Before you plan a trip to Kuranda you will need to know what there is to see and do in the village as that will assist you to choose the right tour and allow the right number of hours for you to see and do everything you would like to experience. You also need to look at how to get to Kuranda, if you have your own rental car, or if you require a coach pick up from your Cairns or Port Douglas accommodation.
If you are a first time visitor we recommend a full day tour to enable you to explore every possible thing in the village and not be hurried. If you are a hiker or bush walker you may wish to follow some of the rainforest trails and visit the lookouts over the Barron River or if you are short on time and would like a tour that shows you every attraction possible then we recommend a Kuranda combo package tour.
Kuranda has something for everyone from young to old and in between and for the animal lovers there is a native Australian wildlife park called the Koala Gardens where you can cuddle a koala and have your photo taken, Birdworld is another unique attraction built as close as possible the natural rainforest habitats of the birds and this is the place you may see a pre-historic bird called the Cassowary and other species endemic to Tropical North Queensland.
Children especially love the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and we advise all of our guests to wear either a white, pink or red shirt as these are the colours that the butterflies are attracted to. The Australian Venom Zoo is another favourite with the kids as they seem to be attracted by the scariness of it all. Here they can view deadly snakes, spiders and scorpions and take a guided tour.
The Kuranda Village Markets are certainly a very big drawcard and they are open from 9.30am until 3.00pm. Here you can pick up some great local handcrafted souvenirs, sample yummy local gronw and produced foods, listen to some great buskers, have a massage, and taste the worlds hottest chillies.
Kuranda has many talented people who have escaped the demands of city life in order to follow their muse and live in this community to produce their arts and craft, open up galleries and teach others how to become artisans. Likewise the Djabugay Aboriginal tribe who have lived in these rainforests for centuries have the Doongal Aboriginal Art & Artefacts gallery where you may buy genuine artwork from Aboriginal artists all over Australia.
If you love shopping then you will not be disappointed as you may buy some locally made sustainable and recyclable clothing, hand-made sweets and treats, hand crafted jewellery and opals, souvenirs and gifts for the folks back home
When your tummy begins rumbling you have no end of cuisine choices to satisfy the hunger pains, and as we are in a tropical environment you will find some really lovely garden settings for you to sit back and sample the local fare with an icy cold drink. Kuranda has around 27 restaurants and cafes where you can sample a crocodile or emu burger, vegan and vegetarian fare, a big juicy steak at the pub or sweet and savoury crepes and lots of other food choices.
At various times of the year this little village comes alive with events such as Blues and Reggae festivals, the big Easter Egg hunt, the Kuranda Festival and big name artists like Midnight Oil play in the Kuranda Amphitheatre to the delight of locals and tourists alike
There are several ways to go on a Kuranda tour but the most exciting way is to book the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Gondola Rainforest Cableway. If you have your own rental car you may self-drive to one of these transfer stations and make your way up the mountain, please note however you have to pre-book your coach transfer in between each station as they are approximately 7-10 kilometres away from each other and when you come down from the mountain you will need to be returned to your vehicle on the coach.
There are two places you may catch the Kuranda train and one is the Cairns Station and the other the Freshwater Station in Kamerunga. The Skyrail terminal is located at Smithfield in the Cairns northern beaches area.
Dependant on where you are staying either Cairns, Palm Cove, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas there are a number of choices of tour operators who will come and collect you from your accommodation and provide all the passes and ticketing required for these two attractions.
Each of these tours differ in the number of hours guests can spend in Kuranda and the optional extras that are available to make your day even more exciting and enjoyable. So if you are on a budget and just looking for the cheapest way to visit Kuranda we have those options or if you really wish to experience everything and be guided and looked after then we have those tours also.
For more information on “All You Need to Know” about Kuranda take a peek at our blog here, browse the Kuranda tour options above or call our Kuranda holiday specialists on 1300 761 612 and we will help you choose the right tour for you.
Ultimate Kuranda Day Tour | Train, Skyrail, Rainforestation & Butterfly Sanctuary | TW | CKBB
- Departs From: Cairns
10.5 hours (approx)
The best value Ultimate Kuranda Tour makes sure you don’t miss out on a thing. Visiting Kuranda via the Scenic Railway train and experience both the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and the fabulous Rainforestation Wildlife and Aboriginal Cultural Park, and then heading back to Cairns via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway gondola over the canopy of the rainforest – this is the best Kuranda day tour for sure!
Kuranda Coach Tour | Wildlife Park | Butterfly Sanctuary | Aboriginal Culture | TW | RBB
- Departs From:
8.00 hours (approx)
Kuranda tours & attractions (1) Coach ride up the Kuranda mountain range from Cairns hotels and resorts around 8.30am (self drivers in northern beaches can be collected from Freshwater Train Station) (2) Return coach back down the mountain range. (3) Visit Rainforestation Nature Park (4) 30 minute Aboriginal Cultural tour (5) Amphibious Army Duck Tour (6) Choice of bus trip to Kuranda Village to see Butterfly Sanctuary and spend time in Kuranda Village (7) Optional lunch at Rainforestation Nature Park instead of Kuranda visit.
