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Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Experience the ultimate Kuranda visit with a skip-the-line ticket for the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Kuranda Skyrail, plus Gold Class service on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Be amazed at the views of the rainforest and Cairns' beautiful coastline as you glide along the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Have your camera handy as you travel on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, passing Stoney Creek Falls, Barron Falls and Horseshoe Bend. With plenty of free time to shop and to visit the wildlife exhibits in Kuranda, you'll enjoy the best of the region on this popular day trip.
  • Gold Class service on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Spectacular views from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Skip-the-line tickets: no time wasted queuing
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns or Port Douglas
What to Expect
After pickup from your Cairns or Port Douglas hotel, transfer to the railway station to board the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Using your skip-the-tickets, hop straight aboard, and take your seats in the comfortable Gold Class carriages. On the journey, gaze out over the magnificent landscapes of Barron Gorge National Park, with its dense rain forest, dramatic gorges, and tumbling waterfalls. As you take in the views, sip a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy the provided tea, coffee, and snacks. On arrival, enjoy free time to browse the shops or purchase lunch in Kuranda village, learn more about the region’s indigenous heritage at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (optional, own expense), or spot kangaroos and koalas in the Rainforestation Nature Park (optional, own expense). Return to Cairns via a thrilling ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, including two stops at viewing stations along the way, where you can enjoy a firsthand view of the rain forest, following purpose-built boardwalks. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup available from selected Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas hotels available - please ensure to choose the Cairns or Port Douglas option when booking. Contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time.
  • One way Kuranda Scenic Railway ride in Gold Class
  • One way by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Were collected from a hotel close to the port and dropped off again. Also had pleanty of time to explore Kurunda. Gold Class was great, able to mov around the carriage to take photos and the food was excellent.
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Nothing to review as Down Under failed to pick me up where they told me to wait. They "are unable to refund" my $200+ fee or donate it to Bushfire Appeal as I suggested. Rating of 1 as I can't give zero.
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Response from DUT_Marketing, Manager at Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Responded 14 Jan 2020
Hi I6262MQdavidsm, We are disappointed to read your review about your experience on Monday. I have checked our records and discussed this with our Reservations Manager regarding what occurred with your pickup. Our Reservations Manager personally spoke to you over the phone on Sunday (the day prior to your tour) to confirm that our coach would pick you up at 8:05am from the bus stop just to the right outside of your accommodation. She also mentioned if you were still unsure to ask your Reception staff as they would be able to show you, as the bus pickup is designated specifically for your Hotel. The next morning our driver could not locate you at this advised location and searched for 22 minutes to try and locate you. After advising our Reservations team he could not locate you, they were able to make contact with you by phone. You advised you had walked to a bus stop 450 metres away from your accommodation. By this time it was 8:35am. Once we found your location, our driver stopped opposite to where you were seated. You then advised our Reservations staff that whilst you could see the bus, you no longer wished to travel, and declined our offer to travel on another day. Our cancellation policy on the day of travel is 25% of the booking, and as you booked and paid through TripAdvisor, our Reservations team advised that you are required to request your refund via TripAdvisor directly (as we do not have your funds). We are disappointed that we were not given the opportunity to take good care of you on the after our team went to great effort to locate you, and in doing so delayed the tour by 30 minutes. We hope you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday. The DUT Team.
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Excellent trip just a few pointers as we found it quite confusing. The scenic railway goes Cairns-Freshwater-Kuranda and return. The Skyrail goes Smithfield-Kuranda-Smithfield. I'd highly recommend doing what we did. Gold class scenic railway from Cairns to Kuranda. Note the
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I highly suggest going Gold Class. It was a very hot and humid day in Cairns and the trains do not have AC. Gold Class provided nice comfy chairs with room to breathe! They serve so many snacks and drinks. They really go over and above.It was a great experience. The skyrail on
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Response from DUT_Marketing, Digital Marketing at Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi LaurenH9818, Thank you for your review – we are glad to hear you had a great day visiting Kuranda via the Gold Class Scenic Rail, and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway! We definitely agree with you that Gold Class is worth the upgrade! The local snacks and drinks, individual lounge-style seating and personal attendant service really does make the experience that much more special. Thank you again, and we hope that you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday! Safe travels, The DUT Team #downundertours
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Enjoyable day - worth the extra for the Gold Class - snacks and drinks along the way on the train to Kuranda. We found the humidity too high for much wandering around the village and after lunch returned by cable car over the rain forest. All the staff were excellent and
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Response from DUT_Marketing, Digital Marketing at Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Hi Thank you for your review – we are glad to hear you had a great day visiting Kuranda via the Scenic Rail Gold Class and Skyrail! We agree that the upgrade to Gold Class on the Railway is definitely worth it! Thank you for choosing to travel with us and we hope that you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday! Safe travels, The DUT Team #downundertours
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About the operator
By: Down Under Tours - Day Tours
Sturgeon Falls, Canada
Greatly organized!
Booked a day trip to Kurunda from our Novotel Oadis hotel and very pleased with the professionalism and
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Paul W
railroad, rainforest, skyrail
Overall this was an pretty enjoyable activity. There wasn't enough time to tour the markets in the morning before
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Leighann Z
Suffern, New York
Nice trip but a bit too hot when we went
The train ride was nice but no air conditioning so we were a little uncomfortable. The town doesn’t have a lot to
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Graham H
Trowbridge, United Kingdom
A great day out, but go as early as you can
Well worth doing, but no need to go from the centre of Cairns. Just park your car at the cable car terminal. First
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Yvonne K
Really great day at the Daintree & Cape Tribulation, which included the river cruise!
Daniel our tour guide for the day was phenomenal! He is filled with so much knowledge! He was funny too! I learned
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Sticky r
Fantastic trip up the mountain, views were superb
Loved the history of the railway and the description on the way up, only disappointment I was expecting a steam
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Carol R
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fabulous day—highlight of the trip
We spent the day with Gav, our tour guide. It was a fabulous day! He is friendly, knowledgeable, entertaining,
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Lucy M
Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
Daintree and Cape Tribulation day tour
This was a great day out with a very knowledgeable guide (thanks Simon) who did everything to make our day
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Noel D
Oakleigh, Australia
A Nice Day in the Forest
We did the self drive option of this trip. The Cableway was very nice but you had to download the App to get any
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Noel D
Oakleigh, Australia
A wonderful day
We had a great day with Mark our driver and guide. Mark was a great guide and driver, and made the tour very
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