Cairns Hot Air Ballooning - Skyrail - Tjapukai - Kuranda Railway

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Ride Highlights
  • Spectacular Hot Air Balloon ride & Return Transfers from selected locations
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
  • Skyrail Cableway gondola & Guided Tour
  • Rainforest Interpretation Centre
  • Stopover at Kuranda
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway



Pre dawn pick up

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Pick-up at your accommodation by a Hot Air coach for your special Cairns tours 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 dawn. 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, balloon pack-up games and lots of laughs.

9.30 am

Check in at Tjapukai after drop off. You will be given directions and timings for your package tour along with your Skyrail tickets. Enjoy Tjapukai History, Dance + Creation Theatre + Cultural Village. 

12.30 pm

Prepare to board Skyrail for the journey through world heritage rainforest stop off at any of the stations en-route for a more informative look.

01.45 pm

Arrive Kuranda; on leisure, shop and relax. Take in lunch at a sidewalk restaurant (own cost). Market days are every day but strongest on Sun,Wed,Thurs,Friday.

03.15 pm

Check in at the Kuranda Rail ticket office, for your journey down the scenic Barron Gorge to Freshwater Connection.

5.25 pm

Train arrives at Freshwater Station, transfer to your accommodation via Down Under Tours.

  • Free door to door airconditioned coach transfers to most Cairns accommodation, hotels & resorts  (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
  • Entry to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, it’s theatres & museums
  • Skyrail Cableway gondola ride and eco-system Guided Tour
  • Entry to Rainforest Interpretation Centre
  • Stopover at Kuranda, The Village in the Rainforest
  • Amazing ride on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Return luxury coach transfers with Down Under Tours
  • Your ticket
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Dress casual outdoor layered clothing. White clothing not recommended.
  • Peak Hat & sunglasses
  • Bottle of water
  • Spending money

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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This is a great day for solo travellers, couples or families alike. Great presentations from the Tjabukai people, and hands on demonstrations including boomerang and spear throwing, as well as learning about bush foods.
Roger T
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Thank you to everyone at Hot Air. It will be very easy to recommend quality trips such as yours. The 30 minute flight was memorable especially taking off.
Tiani B
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Loved this tour. The highlight is obviously the cable car over the rainforest and the steam train back down the mountains, but there's so much to do when you get to Kuranda. Really enjoyed the butterfly sanctuary.
Liam B
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It was a wonderful experience of using both the skyrail and the train. Loved especially the visit in the village. Very unique.
Rosetta S
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​Our family all really enjoyed this day out from start to finish. The cool morning with hot air balloon was a great experience. We were then dropped off to Tjapukai for a great cultural experience which I would highly recommend to anyone coming to the area. We also went up to Kuranda with Skyrail and then back with the train. A great insight into this region both culturally and geographically. We were very satisfied
Ike Anderson, Berlin

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