We were told to take the train up and skyrail down. Turned out to be good advice. From the Skyrail booking centre where you park your car, the bus takes you on a 5 minute trip to Freshwater station. The actual train journey was a little boring for the first half of the journey, you’re mainly looking at bush either side and the odd tunnel. However the pre recorded narrative about the history of the construction of the railway line was somewhat interesting (for adults). The train stops a few minutes before Kuranda at Barron Gorge power station which provides spectacular views and opportunity to stretch your legs and take photos. The gorge is not in full action as the water flow is restricted due to the power station. Arriving at Kuranda railway station is amazing. The station is heritage style and is landscaped with amazing tropical gardens. Kuranda town itself is disappointing. There are overpriced cafes and souvenir shops and the place is essentially a hippie town which may not appeal to everyone. The return trip home via the Skyrail was the best. The views were amazing and kids really enjoyed it. Get off and go for the rain forest walks at the intermediate stations. Next time we’d just do the Skyrail up/down. Overall a good day out.
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