Skyrail takes you on an unforgettable journey over Australiaâ??s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest and deep into the forest.
Spanning 7.5kms, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway has intimate six person gondola cabins which glide just metres above the forest canopy providing spectacular and uninterrupted views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and the Cairns Highlands. Your Skyrail adventure includes time at two mid-stations, where you can learn more about this fascinating environment from the forest floor.
At Red Peak Station Skyrailâ??s Rangers provide regular guided boardwalk tours sharing their knowledge on these ancient tropical forests. While easy access walkways at Barron Falls Station take you to three separate lookouts providing breathtaking views of Barron Gorge and Barron Falls; here you can also visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre. The centre, which Skyrail developed in conjunction with CSIRO, houses touch screen computers and interactive audio-visual presentations providing an informative and fun learning experience enhancing your appreciation of the rainforest.
Voted Australiaâ??s Best Major Tourist Attraction, Skyrail is recognised not only as a premier tourist experience, but a world leader in eco-tourism providing guests with a truly unique rainforest experience available no where else in the world.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is situated just 15 minutes from Cairns and 50 minutes from Port Douglas. It is open every day except Christmas Day and during planned, preventative maintenance. Hours of operation are 9.00am to 5.15pm; bookings are taken in 15 minute intervals from 8.15am until 2.45pm for a return journey or 3.30pm for a one-way ...read more
I took the scenic steam railway one way and the skyrail back, like so many others. The skyrail is a quick way to arrive (compared to the railway) but I must warn you. If you dislike heights, you might not enjoy it. Also, the skyrail is far above the treetops, I didn't actually see much except a blur of green. Also, as the skyrail moves between concrete pylons it tends to shake a lot, which can be alarming, especially your first time and if alone. Finally, it is quite expensive.
I would recommend to go up to Kuranda by Steam train and then take the Skyrail going down. It was a lovely view going back down and relaxing just being in the cart by ourselves and taking in the views. It was a good experience. Just like the Steam train, the cable carts and the stations were both well maintained and clean and the staff were all friendly and helpful.
One of the top tourist things to do in Cairns is the Skyrail. We caught it from Cairns to Kuranda, and then caught the scenic railway train back down to Cairns. The Skyrail stops at intervals and allows you to get out and explore some of the rainforest, and see the amazing barron falls.
No trip to Cairns is complete without a trip to Kuranda on the Cable car. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes with a couple of short breaks to stretch your legs and have a walk in the Heritage listed rainforest with one of their many knowledgeable and entertaining guides.