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Cairns’ Most Popular Day Out

Skyrail + Kuranda Scenic Railway

Cairns’ Most Popular Day Out

Skyrail + Kuranda Scenic Railway


Advance bookings and payment is required




This is a combination of a one-way Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with a one-way Kuranda Scenic Railway and can be enjoyed as a half- or full-day experience.


You can start with either Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or Kuranda Scenic Railway and either experience is equally enjoyable.


Please note: Kuranda Scenic Railway morning departures are only available from Freshwater Railway Station, not Cairns Central Railway Station.




Smithfield Terminal: 6 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield (15 minutes north of Cairns City and 50 minutes south of Port Douglas)


If you are self-driving, please park and check-in at Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal (including self-drivers commencing with Kuranda Scenic Railway). A one-way transfer between Smithfield Terminal and Freshwater Railway Station is included in your self-drive package.


Bus transfers are available from selected Cairns City, Trinity Beach and Palm Cove locations.




  • Skyrail: 1 ½ hours
  • Scenic Railway: 1 ½ hours
  • Kuranda Village: 2-3 hours
Skyrail + Scenic Railway
Child (4-14 years)$58.50
Family (2 Ad + 2Ch)$292.50
Skyrail + Scenic Railway
With one-way bus transfer
(From Cairns City, Trinity Beach & Palm Cove*)
Child (4-14 years)$59.50
Family (2 Ad + 2Ch)297.50
  • ^The self-drive experience includes one-way bus transfer between Skyrail Smithfield Terminal and Freshwater Railway Station.
  • * Available from selected Cairns City, Trinity Beach and Palm Cove locations only.


  • For a unique perspective of the rainforest canopy upgrade to Diamond View (glass floor gondola) or Canopy Glider experience (open air gondola), available one-way only.
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway’s Gold Class is tailored to provide a more luxurious and personalised journey.


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Prices valid from 1st April 2021 – 31st March 2022. Prices are in Australian Dollars and include GST.

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway


Skyrail Rainforest Cableway takes you on a fascinating journey of discovery over and deep into Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage listed rainforest.


Glide mere metres above the pristine rainforest canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at Red Peak and Barron Falls.


Enjoy complimentary ranger guided tours, the Rainforest Discovery Zone, The Edge Lookout, the Historical Precinct and the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre to fully immerse yourself in the unique sights, sounds, smells and feel of the rainforest.

Kuranda Scenic Railway


Board the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway as it meanders its way between Cairns and Kuranda.


Opened in 1891, this famous railway ascends from the coastal plains of Cairns through Freshwater Railway Station and on to Kuranda, the Village in the Rainforest, some 328 metres (1,076 feet) above sea level.


Your historic journey in fully refurbished vintage carriages includes English commentary and a short photo opportunity stop at Barron Falls.

Upgrade Options

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Diamond View


Enjoy a unique and unimpeded perspective straight down to the tropical rainforest canopy with Skyrail’s glass floor Diamond View gondola.


Diamond View guests enjoy dedicated Diamond View only boarding queues, and Diamond View gondolas depart the platforms every 7 minutes (approximately).


Diamond View gondolas seat a maximum of 5 people (including infants) and is available on a one-way, per-person basis only. Return and family rates do not apply.

Upgrade to Diamond View Gondola

$22.00 per adult one-way

$11.00 per child one-way


Simply add Diamond View to your experience during the booking process


*Prices valid from 1st April 2021 – 31st March 2022.


Kuranda Scenic Railway

Gold Class


A premium railway experience for those who appreciate extra comfort and luxury. Guests enjoy individual lounge style seating, a commemorative gift pack and a selection of locally produced delicacies brought to you by a dedicated host.
Gold Class is available on the 9:55am departure from Freshwater Railway Station to Kuranda and the 3:30pm departure from Kuranda to Freshwater Railway Station.


The Gold Class service is not available between Freshwater Railway Station and Cairns Central Railway Station.


Upgrade to Gold Class Carriage

$49.00 per adult one-way

$49.00 per child one-way


Simply add Gold Class to your experience during the booking process


*Prices valid from 1st April 2021 – 31st March 2022.


Skyrail Interpretive App & Audio Guide

Ensure you get the most out of your experience by downloading Skyrail’s multi-lingual Interpretive App & Audio Guide that places the story of Australia’s ancient tropical rainforest directly in your hands.


  • Enhance your experience with in gondola commentary
  • See augmented reality rainforest animals appear right before your eyes
  • Track your journey
  • Learn more about your experience
  • Capture and share photos to your social networks


Download the Skyrail Interpretive App & Audio Guide now