KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY
Kuranda Scenic Railway is the ideal complement to Skyrail. You couldn't find a better way to visit Kuranda, whether you're coming from Cairns or Port Douglas. Climb on board one of the most historic train rides in Australia, where, besides admiring the beautiful landscape, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about the first settlers on the coast of North Queensland. Have your camera ready for this fascinating journey back in time on board the Kuranda Scenic Railway!!!
TOGETHER WITH SKYRAIL, KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY IS ONE OF THE MUST DO ATTRACTIONS IN TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND. INTERESTING HISTORY AND FABULOUS SCENERY WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY WHILE YOU RELAX ON BOARD.
The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway is a relaxing one-and-a-half hour journey between Cairns and Kuranda through tropical rainforest of Barron Gorge National Park, and past the spectacular Barron Falls. Combining the wonders of the natural world with marvels of human achievement, the trip is a scenic and educational adventure. Along the way is a commentary that describes the hardships faced by the pioneers to the area.




Over the course of the 34 kilometre journey, the century old railway curves around 93 bends, climbs more than 300 metres, passes through 15 tunnels, and crosses more than 40 bridges! The train stops along the way for photo opportunities. If you're leaving frm Cairns, the first stop is at Freshwater Connection Railway Station, a heritage style train station that houses a museum and an award-winning restaurant. The old train creaks to a halt again for a view of the bridge stretching over the Stoney Creek Falls, the most impressive sight (and most photographed) of the journey.

Upon arriving at Kuranda Railway Station you will find that it looks more like a tropical botanic garden than a railway station, and is an attraction in its own right.

The Kuranda train journeys from Cairns to Kuranda (and vice-versa), stopping at Freshwater and Barron Falls Stations along the way. Two Kuranda trains depart Cairns daily with two return journeys, but only one train on Saturday. The Kuranda Scenic Railway is one of Cairns' most popular attractions, and most visitors would not leave the area without having experienced this trip.

Kuranda Scenic Railway is steeped in the history of the first settlers who came to the East Coast of Australia.

By around 1882, food and supplies were running out in Herberton, and the miners who lived there were close to death. The possibilities of receiving any help were slim due to the terrible floods the area was suffering. They urgently needed a route that would bring them closer to civilization. It was Christie Palmerson who was in charge of finding the right location to build the precious railway that would connect the coast with the inland.

This railway was built in three stages. The dense jungle, together with cliffs and sheer drops of up to 247 metres and slopes of up to 45 degrees were literally death traps for the railway workers. However, withouth any modern equipment, relying only on their fortitude, dynamite and their own hands, this fabulous team finished the railway line.

After extracting 2.3 million metres of earthworks, creating 15 tunnels, 93 bends, dozens of bridges and 75 kilometres of railway, a banquet high up on Stoney Creek Bridge marked the conclusion of the works. Shortly after, in June 1891, the railway line was open to the public.

The railway line that you will follow aboard Kuranda Scenic Railway is a legendary demonstration of man's ingeunity and nature's wonder.

The construction of the railway that links Cairns and Kuranda was, and still is, a magnificent achievment. This fascinating chapter in the history of Tropical North Queensland stands as a testimony to the ambitions, strength and suffering of hundreds of men who worked in the construction of the railway. It's also a memorial to the numerous people who lost their lives in this remarkable project.

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Australia.
Kuranda Scenic Railway, in Tropical North Queensland.
Kuranda Scenic Railway Station in Kuranda.