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Kuranda Scenic Rail

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Published January 3rd 2013
A heart pumping train ride up the side of the mountain
Kuranda Scenic Railway passes through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, providing an excellent day trip from Cairns to Kuranda village.

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Kuranda Scenic Railway


The 1 hour 45 minute journey goes through the Barron Gorge National Park taking you over handmade bridges and tunnels tunnels, originally made over 100 years ago. As you wind your way from sea level to 328m to reach Kuranda, you will pass the waterfalls of Barron Gorge.

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Barron Gorge


The Cairns-Kuranda Railway was constructed between 1882 and 1891 and even today is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. Hundreds of men were employed to build the 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges that stand as a monument to the pioneers of tropical North Queensland who lost their lives while working on the railway.

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Kuranda Scenic Railway


Once you reach Kuranda, you can enjoy a day of unique shopping and local attractions before making the return journey to Cairns.

The Kuranda Scenic Railway departs Cairns daily. Check the Kuranda Scenic Railway website for departure times, costs and tour information.
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Why? Breathtaking views and a little piece of history
Phone: (07) 4036 9330
Where: Cairns to Kuranda, Far North Queensland
Cost: From $48 Adults and $24 children over 4
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