The most popular tourist attraction in Cairns is the Skyrail rainforest cableway, which travels nearly five miles (7.5km) from the Caravonica Terminal, the gondolas gliding above the canopy of the rainforest over magnificent waterfalls and gorges, to the village of Kuranda. En route passengers can alight temporarily at two stations to explore the boardwalks that have been constructed in the heart of the forest. Interpretative centres have been set up so visitors can learn about the ecology, fauna and flora of the fascinating ancient rainforest. The return journey takes about two and a half hours, and the gondolas seat up to six people. Booking in advance is advisable.

Address: Caravonica Terminal: corner of Kamerunga Road and Cook Highway, Smithfield

E-mail: reservations@skyrail.com.au

Website: www.skyrail.com.au

Telephone: (0)7 4038 1555 (bookings)

Transport: Coach transfers from central Cairns and beaches to Caravonica Terminal are available

Opening times: Gondolas depart continually between 8.30am and 4pm daily

Admission: Return ticket: A$66 (adults), A$33(children). Concessions and combination tickets are available.