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Guide to Visiting The Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Cairns is blessed to be on the doorstep of some of the most incredible natural sites. It’s the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the stunning Tropical North Queensland beaches, and the untamed jungles of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest.

If you’re looking for things to do in Cairns that offer the best views of nature and a thrilling experience wrapped up in one, then a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway should not go amiss.

These two attractions go hand in hand, since they both offer a way to reach Kuranda Village in the Atherton Tablelands.

We took the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway going up, and the Kuranda Scenic Railway down. This is usually the most common way to do it, but you can do it in any order you like.

But what is the experience like? And how does it all work? In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about visiting these two Cairns attractions.

A Brief History of the Kuranda Skyrail Cableway

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The Kuranda Skyrail experience was opened in August 1995, and at the time was the longest gondola cableway in the world.

There’s quite a story behind its construction. Due to it operating above a World Heritage-protected national park, there was no access to the forest by road to build the towers supporting the cableway.

Construction workers and engineers had to hike in and out each day wearing protective gear over their shoes so they did not damage such a divine environment.

The material for the towers had to be dropped in a piece by piece by helicopters! So you can rest assured that no part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest was hurt in the process.

Our Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Experience

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The Skyrail Cableway is just a 15 minute drive outside of Cairns and departs from the Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal.

The experience begins with an open-air gondola, or canopy glider, which travels for 7.5 km, just metres above the top of the pristine rainforest for a deeper look at this fascinating part of the world.

Tropical North Queensland is one of my favorite regions of Australia.

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns, Australia

The views out to Cairns and the lush rainforest of the Tableland Valley were impressive.

The Kuranda Skyrail cableway experience takes about 1.5 hours one way, which includes two stopovers along the way.

Is Diamond View on Skyrail worth it?

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We were in the Diamond View Gondola (extra $15 adult, $7.50 child), which gives you…

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