Port Douglas and Rainforest

The original Kuranda Scenic Railway offers the old world charm of travelling in authentic timber carriages, gently meandering past breathtakingly beautiful scenery. A spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the world heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park. Kuranda Scenic Railway’s Heritage Class comprises 10-12 authentic red wooden carriages. Carriage vintages range from 1909–1949 and therefore capacity of each carriage can vary. The seating is a bench style each facing the open windows providing unlimited views. Kuranda is the aboriginal word for ‘village in the rainforest.’ Over the years Kuranda has taken on a distinctive character as a popular visitor destination in its own right. Kuranda is famous for having the biggest and most frequent art and craft markets in Tropical North Queensland, with exotically handcrafted goods and Aboriginal artifacts. Kuranda also boasts Australia’s biggest butterfly display which is home to exotic species such as the brilliant blue Ulysses and the Red Lace Wings butterfly that flash their presence as smaller and camouflaged species feed on the tropical flowers and trees of their expansive sanctuary. Our visit to the rainforest includes Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and is a unique rainforest experience taking you on an unforgettable journey over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest and deep into the forest. Spanning 7.5kms, Skyrail has comfortable six person gondola cabins which glide just meters above the canopy providing uninterrupted views of the rainforest, Cairns’ tropical region, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands. Your adventure includes time at two mid-stations where you can learn more about this fascinating environment from the forest floor.