Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip From Palm Cove

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Tour departs from Palm Cove hotels between: Rail/Rainforestation/Sky - 7:00am and 8:00am Rail/Sky - 7:00am and 7:45am Sky/Rail - 8:00am and 8:45am Rail/Sky/Tjapukai - 8:00am and 8:45am Rail.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pickups are available from selected Northern Beaches hotels - please contact the operator after booking to confirm your closest pickup location and time.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Experience the rainforest beauty of Far North Queensland on a scenic day trip from Palm cove. Ride the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and choose from a variety of options including the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or the popular Rainforestation Nature Park.


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  • Rail Tour
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Learn about Tropical North Queensland's pioneering history on a leisurely train journey to Kuranda 'the village in the rainforest'. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you wind your way through the rainforest. A short photo stop is made at Barron Gorge and as you cross Stoney Creek Bridge, before arriving in Kuranda.

There is free time in Kuranda to do a little shopping at the heritage markets, grab some lunch in one of the many restaurants/cafes (additional cost) or checkout some wildlife at Birdworld, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (entrance fees not included).

There are many options available to choose from for your Kuranda day trip so you can do as much or as little as you like. Choose from:

  • Rail/Rainforestation/Sky - Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway, visit Rainforestation Nature Park, return on Skyrail (10 hours)
  • Rail/Sky - Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway, return on Skyrail (8.5 hours)
  • Sky/Rail - Travel to Kuranda on Skyrail, return on the Scenic Railway (10 hours)
  • Rail/Sky/Tjapukai- Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway, return on Skyrail, visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (9 hours)
  • Rail/Sky/Tjapukai/Lunch - Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway, return on Skyrail, visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with buffet lunch (10 hours)


Kuranda Scenic Railway
The world famous railway experience is a must-do when visiting Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, Australia. The onboard commentary will help you 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.

Begin at Freshwater Station where you'll have time to have breakfast at the cafe or explore the small museum. Board the train to begin your One hour and 45 minute journey through the rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. Cross the impressive Stoney Creek Bridge and stop for photos at Barron Gorge.

At the end of you Kuranda Scenic Rail ride you'll arrive at Kuranda Station, 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.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Glide over Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy. Hear the birds singing and smell the fresh scent of the rainforest as you effortlessly and silently skim just meters above the rainforest canopy in a six-person gondola. Enjoy unbeatable views from the rainforest to the reef as you pass over the peak of the mountain range.

The 7.5 kilometer Skyrail has two stops along the way where you can hop out and explore this amazing environment from the forest floor on boardwalks, scenic look-outs and in the state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretation Centre. See why the award-winning Skyrail is considered a world leader in eco-tourism, providing you with a truly unique rainforest experience available no where else in the world.

Rainforestation Nature Park
Experience indigenous culture, Australian native wildlife and World Heritage listed rainforest all on one site at the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park. Set on 100 acres (40 hectares) in the midst of World Heritage rainforest, this unique tourist attraction features a variety of activities the whole family will love.

Board the Army Duck for a different look at the rainforest and some of its inhabitants. Your amphibious Duck travels over land and water to take you into the heart of the rainforest. Visit the Koala and Wildlife Park and come face to face with some of Australia's most cuddly creatures. The Dreamtime Walk is your introduction to Aboriginal and Islander culture. Try your hand at boomerang throwing and watch as the Pamagirri Dancers display the humor and excitement of their native dance.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
A short walk from the Skyrail, you can experience indigenous culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. discover Australia's ancient culture through theatre, stage shows and demonstrations. See how the musicians coax out the sounds of dingoes, birds and learn the secrets of the circular breathing technique you will need to master to be a true didgeridoo player.

Have you ever used a Woomera to throw a spear? Throw a traditional returning boomerang and have your photo taken with a Tjapukai performer. The dance theatre is set in a natural forest amphitheatre and featuring a live performance celebrating traditional Tjapukai corroborees and song. The Creation Theatre tells the story of the Tjapukai people with live performers interacting with giant holograms.

