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Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Open daily 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Bunda St, Cairns, Queensland, 4870

The Basics

Most tours set out from Cairns, Port Douglas, or the northern beaches, from where it’s a two-hour one-way journey to the end of the line at Kuranda. Passengers can choose standard heritage carriages or the more luxurious Gold Class or Royale Class service, in which refreshments are served. For the best value, combine your tour with other North Queensland activities such as a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, an Army Duck tour of the Rainforestation Nature Park, a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef, or a visit to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
star-4.5
$165.42 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Gold class all the way.
The service was Impeccable, comfort of the chairs and been able to take great photos of the falls with plenty of room, and views were Spectacular. Thank you for making our trip memorable.
Susan_T, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

star-5
Awesome Kuranda gold class experience
Matthew_G, Jun 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Even though the weather was a little against us, we had a wonderful time. The gondolas were clean and the views amazing. Kuranda was great but wet and the train ride in Gold class was informative and first class. Transfers were a breeze. Highly recommend.
star-4
Worth the train and sky rail components
Chris_W, Nov 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
The train ride, river cruise and sky rail are fantastic. Unfortunately in this quiet period with borders still closed the town basically closes around 1330-1400. Went to the main pub for lunch only to find it closed at 1320. The bird and butterfly attractions are at the top of the town so you need to hussle to visit them I assume it stays open later in high season but a bit disappointed with Kuranda itself
star-4
A relaxing journey
Victorio_A, Nov 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Adventure started by getting picked up at my motel and dropped off to the train for the journey to Kuranda. The train went through scenic country. When finally arrived in Kuranda, exploring what the town had to offer. On the way home, hoped onto the skyrail for a relaxing time.
star-5
Excellent service and...
gerard_h, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Excellent service and kept supplied with drinks and snacks the whole train trip. Was worth every cent and wonderful views from both the train and skyrail.
star-5
Great tour
Darren_S, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The scenic railway section was unbelievable. The service on the Gold Class (hay) started the trip off with style and service. Would highly recommend this tour purely on the customer service from Shay and the other staff of the scenic railway.
star-5
Excellent day trip
natalie, Oct 2021
Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation
The Army duck tour was informative and interesting. The boomerang throwing was great fun. Excellent to see the value placed on the indigenous history of the area.
star-5
Fantastic day out
Nigel_S, Oct 2021
Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation
The Kuranda Rail and the Skyrail experiences where top shelf. The Butterfly sanctuary, Wildlife Park and Rainforestation were very good. Experienced and informative guides helped make this day tour a memorable one.
star-5
Very interesting staff...
bernadette_o, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Very interesting staff are lovely and very informative great train and sky rail journey will be recommending this to everyone
star-5
Just loved the whole...
Wendy_U, Oct 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Just loved the whole experience. Great views, plus being able to get off the train to see the views was special
star-5
Excellent
Michelle_B, Nov 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The whole day was excellent & definitely recommend to anyone, worth the money & glad we went gold class
star-5
Mesmerising
Nicola_T, Oct 2021
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Brilliant experience. A must do experience…. Kuranda is beautiful - the rail was the kids favourite (11 &9). They were mesmerised by the views and the history of the train.
star-5
Great trip
Janyoung, Oct 2021
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Gold class is the way to go on the train - spacious comfy chairs and great service by Mathew our carriage 8 host

Things to Know Before You Go

  • English-language commentary is provided on the train.

  • Luggage space is limited, so bring a day bag and be sure to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, and comfortable shoes if you plan on exploring the rainforest.

  • Wheelchair access is available at all stations except Barron Falls station, but it must be requested in advance.

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How to Get There

It’s possible to ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway in either direction, starting your journey at Cairns Station, Freshwater Station, or Kuranda Station. Cairns Station is located right in the center of Cairns, about five miles (eight kilometers) or a 1-hour train ride south of Cairns Airport.

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When to Get There

The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs twice daily, with morning departures from Cairns and afternoon departures from Kuranda. Trains run year-round, but with no air-conditioning on-board the historic trains, it can get hot in summer.

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Natural Landscapes of the Wet Tropics

The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs right through the heart of the UNESCO-protected Wet Tropics, climbing through the jungle-clad mountains of the Barron Gorge. Jump off along the way to marvel at the Barron Falls, admire Stoney Creek Falls, or take a hike through the ancient woodlands, looking out for wildlife such as rainbow lorikeets, wild orchids, and Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos.

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