Cairns Hot Air Balloon and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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8 Reviews
Ride Highlights
  • 🎈🚌 Spectacular Hot Air Balloon ride with transfers from selected locations
  • 🥤 Complimentary cold beverage
  • 📜 Commemorative Certificate
  • 🍾 Glass of sparkling wine and Juice on landing
  • 🥐 Light snack on landing
  • 🎟 Return Skyrail Tickets
  • 🌳🎈 Glide over Australia’s pristine tropical rainforest
  • 🌄 Spectacular views of the Barron Gorge
  • 🌊🎈 Hover over the mighty Barron River
Pre dawn pick up

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 Atherton Tablelands, Australia. We fly at Mareeba in the Cairns Highlands. 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.

9 am

Drop off to Skyrail Smithfield Station to check in for your return Skyrail


Skyrail is booked for your ride of 1½ hrs through the rainforest canopy to the bottom of the mountain, there is time for two very worthwhile interpretation centre stops along the way.

​Kuranda Village where you can have a coffee and/or breakfast at your own expense.  Enjoy shopping and exploring the Kuranda Markets as well as other attractions in Kuranda.

2.00 pm

Check in at Skyrail Kuranda for your return Skyrail back down to the Skyrail smithfield Station. 


Your Hot Air Balloon coach will depart Skyrail Smithfield at 3pm sharp to retun you back to your hotel. 



  • Free door to door air-conditioned coach transfers to most Cairns accommodation, hotels & resorts  (Transfer Details here)
  • Spectacular Hot Air balloon ride
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Glass of Bubbly or Juice on landing
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Commemorative Certificate
  • Glide over 7.5kms over Australia’s pristine tropical rainforest
  • Hover just metres above the rainforest canopy before descending through the canopy layers
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Barron Gorge
  • Hover over the mighty Barron River
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Dress casual outdoor layered clothing. White clothing not recommended.
  • Peak Hat & sunglasses
  • Bottle of water

Tour Conditions:

  • Prices are valid for travel until 31st March 2024. Conditions of Travel.
  • Prices may vary by day, season, and/or availability. Price is displayed at checkout. 
  • For Passengers with Weight or Mobility queries please phone us to discuss before booking online.
  • Pregnant persons beyond 3 months (13 weeks) of pregnancy are not permitted to fly.
  • 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.
  • Classic flight provides a full flight experience to suit the prevailing flying conditions
  • Where photos are included in your package, these are subject to availability. Conditions of Travel, 21.4.
  • For self-drive (drive to meet us) please check and plan your drive according to QLD Dept. of Transport and Main Roads Current Conditions.
8 Reviews
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Watching the whole process of setting up all the balloons right through to deflating them was very exciting. We would also like to mention that the Skyrail is a great compliment to the tour and a nice alternative for getting down the hill.
Tonia and family
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Our experience doing the Hot Air Ballooning and Kuranda Skyrail combination was great. We were transferred in the morning from the Colonial Club in Cairns to Mareeba which is around a one hour drive. Once our driver ​found out​ where the balloon w​ere launching from we were whisked away to a paddock where we took off from. We had a lovely, peaceful thirty minute flight. After packing up the balloon we were then transferred to the small village of Kuranda. It was a characteristic place with markets and lots of small local shops. After lunch we joined the Skyrail cable car. It was an amazing cable car ride through the rainforest consisting of three separate rides stopping off on boardwalks to look around along the way. A wonderful day with spectacular views throughout and I would highly recommend doing both the balloon flight and the skyrail.
Bruno Johns​ Roma, QLD​
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My Family and I really enjoyed our time Hot Air Ballooning in the early hours of the morning. The balloon flight was great and we saw lots of Kangaroos as we floated over the bushlands. We had a relaxing walk around the Kuranda markets after. We joined the Skyrail back to Cairns after lunch. The views are spectacular as you glide over the treetops and make sure you get out and have a look around at each stop on the way down.
Victoria James​ Chicargo, USA​
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A wonderful experience all round doing both the hot air balloon flight and skyrail cable cart ride. There were lots of people as it was clearly peak season here in Cairns but nonetheless all the staff were very polite and organised.
Alexander Hick, London
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The tropics are amazing. We left Cairns in the early morning and drove up through the rainforest and it was pouring with rain. By the time we arrived to the hot air balloon it had cleared up and we had a beautiful flight. The weather was perfect for the rest of the day and we really enjoyed our skyrail ride over the kuranda rainforest.
Misty W, Singapore

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