Distant Journeys are proud to offer some of the world’s best rail holidays. Join us on a day of discovery into the stunning rainforest clad mountains that surround tropical Cairns.
We begin our day with a stunning journey on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Take in the world’s oldest rainforest as you glide silently over this pristine jungle canopy that has remained relatively unchanged for 130 million years. We take in unsurpassed views of Barron Gorge and Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage area and see the stunning panorama of the tropical coastline and Coral Sea.
Home to climbing palms, fern gardens, rare butterflies and birds and a scenic lookout, disembarking at Red Peak, a rainforest boardwalk allows a more personal interaction with the rainforest. Another opportunity to disembark presents itself at Barron Falls. Known as ‘Din Din’ to the Djabuganydji people, it is a spectacular sight not to be missed.
Upon arrival in Kuranda – ‘the Village in the Rainforest’ you will have free time to do your own exploring. Attracting visitors for well over a century, Kuranda is a wonderful mix of colourful characters, quirky shops and quaint cafes. Discover the local markets and boutique shops briming with handmade crafts from local artists. Take a seat at one of the many food stalls to enjoy a coffee or tropical fruit smoothie. Or maybe take yourself to the Butterfly Sanctuary, home to over 1500 butterflies from a variety of species.
Australia’s Indigenous culture is one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world and our next stop is Rainforest station Nature Park, where we spend time with the Pamagirri. Our guides love to share their stories and we start with time in the Yarning Circle, an informal opportunity to chat about traditions, culture and history. We will view a traditional dance performance, go ‘walkabout’ and even try our hand at boomerang throwing.
The journey back to Cairns is onboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail train for an amazing journey on one of the world’s most scenic rail routes. Your journey winds through hand-hewn tunnels, across bridges and around curves, all the time appreciating what an amazing engineering feat it is.
Please Note: All Freedom Day descriptions represent a typical itinerary and may not operate exactly as described. Local operators may vary from time to time.
Cairns: Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail is featured in the following itineraries:
The Very Best of Australia
Treasures of Australia
Wonders of Australia
Christmas & New Year in Australia
Australia & New Zealand Combinations Tour