Located 15 minutes north of Cairns, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway provides visitors with a unique and breathtaking view of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. Once you travel on Skyrail, you’ll see why it’s called ‘The World’s Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience.’ The idea was conceived in 1987 and it took seven years of feasibility studies, an environmental impact study, and approvals from local, state, and federal governments and the local community to come to fruition.
Construction began in 1994 and required innovative techniques for this sensitive Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Costing $35 million, Skyrail opened to the public in 1995 to provide guests with a unique opportunity, and a world first - to see and experience the rainforest in a safe and environmentally friendly way. Skyrail has since become a local, national, and international success story, winning dozens of awards for business, environment, and tourism development.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a ‘must-do’ when you visit Tropical North Queensland.
Most tourists combine Skyrail with the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway for a magical rainforest adventure. Built over 130 years ago, this charming train winds its way through the mountains between Cairns and Kuranda and is a delightful way to experience a piece of history.
Barron Falls is worth a stop too, especially if there’s been considerable rainfall. The panoramic view from The Edge Lookout is postcard-worthy, so have your camera ready. While there, you can visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre and Historical Precinct. Once in Kuranda, allow time to wander around this magical village, home to the famous Kuranda Markets.
When Skyrail opened to the public in 1995 it was the world’s longest gondola cableway stretching 7.5 kilometres. It had 47 gondolas and carried 300 people per hour. In May 1997, 67 gondolas were added, enabling Skyrail to carry 700 people per hour. In December 2013, Skyrail introduced 11 Diamond View glass floor gondolas. These allow visitors an even more amazing perspective of the rainforest below.
Over the years, Skyrail has forged a reputation as an iconic, eco-tourism attraction for visitors from near and far and remains the most environmentally sensitive cableway project in the world.
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Skyrail provides a unique opportunity for a bird’s eye view of one of the world’s most ancient landscapes. You’ll feel the serenity as you glide metres above the pristine jungle canopy, immersing yourself in this fascinating area's sights, sounds, and smells.
Skyrail takes one and a half hours to complete a one-way trip, including stops at Red Peak and Barron Falls. You can hop off at either of these stops and take time to explore. You can enjoy a complimentary Boardwalk Tour with a Ranger at Red Peak and visit the Rainforest Discovery Zone.
You can start your journey either at the ‘Reef’ end at the Smithfield terminus travelling up the mountain before disembarking at the quaint village of Kuranda, or do the reverse and take Skyrail from the rainforest end and head ‘downhill.’
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