Skyrail Special Events
Skyrail shared the world’s most beautiful rainforest experience with its first royal guests, Her Majesty the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on Friday 1st March 2002.
The Queen, on an official royal visit to Australia, flew into Cairns to experience the spectacular beauty and splendour of the region’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests.
Departing from Skyrail’s Kuranda Terminal, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied on their journey by Skyrail’s Chairman and owner operator, George Chapman AO.
Highlighting some of the Australian Tropical Rainforest’s more fascinating and unique species as they skimmed over the canopy, Mr Chapman travelled with the royal couple to Red Peak Station where they alighted from the cableway to enjoy a fascinating boardwalk tour, hosted by Skyrail Ranger and Djabugay elder, Milton Brim.
The Skyrail experience was warmly received by the royal couple providing them with a unique perspective of one of Tropical North Queensland’s most beautiful natural attractions.
June 26th 2000 was a special day for Skyrail, as the rainforest cableway carried the Olympic Torch on its first ever voyage over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests.
Transported in special ‘open air’ gondolas, which Skyrail imported from America especially for the occasion, the Olympic Torch travelled the length of the 7.5km cableway carried by two Skyrail torch bearers.
Milton Brim, a Skyrail Ranger and respected elder of the Djabugay people whose traditional country includes the Skyrail route, carried the Olympic flame on the first leg of its rainforest journey from Kuranda Terminal to Red Peak Station.
Disembarking at Skyrail’s Barron Falls Station, Milton carried the Olympic Torch through the rainforest to Barron Falls look-out, before continuing the record-making journey to Red Peak Station.
At Red Peak, Milton handed the flame to Skyrail’s then-General Manager Craig Pocock, who bore the flame on the remainder of its Skyrail journey, concluding at Smithfield Terminal.