Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Train - Self Drive options
Prices from $135 AUD


Kuranda Village is a beautiful little town located at the top of the mountain range just behind Cairns. Kuranda is most famous because of its means of getting there. The Kuranda Scenic Train winds its way in an hour and a half journey up the mountain to Kuranda, and Skyrail is a cable car ride that takes at least one hour to get there. We say this because you can hop off on the way up and take a walk around their rainforest interpretive centre, or a walk through some pristine rainforest.

These tours are only suitable for self drive customers. As the tour starts and finishes in different locations, they will include coach transfers back to your vehicle.







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From 1/04/2024 to 31/03/2025 adultchildinfantfamily
Skyrail & Scenic Train - self drive to Skyrail Park at Skyrail Terninal Smithfield, Skyrail to Kuranda, Scenic Train to Freshwater, Bus transfer to Skyrail Terminal $135.00$73.50$0.00$343.50
Scenic Train & Skyrail - self drive to Skyrail Park at Skyrail Terninal Smithfield, Bus transfer to Freshwater Station, Scenic Train to Kuranda, Skyrail to Skyrail terminal Smithfield $135.00$73.50$0.00$343.50
Skyrail & Scenic Train - self drive to Cairns Station Park at Cairns Train Station, Bus transfer to Skyrail, Skyrail to Kuranda, Scenic Train to Cairns Station $135.00$73.50$0.00$343.50
Scenic Train & Skyrail - self drive to Cairns Station Park at Cairns Train Station, Scenic Train to Kuranda, Skyrail to Skyrail Terminal, Bus transfer to Cairns Station $135.00$73.50$0.00$343.50
PLEASE NOTE: Children = 4 - 14 years, Infant = 0 - 3 years, Family = 2 adults and 2 children aged 4 - 14.

 Park At Skyrail Terminal - Skyrail Up, Train Down

  • Park at Skyrail Terminal, Smithfield
  • Skyrail to Kuranda
  • Scenic Train to Freshwater Station
  • Bus transfer back to Skyrail Terminal

Park at Skyrail Terminal - Train Up, Skyrail Down

  • Park at Skyrail Terminal, Smithfield
  • Bus transfer to Freshwater Station
  • Scenic Train to Kuranda
  • Skyrail to Skyrail Terminal Smithfield 

Park at Cairns Train Station - Skyrail Up, Train Down


  • Park at Cairns Station
  • Bus Transfer to Skyrail Terminal
  • Skyrail to Kuranda
  • Scenic Train to Cairns Station 


Park at Cairns Train Station - Train Up, Skyrail Down

  • Park at Cairns Station
  • Scenic Trainto Kuranda
  • Skyrail to Skyrail Terminal, Smithfield
  • Bus Transfer Cairns Station





Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns Australia, is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest.

The Skyrail experience, spanning 7.5kms over pristine rainforest, allows you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth.

Gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy in comfortable six-person gondola cabins, the Skyrail journey immerses you in an intimate rainforest experience where you'll see, hear, smell and become part of the tropical rainforest environment.

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Our world famous railway experience is a must-do when visiting Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, Australia. You will discover the pioneering history of the tropical north from way back in the late 1800's, be astounded by a magnificent engineering feat and explore some of the great characters involved in the construction of this great railway. 

Through our website you can investigate your options for a fabulous Kuranda day tour, make a reservation, visit our Gift Shop for exclusive shopping, follow our journey through the wonderful rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park, take a tour of the charming Freshwater & Kuranda Stations and enjoy the history of the Kuranda Scenic Railway. You can even view the plans of the original carriages still in service today. 



Diamondview and Gold Class upgrades

Why not take advantage of the Diamondview or Gold Class upgrades.

Be amazed by the spectacular tropical rainforest from the unique viewing perspective of Skyrail's glass floor Diamondview Gondolas. Diamondview Gondolas not only provide guests with panoramic views of the tropical landscape, coral sea and rainforest canopy, but also offer the unique perspective of looking straight down from the treetops to the forest floor below. Diamondview gondolas carrying a maximum of 5 passengers, will depart stations approximately every 7 minutes and passengers travelling on them will enjoy dedicated boarding queues at all terminals and mid-stations.

The introduction of Gold Class has provided a premium experience never before seen on the Kuranda Scenic Railway service. It offers customers wanting that extra comfort and little bit of luxury, and a most memorable experience. Experience your scenic journey in the splendour of KSR Gold Class. Take pleasure in the luxury and heritage of hand crafted Victorian inspired decor and club class lounge seating. Enjoy a drink and dine on locally produced delicacies brought to you by your dedicated attendant. On arrival at Kuranda station, enjoy an exclusive tour of the heritage listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station. Gold Class is available on the 9.30 train from Cairns and the 3.30 train from Kuranda.



Kuranda Village

Kuranda has come a long way from its initial origins as a centre for those choosing an alternative lifestyle in the late 60's. Historic Buildings from the villages past now house a variety of upmarket restaurants, cafes and bars. It is still laid back, but with a style and sophistication that sets it apart from other Cairns Highlands Venues and Attractions.

Kuranda's shops and markets with their exotically handcrafted goods, Aboriginal artifacts, restaurants and coffee shops make Kuranda a well known day destination, but to truly enjoy the ambience this village has to offer you really have to stay a few nights. Whether you are looking for a cosy bed and breakfast, a well maintained multi-choice accommodation and camping park, a hotel that when you step inside you feel like you are back in the 1920's, a gorgeous resort or a backpackers hostel, you'll find it in Kuranda.


Kuranda is surrounded by World Heritage listed wet tropics rainforest. It includes around twelve hundred species of flowering plants, eight hundred of which are rainforest trees. There are also orchids, ginger plants, strangler figs, palms and an immense variety of climbing plants. At any time of the year you will wonder at the richness and diversity of the lush foliage.


With an air of adventure, explore our newly constructed walking tracks. Easy trails take you on a gentle walk to the river, discovering some rare flora and fauna on the way. For those who enjoy a more strenuous bushwalk, the Barron Falls walk takes a little longer, but the view is spectacular.



This eco-friendly Kuranda attraction hosts Army Duck Rainforest Tours (with Tropical Fruit Orchard), Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and Kuranda's largest Koala & Wildlife Park. Click here for more info.


Why not include a visit to Birdworld as part of your Kuranda day. It has Australia's largets display of free flying birds all in a huge walk through aviary. Click here for more info.

Kuranda Koala Gardens

The Kuranda Koala Gardens are Kuranda's newest tourist attraction. Centrally located in Kuranda, the Koala Gardens make a great addition to any Kuranda visit. Click here for more info.

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Australia's largest butterfly flight aviary is located centrally in Kuranda. Why not include it in a day trip to Kuranda. Click here for more info. 


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