Is the Kuranda Skyrail worth it?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 12/18/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

25 kilometres from Cairns is a beautiful small town known as Kuranda, which is surrounded by a lush rainforest.

Kuranda is a mountain town that is a short drive from Cairns. The town is by the Kuranda Rainforest, which is filled with waterfalls, walking tracks, and wildlife.

But what makes this town so special is the unique Skyrail! The 7.5-kilometre Kuranda Skyrail takes you on a journey through the mountain tops of Kuranda and through the ancient rainforest.

It’s safe to say that yes, the Kuranda Skyrail is worth it! So when you’re in Cairns, make sure you include the Kuranda Skyrail! You can visit Kuranda for the day or spend a weekend and really get to know the town and the rainforest.

How can I go on the Kuranda Skyrail?

You can go on the Kuranda Skyrail by driving from Cairns (or where you’re located) to Kuranda where the Skyrail is. All you need to do is ensure you have booked your tickets ahead of time so you’re not left disappointed if it’s sold out.

Don’t have a car? You can book a tour and be taken to Kuranda where you get the chance to go on the Skyrail. Your Skyrail tickets will be sorted for you on the tour.

What is the Kuranda Skyrail like?

The Kuranda Skyrail takes you on a two-hour experience through the Kuranda Rainforest. As you look out the windows, you’ll pass by scenic waterfalls like Stony Creek Falls, Surprise Falls, and Barron Falls. Of course, you’ll see all the different types of plants and trees within the rainforest as you pass by Macalister Range.

How old is the Kuranda Skyrail?

Between 1987 and 1994 the Skyrail was being planned. There were different studies, reports, and everything else that comes along with a project like the Skyrail.

When everything was approved in 1994, they could start getting it built which then became the world’s first environmental tourism. A year later in August 1995, the iconic Kuranda Skyrail was opened to the public. It also at the time became the world’s longest gondola cableway!

Since opening, the Skyrail has gotten upgrades and improvements but it continues to be environmentally friendly.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity and check out the Kuranda Skyrail yourself and go on a tour from Cairns to Kuranda. Don’t forget to check out the Kuranda Cableway!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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