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Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway provided by Down Under Tours - Day Tours

Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 17/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 17/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
The Kuranda Scenic Railway runs from Cairns to Kuranda, affording spectacular views of Queensland’s Wet Tropics, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this tour, experience Gold Class service as you ride the famous railway, enjoy free time to explore the markets and wildlife parks of Kuranda, and ride the thrilling Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for even more incredible views.
  • Gold Class service on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Spectacular views from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Skip-the-line tickets: no time wasted queuing
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns or Port Douglas
What to Expect
After pickup from your Cairns or Port Douglas hotel, transfer to the railway station to board the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Using your skip-the-tickets, hop straight aboard, and take your seats in the comfortable Gold Class carriages. On the journey, gaze out over the magnificent landscapes of Barron Gorge National Park, with its dense rain forest, dramatic gorges, and tumbling waterfalls. As you take in the views, sip a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy the provided tea, coffee, and snacks. On arrival, enjoy free time to browse the shops or purchase lunch in Kuranda village, learn more about the region’s indigenous heritage at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (optional, own expense), or spot kangaroos and koalas in the Rainforestation Nature Park (optional, own expense). Return to Cairns via a thrilling ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, including two stops at viewing stations along the way, where you can enjoy a firsthand view of the rain forest, following purpose-built boardwalks. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Important Information
  • One way Kuranda Scenic Railway ride in Gold Class
  • One way by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Entry/Admission - Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.
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Additional Info
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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ATL-travel71 wrote a review Apr 2020
Dacula, Georgia532 contributions170 helpful votes
We took the train up the mountain with the gold ticket and the Skyway cable down with the glass bottom upgrade. Both upgrades were worth it in our opinion, but make sure you don't eat before your train ride as they give you multiple courses during the train ride. The upgraded
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Date of experience: February 2020
Loretta S wrote a review Mar 2020
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Up to Kuranda on the Skyrail-stunning views & a spectacular way to see the vastness of the rainforest. The Kuranda township is very touristy & seemed run down. It needs a facelift, but Birdworld was definitely worth a visit. The return journey on the Scenic Railway Gold Class
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Date of experience: February 2020
Reginald M wrote a review Mar 2020
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Thoroughly enjoyed this. Would recommend. Can’t think of 100 characters to write in review! Why make it so difficult to write a simple review of something we enjoyed and recommend.
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Date of experience: March 2020
anthony p wrote a review Jan 2020
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We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Were collected from a hotel close to the port and dropped off again. Also had pleanty of time to explore Kurunda. Gold Class was great, able to mov around the carriage to take photos and the food was excellent.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from DUT_Marketing, Digital Sales at Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Responded 12 Mar 2020
Hi J512MHanthonyp, Thank you for your review - we are glad to hear that you had a great time exploring Kuranda via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Scenic Rail Gold Class service! We would have to agree with you that the Gold Class experience is definitely worth the upgrade! Thank you for choosing to travel with us and we hope that you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday! Safe travels, The DUT Team #downundertours
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David S wrote a review Jan 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
Nothing to review as Down Under failed to pick me up where they told me to wait. They "are unable to refund" my $200+ fee or donate it to Bushfire Appeal as I suggested. Rating of 1 as I can't give zero.
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Response from DUT_Marketing, Manager at Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Responded 15 Jan 2020
Hi I6262MQdavidsm, We are disappointed to read your review about your experience on Monday. I have checked our records and discussed this with our Reservations Manager regarding what occurred with your pickup. Our Reservations Manager personally spoke to you over the phone on Sunday (the day prior to your tour) to confirm that our coach would pick you up at 8:05am from the bus stop just to the right outside of your accommodation. She also mentioned if you were still unsure to ask your Reception staff as they would be able to show you, as the bus pickup is designated specifically for your Hotel. The next morning our driver could not locate you at this advised location and searched for 22 minutes to try and locate you. After advising our Reservations team he could not locate you, they were able to make contact with you by phone. You advised you had walked to a bus stop 450 metres away from your accommodation. By this time it was 8:35am. Once we found your location, our driver stopped opposite to where you were seated. You then advised our Reservations staff that whilst you could see the bus, you no longer wished to travel, and declined our offer to travel on another day. Our cancellation policy on the day of travel is 25% of the booking, and as you booked and paid through TripAdvisor, our Reservations team advised that you are required to request your refund via TripAdvisor directly (as we do not have your funds). We are disappointed that we were not given the opportunity to take good care of you on the after our team went to great effort to locate you, and in doing so delayed the tour by 30 minutes. We hope you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday. The DUT Team.
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About the operator

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By: Down Under Tours - Day Tours
Train to Kuranda is beautiful but rest of the stops on the trip weren't very exciting
The train to Kuranda is beautiful and worth the trip but the rest of the stops were a bit of a let down.
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Highly recommended!
This tour is fantastic! Daniel the guide is a credit to the company and is extremely knowledgeable, I learnt so muc
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Disappointed, Covid is a time to rethink
DISAPPOINTED with this company. Booked to be picked up from Port Douglas and was told that they don't do that, (why
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Fantastic experience
The train ride was such a great experience. Great day,Peter our driver was fantastic. Would highly recommen
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Jan H
Faultless Experience
Our driver Daniel was the heart and soul of this fabulous day. The best commentary I have ever heard. We were so
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Fran D
Best day with Daniel!
Absolutely fantastic tour! Our driver/guide Daniel was brilliant! Extremely knowledgeable on a range of topics and
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Got to see it all
We had a simply amazing day with our Driver /Guide Daniel. He gave us a TV presenter level tour thats showed his lo
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A good family day
How wonderful. Quiet because of the Corona times but a wonderful way to spend the day. The staff were very helpful.
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We were lucky enough to do the Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour before the Covid-19 problems came into effect. Th
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Stunning afternoon
Great way to spend an afternoon. The train itself is an historic masterpiece, beautifully redone. The ride takes yo
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Disappointed Tourists
Last Saturday,yesterday, we were suppossed to join this Tour but we were left behind because we came down from our
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I would highly recommend Dowunder Tours, very professional and very punctual company. We were picked up from our ho
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Avoid the tour parties
Don't miss this trip if you are in the area. Furthermore, pay the extra to avoid the tours and travel '1st Class'.
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Great day trip
take the 100 year old train up to Kuranda rainforest. Stay at least 1/2 day. Walk around the rain forest, have a ni
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If it’s hot, then take the sky rail in both directions
Overall an excellent tour starting with the sky rail to Kuranda. There are breathtaking views and 2 stops along the
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Key Details
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and 6 more
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
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