Rainforestation + Skyrail  
FROM $142 per adult
Rainforestation+ Skyrail+ Train  
FROM $175 per adult

Rainforestation & Skyrail Info

Rainforestation Experience:

Located a short drive from Kuranda, Rainforestation will take you on a cruise through forest waterways on a World War II amphibious army duck, let you meet some of Australia’s favourite animals and enjoy traditional performances by the Pamagirri dance troupe.

  • Pickup at 12:15pm from Butterfly Sanctuary Kuranda.

Sample Itinerary for Return Skyrail & Rainforestation

  • Pickup from hotel (except for self drive)
  • Skyrail to Kuranda
  • Free time in Kuranda
  • 12:15pm transfer to Rainforestation depart Butterfly Sanctuary Kuranda
  • Rainforestation includes Army Duck & Wildlife Park,  Pamagirri dance troupe
  • Return by Skyrail 3.30pm
  • Barron Falls & Red Peak Boardwalks
  • Coach transfer back to hotel (except for self drive)

Sample Itinerary for Train, Rainforestation & Skyrail:

  • Pickup from hotel (except for self drive)
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail 8.50am depart Freshwater Station
  • Free time in Kuranda
  • 12:15pm transfer to Rainforestation depart Butterfly Sanctuary Kuranda
  • Rainforestation includes Army Duck & Wildlife Park,  Pamagirri dance troupe
  • Return by Skyrail 3.30pm
  • Barron Falls & Red Peak Boardwalks
  • Coach transfer back to hotel (except for self drive)

*Please advise preferred travel times upon booking request

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway:

  • Travel in a 6 person gondola cabin with panoramic views as you glide above the rainforest canopy on the amazing 7.5km journey.
  • Gondolas leave the station continuously; bookings are taken in 15 minute intervals
  • One-way Skyrail Experience will take approximately 90 minutes to complete
  • Skyrail operates daily from 9am to 5.15pm with the last departure scheduled for 3.30pm (closed Christmas Day)
  • Skyrail's Canopy Cafe and retail shop located at the Smithfield Terminal is open from 8.45am.

You’ll glide just metres above the rainforest canopy before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the forest at Skyrail’s two rainforest mid-stations (Red Peak & Barron Falls) for the ultimate tropical rainforest experience.

Plan to spend 20-30 minutes at the two Rainforest mid-stations:

  • Barron Falls:  Enjoy spectacular views of the Barron Gorge, state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical displays.
  • Red Peak:  Lush rainforest surroundings including the towering 400 year-old Kauri Pine. Interpretive boardwalk tour with Skyrail Ranger available throughout the day.

Your Skyrail experience will commence or conclude at either Smithfield or Kuranda, depending on your direction of travel:

Skyrail Smithfield Terminal is located just 15 minutes drive from Cairns and 50 minutes from Port Douglas. Self-drive passengers will find Skyrail's location easily accessible with free car parking.

Skyrail Kuranda Terminal is located a short walk from the famous village of Kuranda. 

Kuranda Scenic Railway:

The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls.

  • Allow approximately 2 hours for the journey
  • The journey includes an English commentary and all passengers receive a commentary companion which includes information on the history of the railways construction, a trip map and a map of Kuranda.


Your Train experience will commence or conclude at either the Cairns/Freshwater Station or Kuranda Station, depending on your direction of travel:

Cairns Station -
It is possible to terminate your tour at Cairns Railway Station if you choose a one way transfer.  Cairns Railway Station has a dedicated platform, is centrally located and within easy walking distance of most city accommodations.  

Freshwater Connection - is a popular departure point.  Situated in the nearby suburb of Freshwater with views of the surrounding mountains, visitors can enjoy a hearty breakfast (extra cost) in authentic antique railway carriages. The Station also includes a railway museum, pioneer cottage, gift shop.

  • Departs 8:50am and 9:50am

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.

  • Departs: 2:00pm and 3:30pm

Kuranda Village:

This ‘Village in the Rainforest’ has numerous attractions including a butterfly sanctuary, a colourful bird aviary, koala park, walking tracks and a diverse range of markets (open every day from 9am to 3pm), shops, cafes and restaurants (extra costs).

We recommend allowing yourself two to three hours in Kuranda.

Language Options:
Queensland Rail have developed a unique and interactive app to give customers the opportunity to listen to commentary while they sit back, relax and take in the many historical sites on-board the Kuranda Scenic Railway.  The apps are available in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese/Mandarin & German for Apple from the iTunes app store and from Google Plus for Android users.  Please ensure you download the app prior to visiting Kuranda Scenic Railway's Stations.  If you don't have a headset they are available for purchase at the gift shops in Freshwater or Kuranda for $1.

How to Get There:

Self Drive:
If you have your own vehicle, you will not require transfers from your accommodation. This package automatically includes a one-way transfer from Kuranda Scenic Railway’s Freshwater Connection Railway Station to Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal.

We recommend you enjoy Skyrail up in the morning and the Scenic Railway back in the afternoon. You will find that there is plenty of parking at Skyrail, no wait for transfers to Freshwater station, a cafe and also a short transfer turnaround back to Skyrail when you arrive on the train in the afternoon.

Coach Transfer: Skyrail runs a regular coach transfer service from most hotels in Cairns, the Northern Beaches (Trinity Beach & Palm Cove) and Port Douglas areas. If you require a coach transfer, please advise name of hotel in your booking request.