Cairns Hot Air Balloon and Skyrail and Kuranda Rail combo

Normally $406.00
12 Reviews
Ride Highlights
  • Spectacular Hot Air Balloon ride
  • Friendly coach pickup & Return Transfer
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail Train Ride
  • Free time to explore Kuranda Village
  • Wander historic Kuranda Markets
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
05.00am (approx)

Pick-up at your accommodation by a Hot Air coach for your special Cairns tour package, there's a one hour transfer through the Kuranda rainforest. Pickup times are confirmed on booking.

06.30 am

Experience the fun & unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the North Queensland, Australia. Every day we take off from a different location, all dependent on the breeze, we fly on the Atherton Tablelands, west of Cairns. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise. Breathe in the wide-open spaces! We have Australia's largest fleet of balloons and a fun and highly trained crew to maximise the fun of your morning. It's just like a balloon festival every day!

07.50 am

Return and Landing, Hot Air Balloon pack-up games and lots of laughs.

09.00 am

Arrive at the Skyrail terminal after your morning's Hot Air Balloon flight. Your driver will provide you with a voucher which will confirm the time you are booked to depart on the Skyrail and train. These times can be changed if available upon checking in.

Check in with the Skyrail ticketing office who will advise you when you are to board the Skyrail. Depending on how the morning is flowing with the Skyrail, you may be asked to join the queue straight away otherwise take a load off for a little while or take a walk to use the facilities around the terminal while you wait for your departure time. 

Board your Skyrail and marvel at the many different shades of beautiful green in the Rainforest and spectacular views of Cairns going up and over the Kuranda range.  It will take approximately 1 1/2 hours to get from the Smithfield Terminal to Kuranda. There are some exciting stops along the way as you change carriages. Make sure you take the time to take a walk along the Rainforest boardwalk or take a look at the interesting interpretive centre. Guided ranger talks are also available, please check with Skyrail for the timings.  

11.30 am

At the Kuranda Skyrail Terminal you will be able to get information about the town and what is on and available. There are some refreshments and souvenirs available for purchase as well.

Take a look around the small town of Kuranda. You will be able to cover most things in your time there. Take note of your Train departure time and if you wish to depart on the later Train at 3.30pm, you can change this with Hot Air or at the Skyrail station on the day (subject to availability).

Explore the small town town of Kuranda. There are local markets daily where you can find souvenirs, artworks and artifacts. There are also cafes and restaurants for something to eat and drink. Depending on the Train departure you choose there are lots of additional activities such as The Butterfly Sanctuary, Australian Venom Zoo and Kuranda Riverboat Tours and much more.


2.00 pm

In the afternoon check in for you train ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway with plenty of time as the train will leave on time. Travel on the historic mining railway line down the ruggard Macalister range. First you will stop to see the dramatic Barron falls to get off and take photos. You will then trek down the winding mountain through many tunnels, witnessing panoramic views and waterfalls along the way. The train has an overhead audio playing throughout the journey pointing out places of interest and the amazing history of how the railway was built. This really is one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. in total this will take about 1.5 hours.

3.30 pm

You have the option to catch the train to the Freshwater station with a bus transfer back to your city accommodation or stay on the train and catch it all the way to Cairns Central Station in the heart of the city. please advise Hot Air of your preference or Skyrail when you check in on the day.       

C30TSC, return back to Cairns central station.

Before you book there are some options to consider for this package for both the Skyrail and Train Departures. You have the option to upgrade your Skyrail to the Diamond View for an additional $22 per person. This will mean you will have a window to see through on the bottom of your Skyrail cart giving you the best views of the Rainforest. Another consideration is the train departure time from Kuranda. We have a departure at 2pm or if you wish to take a little bit longer exploring the attractions of Kuranda the later time at 3:30pm. Also on request is the upgrade to Gold Class for the train ride. For $50 you can sit in 1st class and experience silver dining and refreshments. All upgrades must be pre arranged prior to departure with Hot Air or on the morning when checking in at the Skyrail and are subject to availability  


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  • Free door to door airconditioned coach transfers to most Cairns accommodation, including Holiday Houses, Apartments, Resorts and Hotels  (Transfer Details here)
  • Spectacular 30 minute Hot Air balloon ride
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Cross Country Hot Air Balloon Chase
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Commemorative Certificate
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail Train Ride
  • Free time to explore Kuranda Village and the Kuranda Markets
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Your ticket
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Dress casual outdoor layered clothing. White clothing not recommended.
  • Peak Hat & sunglasses
  • Bottle of water
  • Spending money

Tour Conditions:

  • 20thJan ~12th February 2020, peak period surcharge applies for $30.00 per person.
  • Prices are valid for travel until 31st March 2020. Conditions of Travel.
  • For Passengers with Weight or Mobility or Pregnancy queries - please phone us to discuss before booking online.
  • Prices are $AUD per person.
  • All times are an INDICATION only. Please note that times do change summer/winter/spring, exact start times given on receipt of your full booking details
  • 100% charge applies if passengers fail to fly on the morning booked. 24 hours notice is required for changes. Re-booking is subject to availability and possible at a fee, please ask us.
12 Reviews
This is definitely a highly recommended experience. Safety clearly a priority and staff well trained throughout the whole day. We were picked up at the Pullman International by our driver Dave and chauffeured to Mareeba for our 30 minute hot air balloon flight. We also included the combination of doing the Skyrail to Kuranda and the Train back to the Freshwater station. Both were enjoyable and a great way to get a good experience in this region.
Bernie Dixon Yorkshire, UK
We set out for a long day with a pick up at around 4am that morning for the hot air balloon. It was worth it as we were lucky enough to see an amazing sunrise with a beautiful pink and orange sky. After the balloon flight we headed for the skyrail terminal back down the hill and waited to go back up in the cable kart. We took a walk around Kuranda only to find it was overly touristy so we just settled at a cafe while we waited for our 2pm train ride. The rail ride back to Cains was good we were all very sleepy by the time we got back. A jam packed day and a great way to see lots of the area in one day.
Kimberley Lo, Byron Bay
When I first got to Cairns I thought the only thing to see was the Great Barrier Reef. Not to be missed the spectacular rainforest by skyrail and train and the breathtaking views over the Atherton highlands with hot air balloon Cairns. So much more than just the reef and these activities are not to be missed.
Katlyn M, Darwin
​The full package was great. It is a great way to see some of the area surrounding Cairns by three very different modes of transport. The staff couldn't have been more professional. We upgraded our skyrail to the diamond view and was worth the additional cost.
C Lanigan, Auckland
Hot air ballooning has been the top of my bucket list for ages, it certainly had a wow factor. We also caught the Skyrail up to Kuranda and visited the butterfly house while we waited for our train ride that afternoon. Highly recommend all experiences when visiting Cairns.
Samantha H, Adelaide

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