A historic train journey through the World Heritage rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. The Kuranda Scenic Railway is a step back in time with hand-painted locomotives and refurbished, original red-wooden heritage carriages and is an excellent way to travel from Cairns to the village of Kuranda, or vice versa. Opened in 1891, it took 5 years to build and was quite an undertaking with 34 km of track, 37 bridges, and 15 tunnels that were dug by hand with picks and shovels, after dynamite or gun powder was initially used to loosen the rock. An audio commentary plays as you pass by waterfalls, deep ravines, and a tropical paradise millions of years old with unique flowering plants and trees. A brief stop at the Barron Falls Station allows riders to hop off and take photos of the spectacular 265 meter falls and the Barron Gorge with Australia’s first underground hydro electric power station. Relax and take in the beautiful natural scenery as you travel on the Kuranda Scenic Railway!