Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a 7.5 km scenic tourist cableway operating in Far North Queensland from Smithfield in Cairns to Kuranda on the Atherton Tablelands.  Gondolas travel above the Barron Gorge National Park in The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.  When completed, the gondola cableway was the longest in the world

The construction project was required to meet stringent environmental constraints including protection of vegetation, restricted access and limitations on building footprints.  Clarke and Prince were architects for the 4 support buildings which comprised the terminals at Smithfield and Kuranda and the intermediate stations of Rainforest (now known as Red Peak) and Barron Falls.  Each individual building was unique, designed to reflect its immediate environment.

Construction commenced in June 1994 and the project opened to the public on 31 August 1995.  Subsequently, Clarke and Prince were responsible for extensions at the Smithfield Terminal in 2007 to accommodate increased passenger numbers and a larger gift shop and café.

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Address 6 Skyrail Drive Smithfield – 4 Arara Street, Kuranda
Client Skyrail Pty Ltd

  • 1995 Four Skyrail Support Buildings associated with the Cableway
  • 2007 Extensions at the Smithfield Terminal

Consultant Team – 1995
Connell Wagner
Structural Colefax Clayton Smith Pty Ltd
Mechanical + Electrical + Hydraulic Gutteridge Haskins & Davey Pty Ltd
Quantity Surveyor Rider Hunt
Surveyors C&B Consultants
Builder Baulderstone Hornibrook Pty Ltd

Consultant Team – 2006
Structural CMG Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd
Mechanical + Electrical MGF Consultants (NQ) Pty Ltd
Hydraulic Cochrane MRP Hydraulic and Fire Services Consultants
Quantity Surveyor Rider Hunt
Surveyors C&B Consultants
Interior Fitout (Retail and Coffee Shop) Myriad Design
Builder Hutchinson Builders