Soar Above the Landscape on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

January 5, 2017

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns is one of the world’s most unique rainforest experiences. You soar over the Barron Gorge National park in the Wet Tropics of Queensland’s World Heritage Area, and if you visit during the wet season that runs from December to March, the greenery glistens in the splendour of the Aussie sun.

The Skyrail Rainforest journey – which you can get on board all year round – allows you to immerse yourself in the fabric of the rainforest, giving you the chance to learn about one of the most diverse areas on earth whilst feeling right at the heart of the tropical environment. The beautiful 7.5km journey takes in both the panoramic Cairns Tropical region and the sparkling waters of the Coral Sea beyond.

The Skyrail journey takes approximately 1½ hours one way, or 2-2½ hours return, and begins at Smithfield Terminal – located just 50 minutes away from Port Douglas or 15 minutes from Cairns. As you start your journey and begin to ascend the McAlister Range, you’ll enjoy stunning coastal and rainforest views of the Coral Sea and Tropical Cairns, before you then gently start to descend into the rain forest to your first stop, the Red Peak Station.

Situated 545m above sea level, the Red Peak Station is nestled amongst the surrounding towering trees and unspoilt rainforest. Here you can walk along the 175m boardwalk, offering a relaxing way to absorb the rainforest and the grand scale of the ancient forests. Once you have explored all that Red Peak Station has to offer, you can continue your journey to Barron Falls Station.

The approach to Barron Falls provides some of the most spectacular views of the Barron Gorge, with the walkways around the station proffering various different vantage points on the Gorge and Falls. The Station is home to the state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretation Centre, built in conjunction with the CSIRO (Australia’s scientific research organisation). The touch-screen computers, videos and tutorials allow for a visual and interactive learning experience about the rainforest environment, which enhances your enjoyment of the tour.

The final 1.7kms to Kuranda Terminal takes just under 10 minutes and delivers you to a lovely village in the rainforest which is home to many attractions including Australia’s largest butterfly sanctuary, Kuranda Koala Gardens and a diverse range of shops and restaurants. You can return to Cairns either via the Kuranda Scenic Railway or on the Skyrail – both options will give you a spectacular final taste of the beauty of the Tropical North Queensland rainforest.

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