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Cairns Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Return Experience Departs From Port Douglas

  • Cairns
  • English, iPod Multi-language
  • 2.5 hours (approx.)
  • Free Cancellation
  • 24 Working Hours Confirmation

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Return Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Experience including the Red Peak and Barron Falls Stations
  • 2. Ranger Guided Tour and Rainforest Discovery Zone at Red Peak
  • 3. Entry to the CSIRO Interpretation Centre & historical precinct at Barron Falls
  • 4. Skyrail Interpretive App and Audio Guide
  • 5. Free time to explore Kuranda – the Village in the Rainforest
  • 6. Transport from/to selected Port Douglas hotels
From AUD
$143.00

1 Key Facts

Included

  • 1. Return Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Experience including the Red Peak and Barron Falls Stations
  • 2. Ranger Guided Tour and Rainforest Discovery Zone at Red Peak
  • 3. Entry to the CSIRO Interpretation Centre & historical precinct at Barron Falls
  • 4. Skyrail Interpretive App and Audio Guide
  • 5. Free time to explore Kuranda – the Village in the Rainforest
  • 6. Transport from/to selected Port Douglas hotels

Not included

  • 1. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 2. Souvenirs
  • 3. Travel Insurance
Destination Cairns
Depature point ● Departs: daily*, all year round
* Tour does not run on Christmas Day (25 December), and Maintenance Closures Days  

● Departure Point: Smithfield Terminal  
● Departure Time^: Every 15 minutes: from 08:45 - 15:45

● Departure Point: Kuranda Terminal
● Departure Time^: Every 15 minutes: from 09:15 - 15:45

^ Departure times are reference only and subject to availability.
^ Complementary transfer from/to selected hotels included before departure time. Must be pre-booked.
Address 6 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield QLD 4878 Australia
How to get there Complementary transfer from/to selected hotels included. Please indicate the name of your hotel at the point of booking - the most convenient pick-up location and time will be advised in your booking confirmation.
Operating hours
Daily* 08:45 - 17:15 One Way Last Departure 15:45; Return Last Departure 14:45
Christmas Day (25 December) Closed
Pre-planned Maintenance Closed Please check with Skyrail website for detailed dates
Check-in requirements Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the pick-up time at your booked pick up location. There might be 5-10 minutes delay depends on the traffic on the day. If you think the pick is late or you are not being picked up, please call The Service Provider and quote your confirmation number to double check.
What to bring/wear ● Appropriate clothing for all weather conditions, eg. jacket for cooler months.
● Comfortable enclosed walking shoes
● Protective clothing, hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses
● Water bottle, Snacks
● Umbrella / raincoat if rains
● Insect repellent
● Camera
● Money/credit card for optional purchases
Other info ● Only available for departs from and return to Smithfield Terminal.

● Duration
For a return (round-trip) standard experience, allow 2 ½ hours. Please allow extra time if want to spend in Kuranda Village.

● Standard gondolas carry up to a maximum of 6 guests and Diamond View carry a maximum of 5 guests. Both options include children and infants.

● Please check the Service Provider's official website (https://www.skyrail.com.au/notices) for scheduled maintenance and closures before purchasing

● All gondola travelling timings are dependant on cableway operational constraints and maybe longer than these stated times.

● You can spend as much time at you like at Skyrail’s rainforest mid-stations enjoying the facilities and rainforest atmosphere.

● When booking a one way Skyrail experience only, you will need to make your own way either to or from Kuranda or Smithfield Terminal, to return to your vehicle at the completion of the experience.

● For the protection of the environment smoking and the consumption of food and drink is prohibited in all gondolas. Eating and drinking is allowed at all of Skyrail’s Terminals and Stations.

● Day packs and fold up strollers can be taken on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Luggage is not permitted on the cableway or bus transfers. Small coin operated lockers are available at Smithfield (Cairns) Terminal (subject to availability and at own risk).

2 Overview

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway takes you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. Your Skyrail experience from Smithfield to Kuranda and back should take approximately 2 ½ hours. This includes time to explore the two rainforest stations, Red Peak and Barron Falls.

Cairns Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Return Experience Departs From Port Douglas

 

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over and deep into Australia's Wet Tropics World Heritage Area that has survived against all odds to become the home of the world's oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest.

Enjoy a truly unique perspective of this ancient landscape; glide metres above the pristine jungle canopy before descending to explore the rainforest close up.

Traversing the ancient rainforest between Smithfield and Kuranda, a one-way Skyrail Experience will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. For a return (round-trip) experience, you should allow 2½ hours.

  • Cairns, Australia

    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is located just 15 minutes north of Cairns city and 50 minutes south of Port Douglas in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, Australia. Traverse the spectacular landscape between Smithfield (Cairns) and Kuranda, on your 90 minute experience. A glimpse into an ancient world nestled in the fascinating Barron Gorge.

     

  • Explore the Rainforest

    Descend through the canopy to explore one of the most ancient pockets of rainforest on Earth. Learn about this mystical landscape at the Rainforest Discovery Zone. Join a ranger guided boardwalk tour, their in-depth knowledge of this ancient environment will bring the fascinating story of the rainforest to life.

