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Cairns: Self-Guided Kuranda Day Trip, Scenic Rail & Skyrail


See native wildlife, including the cassowary, the 3rd largest flightless bird in the world. Next, take the Skyrail back down (Smithfield Skyrail Station) at 2pm. Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery through and deep into the world’s oldest continuously surviving tropical rainforest.
The iconic Skyrail experience is a must-see Cairns attraction in Australia’s World Heritage-listed Tropical Rainforest, immersing you in one of the most botanically fascinating areas on Earth. At the end of your Skyrail experience, the bus will pick you up again at 15:30 and take you back to your hotel.


Visit Kuranda via the Kuranda Scenic Railway and return via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Explore the village in the pristine rainforest and enjoy free time visiting the markets, shops and food stalls. Admire the views from the cable car.

  • Discover the pristine World Heritage rainforest on a historic scenic railway.
  • Ride a cable car that glides just a few meters above the rainforest canopy.
  • Visit the Kuranda markets, unique shops and nature parks.


  • 1-way ticket for Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • 1-way ticket for Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Pickup and drop-off at most major hotels in central Cairns, except for the northern beach area
  • Lunch

Tour Plan

What To Expect

Explore the markets, shops and hiking trails or take a river cruise (seasonal) for 2.5 hours. Discover the food stalls and cafes or dine with the water dragons at Frog’s Restaurant, famous for its sauces and dressings. Ride down the famous Skyrail, which stretches 7.5 km through the rainforest canopy.

Meeting point

You will be advised of your exact pick-up time with 24 hours of your booking. Pick up times run between 9:30am and 10:25am.

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Additional Info
  • Arriving at Yorkeys Knob from a cruise ship, passengers must find their own way to the station and back after the tour.
  • Due to congestion at the Cairns terminal, passengers arriving by cruise ship must go to the Pullman International Hotel to be picked up.
  • Weather may affect Skyrail operations, but the activity provider will try to arrange accommodation.
  • Due to limited availability and/or bad weather, the activity provider reserves the right to change the order and time of the itinerary.
  • Please note that the start time of the activity does not correspond to your pick-up time. To arrange a pick-up time from your accommodation, the activity provider will send you an email.
  • Luggage or large bags are not allowed.
  • You have to bring : comfortable shoes, sunglasses, sun hat.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Host or greeter : English.
Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, cancel up to 24 hours in advance.


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