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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Cairns, Australia
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About Kuranda Scenic Railway
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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Overview
Experience the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kuranda Rainforest on a full-day tour from Cairns. Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Kuranda where you first visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest flight aviary in Australia. Tour the Rainforestation Nature Park in an amphibious Army Duck vehicle, then see koalas, dingoes and more at the Koala and Wildlife Park. Take a dreamtime walk with a Pamagirri guide for the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, then feast on an Australian barbecue buffet lunch. Finally, return to Cairns on the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
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ClaudsfromSydney wrote a review 19 May
Sydney, Australia130 contributions39 helpful votes
Coach ride 2 the Skyrail.Very well organised.We get on &over the forest we went.Just beautiful.We get off after 10min have a walk around, take some snaps & get back on again.Did this 2 more times.We are hyped and happy to get off at the town of Kuranda only to be very very disappointed. By this stage we were hungry and headed off to find what we thought was going to be an array of food choices.We start walking up the hill. We were looking for nice places to eat.To our surprise-1 restaurant with a wait of 1 hr,which we thought was really weird as there were hardly any ppl around. Went to a few more cafes -only 2 offer Pies and Sausage rolls,which none of us eat.Ended up at the Trading post.They offered Burgers&some other really bad food.At this stage we are starving.So bad burgers will have to do.The prices were on the photos,when the girls gave me the total,I questioned it as it wasnt correct.The owner comes out&screams at the girl,which I knew was directed at me,that the prices had changed due to covid.I had no issue with the price change but you should advise the customer.She was so rude to the server that I felt so sorry for her.At this point I wanted to walk out but I had already paid, the kids were hungry & THEY were preparing our food. I took 2 bites of my food because it was just so awful,kids ate theirs &we left. By this stage i wanted nothing to do with Kuranda.We headed to the Train station and waited. It looked like many of us had had the same experience and all ended up their in the coffee shop.The ladies there were lovely,polar opposite to what we had just experienced.We wait for 2.5hrs&then board the train!This was a wonderful experience i must say. It took around 1.5hrs to get back and it went so fast as the whole trip was amazing.The experience of the Skyrail & the train was great!The town-God help you!They really need to rethink the service & eating venues in this place.It really needs to cater for people that just dont eat Pies &if thats all they offer-please make sure they're homemade & not 50c pies sold for $10 - total ripoff.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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claire k wrote a review 13 May
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Great scenic train ride, awesome markets in Kuranda and beautiful views from the skyrail cableway, staff were great, would highly recommend
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from QueenslandRailTravel, Marketing Coordinator at Kuranda Scenic Railway
Responded 1 week ago
Fantastic to hear. Thank you so much for taking the time to review.
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Tahnee92 wrote a review 12 May
Alice Springs, Australia13 contributions6 helpful votes
I had such an amazing time, what a beautiful way to travel to Kuranda! I live in Kuranda and decided to take this trip which was excellent! Aiko was the lady who made it such a great experience thank you Aiko and all the staff who made this possible.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from QueenslandRailTravel, Marketing Coordinator at Kuranda Scenic Railway
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for review. Sounds like you had an amazing journey onboard.
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kazandy650 wrote a review 11 May
Wodonga, Australia39 contributions51 helpful votes
Oh dear, I haven’t learnt my lesson. I’m sure if you’re one of those people who love everything trains, you would love this one. It’s a great feat that was achieved, but apart from a couple of lovely view points, the trip for me was slow ,crowded and tortuous. I don’t think it’s a really good one for young children, just too long and slow. If I were to ever go again I would take a return trip on the sky rail, which was enjoyable, and you could either take your time at the two stops, or keep on going.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from QueenslandRailTravel, Marketing Coordinator at Kuranda Scenic Railway
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for the honest review and we understand that our rail experience is not for everyone. We appreciate the feedback.
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Sanjeewa007 wrote a review Apr 2022
Adelaide, Australia131 contributions46 helpful votes
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This was a nice experience on a old train on a very old track with lot of interesting and nice places to see and learn a bit more about Australian history. Great tour for the family and we throughly enjoyed it.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from QueenslandRailTravel, Marketing Coordinator at Kuranda Scenic Railway
Responded 3 weeks ago
Amazing , so glad you enjoyed your trip onboard.
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