Kuranda
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Self-Drive Kuranda Experience: Skyrail and Scenic Rail

1. Self-Drive Kuranda Experience: Skyrail and Scenic Rail

Getting around by car? The Kuranda Self Drive trip is a great option for you. Drive yourself to the Skyrail Smithfield Terminal, where a representative will check you in and issue you with the Kuranda Boarding Pass. This includes a detailed itinerary with a time schedule, as well as your Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail tickets, allowing you to proceed straight to the boarding area.  Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway at 10:45 AM and enjoy an unforgettable journey through the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest, stopping along the way to explore. Once you arrive in Kuranda, you'll have free time to see this unique village. Use the discount vouchers on your Kuranda Boarding Pass, or visit the heritage markets. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can purchase refreshments.  Return from Kuranda to Cairns on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, one of the most unique rail journeys in Australia. Choose either the Standard service that retuns at 2 PM, or the Gold Class service with comfortable lounge seats, a dedicated host, and refreshments included, retuning at 3:30 PM. Admire the views as the train winds its way from Kuranda to Freshwater Station, passing spectacular waterfalls and through the beautiful Barron Gorge. Disembark at Freshwater Station to board the shuttle bus back to your car at the Skyrail terminal.

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Kuranda: 1-Hour Rainforest ATV Tour

2. Kuranda: 1-Hour Rainforest ATV Tour

Explore a secluded estate atop the majestic Barron Falls on a personalized ATV tour with a friendly local tour guide. The estate, owned by a local family since 1969, is surrounded by a UNESCO World Heritage Rainforest and is home to the elusive cassowary and other Australian wildlife. You’ll feel secure and prepared after receiving a training session at the beginning of the tour. Confidently ride through the rainforest and take in the atmosphere of this vibrant flora. Follow the ancient timber logger tracks and discover unique trees. As you venture through the forest, your tour guide will share amazing facts and stories from the history of the pioneers. Get your blood pumping as you ride through the water of a permanent creek crossing. Bite into a piece of fresh fruit straight from the tree. The property houses a gorgeous orchard of 600+ trees. If you're lucky, you may be able to spot a cassowary. This blue-headed flightless bird is related to ostriches and emus and makes its home in these rain forests. Although it’s incredibly rare to see these elusive birds in the wild, several cassowaries make their home on the estate, and many visitors have had the chance to lay eyes on this rare and beautiful bird.

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N. Queensland: Kuranda Rainforest Full-Day Tour

3. N. Queensland: Kuranda Rainforest Full-Day Tour

Explore the depths of the Kuranda Rainforest with rides on the railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and 6-wheel-drive amphibious Army Duck vehicle! Experience this enchanting region of Australia and see its wildlife, lush scenery, and aboriginal culture. Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a spectacular journey with stunning views of the Coral Sea, Cairns City, and more. Take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over pristine rainforest and skim the forest canopy just beneath you! See kangaroos, wombats, koalas, and crocodiles up close and personal. Explore the rainforest on a 6-wheel-drive World War II Army Duck amphibious vehicle, over land and water. Your experienced Duck Driver will help you search for wildlife and teach you about the plants and trees that make up the surrounding rainforest. After your Duck tour, you can sample exotic fruits and locally made ice cream at the Tropical Treats fruit orchard. The Koala & Wildlife Park offers the opportunity to get up close with native Australian wildlife including wombats, crocodiles, lizards and birds. You can hand feed kangaroos and wallabies. Included also is the world-famous BBQ lunch. Go for a dreamtime walk and learn about Aboriginal culture with spear-throwing demonstrations and ritualistic dances. Take the opportunity to try your hand at boomerang throwing, then visit Kuranda's markets and art galleries, or even the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Optional extra: For your Kuranda Scenic Railway journey you are able to upgrade from Heritage Class to Gold Class. Gold Class includes the following: Dedicated host service, souvenir trip guide, moist towellete, individual seating, lounge-style chairs, ambient, historical décor, including timber look flooring, historical photographs and cedar interior. Kuranda Scenic Railway gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen and postcard. Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as Gallo Dairyland Cheese, Skybury Coffee, Wondaree Macadamias, Mango to Go (100% pure mango treat), freshly baked muffins with local fruit, Sirromet wines and Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager.

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Barron Falls: 2-Hour Rainforest ATV Tour

4. Barron Falls: 2-Hour Rainforest ATV Tour

Explore a secluded estate atop the majestic Barron Falls on a personalized ATV tour with a friendly local tour guide. The estate, owned by a local family since 1969, is surrounded by a UNESCO World Heritage Rainforest and is home to the elusive cassowary and other Australian wildlife. Feel secure and prepared after receiving a training session at the beginning of the tour. Confidently ride through the rainforest and take in the atmosphere of this vibrant flora. Follow the ancient timber logger tracks and discover unique trees. Venture through the forest as your tour guide shares amazing facts and stories from the history of the pioneers. Get your blood pumping as you ride through the water of a permanent creek crossing. Bite into a piece of fresh fruit straight from the tree from the property's gorgeous orchard.  If you're lucky, you may be able to spot a cassowary. This blue-headed flightless bird is related to ostriches and emus. Although it’s incredibly rare to see these elusive birds in the wild, several cassowaries live on the estate, and many visitors have had the chance to see this rare and beautiful bird.

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Kuranda Pamagirri Aboriginal Premium Full-Day Tour

5. Kuranda Pamagirri Aboriginal Premium Full-Day Tour

Join the longest established coach operator in Cairns, for a full-day adventure to beautiful Kuranda, located in the middle of the World Heritage Rainforest. Your day tour includes a visit to the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park, where you can take a tour on a historic World War II Army Duck over land and through the water. Your friendly and informative Duck Drivers will identify and explain the flora and fauna of some of the world’s oldest rainforests as you sit back and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Visit Koala & Wildlife Park and see native Australian animals, including koalas, snakes, dingoes, a cassowary. The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience is unforgettable. Follow your Pamagirri Guide along the Dreamtime Walk down the Rainbow Serpent pathway and learn how to throw a traditional boomerang. Your Pamagirri guide will demonstrate traditional spear throwing as well as a didgeridoo presentation, followed by an energetic and interactive traditional Aboriginal dance performance in our Rainforest Amphitheatre.  Enjoy a personal, in-depth insight into the Aboriginal culture on the Pamagirri Rainforest Walkabout. Join your Pamagirri Guide for a personal insight into this ancient culture and its relationship with the rainforest. Learn about traditions, spiritual transitions into manhood, customs, rainforest survival bush tucker, and more. You will also take part in an Aboriginal art workshop with a Pamagirri artist, where you can learn about painting techniques, storytelling, and traditions. You will then create and take home your very own Aboriginal canvas artwork.

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What people are saying about Kuranda

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 140 reviews

Great trip the train ride and the sky rail was the highlight for us. The rainforest sanctuary was a bonus it was nice to see all the local animals specially as they are rare to see in the wild. Lunch was huge and impossible to finish. We have really enjoyed the whole day and would recommend this tour to others

It was great day would sure do it again. Only problem was that the driver did not meet us at the station as was expected. We were lucky to see him in the village, when he seen our tour sticker. He then rung the office and organized the rest of our day.

So glad we picked this activity, the whole family had a great time. Our guide was fantastic and took the best photos we had all trip. We will be back 10/10.

Excellent experience. We had so much fun and the staff were amazing! Thank you !

Very informative Had a great time out in the quad bikes