Kuranda Scenic Train
Prices from $84 AUD


This famous railway winds its way on a journey from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest, with Freshwater situated along the line with views of the surrounding mountains. Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda passes spectacular waterfalls and into the stunning Barron Gorge. The journey includes an English commentary and all passengers receive a commentary companion which includes information on the history of the railways construction, a trip map and a map of Kuranda. Upon reaching the village of Kuranda a rich assortment of interesting attractions and unique shopping experiences awaits you.





  • 2 departures AM
  • 2 Departures PM

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From 1/04/2024 to 31/03/2025 adultchildinfantfamilysenior
Kuranda Scenic Train - 8.30am/2.00pm 8.30am departure to Kuranda (8.55am from Freshwater) - 2.00pm Departure to Cairns $84.00$42.00$0.00$210.00$68.00
Kuranda Scenic Train - 8.30am/3.30pm 8.30am departure to Kuranda (8.55am from Freshwater) - 3.30pm Departure to Cairns $84.00$42.00$0.00$210.00$68.00
Kuranda Scenic Train - 9.30am/2.00pm 9.30am departure to Kuranda (9.55am from Freshwater) - 2.00pm Departure to Cairns $84.00$42.00$0.00$210.00$68.00
Kuranda Scenic Train - 9.30am/3.30pm 9.30am departure to Kuranda (9.55am from Freshwater) - 3.30pm Departure to Cairns $84.00$42.00$0.00$210.00$68.00
Kuranda Scenic Train
1 way 8.30am
1 way Cairns (8.30am) / Freshwater (8.50am) to Kuranda $55.00$27.50$0.00$137.50$44.00
Kuranda Scenic Train
1 way 9.30am
1 way Cairns (9.30am) / Freshwater (9.55am) to Kuranda $55.00$27.50$0.00$137.50$44.00
Kuranda Scenic Train
1 way 2.00pm
1 way Kuranda to Cairns/Freshwater $55.00$27.50$0.00$137.50$44.00
Kuranda Scenic Train
1 way 3.30pm
1 way Kuranda to Cairns/Freshwater $55.00$27.50$0.00$137.50$44.00
8.30 Train & Skyrail 8.30am train to Kuranda, Skyrail to Cairns, transfer to station $135.00$73.50$0.00$343.50$124.00
9.30 Train & Skyrail 9.30am train to Kuranda, Skyrail to Cairns, transfer to station $135.00$73.50$0.00$343.50$124.00
+ Gold Class Upgrade upgrade your train ticket to 1 way Gold Class
(9.30am / 9.55am / 3.30pm services only)
Please Note: infant is 0-3, child is 4-14, family is 2 adult and 2 children. Seniors must hold an Australian Seniors card

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Our world famous railway experience is a must-do when visiting Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, Australia. You will discover the pioneering history of the tropical north from way back in the late 1800's, be astounded by a magnificent engineering feat and explore some of the great characters involved in the construction of this great railway. 

Through our website you can investigate your options for a fabulous Kuranda day tour, make a reservation, visit our Gift Shop for exclusive shopping, follow our journey through the wonderful rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park, take a tour of the charming Freshwater & Kuranda Stations and enjoy the history of the Kuranda Scenic Railway. You can even view the plans of the original carriages still in service today. 

Gold Class Upgrade 

  • Dedicated attendent Service
  • Individual seating, lounge-style chairs
  • Ambient, historical carriage décor
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen and postcard
  • Souvenir trip guide
  • Stop and disembark at Barron Falls station, with stunning views of Barron Falls
  • Optional exclusive tour of the Heritage-Listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station (for morning Gold Class service only)
  • Morning or Afternoon Tea featuring a selection of Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as Gallo Dairyland Cheese, Skybury Coffee, Wondaree Macadamias, Mango to Go (100% pure mango ​treat), freshly baked muffins, Sirromet wines and Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager
  • Welcome tropical mocktails served in the pavillion area, 20 minutes prior to the arrival of the train when boarding at Freshwater Station in the morning
  • Welcome drinks served onboard the train, 20 minutes prior to departure, when boarding at Kuranda Station in the afternoon


Kuranda Village

Kuranda has come a long way from its initial origins as a centre for those choosing an alternative lifestyle in the late 60’s. Historic Buildings from the villages past now house a variety of upmarket restaurants, cafes and bars. It is still laid back, but with a style and sophistication that sets it apart from other Cairns Highlands Venues and Attractions.

Kuranda’s shops and markets with their exotically handcrafted goods, Aboriginal artifacts, restaurants and coffee shops make Kuranda a well known day destination, but to truly enjoy the ambience this village has to offer you really have to stay a few nights. Whether you are looking for a cosy bed and breakfast, a well maintained multi-choice accommodation and camping park, a hotel that when you step inside you feel like you are back in the 1920's, a gorgeous resort or a backpackers hostel, you'll find it in Kuranda.



Kuranda is surrounded by World Heritage listed wet tropics rainforest. It includes around twelve hundred species of flowering plants, eight hundred of which are rainforest trees. There are also orchids, ginger plants, strangler figs, palms and an immense variety of climbing plants. At any time of the year you will wonder at the richness and diversity of the lush foliage.


With an air of adventure, explore our newly constructed walking tracks. Easy trails take you on a gentle walk to the river, discovering some rare flora and fauna on the way. For those who enjoy a more strenuous bushwalk, the Barron Falls walk takes a little longer, but the view is spectacular. 



This eco-friendly Kuranda attraction hosts Army Duck Rainforest Tours (with Tropical Fruit Orchard), Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and Kuranda's largest Koala & Wildlife Park. Click here for more info.


Why not include a visit to Birdworld as part of your Kuranda day. It has Australia's largets display of free flying birds all in a huge walk through aviary. Click here for more info.

Kuranda Koala Gardens

The Kuranda Koala Gardens are Kuranda's newest tourist attraction. Centrally located in Kuranda, the Koala Gardens make a great addition to any Kuranda visit. Click here for more info.

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Australia's largest butterfly flight aviary is located centrally in Kuranda. Why not include it in a day trip to Kuranda. Click here for more info. 




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