Train up, Skyrail down | Self Drive

Duration | Up to 6 Hours
Mobile Ticket OK

Travel up to Kuranda Village on the Kuranda Scenic Railway then back on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Your day starts at Skyrail Smithfied where you catch the shuttle bus to Freshwater Station to board the Kuranda Scenic Railway.  At the end of the day, you will return to Skyrail Smithfield where your vehicle is parked.

This Self Drive package is a popular option for people who have their own vehicle. You can park your car at Skyrail for the day at no cost. 

Your day at a glance

  • Self-drive to Skyrail, Smithfield
  • Park your car free for the day
  • Coach transfer to Freshwater Station
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail journey to Kuranda
  • Free time in Kuranda
  • Board Skyrail at Kuranda
  • Red Peak & Barron Falls Boardwalks
  • Return to Skyrail Smithfield

Shuttle Bus and Self-Drive Options
Our self-drive option allows you to simply park your vehicle at Skyrail for the day, free of charge. Our shuttle bus will then take you to Freshwater Station, where you can board the Kuranda Scenic Railway. At the end of the day, you'll return to Skyrail Cairns Station where your car is parked. 

Time Options

  • 08:50am Train | 12:30pm Skyrail
  • 09:50am Train | 02:00pm Skyrail

Kuranda Scenic Rail Experience
Kuranda Scenic Rail is one of the most unique rail journeys in Australia steeped firmly in Australian Pioneer history.

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 90 Minutes from Kuranda to Cairns.

Decending from 328m to sea level, the journey to Cairns passes through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past beautiful and spectacular waterfalls and into the awesome Barron Gorge. 

The journey includes 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. 

Kuranda Village
Kuranda is a famous village located on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland, Australia. Surrounded by tropical rainforest and adjacent to the Wet Tropics World Heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park, Kuranda is situated just 25 kilometres from Cairns, making it a popular day trip for visitors to experience the region's natural beauty.

Kuranda Village has been attracting visitors for well over a century. Initially people came to admire the mighty Barron Falls, while artisans were attracted to the region's natural beauty. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Kuranda was popular with alternative lifestylers, a theme that still runs through the local community today. 

Here you will discover a variety of natural, cultural, wildlife and shopping experiences. Visitors come to see the Barron Falls and to enjoy the stunning natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere of the local markets, selling unique souvenirs and gift items.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The Kuranda Skyrail Station is located next to the Kuranda Scenic Rail Station and a short 5 minute walk from the famous village of Kuranda. 

From here, you'll board the cable car and glide just meters above the rainforest canopy, descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the rainforest. You'll be amazed at the stunning natural beauty that surrounds you on this incredible 7.5km journey.

Travel in a 6-person gondola cabin with panoramic views and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the rainforest. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway travels between Kuranda Village and Cairns , offering breathtaking views of the city, the Barron Falls, and the lush tropical rainforest below.

Make sure to take advantage of Skyrail's two rainforest mid-stations, Red Peak and Barron Falls. Here, you'll have the ultimate tropical rainforest experience, surrounded by the sights and sounds of this unique ecosystem. 

A one-way Skyrail experience takes minimum of 45 minutes without stopping at the stations.  We reccomend stpping at both Barron Falls & Red Peak Stations. Allow 20 - 30 mins for each station.

Barron Falls Skyrail Station
Enjoy spectacular views of the Barron Gorge, state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical displays

  • The Edge Lookout
  • Historical Precinct
  • CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre
  • Panoramic gorge & waterfall views

Red Peak Skyrail Station
Lush rainforest surroundings including the towering 400 year-old Kauri Pine. Interpretive boardwalk tour with Skyrail Ranger available throughout the day.

  • Complimentary Ranger Guided Boardwalk Tour
  • Rainforest Discovery Zone
  • Rainforest Boardwalk Loop
  • Scenic Lookout

At the end of the day, you'll return to Skyrail Smithfield Station where your car is parked. 



Siyi Huang

Definitely worth it! The view of the jungle is amazing!



I purchased tickets for a friend and myself to go to Kuranda on the train and return on the Skyrail. The train ride was fine, though I didn't find it very exciting. We did not get to return on the Skyrail due to a potential lightning storm (so all ratings are in regards to the train and not the Skyrail, except for the customer service). We were thankful that they make that decision when needed. Skyrail was able to provide buses to return to Cairns, which was done very smoothly. Skyrail also sent me an email explaining this so I could submit it to Travstar and request a partial refund. That refund was issued without a problem a couple days later. I was very pleased with the customer service.


Rob Foley

Really enjoyed this adventure.
Well done.
Rob Foley


h s van rooijen

despite the rany weather an enjoyable trip


David McClure

The train ride up, with the Skyrail back is the way to do it. A great day out.


Rick Ling

Great experience just didnt have a fare from Freshwater station only from Smithfield as a pickup, overall great both train and cable car recommended.

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Self Drive | Kuranda Scenic Rail then Skyrail
People with their own vehicle can park their car at Skyrail for the day at no cost. Our Shuttle bus will then take you to Freshwater Station where you will board the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
At the end of the day you will return to Skyrail Cairns Station where your car is parked.