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7 April, 2021

Skyrail and Railway back on track

AFTER the announcement that Skyrail would go back to a seven-day timetable just in time for the easter School Holidays The Kuranda Scenic Railway (KSR) also announced that they would be going back to a fulltime timetable.

By Phil Brandel

The Kuranda Scenic Railway is now back to running twice a day.

AFTER the announcement that Skyrail would go back to a seven-day timetable just in time for the easter School Holidays The Kuranda Scenic Railway (KSR) also announced that they would be going back to a fulltime timetable.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway General Manager Richard Berman-Hardman said that they are thrilled to welcome visitors from all over the country over the school holidays.

“We always planned to trade seven days per week for the next fortnight a long time ago and the phones have been busy since the Premier announced an end to Brisbane’s lockdown,” he said. 

“It’s also nice to see recipients of the Queensland Government and Tourism Events Queensland Cairns Holiday Dollars cashing in their vouchers with us.” 

Mr Richard Berman-Hardman also said that Skyrail is COVID safe and good to go.

“Our bookings are flexible so guests can book and travel on Skyrail and into the ancient rainforest with complete confidence,” he said.

“It has been fantastic to see so many happy faces under their masks this week supporting us and the entire Tropical North Queensland region.” 

The Kuranda Scenic Railway (KSR) also announced the planned to return to its full timetable from Saturday April 3 subject to final commissioning activities currently underway at Portsmith. 

Executive General Manager Travel and Tourism Martin Ryan said the locomotive had arrived back in Cairns after its 1600-kilometre journey from Brisbane and following final checks, would return the second daily service in time for the school holidays.

“Over the last six weeks, we’ve been working very hard to expedite maintenance on our locomotives so we can reinstate the second daily KSR service for our customers, our local tourism partners, and the businesses of Kuranda,” Mr Ryan said. 

“While we have been able to meet customer demand during this time, we welcome more people onboard during holiday periods, so we’re very happy to return to two daily services from the Easter weekend. 

“We’d like to thank the community for their patience while these important works were underway and encourage locals to take advantage of the year-round 20 per cent discount these holidays – hop onboard the KSR, enjoy the iconic experience and support business in Kuranda.

“We will continue to work with our industry partners to provide the great customer experience that Kuranda has on offer.”

Mr Ryan said while KSR services returned to the normal timetable, measures to help keep customers safe from COVID would remain. 

“We want customers to relax and enjoy a holiday, but we also want them to remain safe,” he said. 

“All of our trains are operating in compliance with an Industry COVID Safe plan, and our heightened cleaning regime will continue both onboard and at stations. 

“Customer packs are also available onboard which include a hand-sanitiser and a personal face mask.” 

From Saturday April, 3 morning services to Kuranda will depart Cairns at 8.30am and 9.30am and Freshwater at 8.55am and 9.55am. Afternoon services to Cairns will depart Kuranda at 2.00pm and 3.30pm  


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