Hot Air Balloon Cairns with Kuranda Scenic Railway Train Adventure

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Ride Highlights

**Kuranda Train is not operating until 4th March 2024**


  • 🚌 Pick up from Cairns/Northern Beaches accommodation
  • 🥤 Complimentary cold beverage
  • 🎈 Spectacular Hot Air Balloon ride
  • 🍾 Glass of Sparkling wine and Juice on landing
  • 🥐 Light snack on landing
  • 📸 Digital photo package
  • 🕑 Free time to explore Kuranda Village and the Kuranda Markets
  • 🚂 Kuranda Scenic Rail Train Ride
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 as the day begins. 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.

08.40 am

Your Hot Air Balloon tour driver will drop you off to the Kuranda Information Centre in Kuranda Village.  Kuranda is known as the villiage in the rainforest and you will have free time to explore, go shopping, sightseeing and check ou the famous Kuranda Markets.

3.15 pm

Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway at Kuranda Station. Train departs at 2.00pm. (3.30pm Train available by request) The Train will stop at Barron Falls for some time to enjoy the view, before taking you to Cairns Central Station.

5.25 pm

Arrive at Cairns Central Train Station/Shopping Centre.  You will need to find your own way back to your accommodation.

Also on request is the upgrade to 3.30pm Gold Class for the train ride. For additional $49 you can sit in 1st class and experience silver dining and refreshments. All upgrades must be pre arranged prior to departure with Hot Air

  • Free door to door airconditioned coach transfers to most Cairns accommodation, including Holiday Houses, Apartments, Resorts and Hotels (Transfer Details here)
  • Spectacular Hot Air balloon ride
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Glass of bubbly or Juice on landing
  • Digital photo package
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Commemorative Certificate
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail Train Ride
  • Free time to explore Kuranda Village and the Kuranda Markets


  • 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.
11 Reviews
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Wonderful day out starting with the awesome crew at hot air. Top level service and the balloon ride was incredible. Thanks to Tony our driver and pilot Bob and crew Garry. Best day out and highlight of our holiday in Cairns.
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We would just like to give a huge thanks for a fantastic day! Can't wait to see the photos of us on the balloon. The skyrail was also great, the rainforest is amazing. It was quite a long day and we nearly fell asleep on the train ride back to Cairns.
Jesse, Bendigo
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Wow, we can not thank you enough! Our family enjoyed the whole experience. With the early morning start and then the day in Kuranda we thought it was all very worthwhile. The only gripe was not being able to find a decent coffee in Kuranda.
Any N, Bondi NSW
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This is a great thing to do if you have a spare day in Cairns. We ordered the option that included transfers from the Shangri La hotel, thirty-minute balloon flight and the train back to Freshwater station from Kuranda. The balloon flight was magnificent and we were lucky enough to see part of the sunrise over the mountains. We were then dropped to the Kuranda village which is full of lots of little shops, cafes etc. Around 1:30 pm we walked down to the historic train station and found our carriage. The train departed right on the dot of 2 pm. The one and a half hour train journey through lovely scenery were fascinating. At Freshwater station, we then were bussed back to our hotel. Well worth it!
Emma King, UK
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We had a lovely day doing hot air ballooning in the early morning with a very early pick up and then caught the beautiful vintage train back through the rainforest to Freshwater station. We opted to do the 3:30 pm train to give us nearly the whole day to explore the Kuranda village however it was quite touristy and a little pricey, still nice nonetheless.
Celeste Klepp, Hong Kong

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