Posted by: travelrat | November 16, 2011

Riding the Kuranda Railway

Kuranda: 22nd August 2010

After ascending to Kuranda by means of the Skyrail, you can make the descent on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. You could do it the other way around, but I think this way is best.

There’s a better view of the Barron Falls, which you’d have already seen on the Skyrail. The train stops here for a short while to allow photography, and, if the train isn’t too crowded, the staff take advantage of the stop to redistribute the passengers, so everyone gets a window seat. Then, the train sets off again to wind its way down the gorge.

Even more majestic are the Stony Creek falls … they’re on the logo of the railway and most souvenirs show the train passing them. It’s a pity, though, that there’s no stop here, and any photography has to be done out of the train window. They do give you plenty of warning when they’re approaching it, though. So, I got some photos and some halfway decent video … Garry, my brother in law, rode the train a couple of months later, and got better video, because he was game to lean further out of the carriage window!

In most places, this would be called a narrow gauge railway, but here in Queensland, 3’6″ is the standard gauge. So, in the event of failure of one of the specially-painted diesel locomotives, a replacement can easily be sent from the main line. The carriages, though, are vintage, usually, with an open platform at each end, which would be superb for photography … if you were allowed to ride on it.


  1. Hi Keith,
    It certainly is wonderful scenery, and a fantastic way of seeing it all. 🙂

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