The World's Scariest Train Rides
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.