An alternate to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the Kuranda Scenic Railway, which makes a pleasant one and three quarter hour journey through the rainforest to and from Kuranda village.
From Cairns, the train snakes its way up the Macalister Range cutting through the Barron Gorge National Park to Kuranda, stopping at a lookout with sweeping views of Barron Falls while also passing a number of smaller waterfalls, including Stoney Creek Falls.
A narrative on the railway's construction and Kuranda's WWII history are broadcast during the trip, which passes through 15 hand-hewn tunnels. Each carriage is fitted with LCD televisions to provide passengers with detailed information of the history of the Kuranda railway and about the Barron Falls.
Kuranda Scenic Railway is 37km (23mi) in length and offers several tours, from full-day rainforest safaris and visits to local Aboriginal centres and wildlife parks to round-trips combining rail and cable-car journeys.
There are two gold class carriages where refreshments and finger food are served on the journey.
Location: Cairns Railway Station, Bunda Street, CBD, Cairns
Admission: 1-way ticket A$47, round-trip A$71; Dreamtime package A$148
Hours: Departs from Cairns daily 8:30 am and 9:30 am, Kuranda at 2pm and 3:30pm.
Latest update: Kuranda Scenic Railway: 30 March, 2021
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