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  • Address: Bunda St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Hours: Open daily 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Varies

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Kuranda Scenic Railway Tours

Winding its way through the ancient rainforests, dramatic gorges, and UNESCO World Heritage-listed landscapes of Queensland’s tropical north, the Kuranda Scenic Railway is one of Australia’s most spectacular train journeys. Running 23 miles (37 kilometers) from Cairns in the south to Kuranda in the north, the route is a thrilling one. As it passes through an impressive 15 tunnels and across 37 bridges, the railway affords panoramic views of the Barron Gorge National Park.

The Basics
Most tours set out from Cairns, Port Douglas, or the northern beaches, from where it’s a two-hour one-way journey to the end of the line at Kuranda. Passengers can choose standard heritage carriages or the more luxurious Gold Class or Royale Class service, in which refreshments are served. For the best value, combine your tour with other North Queensland activities  such as a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, an Army Duck tour of the Rainforestation Nature Park, a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef, or a visit to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • English-language commentary is provided on the train.
  • Luggage space is limited, so bring a day bag and be sure to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, and comfortable shoes if you plan on exploring the rainforest.
  • Wheelchair access is available at all stations except Barron Falls station, but it must be requested in advance.

How to Get There
It’s possible to ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway in either direction, starting your journey at Cairns Station, Freshwater Station, or Kuranda Station. Cairns Station is located right in the center of Cairns, about five miles (eight kilometers) or a 1-hour train ride south of Cairns Airport.

When to Get There
The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs twice daily, with morning departures from Cairns and afternoon departures from Kuranda. Trains run year-round, but with no air-conditioning on-board the historic trains, it can get hot in summer.

Natural Landscapes of the Wet Tropics
The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs right through the heart of the UNESCO-protected Wet Tropics, climbing through the jungle-clad mountains of the Barron Gorge. Jump off along the way to marvel at the Barron Falls, admire Stoney Creek Falls, or take a hike through the ancient woodlands, looking out for wildlife such as rainbow lorikeets, wild orchids, and Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos.

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Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns & the ... 
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Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Experience the ultimate Kuranda visit with a skip-the-line ticket for the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Kuranda Skyrail, plus Gold Class service on the Kuranda ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation, Cairns & the ... 
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Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation

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Join a full day tour to Kuranda, in World Heritage Rainforest. Experience the largest flight aviary in Australia at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the ...  Read more

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Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Classic Kuranda by Skyrail and Scenic Railway Including Rainforestation, Koala and Wildlife Park ... 
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Classic Kuranda by Skyrail and Scenic Railway Including Rainforestation, Koala and Wildlife Park and Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience

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Join a full day tour to Kuranda, in World Heritage-listed rainforest. Experience the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park including Army Duck tour, the ...  Read more

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Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Kuranda Day Trip from Cairns by Scenic Railway and Skyrail Including Army Duck Rainforest Tour, ... 
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Kuranda Day Trip from Cairns by Scenic Railway and Skyrail Including Army Duck Rainforest Tour

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Join a full day tour to Kuranda, in World Heritage-listed rainforest. Experience the award-winning rainforestation Army Duck Rainforest Tour with an ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.03
Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise, Cairns & the ... 
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Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

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Hit the rails, the rainforest, the sky and the reef in an action-packed day trip from Cairns! You'll take the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Kuranda Day Trip from Port Douglas with Optional Skyrail Cableway or Scenic Railway, Port Douglas, ... 
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Kuranda Day Trip from Port Douglas with Optional Skyrail Cableway or Scenic Railway

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Departing Port Douglas or Palm Cove (not available from Cairns) enjoy this small-group Kuranda day trip limited to 12 guests guaranteeing personal service and ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Tour with Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Hartley's Crocodile ... 
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Full-Day Tour with Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures from Cairns

Enjoy a day trip of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures with an English speaking guide. Venture into Kuranda, an astounding village in the rainforest, by train. ...  Read more

Location: Cairns City, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $144.62
4-Day Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Tour, Cairns & the Tropical North, Nature & Wildlife
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4-Day Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Tour

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Spend the day on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, visit an Aboriginal culture park and ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda on this fabulous ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove, Palm Cove, Multi-day Tours
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Palm Cove, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.01
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Rail Tours
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Port Douglas

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Experience the rainforest beauty of Far North Queensland on a scenic day trip from Port Douglas. Ride the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and choose from a ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: Varies

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