Hot Air Ballooning & Kuranda Skyrail / Train

Starting from: $AU563.00

Tour Overview

  • Type: Hot Air Ballooning + Skyrail up & Train down
  • Package to be completed in 1 day
  • Both tours connected
  • Departure location: Cairns & Northern Beaches
  • Suitable for families & couples
  • Passengers numbers: 20 per basket
  • Tour duration: 4:30am – 3:30pm
  • Min Age: 4 years old to travel in the balloon
  • Condition: Being able to climb in and out of the basket by yourself
  • No meals included (Restaurants and Cafes available at Kuranda Village)
  • Clients save $19.00 per person


Ballooning & Kuranda Skyrail / Train

Activity 1: Ballooning:

Atherton Tablelands near Cairns has the perfect climate for hot air balloon rides offering spectacular scenery and it is an unforgettable experience to anyone going on a ride for the first time.

Have a great morning start!!! Rise up and fly over the scenic Atherton Tablelands with its rainforest fringed mountains and tranquil country landscapes. The balloon gently floats above the tips of blue gums and paper bark trees, with the wide open spaces of the Tablelands below. The fantastic 360 degree views will make these memories last a lifetime .

All the pilots are very experienced and trained to Australia's highest standards, so there is no need to worry. Enjoy the freedom while the pilot makes sure the ride is as gentle as possible. Keep an eye out for kangaroos and some of Australia's local wildlife. Binoculars are ok on board to capture sightings of local birdlife. Come back to earth then continue the fun by helping the guides pack up.

Activity 2: Skyrail & Train:

Kuranda is a little township in the rainforest, situated where both Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Train journeys terminate.

At this tour option clients visit Kuranda without missing out on anything important. Travelers travel up to Kuranda by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and travels down back to Cairns on the famous Kuranda scenic railway.

Kuranda provides visitors with many shopping opportunities, all within easy walking distance around the CBD, including the famous Kuranda markets which consists of a range of stalls with locally made arts, crafts and produce. Kuranda has also numerous art galleries and specialty shops offering a wide selection of locally made and designed art, clothing and handicrafts as well as a variety of sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Kuranda is also a major centre for opals and didgeridoos.

Some of the attractions in Kuranda include the Bird World Kuranda, the Butterfly Sanctuary and the Koala Gardens.Tickets can be purchased at the park entrance.

What's included in the main price

  • Activity 1: Ballooning:
  • Coach pick up in the morning from Cairns accommodation
  • 30 minute scenic balloon flight
  • Cross country balloon chase aboard coach
  • Activity 2: Skyrail & Train:
  • Coach transfer to the Skyrail Station
  • One way Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda
  • One way scenic railway back to Cairns
  • Activity 1: Ballooning:
  • Photos available to purchase
  • Activity 2: Skyrail & Train:
  • Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Koala Gardens
  • Birdworld Kuranda
  • Activity 1: Ballooning:
  • Comfortable clothes (preference of dark clothes)
  • Comfortable flat shoes
  • Jacket and long pants during winter
  • Bottle of water and snacks recommended
  • Activity 2: Skyrail & Train:
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen

Tour Itinerary

Time Description
3:50 – 4:15 Pick up from Cairns & Northern Beach accommodation
04:15 Journey to Atherton Tablelands starts
Travel time is approx 1 hour
05:15 Bus arrives at take off locations and baloons get ready to fly
06:00 First balloon flight takes off /Other passangers to do a balloon chase
06:45 Second balloon flight takes off/ Other passangers to do a balloon chase
07:30 Balloon flights and chase are completed
A group photo is taken and passengers can help the guides to fold and pack the balloon
08:00 Passengers return to the Mareeba Museum where they can have a look at the photos of the day
09:00 Bus departs Mareeba to return to Cairns
10:00 Drop off at Smithfield Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Station
10:15 Clients catch the Skyrail to travel up to Kuranda
Travel time is 1 hour & 15 minutes to Kuranda Village
11:30 Arrive in Kuranda
Free time at Kuranda Village
14:00 Kuranda train departs to Cairns
Travel time is 1 hour & 30 minutes to Cairns
15:15 Train arrives at Freshwater Station
15:30 Train arrives at Cairns Central
Clients make their own way back to accommodation

Please Note:
Important Information: Ballooning is not suitable if you are pregnant.
If your flight cancels due to poor weather, you are entitled to a full refund.
You must be able to climb in and out of the basket unaided as this is a CASA safety regulation.
Kuranda: Level of fitness: Easy and short walks.

Tour Prices

Rates & Tariffs

Season: 2024- 2025 Rates Dates: 1st April 2024 - 31st March 2025 Action
Package Price Week day (SAVE $60.00) $563.00 per adult
$501.50 per child
$2,129.00 per family
Package Price Weekend $618.00 per adult
$556.50 per child
$2,349.00 per family

Age: Adult age: 15 yrs + / Child age: 4-14 years inclusive.
Ballooning: Levy:Total price includes a levy of $30 per person for civil aviation and other insurance charges, take off and landing fees, transfer costs, GST and administration charges..

Booking fees: Tourism Cairns do not charge any booking fees.

Deposit and final payment: At Tourism Cairns clients are required to pay a deposit only at the time of booking. Final payment is to be completed 48 hours prior to departure or on the day of travel, depending on each tour operator's policy.

Cancellation by the traveller: If the tour is cancelled by the client up to 7 days prior to departure, a full refund is applicable. If the tour is cancelled by the client 7 days prior to departure, the deposit amount might be retained. If the tour is cancelled by the client 48 hours prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee may apply.

Booking amendments: If the date of a tour needs to be changed, Tourism Cairns must be notified in writing by the client up to 48 hours prior to the tour date.

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