Kerry Williams is a freelance writer from England, who is now living in Far North Queensland, Australia. To find out more visit www.kerrycopywrites.com
Published November 14th 2019
See the rainforest from a bird's eye view
The Kuranda Skyrail runs from Smithfield – Kuranda and back constantly throughout the day, however you must select a time when booking. That said, if they're not too busy they allow flexibility on booked times. It is basically a scenic cable car ride above the rainforest in your own gondola. The cost is $55 per adult, and $27.50 per child, one-way. Return options and packages including transfers or combinations with other activities are also available. After taking the Scenic Rail up to Kuranda with my partner earlier in the day, we took the Skyrail back to Smithfield. When we arrived at the station we found a lovely souvenir shop and some bathrooms. You can also download the app for more information about your journey as you travel.
A staff member helped us into our gondola, which can seat up to six people. On a busy day, you may have to share with strangers, however, on a quiet day, groups of two can travel alone. We both thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous view as we travelled above the treetops. The Skyrail provides such a unique way to see the rainforest from a birds-eye view. I felt completely safe the entire time, however, it may not be suitable for those who suffer from fear of heights. We spotted several birds and pretty butterflies as we travelled. The only downside for me was that flies would occasionally fly in through the small windows, and we would have to bat them out with our shoes. The seats were comfortable enough for a short journey, and the glass exterior allows a fantastic view from any of the six seats.
We had the option to disembark at Barron Falls, where we enjoyed a lovely view of the waterfall. The Skyrail runs on two separate loops, so you will need to disembark at Redlynch, where you can take a short, scenic walk along the boardwalks before beginning the second loop. In took us approximately 40 minutes to get from Kuranda-Smithfield, however, that will vary depending on how long you stay at the stop-off points. The time flew by and I enjoyed every moment of it. Overall I think that it's a wonderful way to get to Kuranda and back, with an unrivalled view of the treetops.