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Kuranda Scenic Railway
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Bunda Street
Cairns Railway Station
Queensland 4870 Australia

Kuranda Scenic Railway
Cairns, Cairns Area

07 4036 9333
1800 577 245

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The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. This famous railway winds its way on a journey of approximately one hour and 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest.

The Cairns-Kuranda Railway was constructed between 1882 and 1891 and even today is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. Hundreds of men were employed to build the 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges that stand as a monument to the pioneers of tropical North Queensland who lost their lives while working on the railway.

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Rising from sea level to 328 metres, the journey to Kuranda passes through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past beautiful and spectacular waterfalls and into the awesome Barron Gorge. Upon reaching the village of Kuranda a rich assortment of interesting attractions and unique shopping experiences awaits you.

Kuranda Station is renowned for its tropical gardens and historic significance. The heritage-listed buildings blend with the tropical surrounds providing a relaxed environment to enjoy. KSR Gold Class offers passengers a touch of luxury. Club-style seating, appetisers, refreshments and an exclusive gift pack combine to create an unforgettable experience.

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Property Details


  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • Access Without Assistance for the Disabled
    Non-assisted Access
  • Cafe
  • Car park
    Car park
  • First Aid Equipment
    First Aid Equipment
  • Parking for the Disabled
    Disabled Parking
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform


  • Walking

Open Times

Note: Open 0830 to 1700 daily. Closed Christmas Day.

Other Information

Children are welcome.

Facilities available for guests with a disability.

Entity Restrictions

0930 ex Cairns, 0955 ex Freshwater and 1400 ex Kuranda will not be operating on 7 May, 8 May, 14 May, 15 May, 27 August, 3 September, 10 September and 17 September. Contact the operator for further details.

General Comments

The Kuranda Scenic Railway can be joined at Cairns Railway Station or Freshwater Railway Station for morning departures to Kuranda. Journeys from Kuranda Station to Cairns run in the afternoon. The journey includes an English commentary and all passengers receive a souvenir Z-card portraying the history of the railways construction, a map Kuranda and the journey. Cairns Station, with its dedicated themed platform, is centrally located and within easy walking distance of most city accommodations. A popular departure point is Freshwater Railway Station. Situated in a quiet, leafy suburb visitors can enjoy a hearty breakfast in authentic antique railway carriages. Freshwater Railway Station also includes a museum, pioneer cottage and gift shop.

How To Get There

The Cairns Railway Station is located on Bunda Street, Cairns. If you are walking from Cairns city the station is accessible via Cairns Central Shopping Centre. The Freshwater Railway Station is located on Kamerunga Road, Freshwater. If you are travelling from the Northern Beaches or Port Douglas take the Freshwater exit off the Captain Cook Highway. The Kuranda Railway Station is located at the very end of Coodoo Street, Kuranda. If you are travelling by car take the Kuranda exit off the Kennedy Highway.

Entry Costs

EntryCostValid From 
Adult$49.00   01 Apr - 31 Mar   One way
(Aged 4-14)
$25.00   01 Apr - 31 Mar   One way
Concession$39.00   01 Apr - 31 Mar   Pensioner - Australian residents only. Direct bookings only.
Family$123.00   01 Apr - 31 Mar   One way - two adults and two children.

* Please note: These rates are indicative based on the minimum and maximum available costs of listed products and services. To obtain a firm price from the provider, please use the contact the operator. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars.