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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Bunda Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4036 9333
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Kuranda Scenic Railway is the original scenic rail journey to Kuranda. This spectacular experience travels over bridges and through tunnels hand-made by North Queensland's pioneers over 100 years ago. Traversing the World Heritage listed rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park, this is one of the world's great railway journeys.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“gold class” (355 reviews)
“sky rail” (363 reviews)
“barron falls” (209 reviews)
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Bunda Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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+61 7 4036 9333
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"gold class"
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"sky rail"
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"barron falls"
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"cable car"
in 191 reviews
"freshwater station"
in 129 reviews
"train trip"
in 128 reviews
"great train ride"
in 31 reviews
"window seat"
in 56 reviews
"cairns station"
in 33 reviews
"photo opportunities"
in 59 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
in 89 reviews
"informative commentary"
in 34 reviews
"butterfly sanctuary"
in 51 reviews
"take photos"
in 78 reviews
"great trip"
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"day trip"
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"well worth the money"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed riding this train and watching the beautiful landscape. It was a bit difficult to hear everything the speaker voice said but from what we heard it was informative. Trying to imagine the hardship of these poor men building this railway is hard.

Thank Heffaklump
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a great way to spend the day. Quaint old fashioned railway carriages take you uphill to Kurunda through beautiful rainforest with a scenic stop on the way. Karunda itself is a bit too touristy being just shop after shop. The trip back down...More

Thank JayDub397
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The railway journey is historic, picturesque and amazing to think that it was built by hand. Spectacular views. Well worth the trip.

Thank ak1958
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What an amazing way to enjoy the beautiful scenery at your fingertips in Cairns You get a great history lesson Time to enjoy the quirky township of Kuranda 👌🏻 great photo opportunities 📸 This is money well spent 👏🏻

Thank 70seaside
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The train was a surprising find. The carriages are right out of a history book. The day we went was hot and humid but all the windows were open so when the train started the journey was cool.

Thank suemL8612CE
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for sharing your lovely feedback - we're delighted you enjoyed taking a journey back in time! We agree. Hope we see you again!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The concierge at our hotel recommended Gold Class on the Kuranda Railway for our return from Kuranda, which we did and were very happy with the choice. The scenery was beautiful and we enjoyed the afternoon snack and drinks. It was a relaxing and beautiful...More

Thank jekrentz
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for sharing your lovely feedback - we're delighted you enjoyed taking a journey back in time!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Don't bother upgrading to gold class, You get a muffin and whatever you want to drink for about an hour trip and that's it. If the train car is full you stare directly at the people sitting across from you face to face 2 meters...More

Thank kkmail
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We'd be lying if we said we weren't a little disappointed that the journey didn't live up to expectations however, we understand it isn't everyone's cup of tea. There are different seating options available - when space permits, staff will...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

one of the best train rides we have been on scenery was outstanding history fantastic and incredible how it was built we did skyrail on the why back best way to do it worth the money

Thank Mark S
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks so much for your review Mark. So great to hear you enjoyed your trip. It is a must do whilst in Cairns, a very relaxing journey. All the best for the remainder of your travels.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The train was a great experience. Although I probably wouldn’t recommend it in the summer months. No air conditioning on a very slow train in the height of summer isn’t exactly comfortable. But the views are breathtaking.More

Thank BecnBaylor8914
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for sharing your feedback. The train, made up of carriages 100-years old, is in fact a vintage experience - and mod-cons like air-condition aren't included, in North Queensland's summer peak season crowds are a plenty in this region and on our service so...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After traveling up to Kuranda on the Skyrail we returned by train. Based on other reviews we chose Gold Class and it was absolutely the best choice. The carriage was lovely and the attendant made us feel special, serving drinks and afternoon tea. A very...More

Thank Richard C
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your lovely feedback - we're delighted you enjoyed taking a journey back in time! We hope you took plenty of photos as a reminder of your Kuranda experience and, we wish you safe onward travels.

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730matthew
26 January 2018|
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Response from ChChDoc | Reviewed this property |
You catch the train from the train station in Cairns itself, this will take you up to Kuranda. There are different options available, I think the most popular takes you up by train, then you can come down via the rainforest... More
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bosslady44
18 November 2017|
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Response from QueenslandRailTravel | Property representative |
The highest point reached is 328m above sea level :)
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shenaz p
4 April 2017|
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Response from QueenslandRailTravel | Property representative |
Hi Shenaz, It looks like these lovely TripAdvisors have beat us to the punch - we certainly believe it's still worth the visit, especially if electing Gold Class (the perks!) however, only you can decide whether it will be... More
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