The World's Most Beautiful Rainforest

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway  

Unlock the Secrets of the World's Oldest Tropical Rainforest

Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and deep into the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest.

The iconic Skyrail experience is a must do Cairns attraction that provides a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed tropical rainforest - immersing guests in the sights, sounds, smells and tranquillity in one of the most botanically fascinating areas on earth. 

The uniqueness of the Skyrail experience is epitomised by the purpose built gondolas that offer a sustainable birds-eye view of North Queensland’s living natural wonder whose prehistoric ancestry is some 60 million years older than the Amazon.

Learn about ancient plants and animals that existed long before dinosaurs roamed the earth and whose descendants can still be seen in the rainforest today.

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Home to some of the world’s first kangaroos, flowering plants and ancient song birds, this fascinating living museum is like a window back in time. 

Alight at Red Peak where the combination of complimentary ranger-guided tours, rainforest boardwalk loop, the Rainforest Discovery Zone, interpretive signage and lookout unlock the secrets of this mystical landscape.

Discover more via the Rainforest Interpretation Centre and boardwalk loop at Barron Falls. Marvel at the rugged beauty of the Barron Gorge and Falls and enjoy spectacular panoramic views from any of the viewing platforms including The Edge Lookout, and learn more about the area’s pioneering past at the engaging historical display.

Get the most out of your experience and download the Skyrail Interpretive App and Audio Guide to place the story of the rainforest directly in your hands.

Representing a world first in environmental tourism, Skyrail is a multi-award winner renowned for its commitment to the highest standards of sustainable environmental performance.

Traversing the ancient rainforest between Smithfield and Kuranda, a one-way Skyrail Experience will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. For a return (round-trip) experience, you should allow 2½ hours. Visit our Skyrail Trip Planner for more information.

Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal is located approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Cairns city and 50 minutes’ drive from Port Douglas. Both locations are conveniently serviced by regular coach transfers. Self-drive guests have access to free parking for cars and RV’s/caravans.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is open every day except for Christmas Day and during planned, preventative maintenance. Visit Skyrail's Special Notices page for more information.

Encounter, discover and immerse yourself in #TheAncientRainforest.