Posted by: travelrat | October 19, 2011

The Kuranda Skyrail

Kuranda: 22nd August 2010

Having had our fill of Aboriginal culture, and resisting the temptation to buy too much Aboriginal art in the souvenir shop, we made our way, at the appointed time, to the Skyrail.

This is a long cable car ride that lifts you from the foot of the hills in three stages through the rain forest canopy up to the town of Kuranda. You’d think we’d be all ‘rainforested out’ by now, but this is yet another way of seeing it

There are two intermediate stations, where you have to change cars, and it’s possible to take advantage of these to leave the cableway for a short while, and take a short guided walk through the rain-forest at the first one, Red Peak. At the second, Barron Falls, which you’ve already had a great view of from the cable car, you can walk a short distance to a ‘lookout’, where there’s an even better view of them. There’s a photo display here, showing the frantic tumult of the falls when the river is in spate … and really angry.

You might be asking what’s so special about the Skyrail? There are, after all, many other cable cars throughout the world, and this is by no means the longest. But, the forest below it was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1988, and the route also takes you over the Barron Falls National Park, which was established as far back as 1940.

Of course, these factors had to be observed when the Skyrail was built in the early 1990s. To minimise the impact on the fragile environment, every piece was positioned by helicopter, to keep contact with the surface to a minimum.

It certainly paid off, for the Skyrail was the first tourist attraction in the word to receive the coveted Green Globe environmental award, as well as gaining other certifications for sustainable and eco-friendly tourism.



  1. Hi Keith,
    Sounds like it would be well worth the ride. I missed out on this last time I was up North, but next time I’ll make sure I have enough time to take the ride.

  2. Unfortunately, I get a bit unsettled on skyrails although I know I’d love the view. That’s brilliant it got the environmental award. Glad to hear it!

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