One of the great rides of Cairns, Australia the Kuranda Scenic Railway is a relaxing and most impressive way to experience the history and beauty of the area. In just two hours, the famous railway winds its way through picturesque waterfalls and magical ravines to and from Cairns and Kuranda.
The journey includes commentary and information on the railway itself, which first opened in 1891, as well as takes you through several wonderful bridges and farmland with a view of the valley and sea areas.
Once in the village of Kuranda, there is a short stopping period where you can get out for some exploring and looking around. The folks there are actually quite friendly and there are a plethora of unique shops as well as restaurants boasting local cuisine.
Perfect for families, small or large, the train comes with suitable accommodation for those carrying children of all ages and with individual maps so you can follow the trail. For a touch of class, there is also an option to purchase the Gold Pass, which gets you wine samples from local vineyards.
You can jump on the Kuranda Scenic Railway by both the Cairns Railway Station or Freshwater Connection for the morning trip to Kuranda, while trips to Cairns on the Kuranda Station leave once a day in the afternoon.
If you are looking for additional scenic transportation, you can catch the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway just north of Cairns for a terrific ride through the local rainforests over the canopy.