Kuranda Scenic RailwayCurrently Closed
- Address: Cairns Railway Station, Bunda St., CBD, Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia
- Timings: 08:30 am - 02:00 pm Details
- Phone: 61-740369333
- Ticket Price: 49 AUD
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Mountain, Scenic Drive, Family And Kids, Nature, Train Ride
Kuranda Scenic Railway - Review
The town of Kuranda is a quaint little place located on a mountain side, the Macalister Range. Although the village town has its own raw charm, it’s the ride over the rainforest and up to the mountain that sets the whole mood for the trip. The Kuranda railway line is only used to take tourists to and from Cairns. Hop abroad a vintage train and be prepared to take in the wonderful vistas the ride has to offer. The 37 kilometer journey makes around 2 stops and takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Once you’re at the village, there are a variety of things you could do, but do remember to keep an eye on the time as the train departs only twice a day.
Kuranda Scenic Railway Ticket Prices
- A round trip ticket can cost anywhere between Adult $74-Adult $170.
- A combined railway, cable-car, wildlife and aboriginal culture package can range between A$142–A$160.
Kuranda Scenic Railway Opening and Closing Hours
- Departure (from Cairns): 8:30 am & 9:30 am.
- Arrival (at Cairns): 2:00 pm & 3:30 pm.
How To reach Kuranda Scenic Railway by Public Transport
- Spence St N
- Cairns Central Shopping Centre - C88
- Cairns Central Shopping Centre - C253
Restaurants Near Kuranda Scenic Railway
- Green Ant Cantina (Mexican food served)
- Hog's Breath Café
- The Taj Indian Restaurant (Indian food served)
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Things to Know Before Visiting Kuranda Scenic Railway
95% of people who visit Cairns include Kuranda Scenic Railway in their plan
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78.17% of people start their Kuranda Scenic Railway visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
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Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns Reviews
I went on the train a couple of years ago and it was beautiful. Still is a very pleasant and informative trip. Hope of half way and enjoy the view. Must do when visiting Cairns. It goes yo Karanda, another must. Beautiful market atmosphere
Super boring and really overpriced! Pretty much just a standard train ride to a quite town. Sky rail was good, but it for $120
A must do if you are in the area! Took the "Skyrail" cableway up (which was quite nice) but the train was amazing. It is just as stunning in terms of the views as it is interesting historically. Great on-board talk and easy navigation. Worth the money. Only reason it wasn't five stars was because they cram you in a bit. Should really be three per bench rather than four, but I guess that is a result of popularity. Windows were blocked by selfish tourists who spent more time looking on their phones (not taking photos) than actually looking out the window. No consideration!
On most search engines, it lists this and one of the top 10, 20, 25 things to do in Australia. First, book 1st class if you can (I thought we had...) otherwise, you're in a railcar beyond hot, with a window open and very little breeze. I gotta be honest, The views weren't that great. there was spots were there was nice views, but most of it, you're in packed forests areas, or looking at dirt cutouts in the earth going by your window. Now, we didn't do the Gondola back - I'm sorry, after the train ride, I was not impressed, and I'm sure the gondola would have been better, but I didn't really trust the claims after that. Also, we wanted to spend some time in the town. I'd say that was the best part of the trip. The Town of Kuranda. There's great shops, great food, and a animal park there. It's worth getting off the train, and then skipping the direct trip back on the Gondola to spend some time in the town.
The 1hr30 train ride through the tropical rain forest felt like 15mins because we loved every sections of it. Truly spectacular views of the rain forest, the valleys below and the vista of the coastline. There were many twists and turns & tunnels, making this ride on the historic train a memorable and enjoyable experience - a must do if you're in Cairns.