A family day out with Skyrail


Popular with children and adults alike, exploring the ancient rainforest with Skyrail is an epic family adventure.

Spend time with your nearest and dearest soaring across the treetops of the famous ancient rainforest. Admire the stunning scenic views of the Cairns region, out to the Coral Sea and across the expansive canopy of the Wet Tropics Rainforest, the oldest tropical rainforest on Earth.

A boy in a yellow shirt sits on a mans knee. They are both smiling at the camera, the man has thumbs up

Photo by Hello Antara.

Two young boys in sunglasses smile in a gondola with rainforest through the window behind them.
A woman and two children smile up at the camera on a glass lookout with a waterfall behind them.
A girls stands in front of a large butterfly wings display and smiles at the camera.

Photo by Kyanger.

Tell your children to keep their eyes peeled for a few rainforest friends. The vibrant blue Ulysses butterfly, pythons, tree-kangaroos and freshwater crocodiles have all been spotted from the Skyrail gondolas. While your children search, make sure you sit back, relax and take in the stunning tropical views over the never-ending sea of green.

Family on Ranger Guided Tour at Red Peak with a Skyrail Ranger

Complimentray Ranger Guided Tour at Red Peak.

The back of a small child watching out the window at skyrail gondolas passing by

Let their imagination run free. Credit @tiffany_west247

Family Fun on the Jungle Floor

Descend below the canopy and discover life on the jungle floor at our two stops, Red Peak and Barron Falls.

Wander through the short rainforest boardwalks of Red Peak, an otherwise inaccessible area of the rainforest. Feel dwarfed by our rainforest giants and be sure to join a complimentary ranger guided tour. Our friendly and passionate rangers are overflowing with information to share and are a hit with children and parents alike.

Skyrail’s ranger guided tours depart regularly from Red Peak and will teach your family all about the rainforest’s epic battle for survival and the never-ending fight for light.

Afterwards, explore the engaging Rainforest Discovery Zone that details the Wet Tropics Rainforest’s incredible story of survival over an outstanding 130 million years. Challenge your children to find the wackiest fact about the rainforest before snapping a cute family picture with our resident cassowary sculpture.

At Barron Falls, enjoy a short boardwalk through the rainforest to The Edge Lookout. This impressive structure allows Skyrail guests to get closer than ever before to the famous Barron Falls. While beautiful any time of the year, in the wet season, feel the falls’ full power as it thunders down into the valley below and envelops you in mist.

The back of two small children looking out of a gondola window into the rainforest below and blue skies

Photo by Lauren Russo.

A teenage bow in a blue shirt stands at a glass lookout admiring the deep gorge below and lush rainforest

The Edge Lookout offers awe-inspiring panoramic views across and into the rainforest lined Barron Gorge. Show your children a unique perspective, not found anywhere else in Cairns, of a landscape that took millions of years to form. 

Any dare devils in your family? We officially invite them to test their nerves on the glass section of The Edge Lookout suspended some 160 metres above the gorge floor. Who out of your family is willing to stand there the longest?

Enhance the Fun with the Skyrail Interpretive App

Enhance your rainforest experience by downloading the Skyrail Interpretive App & Audio Guide. The Audio Guide feature uses GPS technology to provide you an abundance of knowledge about the environment around you. A quick and easy answer to the millions of “what’s thaaaaaat?” questions you’re sure to be asked.

The Augmented Reality feature is a hit with children (and we can’t deny, adults as well). Use your phone to make cassowaries and butterflies appear right in front of your eyes.

Skyrail prides itself on being accessible to people of all ages and abilities. The entire Skyrail experience is wheelchair, pram and stroller accessible. This includes the Skyrail gondolas that are able to accommodate for most types of wheelchairs and prams. Our friendly Skyrail attendants are more than happy to stop or slow down the cableway to ease in embarking or disembarking at each platform.

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