Kuranda Scenic Railway - Heritage Class (Multi-ticketing)

    • 大人(往復チケット) AUD $76.00 AUD $70.00


Kuranda Scenic Railway - Heritage Class (Multi-ticketing)

The Journey

The Kuranda Scenic Rail journey takes one and a half hours to complete and includes an English commentary on the history of the region and the railway.

All passengers receive a souvenir booklet which includes information on the history of the railways construction, a trip map and a map of Kuranda. The Kuranda Scenic Railway can be joined at Cairns Railway Station or Freshwater Connection for morning departures to Kuranda. Journeys from Kuranda Station to Cairns run in the afternoon.

Each carriage is fitted with three media screens to provide passengers with detailed information of the history of the Kuranda railway. There are also two gold class carriages where refreshments and finger food are served on the journey.

The dreamtime story of Buda-dji, the ancestral being, is also told daily. Buda-dji is the Carpet Snake who, in the dreamtime, carved out the Barron River and the creeks that join onto it, from the coast to the Tablelands. The Railway Engine itself has been painted with a representation of this ancestral being.

Cairns Central Station

Cairns Central Railway Station is centrally located in the City,  adjacent to the Cairns Central Shopping Centre, and within easy walking distance of most city accommodations. The station is home to the Kuranda Scenic Railway, The Sunlander and numerous other scenic rail services such as the Savannahlander.

Freshwater Connection

Freshwater Connection is a popular departure point for pre-organised tours.  Situated in a quiet, leafy suburb, amidst tropical gardens and authentic heritage railway carriages Freshwater Connection provides a perfect venue for visitors to enjoy a hearty breakfast and is an ideal way to begin a Kuranda Scenic Railway journey.

Many of Freshwater’s small Queenslander houses were built for railway workers and local farmers in the 1920 & 30s, some with timber from the old Mareeba Hospital. The very large mango trees in the area date from the 1890s. Freshwater Connection was built in 1984 as a tribute to the visionaries and pioneers who built the Kuranda Scenic Railway between 1887 and 1891. Freshwater Connection station includes a museum, and pioneer cottage which provide visitors with an interesting and educational experience.

Kuranda Station

Kuranda Station is one of the earliest stations to be built in Australia using standard concrete units and is the oldest remaining examples of its type in Queensland. Described as “after the style of a Swiss Chalet, the idea being to make Kuranda a show station”, the station was designed in 1910. A modified version of the design was built in 1914 and included the Passenger Station building, Signal Cabin and Utilities Block.

Ornamental planting proposed in the 1910 scheme, was developed by George Wriede and Bert Wickham, both station masters at Kuranda. Today Kuranda Station is world renowned for its tropical gardens and historic significance. It is possibly one of the most photographed railway stations in the world. The heritage-listed buildings blend with the tropical surrounds providing a relaxed environment to enjoy. The Kuranda Railway Tea Rooms at the station offer a great range of souvenirs and refreshments.

The History

It was in 1882 that the miners of Herberton were on the brink of total starvation, unable to get supplies due to flooding. A route to civilisation was desperately needed for the purpose of meeting ships at the port, to deliver goods to the city and towns to the west, and more importantly to bring back the spoils of the hinterland particularly tin, timber, small amounts of gold and subsequently sugar, tobacco, copper and lead. Adventure bushman and colourful pioneer, Christie Palmerston, was charged with finding a starting point for a railway. The Premier Sir Samuel Griffiths turned the first sod for the line which was to be built in three stages.

Men tackled the jungle and mountains not with bulldozers, jackhammers and other modern equipment, but with strategy, fortitude, hand tools, dynamite, buckets and bare hands. Great escarpments were removed from the mountains above the line and every loose rock and overhanging tree had to be removed by hand. After removing 2.3 million metres of earthworks, creating 15 tunnels, 93 curves, dozens of bridges and 75 kilometres of track, a banquet high up on the bridge with General Sir Henry Wiley Norman, Governer of Queensland marked the completion of Stoney Creek Bridge.

On June 15th 1891, Mr Johnstone, one of three Railway Commissioners at that time opened the line for goods traffic only. Just ten days later, the Cairns- Kuranda Railway line was opened to passenger travel. The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is truly a legendary demonstration of man’s ingenuity and nature’s wonder. The 34km Kuranda Scenic Railway was, and still is considered a remarkable engineering feat of tremendous magnitude.


Blackout Date: Kuranda Scenic Railway does not operate Christmas Day 25 DEC
Child: Fares apply to children aged from 4–14 years inclusive. Infants aged 0–3 years travel free of charge.
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Kuranda Scenic Railway - Heritage Class (Multi-ticketing)  

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大人(往復チケット) AUD $76.00 AUD $70.00
子供(帰りのチケット) AUD $38.00 AUD $35.00
ファミリーリターンチケット(大人2人+子供2人) AUD $125.00 AUD $115.00

Kuranda Scenic Railway - Heritage Class (Multi-ticketing)

Heritage Class:

Seating in our refurbished Heritage carriages, including water coolers at the end of each carriage and a souvenir trip guide. 

To Kuranda (daily)

Depart Cairns: 8:30am & 9:30am
Depart Freshwater: 8:55am & 9:55am
Arrive Kuranda: 10:25am & 11:25am


From Kuranda (daily)
Depart Kuranda: 2:00pm & 3:30pm
Depart Freshwater: 3:32pm & 5:02pm
Arrive Cairns: 3:55pn & 5:25pm

Bus interchange upgrade works at Freshwater Station

Queensland Rail is undertaking bus interchange upgrade works at Freshwater Station as part of planned improvements to customer areas.

The second stage of these works is planned to commence from Thursday 2nd November 2017, with completion anticipated in April 2018, subject to weather conditions.

During this stage the current car and coach parking area will be fenced off for redevelopment. All buses will be directed to use the newly constructed hard stand area to the east of the station. A safe access path from the station to the hard stand area will be made available for customers.

Due to the reduced car parking available at Freshwater Station during this redevelopment phase, you may wish to consider recommending Cairns Station as an alternate boarding point for your customers.  Free parking available at Cairns Central Shopping Centre.

How to use voucher?

Present G Trip printed vouhcer to the check in counter (rail station)

101/27-29 wharf st, cairns city QLD 4870