Cairns SkyrailThe 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 KurandaCairns Skyrail Railway.

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About Gary Bondeson

Gary has been directly involved in tourism in Far North Queensland since the 1990’s. His passion for the area was inspired by the rich history and many points of interest concentrated in the region and felt a strong desire to share this with others. Gary is heavily involved with tourism development and even co-hosted an episode of the popular travel show 'The Great Outdoors’ with Tom Williams showing the limestone caves of Chillagoe located 200kms west of Cairns. After being away for 5 years, Gary has now returned to the area that he holds so dear to his heart to share his knowledge and experience with those who wish to have a Fair Dinkum Ozzy experience.

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