Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway Tour

The Ultimate Kuranda and Rainforest Experience

The Ultimate experience of Kuranda and the World Heritage listed rainforest of the Wet Tropics

What's Included in the Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway package?

  • Free parking at Skyrail's Smithfield Terminal (Transfer options also available)
  • 1 ½ hour Skyrail Rainforest Cableway experience including the Red Peak and Barron Falls Stations
  • Ranger Guided Tour and Rainforest Discovery Zone at Red Peak
  • Entry to the CSIRO Interpretation Centre & historical precinct at Barron Falls 
  • Spectacular viewing platforms including The Edge Lookout taking in the Barron Falls and Barron Gorge National Park
  • Free time to explore Kuranda – the Village in the Rainforest
  • 1 ½ hour Kuranda Scenic Railway journey including photo stops at Barron Falls
  • Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway interpretive and audio apps

Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway Prices 

The prices shown above are in Australian Dollars (AUD), GST inclusive and valid from April 1st 2019 to March 31st 2020.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway & Kuranda Scenic Railway
Adult Child Family  
 One Way Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway  Experience:        
 With One Way transfer between Freshwater train station and Skyrail's Smithfield terminal (Self Drive) $114.50 $57.25 $286.25 Book now
 With One Way Pick Up from Cairns accommodation to  Skyrail's Smithfield terminal $116.50 $58.25 $291.25 Book now
 With return transfers: Cairns & Beaches accommodation  $128.00 $64.00 $320.00 Book now
 With return transfers: Port Douglas accommodation  $157.00 $78.50 $392.50 Book now

How do I get to Skyrail?

I have my own Vehicle (Self Drive Transfer Package)

Start your experience by driving to Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal (20 minutes north of Cairns City). Our car park provides ample free parking space for all vehicles (including oversize spaces for RVs, caravans and campers).

How does this work?

  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway has self-drive options available to book with various timings.
  • Freshwater Railway Station is approximately 7km from Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal so a coach transfer is required as part of the self-drive tours available.
  • For those visitors taking Kuranda Scenic Railway first coach transfers operate between Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal and Freshwater Railway Station in the morning at times to suit your itinerary.
  • For those beginning the day with Skyrail, your coach transfer back to your vehicle will depart from Freshwater Railway Station after you train journey in the afternoon.
  • Bookings are essential and times will be advised during the booking process. 

Click here for more information and a self drive map.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway location map

One Way Pick Up from Cairns Accommodation

The one way pick up from Cairns brings you to Skyrail's Smithfield Terminal from your accommodation where you can start your tour. For your return journey from Kuranda, you will need to remain on the Kuranda train until it reaches Cairns Central Railway Station (do not disembark at the Freshwater station). Most Cairns city accommodation is within a short walking distance of the train station.

How does this work?

  • Pick up from your Cairns hotel accommodation to Skyrail
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway experience departing from Smithfield & finishing in Kuranda
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail departing Kuranda village at 2pm or 3.30pm and finishing at Cairns Central Railway Station (Cairns City)

Return Coach Transfers

If you do not have your own means of transport, Skyrail can pick you up and drop you off at both the beginning and end of your rainforest tour with Skyrail and the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

The transfer service is available for anyone staying in Cairns city, Cairns beaches, Palm Cove and Port Douglas locations. You can experience this tour by travelling up to Kuranda on Skyrail, and down on the train in the afternoon (Skyrail Train), or you can choose to travel on a morning train up to Kuranda and come back down to Smithfield on Skyrail in the afternoon (Train Skyrail). 


See more videos or see what's happening in the rainforest right now via our live Cairns webcams

Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class Upgrade 

The Gold Class upgrade on board Kuranda Scenic Railway is tailored to provide a more luxurious and personalised experience.

Gold Class Upgrades for the Kuranda Scenic Railway and can be selected once you move through to the train component of your booking. 

What’s included in the Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class upgrade?

  • Dedicated host service
  • Souvenir trip guide
  • Lounge style chairs with individually assigned seating
  • Morning tea or afternoon tea served with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Kuranda Train gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen and postcard
  • An exclusive tour of the Heritage-listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda Station which commences at 11:40am

Note: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class service is available on the 9:55am and 3:30pm services only. Any dietary requirements must be notified to us at least 24 hours prior to travel.

Upgrade to Glass Floor Gondolas (Diamond View) 

Skyrail's glass floor gondolas offer an exciting perspective from high above the rainforest canopy.

What does the oldest tropical rainforest on earth look like from directly above? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to view the rainforest through our glass floor gondolas.

Diamond View gondolas carry a maximum of 5 passengers and depart stations every 7 minutes (approximately). Diamond View passengers will enjoy dedicated boarding queues at all terminals and stations.

Additional fees apply: 

One Way Skyrail Diamond View upgrade $20.00 Adult, $10.00 Child 

Diamond View is available on a one-way per person basis only; return and family rates do not apply.


Please note when purchasing tours online

  • If your transaction is successful you will be sent a confirmation email along with your booking summary and itinerary.  (Confirmations are sent as PDF files, you must have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed)
  • If you experience technical difficulties, please contact Skyrail's Reservations Department on email/reservations)( or phone +61 7 4038 5555. 
  • Booking Conditions: Prior to receipt of the boarding ticket, changes can be made and upgrades may be possible, subject to availability. Once bookings are processed and boarding tickets are issued, guests must travel at their pre-allocated time as indicated and changes (including refunds for any unused portions) or upgrades are not possible.