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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Captain Cook Highway & Cairns Western Arterial Road, Smithfield, Queensland, 4878

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.

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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
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$162.54 per adult
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Amazing Day
Had an amazing day. Money well spent. The views were amazing and gold class made it a memorable day.
Toni_H, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

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Amazing
Kevin_R, Jun 2022
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
Both the train and sky rail. The seamless way the tour was handled Weather was hit and Miss but didn’t spoil the day
star-5
We had a wonderful time...
Bobbie_E, Jun 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
We had a wonderful time on the Skip the Line train and cable ride. Our hostess in carriage 8 Gold Class was so funny, and attentive. Absolutely beautiful scenery. Well done everyone
star-5
Great experience. Worth the money.
Tanaya_K, Jun 2022
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
Great experience. Views from skyrail were very beautiful. The rainforest is well maintained, vast and amazing.
star-4
Very good tour
Martin_C, May 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Enjoyable trip with the highlight being the train ride from Kuranda to Freshwater. I recommend the gold-class option which makes the journey quite relaxing as one is served drinks and canopies. Although the skyrail seemed a long journey it is broken up with a couple scenic stops en route. Not much to Kuranda apart from the opportunity to stretch the lags and pop into the local tavern. Quite a long day if you are staying in Port Douglas.
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Excellent.
Elizabeth_B, May 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Everything. The train up, then the Skyrail down. Even though a couple of us don’t like heights. Gold class was wonderful. The service was exceptional.
star-4
The gold Class was so...
Sandie_J, May 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
The gold Class was so enjoyable. the best part of the trip was Melinda our service attendant. The food and Beverages were outstanding. will be doing this one again
star-5
Great day l will be back
Donna_M, May 2022
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
From being picked up from our accommodation right to the end staff were fantastic. We took the train up, great scenery and the stops along the way were spectacular. We took the gondola down and enjoyed it, again great views. We were able to stop at two places on the way down, so took advantage of that and the waterfalls and scenery again did not disappoint. I would recommend it anyone.
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Worth the upgrade
Lynn_W, May 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Gold class was comfortable and relaxing. Our host IC was excellent and really friendly. Morning tea was delicious. The views are better on the right hand side.
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Family Holiday
Kim_G, May 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Thank you Mr IC for your friendly professional service on the train in Gold Class. Comfy seats, lots of food & freshments.
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This was an amazing...
Melissa_A, Apr 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
This was an amazing experience. The sky rail views and stops took your breath away. The train ride was exceptional. Vivian was attentive during the trip. The waterfalls were spectacular. Definitely needs to be experienced.
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Fantastic views
MichaelNorma_M, Feb 2022
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
Wonderful experience riding in the skyrail feel free and a great views. Both my husband and I we loved it. We will come back again.
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Train and skyrail in one trip.
Nataliamacoboy, Apr 2022
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
We liked the old fashioned train journey to Kuranda. Good service , beautiful scenery and spectacular photo stops. Kuranda is very touristy and mostly orientated to international travellers. This tour is very weather dependant. On the way back by Skyrail it was rainy and foggy which spoilt the views. Nevertheless, we explored rain forest on 2 stops on the way down to get the full rainforests experience.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
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