Kuranda Railway and Skyrail Self-Drive

You can visit the picturesque Kuranda, “village in the rainforest“, on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Self Drive. You will discover an eclectic mix of village shops and world-famous markets: Bush-tucker and international cuisines, wildlife, and local Aboriginal culture.

The Kuranda Train and Skyrail Self-Drive tour is an excellent way to visit this beautiful region for those who have their own car.

Kuranda Skyrail

Not only beautiful but sustainable too! Cairns Skyrail is an excellent example of ecotourism. Specifically engineered for breathtaking views, there’s no better way to see the rainforest! As the Skyrail takes you high above the canopy, your view of the rainforest will be completely unrestricted.

Stop off at not one but two different stations to explore the rainforest from the ground. Red Peak Station provides a beautiful walk along a boardwalk through the trees. Barron Falls Station provides a spectacular view of the famous Barron River Waterfalls.

Kuranda Scenic Railway

In the 1880s, the construction of the Kuranda Railway began. Miners from the west needed transport to ‘civilisation’. During construction, 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges were built, with many lives lost. Three million cubic metres of earth were excavated—quite a feat for those times. Tourists began using the railway to visit Kuranda in the 1930s.

You will learn all this and more on your journey through the majestic mountain range surrounded by the oldest rainforest on the planet. Stop off at the Barron Falls lookout for the perfect photo opportunity. To see the falls thundering after some rain is very impressive.

Don’t have a car? No problem! You can book your Kuranda day tour with transfers included HERE.


  • Skyrail
  • Scenic Rail
  • Time in Kuranda


Skyrail up / Train down

Check-in at Skyrail at 12:00 pm.  12:30 pm Skyrail departure.

Free time exploring in Kuranda.

Train departure from Kuranda is at 3:30 pm.

Arrive back at Skyrail Smithfield Terminal parking around 5:00 pm.



  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Kuranda Skyrail
  • One-way coach transfer between Freshwater Train Station to Skyrail Smithfield Terminal
  • Free time in Kuranda Village
  • Hostess assisted

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Cash/credit card for souvenirs and snacks

How to get there

The Skyrail station is located at 6 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield QLD, 4878.

It takes around 20 minutes to drive there from the Cairns CBD, with Free Parking available here all day.


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