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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda, Queensland 4870, Australia
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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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"freshwater station"
in 89 reviews
"scenic railway"
in 135 reviews
"sky rail"
in 161 reviews
"window seat"
in 46 reviews
"train trip"
in 75 reviews
"barron falls"
in 141 reviews
"cable car"
in 86 reviews
"great train ride"
in 20 reviews
"comfortable seats"
in 16 reviews
"cairns station"
in 15 reviews
"return trip"
in 38 reviews
"great trip"
in 41 reviews
"great scenery"
in 33 reviews
"day trip"
in 56 reviews
"taking the train"
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"take photos"
in 46 reviews
"breathtaking views"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Lovely slow trip up the mountain. Beautiful old train; lots of things to look at along the way. The lookout at Barron Falls was great. Nice relaxing way to start our day trip in Kuranda. Long ride, but lots to see, you don’t realise the...More

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed our laid back journey through the rainforest :)

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Be sure to request a seat so you can look out the right side of the train. The benches hold four and unless you are by the window you probably won't see much. Terrific narration that was very informative but not too obtrusive.

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review. We’re glad you enjoyed our journey and commentary along the way.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Request window seat when booking. Commentary interesting, informative and kept attention of the 11yr old too. Toilets on board.

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for sharing your experience, great that your 11yr old enjoyed it too :)

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It was such a fun ride especially for young kids as the view are beautiful and there are lots of tunnels and bridge We get on the train at freshwater station . It has a small kiosk to buy coffee and muffin etc .. the...More

Thank 730matthew
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review, we’re glad you found our service super :) We like to think we’re suited to everyone so great to hear your children enjoyed their journey also.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Step back in time and travel on the Kuranda railway, travel back in the cable cars. Read more in the book I wrote it's a true light hearted read download my book on Kindle or via Kindle App on your phone it's called Backpacking with...More

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review.. yes we believe it's a journey back in time, one full of history and experience :) We'll check out your book.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked Gold tickets as recommended by lots of reviewers but our train wasn't full & I think we could easily have paid for the standard class & had a good seat. The food was very disappointing & consisted of a couple of cheese nibbles,...More

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to conduct a review. We are glad you enjoyed your trip, and thank you for the tips. We hope you have a safe onward journey.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This excursion is a must do when in the Cairns area. We took the gondola up which was an enjoyable experience. Stopped at one point to have a walk around and listen to a tour guide talk about the rain forest. Spent some time in...More

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your experience - we're delighted you enjoyed your journey onboard and the town of Kuranda! We hope you took plenty of photos as a reminder of your experience and, we wish you safe onward travels.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kuranda itself is a tourist trap but a very nice and interesting one. The Scenic Railway is great. You have photo opportunities even when the train is in motion and the scenery is excellent, even when we went at a dry time of year. This...More

Thank Trimley11
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So glad you were able to celebrate your birthday in style! There most certainly is some great opportunities to take some beautiful photos. We are so glad to hear you had a great time. Happy onward travels!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have to say I was a little bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it is scenic, and there are some beautiful views, but the carriages are very cramped and for a scenic railways, the windows are very small. All the seats are to the...More

Thank Mrs_Fer
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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We'd be lying if we said we weren't a little disappointed that your journey didn't live up to expectation. We'll do our best not to take it personally, as we understand everyone takes something different away from the same...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The view is beautiful!! But at the end i was a little bit bored. The train station in kuranda is beautiful!!! Try to sit on the right side (window) is definitely the best view!! But the way back take too long so the last 30...More

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QueenslandRailTravel, Customer Service at Kuranda Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review Paola. We do take a leisurely journey through the rainforest... we like to give you some time out to relax and take in the scenery and hear the amazing history of the range. We hope you got some great photos of...More

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Nancy E
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Response from Nationsvisitor | Reviewed this property |
High humidity all yr round similar weather in Florida wear thin cootn and comfy shoes
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LizzH
September 30, 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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