You can also choose to include buffet lunch at the fully licensed restaurant.


One way Kuranda Scenic Railway ride

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (if option selected)

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (if option selected)

Rainforestation Nature Park (if option selected)

Hotel pickup and drop off

GST (Goods and Services Tax)

Entry/Admission - Kuranda Scenic Railway


Food and drinks (unless specified)

Skyrail (if option not selected)

Tjapukai (if option not selected)

Birdworld entrance (approx. AUD19.00/adult, AUD9.50/child)

Butterfly Sanctuary entrance (approx. AUD20.00/adult, AUD10.00/child)

Kuranda Koala Gardens entrance (approx. AUD19.00/adult and AUD9.50/child)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

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  • 22-Aug-2019

    Picked this tour as wanted to rail up to Kuranda and sky rail down and have time at Kuranda. The train trip was great, stopped a couple of times on the way up for photos, plenty to see in Kuranda, trip included the Rainforest park with lunch which was lovely and plentiful. After feeding the kangaroos and seeing other animals, it was off on the ‘duck’ for an adventure, staff very friendly and knowledgeable, didn’t do all parts of the tour as wanted to go to butterfly sanctuary which was lovely. Sky rail trip was amazing , stopped off a couple of times to walk around the areas. Really recommend this day, picked up from northern beaches.

  • 01-Mar-2018

    We enjoyed a wonderful day on the Kuranda Scenic Railway Day trip. We were collected on time and transported comfortably to the historic railway station that would transport us along the Kuranda Rail journey. The journey itself was fantastic and the stories that accompanied us on our way through the beautiful scenery was excellent. The skyrail journey on the way back was equally exciting and enjoyable providing us with a different but magnificent view of the rainforest. We would recommend this journey to anyone

  • 22-Sep-2017

    Our trip included the Tjapukai Aborigini Village. A must to do. Spent around 2 hours doing so many different things including spear and boomarang throwing, joining in the dancing and singing and learning many interesting facts and stories.Brilliant place.The 40minute Skyrail had some amazing views as it glided over the rain forest with stops on the way to the Kuranda village which was a pleasant surprise. Lots of little shops and a market selling souveneirs to suit everyones tastes and lots of places to get refreshments. The highlight for me was a visit to the Koala Sanctuary where you can cuddle a koala and take photos as well as being given a large photo. Also the opportunity to hand feed the wallabys and kangaroos.Everyone very friendly and helpful. A great day and worth every penny.

  • 05-Dec-2016

    Nice and interesting...the train was nothing special, the town was a little more commercial than I expected, but still fun, and a lot to see. Make sure to take a photo with the Koala at the Koala park. Not many good lunch options...

  • 29-Oct-2016

    Really good, plenty of photo ops during the ride

  • 24-Sep-2016

    Was very disappointed. Down under tours lied about this. They say the tour is 10 hours but it was more like 5. We were scheduled for our sky rail at 9:45am which took us to Kuranda. Then had to be on the train to leave at 2pm. Because it was half the time they said we missed an excursion and lost $94

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  • 24-Jun-2016

    Rubbish tour, totally waste of money to be pushed around by an inept and unresponsive tour

  • 14-Dec-2015

    Starts with an hotel pickup straight to the train station. A great train journey up the mountains with a good live commentary and opportunities for some good photo opportunities. The old fashioned train, coaches and stations really added to the atmosphere.
    The cableway return journey was also very good, with a couple of stopping points where you can get off to explore and take more photos.
    The only downside is the village of Kuranda which was a bit touristy for our liking but might well suit others more.
    Worth checking with your tour on return times - we were told one time - came down a bit early and found we had just missed an earlier bus that we did not know about.

  • 05-Dec-2015

    I had a great time. The crews are very friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Tours run down are well-planned and smooth. Coach has been arranged and stand by at the pick-up beforehand, so customers don't have to wait long. A itinerary together with the tickets of the train and cable car is provided, customers could manage their trip without a problem. Really appreciated the attentive arrangement, will definitely join the local tour operator in the future!

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