We initially weren't going to do this trip, as we had done the train ride about 30 years ago. This time we had a hire car so we drove to Kuranda in the morning and were there to see and photograph the train coming in at about 1025am. We had a helpful chat with the ticket man about doing the train ride again. He suggested going down to Freshwater on the 2pm train (which he said was always quieter) getting the bus across(all inclusive)to the skyrail and then coming back up. He also gave us the best seats, which were at the rear of the train by the window. Well what a great idea. There were only 6 other people in the carriage with us! You had fantastic views of the train ahead of you as it went around corners.The carriage is arranged in about 7 "booths" on one side of the train. So if you want the best views you want to try and get a window seat at the rear of the train. Each bench seat holds 4 people on one side and then 4 opposite you. My husband is 6'3" and has long legs. There would have been very little knee room if someone was opposite him. Probably if you are a couple it might be good idea to sit opposite each other, then you both have a window seat! Our carriage was so nice and quiet that we had our own"booth" each! Although it wasn't advertised we asked if there was a discount for Australian seniors and paid about $9 less a ticket. We got the train ride to Freshwater, tranfser to the Skyrail station and skyrail up for about $97 each. I'm so glad we chose this option as it gave us the chance to drive a little way out of town to see the Barron Falls. Even though you see them on the train and skyrail, you have a beautiful FREE boarded walk through the rainforest and you get to see where the train stops. It was well worth doing but would have been a bit too far (3km away) without the hire car. On the way back on the skyrail we had our own gondola, even though there were seats for 6. I can only guess it was because it wasn't busy then. So this is a 3rd option, drive up to Kuranda and do the train and skyrail at a much quieter time. It takes 90 mins to get from Kuranda to Freshwater about 40 mins back if you don't get off at the 2 stops. It's well worth getting off at the 2 stops though. Hope that you find this info helpful!
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