     

  • Discover a Prehistoric Landscape

    Experience unimpeded views of the fascinating Barron Gorge and majestic Barron Falls from The Edge Lookout. Learn about plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth via interactive touch screens and audio visual displays at the CSIRO Rainforest Interpretation Centre.

     

  • Unlock the Secrets

    Download the Skyrail Interpretive App and Audio Guide to unlock the secrets of the world's oldest tropical rainforest. Discover the story of the rainforest with the audio tour, see animals come to life via augmented reality, capture share and track your Skyrail journey.

     

  • Kuranda Village

    Kuranda, an eclectic village in the rainforest, is famous for its markets, myriad of cafes, art and craft galleries and wildlife parks. A fascinating mix of quirky surprises, colourful characters and natural beauty, all nestled amidst pristine World Heritage listed rainforest.

 

Skyrail Interpretive App & Audio Guide

Ensure you get the most out of your experience by downloading Skyrail's multi-lingual Interpretive App & Audio Guide that places the story of Australia's ancient tropical rainforest directly in your hands. 

  • Enhance your experience with in gondola commentary
  • See augmented reality rainforest animals appear right before your eyes
  • Track your journey
  • Learn more about your experience
  • Capture and share photos to your social networks

 

Return Experience (Round Trip)

Allow 20 minutes at each station to enjoy a Ranger guided boardwalk tour and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical precinct. Enhance your experience and unlock the secrets of the ancient rainforest at the new Rainforest Discovery Zone at Red Peak, put the story of the rainforest in your hands with the Skyrail Interpretive App and Audio Guide and experience the beautiful Barron Falls and Gorge like never before from the Edge Lookout.

 

Trip Timings 

Stations: Smithfield Terminal - Red Peak Station - Barron Falls Station - Kuranda Terminal

  • Smithfield Terminal - Red Peak Station
    • Gondola Travelling Time: approximately 10 minutes
    • Distance: 2.7 kms
    • At Red Peak Station: Rainforest boardwalk including complimentary Ranger Guided Tour. Plan to spend approximately 20-30 minutes
  • Red Peak Station - Barron Falls Station
    • Gondola Travelling Time: approximately 12-14 minutes
    • Distance: 3.1 kms
    • At Barron Falls Station: Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts, historical display. Plan to spend approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • Barron Falls Station - Kuranda Terminal
    • Gondola Travelling Time: approximately 7-8 minutes
    • Distance: 1.7 kms

*If commencing journey from Kuranda Terminal, the stops will be in reverse.

 

Planning Your Trip
  • Bus transfers are available from selected Cairns, Beaches and Port Douglas locations. Please select and book the product with bus transfer if needed.
  • A one-way journey takes approximately 1 ½ hours including time spent exploring Red Peak and Barron Falls. Allow 2 ½ hours for a round trip experience. Skyrail can be combined with the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway for a half or full day experience.
  • First departure is at 08:45, the last round trip experience departs at 14:45 from Smithfield or Kuranda and the last one-way experience departs at 15:45.
  • Gondolas depart continuously throughout the day and bookings are made in 15 minute intervals.
  • Gondolas carry a maximum of 6 people in a standard gondola and a maximum of 5 people in Diamond View (including infants).

 

Cableway Facts
  • The cableway is 7.5 kilometres (4.7 miles) long.
  • It has a total of 103 regular gondola cabins, each capable of seating 6 passengers and 11 Diamond View gondolas, each capable of seating 5 passengers. This combined provides a carrying capacity of approximately 650 passengers per hour in each direction.
  • The cableway can operate at a speed of five metres per second (18 kilometres per hour, or 11 miles per hour); however its normal operating speed is much slower to provide guests with the maximum time to enjoy their rainforest experience.
  • There are 32 towers in total. The highest tower is 40.5 metres (133 feet) high.
  • Red Peak is Skyrail's highest station at 545 metres above sea level (1,788 feet). The Kuranda Station sits at 336 metres (1,100 feet) and Smithfield Terminal is only 5 metres above sea level (16 feet).
  • Barron Falls houses an impressive steel and glass cantilever structure known as The Edge Lookout. Providing unimpeded panoramic views of the ancient landscape spanning across the waterfall, down along the Barron Gorge. It also features a transparent section of boardwalk suspended some 160 metres above the Gorge.
  • The steepest section of the cableway has a slope of 19 degrees.
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway has 15 kilometres of 40.5mm galvanised steel rope weighing more than the equivalent of 100 sedan cars.

 

How to choose the right experience?

Skyrail Only

One way Return
Upgrade to Glass Bottom Gondola? Need pick up and drop off from hotel?
No Yes No, I will make my own way Yes
One Way Skyrail Experience One Way Skyrail Experience Diamond View Return Skyrail Experience Return Skyrail Experience with Transfers from Cairns/Northern Beaches Return Skyrail Experience with Transfers from Port Douglas

 

3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

● If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. ● If you cancel between 0 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. ● If no show, no refund.

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