Self Drive or Walk back to hotel

Skyrail up & Train down, One way transfer

  • Skyrail up to Kuranda in the morning
  • Free time in Kuranda
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Self Drive or Walk back to hotel Info

(Self-drive; Skyrail Up, Train Down)


  • Self-drive to Skyrail, Captain Cook Highway, Smithfield
  • Park your car free for the day
  • Meet Cairns Tours hostess at Skyrail bus stop for check-in
  • Skyrail departs 9.45am, 10.45am, 11.30am
  • Free time in Kuranda 
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail departs 2pm or 3.30pm
  • Disembark at Freshwater Connection Railway Station
  • Cairns Tours coach transfers you back to collect your car 
  • Disembark at Skyrail Smithfield to collect your car

In summary: This tour is ideal for self-drivers who prefer to do the Skyrail in the morning followed by the Train in the afternoon.  The Gold Class Train departs Kuranda at 3.30pm. 

Self-drive to Skyrail on the Captain Cook Highway, Smithfield.  Leave your car in the car park - free of charge.  Meet the Cairns Tours hostess or driver at the covered car park.  Your hostess will collect your voucher, issue your Kuranda Boarding Pass and direct you to the Skyrail cableway for your journey to Kuranda.   

Kuranda Boarding Pass

  • No waiting with Cairns Tours
  • Express check-in on coaches and at Skyrail
  • Express check-in and pre-allocated seating on Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Highly detailed information on your day ensuring your day runs smoothly
  • Detailed map with highlights and points of interest
  • Tour itinerary with timings and Handy Hints
  • 10% off entry to Bird World, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala Gardens
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: At your scheduled time, board Skyrail for your 1.5hr journey to Kuranda.  There are two stops en-route to explore Barron Falls and Red Peak Rainforest Boardwalks. 

    Kuranda Village: Free time to explore this quaint village, including the Markets which operate daily. 

    Kuranda Scenic Rail: At Kuranda Railway Station, board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail for your 1.5hr journey to Freshwater Connection.  Disembark here for your coach to transfer you to your car at the Smithfield Station.  

    **Please note this is a self-guided tour


    Gold Class Kuranda Scenic Rail provides a premium experience for passengers wanting that extra comfort and a little bit of luxury for a most memorable experience. Gold Class includes:

    • 9.55am departure from Freshwater Station to Kuranda
    • Dedicated personalised Gold Class attendant
    • Individual seating, lounge-style chairs (24 seats in each carriage over 4 carriages)
    • Ambient, historical d├ęcor, including timber look flooring, historical photographs and cedar interior
    • Gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen, postcard
    • Souvenir trip guide available in 9 languages
    • Optional exclusive tour of the Heritage-Listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station
      - Conducted 15 minutes after arrival for morning trains
    • Food & beverage offerings will focus on Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as:
      o Gallo Dairyland Cheese
      o Skybury Coffee & Daintree Tea
      o Wondaree Macadamias
      o Mango to Go (100% pure mango "ice-cream" style treat)
      o Freshly baked muffins with local fruit
      o Sirromet Wines & Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager

    Kuranda Wildlife Experience includes entry to the Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. You will have access to all three attractions at a great saving off the normal admission price!

    Highly recommended!  Skyrail Diamond View Gondolas provides guests with amazing panoramic views of the tropical landscape, Coral Sea and rainforest canopy, but also the unique perspective of looking straight down from the treetops to the forest floor through the glass flooring for the entire Skyrail experience. Taking a maximum of 5 persons and a waiting time of 7 minutes. (extra cost)

    Departures: Daily

    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway GPS coordinates
    Latitude: -16.84723
    Longitude: +145.69574

    GOOD NEWS! All payments made to Travstar do not incur a credit card surcharge.

    (Hotel pick-up; Skyrail Up, Train Down to Cairns Central Station, walk back to your Hotel)


    • Pick-up from your hotel in Cairns
    • Skyrail departs 9.00am, 11.00am, 12.30pm & 2.00pm
    • Free time in Kuranda 
    • Kuranda Scenic Rail departs 2pm or 3.30pm
    • Disembark at Cairns Central Railway Station 
    • Walk back to your hotel in Cairns

    In summary: This tour is chosen by people who would like to save a little by walking back to their hotel.  This option is also good for people booking the tour at the last minute or with limited time.  

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