Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Having explored the Great Barrier Reef two days previously, my family and I decided on this day to return inland to see what Cairns and its region had to offer us furthermore. Today, it will be Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail.

Thus we make it to the train station of Cairns, direction Kuranda aboard this famous train. The program: 37 kilometers of sinuous rails in Barron Gorge’s national park. A journey of two hours.

The train climbs laboriously this hill for the pleasure of our eyes. Fantastic view over Cairns, forest and waterfalls alternate with a rhythm which allows us to take complete advantage of it.

Kuranda Scenic Railway train

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Built between 1886 and 1891 for the transport of commodities and passengers from Kuranda to Cairns and the opposite, the line contains 37 bridges and 15 tunnels dug and built in the hand by the man.

My family and me in the train of Kuranda Scenic Railway

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First stop of the train: Barron Falls, or “Din Din” in aboriginal language. The waterfall appears in the middle of this dense rainforest which characterizes so well the region. In 2009, it becomes one of the symbols of Q150, list of the cultural icons listed for the 150th anniversary of the independence of Queensland.

Barron Falls

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Having appreciated the view for a moment, we go back up in the train direction Kuranda, our second and last stop. The village of Kuranda is situated 330 meters over the sea level and is in between two world heritage: the National park of Kuranda and Barron Gorge’s national park.

Kuranda Village

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The place is very touristic but it is also possible to extract from this mass by making one of the numerous hikes available in the surroundings.

The nature in Kuranda

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Having explored the area during a big part of the day, it was time to return slowly. We thus took the Skyrail. One hour and a half of cable railway over these two National Parks. For 12 kilometers, we overfly the greenery before crossing the last hill and discovering a bluish horizon.

The view on Cairns from the Skyrail

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Here is for the Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail. I hope that you will have the opportunity to go check out these two activities if you stop in Cairns 🙂


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