Getting there & away
Kuranda Scenic Railway (1800 620 324, 4036 9288; www.traveltrain.com.au; adult/child/concession $35/17.50/25) winds 34km from Cairns to Kuranda through picturesque mountains and no fewer than 15 tunnels. The trip takes 1¾ hours and trains depart from Cairns at 8.30am and 9.30am Sunday to Friday, returning from pretty Kuranda station at 2pm and 3.30pm Sunday to Friday.
At 7.5km long, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (4038 1555; www.skyrail.com.au; adult/child/family $39/19.50/97.50; 8.15am-5.15pm) is one of the world’s longest gondola cableways and gives a bird’s-eye view over the expansive rainforest. It runs from the corner of Cairns Western Arterial Rd and the Cook Hwy in Smithfield, a northern suburb of Cairns, to Kuranda (Arara St), taking 90 minutes. It includes two stops along the way and features boardwalks that have interpretive panels and passes Barron Falls (which is reduced to a small stream in the Dry season). The last departure from Cairns and Kuranda is at 3.30pm; transfers to/from the terminal (15 minutes’ drive north of Cairns) and combination (Scenic Railway and Skyrail) deals are also available. As space is limited, only daypacks are allowed on board the Skyrail. The Skyrail has advanced eco-certification status.