Hot Air Balloon and Kuranda Skyrail

Enjoy spectacular views from above on this Hot Air Balloon and Kuranda Skyrail package. Float in the clouds at sunrise on a hot air balloon. After that, make your way to Kuranda – the “Village in the Rainforest”. Have a wander through the famous Kuranda Markets. Meanwhile, enjoy something to eat, before making your way to the Skyrail station. Glide over the rainforest canopy and the mighty Barron Gorge on the Skyrail. This package is perfect for those staying in the Atherton Tablelands as it is a self-drive option.


Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise Self Drive

Enjoy the scenic flight of your lifetime! Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise has unforgettable views. Stretching from the tranquil country landscapes of the Atherton Tablelands to the Great Barrier Reef.

We operate balloon flights every day. With visitors from all over Australia in addition to 40 different countries are flying with us annually.

You will love looking out over the vast blue skies over the Atherton Tablelands. The climate conditions are relatively cooler. Therefore, it makes for a perfect ballooning experience. The dryer environment of Mareeba in the north Tablelands is in stark contrast to the wetter south. Meanwhile, gaze down upon the rolling green farm hills and lush rainforest.

Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail

Not only beautiful but in addition, it’s sustainable too! Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail is an excellent example of ecotourism. Specifically engineered for breathtaking views, there’s certainly no better way to see the rainforest!  As the Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail takes you high above the canopy, your view of the rainforest will be completely unrestricted.

Discover an ancient rainforest

Australia’s Wet Tropics are home to the oldest surviving tropical rainforest on the planet. You can find at least 50 flowering plants that are nowhere else in the world. It is recognised as the original birthplace of kangaroos!

Most importantly, it’s the only place in the world where two World Heritage locations are located right next to each other. The Wet Tropics Rainforest in addition to the Great Barrier Reef.

Make sure you download the Skyrail app to your phone before departing. This consequently gives you access to expert commentary as you glide through the canopy. After that, stop off at not one but two different stations. Explore the rainforest from ground level.  In addition, Red Peak Station provides a beautiful walk along a boardwalk through the trees.  Barron Falls Station provides a spectacular view of the famous Barron River Waterfall.



  • 5 am (approx) Meet our Pilots and Crew at the Mareeba Heritage Centre. Times will vary season to season. Therefore, your confirmed Pickup/Meeting time will be issued as soon as you Reserve your booking.
  • 6.30 am Experience the fun & unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise. With 30 minutes minimum flying time. Meanwhile, breathe in the wide-open spaces! We have Australia’s largest fleet of balloons. With fun and highly trained crew to maximise the fun of your morning.
  • 7.50 am Return and Landing, hot air balloon pack-up games and lots of laughs.
  • 8 am (approx) Drop off to the Mareeba Heritage Centre. The tour finish time varies with the seasons (for example, summer, winter and the time of sunrise).


  • Firstly, self-drive to Kuranda – The Village in the Rainforest. Arrive 15 minutes before departure.
  • Barron Falls station will provide you with an excellent view of the majestic Barron Falls
  • Take a complimentary guided boardwalk tour and consequently find out about our fascinating eco-system.
  • Meanwhile, learn about the rainforest at the Rainforest Interpretation Centre.
  • Red Peak Station is 545 metres above sea level. As a result, our 175-metre boardwalk provides an ideal opportunity to explore the rainforest from ground level.
  • When approaching the first rainforest mid-station Red Peak, your gondola will descend through the canopy layers and consequently take you deep in the forest.
  • A one way Skyrail experience will take approximately 90 minutes to complete so for our return service, you should allow at least 2 1/2 hours.

What to Bring


  • Walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Dress casual outdoor layered clothing. White clothing not recommended.
  • Peak Hat & sunglasses
  • Bottle of water

Important Information


  • For Passengers with Weight or Mobility or Pregnancy queries – please phone us to discuss before booking online.
  • All times are an INDICATION only. Please note that times do change summer/winter/spring, exact start times given on receipt of your full booking details.


Departure times from Kuranda are every 15 minutes, starting at 9:15 am. Return times from Cairns, Smithfield is every 15 minutes, From 10:15 am – 3:30 pm. Please leave us a booking message with your desired departure and return times. Keep in mind, including the two stops along the way. A one-way journey will take approx 1.5 hours.

Skyrail Optional Extras

Have an even better experience!

For a spectacular view upgrade to our unique glass floor gondola, allowing our guests a unique perspective of the treetops and the forest floor below.  Diamond view gondolas carry a maximum of 5 passengers and depart stations approximately every 7 minutes.

Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail


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Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise Self Drive

Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise Self Drive

Self Drive and meet the Hot Air team in Mareeba


Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail

Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail

Self-drive to Kuranda Skyrail Terminal for a round trip on the stunning Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail




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