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  • Address: Captain Cook Highway & Cairns Western Arterial Road, Smithfield, Queensland 4878, Australia
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Tours

Soaring through the treetops of Barron Gorge National Park, the 4.7-mile-long (7.5-kilometer) Skyrail Rainforest Cableway offers an unforgettable outdoor experience. Glide over North Queensland’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed tropical rain forest and enjoy unbeatable aerial views over its forests, gorges, and waterfalls. 

The Basics
A one-way ride on the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway takes around 90 minutes, including the ranger-guided boardwalk tours available at Red Peak Station. Two ticket types are available: Standard (in regular panoramic gondolas that seat six people) or Diamond View (in special glass-floor gondolas that seat five).

Tours that include the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway typically run from Cairns, Port Douglas, or the Northern Beaches. A popular choice for a day tour is to ride the Skyrail to Kuranda, then return via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Myriad packages also include Kuranda attractions such as Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Birdworld aviary, or Koala Gardens. You can also combine a Skyrail ride with a thrilling helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef, tickets to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, or an Army Duck Rainforest Tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Gondolas leave every 15 minutes but advance booking is highly recommended, especially during peak times.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen, especially if you plan on enjoying the boardwalk tours, but pack light—large bags and luggage are prohibited on the gondolas.
  • Restrooms, snack bars, and gift shops are available at each station.
  • The Skyrail is accessible to wheelchair users, and complimentary wheelchair rental is available upon request.

How to Get There
The main starting point for the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the Smithfield Terminal, about a 15-minute drive northwest of Cairns or a 50-minute drive south of Port Douglas. Shuttle buses run from Cairns, the Northern Beaches (excluding Holloways Beach, Machans Beach, and Yorkeys Knob), and Port Douglas, but most guided tours include round-trip transportation from your hotel. You can also board the Skyrail at Kuranda station and follow the same route in reverse.

When to Get There
The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway runs year-round. The busiest time is during the peak summer season (December and January), when opting for an early-morning time slot will help you avoid the crowds and the hottest part of the day. The gondolas are fully enclosed and umbrellas are available at the stations during rainy days, so don’t be put off by the weather—in fact, the rain forest is often even more impressive on a rainy or misty day.  

The Skyrail Experience
After setting out from Smithfield Station, enjoy views that stretch as far as Cairns, the Coral Sea, and the start of the Great Barrier Reef. After around 10 minutes in the air, arrive at the Red Peak Rainforest Station, where you can explore the rain forest on an optional ranger-guided walking tour (included in the ticket price). Continue on the Skyrail to Barron Falls Station, where lookout points afford dramatic views over Barron Falls and Barron Gorge National Park, and the Rainforest Interpretation Centre offers insight into the region’s unique geology. Finally, arrive at Kuranda Terminal, where you can spend time discovering Kuranda Village, perhaps enjoying lunch at a restaurant looking out over the rain forest, browsing the traditional markets, or visiting one of the wildlife reserves. 

Tours & Tickets

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Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns & the ... 
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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 ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation, Cairns & the ... 
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Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation

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Join a full day tour to Kuranda, in World Heritage Rainforest. Experience the largest flight aviary in Australia at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Classic Kuranda by Skyrail and Scenic Railway Including Rainforestation, Koala and Wildlife Park ... 
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Classic Kuranda by Skyrail and Scenic Railway Including Rainforestation, Koala and Wildlife Park and Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience

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Join a full day tour to Kuranda, in World Heritage-listed rainforest. Experience the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park including Army Duck tour, the ...  Read more

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Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Day Trips
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns

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Enjoy the tranquility of the rainforest as you soar above the canopy aboard the Skyrail on a day trip to Kuranda from Cairns. Choose from a variety of options ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
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Kuranda Day Trip from Cairns by Scenic Railway and Skyrail Including Army Duck Rainforest Tour, ... 
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Kuranda Day Trip from Cairns by Scenic Railway and Skyrail Including Army Duck Rainforest Tour

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Join a full day tour to Kuranda, in World Heritage-listed rainforest. Experience the award-winning rainforestation Army Duck Rainforest Tour with an ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.29
Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise, Cairns & the ... 
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Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

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Hit the rails, the rainforest, the sky and the reef in an action-packed day trip from Cairns! You'll take the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $462.04
Kuranda Day Trip from Port Douglas with Optional Skyrail Cableway or Scenic Railway, Port Douglas, ... 
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Kuranda Day Trip from Port Douglas with Optional Skyrail Cableway or Scenic Railway

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Departing Port Douglas or Palm Cove (not available from Cairns) enjoy this small-group Kuranda day trip limited to 12 guests guaranteeing personal service and ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.10
Full-Day Tour with Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Hartley's Crocodile ... 
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Full-Day Tour with Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures from Cairns

Enjoy a day trip of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures with an English speaking guide. Venture into Kuranda, an astounding village in the rainforest, by train. ...  Read more

Location: Cairns City, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $144.90
4-Day Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Tour, Cairns & the Tropical North, Nature & Wildlife
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4-Day Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Tour

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Spend the day on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, visit an Aboriginal culture park and ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda on this fabulous ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $596.59
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Multi-day Tours
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Port Douglas

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Experience the rainforest beauty of Far North Queensland on a scenic day trip from Port Douglas. Ride the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and choose from a ...  Read more

Location: Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $133.07

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