Skyrail staff have judged the winner of our “International Year of Sustainable Tourism and Development” competition and I congratulate Grace King by featuring her competition response below. Grace receives a return family pass aboard Skyrail for four, valued at $188.
A highly commended entry came from Sorami Ochi, who displayed excellent desktop publishing skills as well as some thorough research about Skyrail’s activities.
Skyrail’s Flying Success
Cairns Skyrail Rainforest Cableway receives large success with numerous sustainable tourism awards.
By Grace King
Cairns Skyrail is a successful tourist destination; attracting thousands of tourists a year, who all come from afar to see Australian rainforest at its best. With multiple stops from Cairns to Kuranda, Skyrail provides nature tours and breath-taking views at every stop. Skyrail officially opened to the public in 1995, attracting lots of attention for the world’s first family-friendly and environmentally safe Australian rainforest experience.
The forests surrounding the cableway attracts many wildlife creatures, as there are many sightings of bush turkeys, tent spiders, cassowary and even the rare sighting of a Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo. Skyrail makes sure to protect these species, native to the rainforest, which are an exciting addition to the Skyrail experience.
Nature journals are kept on the website to showcase Australia’s amazing and rich nature in the rainforests, in an educational way -including facts and statistics of the flora and fauna.
What is the best time to visit the Skyrail? Though Skyrail is breathtaking and fun all year round, the wet season has the perfect temperature and rain capacity to fully bring out the peak of rainforest beauty. The clouds and fog surround the gondolas as they move further up the mountain. The views from each gondola’s windows are picture perfect quality and radiate calming and beautiful scenery.
The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is sustainably beneficial, not only for the wildlife surrounding the area but the local community.
Skyrail purchases local produce and sustains a high rate of local-based employees, including local indigenous people. A main goal for Skyrail is to improve the understanding and appreciation for the tropical forest environment to ensure the sustainability of local flora and fauna for years to come.