19 Apr 2018
We were feeling a bit flat arriving in Cairns after a grand week in Sydney however our faith in the area was soon restored after taking this trip. Nicky picked us up from our hotel at a pre-arranged time and transported us to the Sky Rail terminal. We had an open ticket for the Sky Rail with an agreement to meet Nicky in Miranda at 2pm. This gave us plenty of time for a coffee and spending spree in the gift shop! The Sky Rail was a great experience, we shared a gondola on the first leg and the views were magic. Shame there is no audio commentary though. We arrived at the first stop and did a short board walk locally then made our way back to the Sky Rail. Little tip if you want a gondola to yourself make sure there are family group in front and behind you. Second leg took us to Barron Falls, there we took another board walk. The falls were a bit lacking in the water department but we took some nice pics. Leg three of the Sky Rail took us to Kuranda, keep smiling as you pull into the station as there is a camera taking pictures! Once at Kuranda you want to make your way into the village centre. This is best done via the free courtesy bus which drops you at the butterfly sanctuary. We had 3 hours to explore the markets, shops, get something to eat and see the wonderful butterfly sanctuary. Nicky picked us up outside at 2pm. Next for the exciting part. My wife and I were both quad virgins however we were made to feel at ease by Nicky. We were taken through all aspects of the bike and safety was obviously paramount. There was only the two of us plus Nicky on this session so we were able to set our own pace. I decided to follow behind the wife mainly so that I could laugh at her mistakes! We spent some time on a practice course to gauge our ability before heading off into the forest. We went through some challenging stages, some really fun stages and some really wet bits! If you wear shorts try to keep your legs away from the engine on the deeper water sections as they kick off some serious steam! We stopped as often as needed to take photos and the guide is more than happy to take a lead from you with regard pace, photo opportunities and what you want to get out of it. Upon returning to the paddock we were treated to a cold drink and 'home made' banana cake and just sat chatting to Nicky for ages, she showed a real interest in what we were discussing and made us feel like friends. This was a real personal experience. On the way back to the hotel we were given great advice on local things to do along with a stop off to take some photos. I do not think this company could have done anymore for us.... So if you fancy a really great full day out in Cairns then give this a try, you will not be disappointed.