Can you imagine what it would be like to be gliding only metres from the rainforest canopy, immersing yourself in the smells, sights and sounds of life in a tropical rainforest?
Let us tell you – it is 100% amazing.
As soon as you mention that you are visiting Cairns, you will likely get an influx of people advising you on what you must see and do in the area. When Wanggulay guests ask us what we recommend doing, the Kuranda Sky Rail is top of our list.
The Skyrail is one of the only rainforest cableways in Australia, providing you with an amazing experience and view over tropical rainforest from the canopy to deep in the forest. The 7.5km ride gives you the opportunity to see the rainforest in a way you likely haven’t seen before. This is one tour you should certainly set aside at least half a day for, if not a full day.
There are four Skyrail stations but we absolutely recommend that you start at Smithfield Terminal which is less than 10km from us here at Wanggulay. The first leg will take you on a 10-minute ride from Smithfield Terminal to Red Peak Station, where you can get off an enjoy the rainforest boardwalk. We recommend the complimentary guided boardwalk tour from qualified local Rangers who give you an informative insiders tour of the rainforest.
It’s then back on board for a 14-minute ride from Red Peak Station to Barron Falls Station. This is a spectacular section of the Skyrail – as you come into Barron Falls Station you will glide over the Barron Gorge giving you an amazing view of the Gorge – especially if it is in full flow.
Barron Falls Station is a great place to get off the Skyrail with easy walks to three individual lookouts over the Gorge and Falls. You’ll get the best view during the green season (December through to March) but the view at any time of the year is great. The station also has a Rainforest Interpretation Centre which is home to a visual and interactive presentation of the rainforest environment, as well as a historical centre.
The final leg takes you from Barron Falls Station through to the Kuranda Terminal. A short 8-minute ride from Barron Falls Station brings you to the rainforest village of Kuranda. This lovely little town is only a short walk from the terminal and is home to the Butterfly Sanctuary we posted about last week, as well as a bird aviary, koala park and a range of shops, cafes, galleries and more.
Once you’ve finished exploring Kuranda, there are two options on getting back to Wanggulay. You can catch the Skyrail back down, or you can treat yourself to the Kuranda Scenic Railway, which is an amazing trip in itself (keep an eye out for our next blog on the Kuranda Scenic Railway).
We really can’t tell you just how amazing this the Skyrail trip from Smithfield to Kuranda is, and it is one of our must-do’s here at Wanggulay.