The Chapman family began feasibility studies to create the Cairns Kuranda Skyrail in the late eighties. They had access to a number of decommissioned railway carriages but couldn’t think how to use them in this project so sold them to Jerry Collins who was developing themes for the Undara Lava Tubes at the time. Construction began in 1994 and as one would expect there were protests by environmentalist with the thoughts of the Bloomfield Track still fresh in everybody’s mind. The environmental impact took priority throughout the project with tower sites being selected to coincide with existing canopy gaps and heavy-lift Russian Helicopters used extensively so there was no need for roads to the construction sites. In 1995 and after a total cost exceeded $35 million and 15 months of construction the Skyrail became the world’s longest gondola cableway.
This multi award winning tourist attraction has become iconic and guests often combine their journey with the Kuranda Railway.
More information can be found at http://www.skyrail.com.au/
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