Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Our Vision

The Skyrail Vision

To provide our guests with the best rainforest experience available anywhere in the world.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is an iconic, must-do experience that takes guests over and through the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforest, home to the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest on Earth.

Skyrail staff in uniform outside Smithfield Terminal building

Skyrail is the most environmentally sensitive way to visit the ancient rainforest. By gliding above the pristine rainforest canopy and exploring the rainforest floor on environmentally sensitive pathways, guests can fully immerse themselves in the rainforest experience without leaving even a footprint behind.

Since its inception in 1995, Skyrail has proven very popular and has cemented its place as an iconic must do Australian experience.
Skyrail enables people from across the world to discover the beauty and wonder of this incredible ancient landscape while simultaneously promoting and educating the importance of rainforest preservation.

Multi-award winning with an ongoing commitment to environmental tourism practices, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway continues to provide its guests with the World’s Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience.

Builders and designers of Skyrail standing looking over engineering plans in an office

Since opening 27 years ago, Skyrail has become a world-leader in sustainable tourism and remains the most environmentally sensitive way to experience the ancient rainforest.

The cableway stretches 7.5 kilometres or 4.7 miles between Smithfield (Cairns) and Kuranda. There are 32 towers in total and the highest tower stands 40.5 metres (133 feet) high.

Red Peak is Skyrail’s highest point at 545 metres above sea level (1,788 feet). The Kuranda Terminal sits at 336 metres (1,100 feet) and Smithfield (Cairns) Terminal is just 5 metres above sea level (16 feet).

The cableway was originally installed with 47 gondolas. In 1997, this increased the total number of gondolas to 114. In 2013, Skyrail modified and introduced 11 Diamond View glass floor gondolas.