The Skyrail Experience - Voted one of the best things to do in Cairns

Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and through the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest on earth with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Explore one of the most botanically fascinating areas on earth with Skyrail

Consistently voted as one of the best things to do in Cairns, the Skyrail experience offers a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest as you glide just metres above the pristine rainforest canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at the Red Peak and Barron Falls Rainforest Stations.


The Skyrail experience will take approximately 1½ hours one way, or 2-2½ hours return including time spent at the two rainforest stations. It can commence or conclude at either Smithfield or Kuranda, depending on your direction of travel. Please refer to the Trip Planner for approximate timings and suggested itineraries during your Skyrail experience. 

The flexibility of Skyrail allows this unique rainforest experience to be enjoyed in a few hours, or extended over an entire day. Package with Cairns’ other leading attractions such as the Kuranda Scenic Railway to create an unforgettable day tour. 

One of the most popular ways to experience the Wet Tropics and Kuranda regions is to combine your Skyrail rainforest experience with one of Australia’s most unique rail journeys.

Easily accessible from both Cairns and Port Douglas, it’s time to encounter, discover and immerse yourself in what is arguably The World’s Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience.

Smithfield Terminal

Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal is located just 15 minutes from Cairns and 50 minutes from Port Douglas and provides a convenient embarkation or disembarkation point.

Red Peak Station

Descend through the canopy layers and deep into the forest for your first stop, Red Peak Station, where complimentary ranger-guided boardwalk tours, interpretive signage and scenic lookouts will unlock the secrets of this ancient landscape.

Barron Falls Station

The approach to Barron Falls Station brings with it spectacular views of the Barron Gorge National Park which can be further appreciated from the three separate lookouts. Visit the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre and learn more about the area’s pioneering past at the historical display.

Kuranda Terminal

From Barron Falls, your Skyrail experience continues over the pristine rainforest canopy which gives way to the mighty Barron River that you’ll cross on your approach to Skyrail’s Kuranda Terminal that is conveniently located next door to the Kuranda Scenic Railway Station.

Want a view of The World’s Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience right now? Watch one of the Skyrail videos here. For a live view of the Barron Gorge National Park or The Coral Sea and out to the Great Barrier Reef, visit our two live streaming webcams where you can also find a 5 day Cairns weather forecast to further assist with your Tropical North Queensland holiday planning.