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Moncton, New Brunswick
October 27, 2001
This is a very nice ride -- beautiful scenery and peaceful. I enjoyed the rainforest walk with the very attractive rainforest ranger.
From journal Australia - We Were Robbed!!!!
August 26, 2001
The Skyrail was built in 1994, following a 7 year approval process from over 20 goverment agencies. The four stations and 32 towers were all built in existing clearings so no rainforest would be disturbed. Helicopters flew in the towers and materials, rather than building roads.
The ride from Cairns to Kuranda takes about 1.5 hours including time to stop and look around at each station. The ride is 4.7 miles long and the highest point 1788 feet.
Tickets one way are about $15 US. If you can time it correctly, you can get a combo Skyrail/Steam Train pass. (An additional $15 US) We rode the Skyrail to Kuranda and then took the 100 year old Kuranda Scenic Railway back through the rainforest into Cairns Center.
At the first stop on your cable ride, Red Peak Station, there are complimentary guided walks with a ranger. You'll also find exhibits with the rainforest seeds and fruits that you can touch. When you reach the Barron Falls Stations stop, you be able to walk out to the the scenic Barron Falls look out. You'll also find the Rainforest Interpretive Centre with video and computer displays.
The last stop is Kuranda. There's a short walk to the Kuranda Scenic Railway. You can also walk into the town where you'll find the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld and many little shops and cafes.
Riding a cable car over the raiforest canopy is almost surreal. It's an experience that you'll probably never have anywhere else. I highly recommend this adventure.
From journal 12 Days in Oz - Cairns