Initially, the kids are more fascinated by the cable car than the view, peering up to see the mechanism, and pointing at gondolas travelling in the opposite direction. But as you float out over the rainforest, they press their faces to the windows, exclaiming in awe. They point out the fig trees with long aerial roots, and the patches of white cloud drifting like smoke among the lush greenery. And then they catch their first glimpse of the Barron Falls, an avalanche of white water thundering down the mountainside.

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Contact details

Travels between Caravonica (13 km north of Cairns) and Kuranda; (07) 4038 1555

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Don't Miss

■ The chance to photograph Barron Falls. As you approach the Skyrail station at Barron Falls, have the cameras ready!

■ The interactive education centre at the Barron Falls station, where you can find out about the plants and wildlife of the rainforest, watch brief informative videos and take a short walk into the forest.
■ The ten-minute tour offered at Red Peak station, where you learn how to notice and identify things in the rainforest.

Fabulous Facts

The rainforests of Tropical North Queensland’s coastline are the oldest continually surviving rainforests on earth. This means the landscape of this World Heritage area looks much the same as it did in the time of the dinosaurs. There are 3000 different plant species growing here, including nearly 400 rare or threatened plants, and some trees more than 3000 years old.

Insider Tips

■ Each Skyrail gondola seats six people.

■ The trip takes an hour and a half one way, so take advantage of the two stops en route to let the kids run around (and go to the toilet).
■ The cable car travels 7.5 kilometres over unspoilt tropical rainforest. You glide a few metres above the forest canopy and then descend into the rainforest at each of the mid-stations.
■ There are plenty of things to do in Kuranda, at the end of the Skyrail journey.
■ You can take the Skyrail in one direction and Kuranda Scenic Railway in the other. For more flexibility with departure times from Kuranda, do the return journey by Skyrail. Even if you book ahead, departure times can usually be changed.
■ Caravonica terminal is adjacent to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

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