Kuranda Scenic Railway

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About Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns

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 Tickets 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 Get To 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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Address: Cairns Railway Station, Bunda St., CBD, Cairns, QLD 4870

Phone: 61-740369333

Ticket Price: 49 AUD

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 08:30 am - 02:00 pm Details

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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
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Experience the rainforest beauty of Tropical North Queensland on a scenic day trip from Cairns. There are five options to choose from that provide different activities, so select what interests you most. All options include a journey on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Other attractions include Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Rainforestation Nature Park, and you’ll have free time in the village of Kuranda to browse its markets, have lunch or visit wildlife attractions like Birdworld or Kuranda Koala Gardens, where you can cuddle a koala! (Food, drinks and activities in Kuranda are at your own expense, unless otherwise stated.)

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
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Enjoy the tranquility of the rainforest as you soar above the canopy aboard the Skyrail on a day trip to Kuranda from Cairns. Choose from a variety of options including Kuranda Scenic Railway, Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or the popular Rainforestation Nature Park.

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Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park
View Deal Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park 11 Reviews | Duration: Varies From USD 36.85/person

Explore Australia's World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest at the Rainforestation Nature Park in Kuranda. The park is set on 100 acres (40 hectares) of pristine rainforest within five minutes of Kuranda village, accessible from Cairns by road or by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or the Kuranda Scenic Railway (transport between Cairns and Kuranda is not included). This eco-friendly Kuranda attraction offers three unique experiences: the Army Duck Rainforest Tour with Tropical Fruit Orchard, Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, and the Koala and Wildlife Park.

Share your experience - Rate Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns

  • WOW! What a beautiful experience it was to travel by train from Freshwater station to Kuranda. The information on the history of this rail was very interesting. The views were magnificent, better than expected. The journey took a couple of hours, well worth it.

  • Second time around (25 years later) and it still hasn't lost its charm. Old-time carriages, good commentary and stunning scenery.

  • It is a good experience but we thought it was expensive. Seats are benches so if you go when it is very busy could get a little cosy. We enjoyed coming back down in the cable cars more.

  • Fun little ride for 1,5 hs through the rainforest, passing a waterfall and amazing views over the area. The train itself is very comfy and the experience is worth the money. We went to All Cairns Tours for the booking, thumbs up!

  • Truly scenic rail journey. Happy that they put group tourists in their own cars; we shared our car with just a dozen other travellers. A staffer came round and took photo with your own mobile, without any suggestion of charge or tip, which is a nice touch. Fresh mango smoothies at Kuranda train station itself were absolutely delicious; we bought several. Down marked because of lack of signs to complimentary shuttle bus, and which doesn't operate during a lunch hour. Caused my disabled wife and I much confusion and lost time. Also, bus is not disabled friendly; high steps. Paved slope to village is very steep. Bring walker or wheelchair.

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