Kuranda Train + Skyrail

Kuranda Train + Skyrail

  • Later Cairns hotel pick-ups available
  • Flexible departure times
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Kuranda Train + Skyrail Info

Kuranda Train & Skyrail 

This package combines Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway for a full day tour experience.  Please advise the number of hours free time in Kuranda in additional notes. 

Sample Itinerary:

Train Up, Skyrail Down

  • Pickup from accommodation (except for self-drive)
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail from Freshwater Station at 8.50am OR 9.50am
  • Free time in Kuranda
  • Skyrail departs Kuranda
  • Barron Falls & Red Peak Boardwalks
  • Transfer to hotel or back to your car for self-drive

Skyrail Up, Train Down

  • Pickup from accommodation  (except for self-drive)
  • Skyrail from Skyrail Smithfield Terminal to Kuranda
  • Red Peak & Barron Falls Boardwalks
  • Free time in Kuranda
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail at 2pm or 3:30pm
  • Transfer to hotel or back to your car for self-drive

*Please advise your preferred times of travel on your booking request

Skyrail offers a range of coach departure times from Cairns City Hotels including 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am and 1:30pm.  This option is ideal for people who prefer a late start or a half day tour.  Experience this magical journey in your own time.    


  • 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 Canopy Cafe and retail shop located at the Smithfield Terminal is open from 8.00am.

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 the Smithfield or Kuranda, depending on your direction of travel:

Skyrail Smithfield Terminal is a 15 minute 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 1.5 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 at Freshwater Station or Kuranda Station, depending on your direction of travel:

Freshwater Connection - is the only Cairns departure point when booking this option.  Situated in the 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  (Gold Class carriage is on the 3:30pm departure)

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:

If you have your own vehicle, you will not require transfers from your accommodation. The Skyrail up, Train Down self-drive package includes a one-way transfer from Kuranda Scenic Railway’s Freshwater Connection Railway Station to Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal 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.

No transfers required: If you select "No transfers required"  you will need to make your own way to the Freshwater Train Station in the morning and make your own way back from Skyrail Station at Smithfield in the afternoon.  Or, vis versa if you are doing the tour the other way around.  Freshwater Station is a pretty station with a museum and a coffee shop in a heritage train carriage.  It is about a 20 minute drive from Cairns city.  Skyrail Smithfield is about a 25 minute drive from Cairns city.  It is not a saving to take a taxi or uber to and from these stations.  The "No transfers required" option is designed for holiday makers who have family who are dropping them, and picking them up from each station.

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Kuranda Train + Skyrail Rates

All prices shown in Australian Dollars

Prices valid from now until 31 March 2022

Skyrail up & Train down Adult Children Family Enquire
Skyrail+Train+one way transfer Cairns hotel $119 $60 $298 Book
Skyrail & Train + Cairns/Beaches hotel transfers $131 $66 $328 Book
Train up & Skyrail down Adult Children Family Enquire
Train & Skyrail + Cairns/Beaches hotel transfers $131 $66 $328 Book

Optional Extras

Prices valid from Prices valid from now until 31 March 2022

Kuranda Gold Class upgrade $49
Skyrail Diamond View 1 Way | Adult $22
Skyrail Diamond View 1 Way | Child $11


Child Age = 4-14 years

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