Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway
- Cairns Central or Freshwater Station
- One way and Return rates
Inc. all levies & taxes
Kuranda Scenic Railway Info
KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY
The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. This famous railway winds its way on a journey of approximately 2 hours from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest.
Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda passes through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past beautiful and spectacular waterfalls and into the awesome Barron Gorge. Upon reaching the village of Kuranda a rich assortment of interesting attractions and unique shopping experiences awaits you.
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. 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.
Allow 1.5-2hrs for the journey
- From Cairns Central Station: 8:30am, 9:30am
Cairns Railway station is situated in the heart of Cairns a short walk from most CBD hotels. If you have a car it is possible to have free parking for the day at Cairns Central. Please bring your parking ticket with you at boarding so that Queensland Rail can validate it.
- From Freshwater Station: 8:50am, 9:50am
Situated in the nearby suburb of Freshwater, visitors can enjoy a hearty breakfast in authentic antique railway carriages. The Station also includes a railway museum, pioneer cottage, gift shop, and can be hired for a unique function venue. Freshwater Station is the preferred departure point as it has character. There is plenty of free parking here.
- From Kuranda Station: 2pm, 3:30pm
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.
The original Kuranda Scenic Railway Heritage carriages offer the old world charm of travelling in authentic timber carriages some of which are up to 90 years old.
- Seated in refurbished Heritage carriages.
- Chilled refresher towel during the summer season.
- Water cooler at the end of each carriage.
- Souvenir trip guide.
Gold Class has provided a premium experience, giving you the extra comfort and little bit of luxury, and a most memorable experience.
- 9.55am departure from Freshwater Station to Kuranda
- 3.30pm departure from Kuranda to Cairns
- 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
- Conducted 30 minutes prior to departure for afternoon 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
- Vegan options available on afternoon train only
- Vegetarian options available on both morning and afternoon train
- Please advise dietary requirements when booking
Please note for Gold Class:
- Good Friday: No alcohol can be served all day
- Anzac Day: No alcohol can be served on the morning trains to Kuranda. Alcohol can be served on the afternoon trains from Kuranda.
- Wheel chair access at all stations
- Wheel chair Ramp at Cairns station
- Wheel chair lift at Freshwater & Kuranda stations
- When booking please advise you require wheelchair access, so that we are able to provide the appropriate assistance.
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 onboard 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 you can purchase one at the gift shops in Freshwater or Kuranda for $1.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway:
There are 2 stops enroute to explore Barron Falls and Red Peak Rainforest Boardwalks. The Journey takes 1hr.15mins
GOOD NEWS! All payments made to Travstar do not incur a credit card surcharge
Soaked in scenery
A worthwhile excursion if you love scenery and trains plus a few heights. A bit like going back in time! Informative commentary. Kuranda is a bohemian village with loads of souvenirs, fairies and incense. Not our sort of thing but Opals and coffee kept us happy. Went back by rail as well as we are not into cable cars. Train was also wonderful on way back! Soaked in more scenery. Allow a whole day with a wander around at Kuranda.
Posted By Kerrie Birch
It was like travelling back in time
It was like travelling back in time enjoying the scenic views all throughout the trip. Highly recommended!!!
Posted By Norman Javier
Great service everyone was very friendly and helpful
Posted By Rob Cunningham
Better than the pitch richi rail
the best we have had was better than the pitch richi rail in south Australia
Posted By Gerald Titus
The Gold Class was worth fee.
We enjoyed a lovely trip up and back from Kuranda. The Gold Classwas definitely worth the extra fee.
Posted By Leslye Thies
Loved the trip up to Kuranda. Great commentary and very friendly staff on the train
Posted By Bruce Gardiner
Very appreciative of the Senior discount
A Beautiful trip and very appreciative of the Senior discount for myself and my sister
Posted By Robert Wilson
That is amazing experience for us
That is amazing experience for us to take Kuranda Sceinic Rail. My friend who was with me wanted to go Kuranda Rail tour but I also enjoyed so much with the Classic style train tour. The Scenery are just exquisite. Thinking about the people who worked hard for the railway in Australian dynamic natural setting gave me nostalgic feeling.
I hope you all guys are alright in this crazy whether and bush fires...
Posted By Mairko Banno
Kuranda Scenic Railway a must do
My wife and I have travelled on some spectacular railways in Scotland, and we have also been on Puffing Billy in Victorias Dandenong Ranges. (I also volunteer at an other tourist railway in Victoria). The Kuranda railway is the equal to all of them for scenery and service. A fantastic day.
