Pick up + 12:45pm Skyrail + 3:30pm Gold Class Train

Duration | 3 hours
Mobile Ticket OK

This Kuranda Skyrail & Train option includes a one way pickup from your accommodation in Cairns. Travel up to Kuranda on the Skyrail and then back down to Cairns Central Station on the 3:30pm Kuranda Scenic Rail with the Gold Class Upgrade. 

Note: For self drivers, you can select the pick up from Bunda St Station (Cairns Central Station) or Freshwater Station and return back to your selected station at the end of the day.

The Skyrail Journey takes around 90 Minutes including two stops along the way.

​The Kuranda Boarding Pass
When you book with us you will receive the Kuranda Boarding Pass

  • Express check-in on coaches and at Skyrail
  • Express check-in and pre-allocated seating on Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Highly detailed information on your day ensuring your day runs smoothly
  • Detailed map with highlights and points of interest
  • Tour itinerary with timings and Handy Hints

Gold Class Features:

  • 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 30 minutes prior to departure for the 3:30pm Train.

Afternoon Refreshments

  • Gallo Dairyland Cheese Platter
  • Wondaree Macadamias
  • ​Mango to Go (100% pure mango "ice-cream" style treat)


  • Freshly brewed Skybury Coffee
  • Daintree Tea
  • Queensland Sirromet Wines
  • Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager
  • Standard Softdrinks

Please note:

  • Vegan options available on afternoon train only.
  • Vegetarian options available on both morning and afternoon train.
  • Please advise dietary requirements when booking.

Good Friday: No alcohol will be served.
Anzac Day: No alcohol served on the 9:55am Train to Kuranda.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is considered one of the best and most beautiful rainforest eco experiences in Australia and the world. spanning 7.5kms over pristine rainforest, this multi award winning eco tour will take you on an unforgettable journey gliding just metres above World Heritage listed tropical rainforest. 

Comprising of comfortable six-person gondola cabins, the Skyrail journey will allow you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest, and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth. Operating from the Cairns suburb of Smithfield to Kuranda Village, this 1.5 hour experience will allow you to see, hear, smell and immerse yourself in the tropical rainforest environment.

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

Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda winds its way through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past beautiful and spectacular waterfalls and into the awesome Barron Gorge. Only minutes away from Barron Falls the train journey comes to an end at beautiful Kuranda Station.

The Journey

The Kuranda Scenic Rail journey takes one and a half hours to complete and includes an English commentary on the history of the region and the railway.

All passengers receive a a souvenir booklet which includes information on the history of the railways construction, a trip map and a map of Kuranda. 

Each carriage is fitted with three media screens to provide passengers with detailed information of the history of the Kuranda railway. There are also two gold class carriages where refreshments and finger food are served on the journey.  Gold class carriages are available on the 9.50am and 3.30pm trains.

The dreamtime story of Buda-dji, the ancestral being, is also told daily. Buda-dji is the Carpet Snake who, in the dreamtime, carved out the Barron River and the creeks that join onto it, from the coast to the Tablelands. The Railway Engine itself has been painted with a representation of this ancestral being.  

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.

Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets
Kuranda Original Markets had their humble beginnings in 1978 organised by a group of locals to attract visitors to Kuranda and see their hand made arts, crafts and local produce. The original marketeers had to operate their own train service for two seasons, to prove commercial viability of the service to the Queensland Railway Department.

Today the markets are an established icon, operating 7 days a week and proving a huge success with providing employment for local artists and makers as well as raising the profile of Kuranda, which is now recognised as a unique Australian Rainforest tourist destination. The Original Markets has retained it’s atmosphere, with many local artists and personalities making the market part of their lifestyle. Many of the current marketeers have been involved in the markets during the course of the last 25 – 30 years.

This market also has a strong eco-conscious ethic with organic, recycled, natural, holistic and remedial products available here. Crafts people still flock to this mountain top oasis to display their beautifully hand crafted wares. Renovated in 2005, this market has lost none of it’s rustic charm, featuring tropical gardens, mini-golf in the rainforest, gourmet regional fare, and contemporary arts and crafts. You are sure to enjoy exploring this truly memorable destination.

Where: Corner of Therwine & Thoree St, Kuranda QLD 4881
When: Open 7 Days, 9:30am until 3:00pm
What: This market has a strong eco-conscious ethic with organic, recycled, natural, holistic and remedial products

Kuranda Station
Kuranda Station is one of the earliest stations to be built in Australia using standard concrete units and is the oldest remaining examples of its type in Queensland. Described as “after the style of a Swiss Chalet, the idea being to make Kuranda a show station”, the station was designed in 1910. A modified version of the design was built in 1914 and included the Passenger Station building, Signal Cabin and Utilities Block.

Ornamental planting proposed in the 1910 scheme, was developed by George Wriede and Bert Wickham, both station masters at Kuranda. Today 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 heritage-listed buildings blend with the tropical surrounds providing a relaxed environment to enjoy. The Kuranda Railway Tea Rooms at the station offer a great range of souvenirs and refreshments.





The bus pickup was great. Skyrail is well worth doing and the information on the train fantastic.

The Kurunda town and market are not worth spending more than an hour or so. We did the first Skyrail up and the last train down and it was too long. The pub near the train also closes around an hour before the last train.


Michelle Anderson

We had a wonderful time, the staff were friendly and helpful and the variety of activities catered for all the members of our group.



We had a very enjoyable day. Excellent service from very friendly staff. Our six year old grandson had the best time of his life.


Mark Hornery

Easy to book, price was competitive. Was a little confusing on the day of trip with so many different groups meeting at the one place to catch their different buses. Bus driver was efficient and clear when he arrived, happily would book though Travstar again.


Chelsea Hyatt

Was a great day out. Loved the sky rail. A bit too expensive for a family of five tho


Vicki Irving

We loved every moment of this event.

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