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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4036 9333
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The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of World Heritage Listed rainforest, steep ravines and picuresque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park. This famous railway winds its way from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Constructed between 1882 and 1891 it 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
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Kuranda, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We travelled from Freshwater station to Kuranda and back again on the train. It was easy and free to park at Freshwater station and the station was quaint and the staff very friendly and helpful. The journey to Kuranda provided some spectacular scenery and we...More

1  Thank Atlasmoth
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This trip is beautiful through scenic countryside and on a beautiful old train. The problem is that the seating is cramped and there is no air conditioning so pay the money to upgrade.

1  Thank 917jodi
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We travelled back from Kuranda on the Scenic railway. A gentle winding route through the rainforest with some spectacular vistas. Is an old classic train and was therefore quite warm. Stations are beautifully maintained and presented. We felt it went on a bit but was...More

1  Thank Andrew C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were very excited about our trip to Kuranda village during our North Queensland holiday. My mother and I travelled up to Kuranda on the train from freshwater station with gold class - so worth the cost! We were very comfortable and enjoyed the morning...More

Thank smad142
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely feedback - we're so delighted you and your mother were able to share this experience together! We think Gold Class is definitely the way to go if you can... for the individual seating, not to mention the food and beverages!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A 1 1/2 hour trip in ancient carriages from Smithfield to Kunanda. The train has two classes, Gold Class and regular. Gold class comes with bar service and comfortable lounge chairs. Regular seats are rather uncomfortable. Not a great deal to see on the way...More

Thank Dencal1945
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback. We're glad you found some value in travelling to Kuranda aboard our train. As the carriages are 100 years old, the seating, particularly that in Heritage Class, is indicative of the size and style of the time... but we're glad...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went up on the Sky Tram, spent the day in Kuranda, and then back on the 3:30 Gold train. The "gold class" is quite a bit more money, but it has a really nice car with comfortable seating and free flowing wine! They also...More

Thank OpusTheCat
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback - we're delighted you saw Kuranda from both perspectives... and we're a little chuffed that you liked our train slightly more ;) We have to agree, locally sourced food and beverages and free flowing bubbly is a win! We hope...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a few dollars more and upgraded to their First Class for our ride down from the Kuranda village into Cairns. Not sure if everybody else was served as much food and drinks as we were, but the food was always coming with our...More

Thank frequent_traveler290
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely feedback - we're glad you were able to enjoy the perks of Gold Class... more space, food and beverages and a dedicated attendant? What's not to love! We're glad you were kept full and hydrated with the food and beverages...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We caught the train up and sky rail down. Both were worthwhile experiences. The train wasn’t full so one of the workers spread everyone out because with designated seats being very close, it could get very uncomfortable. Kuranda is a nice place to visit for...More

Thank Loretta R
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Loretta, Thank you for sharing your Kuranda experience - we're glad you were able to see it from both perspectives! As the carriages are 100 years old, the seating arrangements are an accurate portrayal of the seating of the time... but absolutely, whenever space...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history, the scenery and the feel of the old trains, rattling over the tracks, climbing the mountain. Carriages well maintained, and clean. Felt very safe standing and walking between same. Few stops along the way for photos. Nice commentary along the way. Great to...More

Thank annretire
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Ann, Thank you for sharing your experience - we're so delighted to learn you loved the history and the legacy of how this railway came to be and how it is still standing! We hope you took plenty of photos as a reminder of...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Listening to others I was expecting a small wooden benched carriage where you felt everyone was sat on everyone else's knee. What we got were comfy bench seats with the same room as in a modern carriage. Yes its not air conditioned but then neither...More

Thank st8sman
QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service - Queensland Rail Travel at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely feedback - we have to say, we love hearing that we exceeded expectations ;) The carriages are 100 years old and therefore, an accurate indication of the seating style of the time... that said, we're glad it didn't bother you!...More

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LizzH
30 September 2017|
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Response from Maggie F | Reviewed this property |
Hi Lizz, a Gold Class on the rail would be far superior to ordinary. We were so disappointed on the normal seats. We did this trip for the views, the basic class has four passengers opposite each other, no room to move, no... More
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leuey
11 September 2017|
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Response from SamstaR22 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Peter, Yes, several (not all) carriages had facilities and it was easy to move between carriages to those that did if your allocated carriage did not. Also facilities at the stations. Hope you enjoy your trip. Regards, Sam
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