Posted By Stephen Stewart
Kuranda railway was fantastic
A great experience and excellent service provided for wheelchair users
Posted By Sharyn
Great service from friendly team
Great service from friendly team when I needed to change my booking. Had great day out. Thanks
Posted By Felicia Colella
Great day in Kuranda
The Karanda railway staff were very helpful and attentive to my elderly mother and myself. They transferred her onto and off the train perfectly. Kelsi at Travstar was extremely helpful and booked us excellent tickets. We both had a wonderful train journey
Posted By Leonie Hickie
Kuranda Day tour
The booking agent was very helpful arranging my booking times to match my cruise ships departure. The ticket office staff also changed my time and my seat at my request. Very helpful all round.
Kurunda Railway was a great experience from start to finish - both ways.
Also the homeward train ran on schedule during a storm which stopped the Skyrail !
Posted By Jane C
Everything went smoothly
Great Service easy to book....immediate contact
Posted By Maria Wiesinger
Lovely historic scenic railway.
Lovely historic scenic railway. Very enjoyable trip.
Posted By Andrew Kuhne
A must do
Kuranda scenic rail is a must do. The train is a great experience. Kuranda itself is a pleasant village and you must visit the butterfly enclosure
Sky rail back gives you spectacular views of the Daintree Rainforest and Baron Gorge, not to missed
Posted By Simon Wilson
Well worth the trip, lovely old train and beautiful views. I would recommend this train journey. Staff were very helpful too.
Posted By DAVID HAWES
As a local I had not yet travelled on the railway, but my sister came from uk so we did all the tourists trips...loved it my sister was very interested in listening to the commentary would definatly take any future visitors .
Posted By Sylvia Lancaster
Everything went like clockwork.
Posted By Richard Cook
We thoroughly enjoyed our ride on the Kuranda Scenic rail and would recommend it to anyone visiting the Kuranda.
Posted By Karen Black
Definitely recommend gold class was superb!!
Posted By Jane H
Had a fantastic ride on the lovely old train! Beautiful view, scenery, service & food xx
Posted By Jane Mason
have a wonderful trip all went to plan thank you gor your help
Posted By Deborah Turnbull
Everything about this ride was amazing
Everything about this ride was amazing. The staff, the food, the toilets. Everything!!!!
Posted By Sarah Maguire
Fabulous way to enjoy the scenery.
This is a fabulous way to enjoy the scenery. We did Gold Pass both ways as I am slightly disabled. The staff were charming and knowledgable about the sights and the construction of the railway.
Posted By Lynnie Seib
A real treat to ride this historic train to the rain forest. Amazing views and excellent service! Highly recommend this excision.
Posted By Robert Calvert
Posted By Robyn-Leigh Maley
A wonderful day out
A wonderful day out for anyone visiting far north Queensland. This was my third trip on the scenic rail/skyrail. I was anxious for my adult daughters to experience the same and they do not regret it. Gold Class is only a little more expensive and well worth it with impeccable service.
Posted By Sara Goode
Thank you for making our day one to remember...we had a great time and found both your employees and the people of North Qld were polite and helpful at all times. I must say we did book at late notice (like late afternoon for the next day) and the gentleman that accepted our call, was most polite and accommodated all 5 of us in running numbered seats at short notice. Kind regards Vic.
Posted By Vic Thomas
An enjoyable train journey with spectacular views and running commentary. Kuranda village has plenty of artisan stalls & shops, cafes, butterfly farm and walks.
Posted By Nicole
Posted By Diana Ebert
Enjoyed the day
Enjoyed the train journey immensely but was disappointed in the Kuranda Markets they were not as good as we were led to believe. Kuranda Heritage Railway I would give a 10/10
Posted By Sandra Jennings
Upgraded to Gold Class
We thoroughly enjoyed our train trip to Kuranda. We upgraded to Gold Class for the first leg and we were thoroughly impressed with the service and the staff. Well done on a great tourist attraction with a difference. Keep up the good work!
Posted By Beverley Wootton
Posted By Barbara Win
Very impressive and enjoyable
Very well run outfit keep up the good work, very impressive and enjoyable
Posted By Maggie Hamilton
Upgraded to gold class
We upgraded to gold class and went both ways on the train. Definitely worth the extra for very comfy seats and the drinks and nibbles. Well worth the money for a day in the rainforest.
