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The World's Scariest Train Rides

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns, Australia

Courtesy of the Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Australia

The Ride: The railway has “Scenic” in its name, but “Vertiginous” could also have made the cut. Carved into the dense tropical rainforest in the late 1800s, the Kuranda crosses dramatic trestles, winds past gushing waterfalls, and traverses the sea-deep Barron Gorge National Park in the hour and 45 minutes it takes to get from Cairns to Kuranda. The train runs three times daily, 364 days a year (excluding Christmas—apparently Santa and scary don’t mix).

Insider Tip: For a calmer moment after exiting the train, head directly to the nearby Butterfly Sanctuary, where neon-blue Ulysses butterflies will remind you that travel isn’t always fast and furious.


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