Kuranda Tours | Coach Tour | Wildlife | Aboriginal Culture | TW | R1B
- Departs From:
8.5 hours (approx)
(1) Coach up the mountain and coach down the mountain perfect for those guests scared of heights. (Guests self driving from Cairns Northern Beaches can be met at Freshwater Train Station) (2) Visit to Rainforestation Nature Park (3) 30 minute Aboriginal cultural tour (4) 45 min to 1 hour Amphibious army duck tour (5) Choice of afternoon in Kuranda (No Free Entry to Butterfly Sanctuary) or stay at Rainforestation Nature Park and upgrade to lunch and other park activities.
Kuranda Tours | Kuranda Train - Half / Full Day Tour | KQC
- Departs From: Cairns & Northern Beaches
Varies between 2.00 – 2.5 hours depending on how long you’d like to explore Kuranda. Refer to options in departure details.
Free Kuranda Boarding Pass 10% discount Birdworld, Koala Gardens, & Butterfly Sanctuary. Biggest choice of the most convenient times for coach pick ups from holiday accommodation in Cairns & the Northern Beaches. Choose the number of hours you wish to spend wandering in Kuranda Village streets & markets. Skip the queue tickets for the Kuranda Scenic Railway (upgrades to Gold Class carriage available) with pre-allocated seating and carriage. Skip the queue tickets for Skyrail Rainforest Gondola (upgrades to Diamond View glass floor gondola available)
Kuranda Tours | Self Drive | Kuranda Train | Half / Full Day | KQSD
- Departs From: Freshwater Train Station
Option 1.) 2 hours free time to explore Kuranda Village
Option 2.) 2.5 hours free time to explore Kuranda Village
(1.) Self drive Kuranda tour. Park your hire car at Skyrail and hop the coach transfer to the Freshwater train station (2.) Free Kuranda Boarding Pass 10% discount Birdworld, Koala Gardens, & Butterfly Sanctuary. (3) Skip the queue Skyrail & Train tickets with pre-allocated seating and pre-allocated carriages (Upgrade options for the Skyrail Diamond View gondolas and upgrade to Gold Class carriages on the Kuranda train) (4.) Choose to spend 2.5 or 4 hours in Kuranda Village (5.) Skip the queue tickets for the Skyrail Rainforest cableway gondola ride down or up the mountain (6.) Kuranda boarding pass including a map and information about the region. Available in foreign languages
Kuranda Train | Skyrail | Cheapest Combo Deal In Cairns | A1/A2/A2OW
- Departs From: Cairns and Cairns Northern Beaches
Varies depending on how long you’d like to explore Kuranda – between 2.5 - 5hr. Refer to options in departure details.
Cheapest budget Kuranda tour with Free "Skip the Queue" Kuranda Boarding Passes 10% discount Birdworld, Koala Gardens, & Butterfly Sanctuary (1.) Multiple choice of times for coach pick ups from Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels. (2.) Multiple choice of hours to spend wandering the beautiful village of Kuranda. (3.) Skip the queue tickets for the train seating and the skyrail (4.) No upgrade options available for this budget tour This is the cheapest best value combo package you will find for a Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Rail tour anywhere. There simply is no better Kuranda tour deal around!
Cheapest & Best Value Self-Drive Kuranda Tour | Skyrail & Train | A1SD
- Departs From: Skyrail Terminal Smithfield
Varies from 1 to 5 hours in Kuranda depending on the option you choose
A flexible tour option, allowing you to drive yourself to the designated meeting point, start as early or late as you like, and decide which of Cairns’ iconic experiences – the Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail Rainforest Cableway – you’d like to travel aboard first. Once in Kuranda enjoy this small village in the Rainforest with so much to offer: markets, shops, the Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld and Koala Gardens.
Kuranda Tour From Port Douglas | Train & Coach | Self - Drive | DUT
- Departs From: Self Drive from Port Douglas
From 10.45am Coach to 2.00pm Train
8.50am Train to 12.30pm Coach
Kuranda tour from Port Douglas with Free Kuranda Boarding Passes, 10% discount Birdworld, Koala Gardens, & Butterfly Sanctuary (1.) Self-drive from Port Douglas to either the Kuranda train or the Skyrail Station (2.) Collect your "Skip the Queue" tickets from our team (3.) Do not go inside for tickets we meet you outside (4.) Skip the queue tickets offer pre-allocated carriage seating on the Kuranda train (5.) Coach transfers between Skyrail and Train (6.) Lot's of times and combinations to choose from for departure and return on both train and skyrail (7.) Spend as little or as long as you like exploring Kuranda Village (8.) Choice of upgrades to Diamond View glass floor Skyrail or Gold Class Carriage on the train
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