Posted By Graham Icke
Service was great
Had enjoyable time on trip and at Kuranda. Service was great. Nice touch that we were able to get our photo taken by staff.
Posted By Karen Dabitz
An amazing way the railway was built all those years ago.
Posted By Pauline Spence
Recommend Gold Class
We enjoyed Kuranda even though it was misty from time to time and went to both the bird and butterfly sanctuaries. The ride back in the gold class was great and it is was a good recommendation on your part.
Posted By Dennis Truss
Great day for the Family
The Kuranda Scenic Railway was a great day out for the family.
Posted By Greg Grehan
A very enjoyable journey
A very enjoyable journey, and I appreciated the information along the way.
Posted By Helen Bland
The train ride was excellent
The train and its staff were very helpful and it was fun. The markets at Kuranda were pretty useless and definately not of good quality goods, but the train ride was excellent. Thank you
Posted By Elaine Riches
Such wonderful customer service.
Nothing was too much for Chanelle from Travstar who booked our trips. Such wonderful customer service.
Posted By Jayne Reed
We really enjoyed the experience
We really enjoyed the experience of the train to Kuranda & returning by Skyrail. We had no problems and all staff were most helpful.
Posted By Ross Turner
Thank you for the wonderful discovery
Thank you for the wonderful discovery of your railway. We really enjoyed the trip up to Kuranda. It has inspired us to seek out other rail journeys in Australia. I only gave you a \\\"good\\\" for facilities as I thought that your toilets could have had hooks somewhere in them to hold the many things that we tourists carry. Cameras, handbags, coats etc.
Thank you we will be back.
Posted By Cheryl Maddock
What a fantastic trip, well recommended
What a fantastic trip, well recommended. Beautiful scenery & views. The commentary could have been a little louder as with windows open train was a little noisy.
Posted By Karen
Again lovely day and great service
Posted By Kerrie Bowers
Everything went so smoothly,
Thanks to pre booking with you everything went so smoothly, staff everywhere were very helpful we enjoyed the whole day. We would like to thank you for great service, this made our trip to Cairns so much more enjoyable knowing all the bookings had been arranged prior and we did not have any hassles. Thankyou Steve Higgins
Posted By Steve Higgins
I have travelled on the train 20 years, I still enjoyed it, the commentary was fantastic.
Posted By Kathy Forte
would recommend it to everyone
It was fun the train ride to Kuranda, especially for my kids who are obssesed with trains! I would recommend it to everyone to give it a try...
Posted By Ivy Gori
Kuranda Scenic Railway Rates
All prices shown in Australian Dollars
Prices valid from now until 31 March 2023
|Train Heritage Ex Freshwater Connection||Adult||Children||Family||Enquire|
|Heritage Class - One Way ex Freshwater 8.50am||$50||$25||$125||Book|
|Heritage Class - One Way ex Freshwater 9.50am||$50||$25||$125||Book|
|Heritage Class - Return ex F'water 8.50am-2.00pm||$76||$38||$190||Book|
|Heritage Class - Return ex F'water 8.50am-3.30pm||$76||$38||$190||Book|
|Heritage Class - Return ex F'water 9.50am-2.00pm||$76||$38||$190||Book|
|Heritage Class - Return ex F'water 9.50am-3.30pm||$76||$38||$190||Book|
|Train Heritage Class Ex Cairns Central Station||Adult||Children||Family||Enquire|
|Heritage - Return ex Cairns Central 9.30am-3.30pm||$76||$38||$190||Book|
|Train Gold Class Ex Cairns Central Station||Adult||Children||Family||Enquire|
|Gold Class - Return ex Cairns Central 9.30am-3.30pm||$174||$136||$582||Book|
All prices shown in Australian Dollars
Prices valid from now until 31 March 2030
|Train Heritage Class Ex Cairns Central Station||Adult||Children||Family||Enquire|
|Heritage Class - One Way ex C.C.Station 8.30am||$50||$25||$125||Book|
|Heritage Class - One Way ex C.C.Station 9.30am||$50||$25||$125||Book|
|Ex Kuranda Village Station||Adult||Children||Family||Enquire|
|Heritage Class - One Way ex Kuranda 3.30pm||$50||$25||$125||Book|
Child Age = 4-14 years
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