FREE Guided Snorkel TourIncluded:
* Ultra modern Catamaran
* 3 of the best reef locations
* Unique smooth ride
* 5 hours of actual reef time
* Focaccia's, muffins on boarding
* Afternoon tea, cheese platter
* Hot & Cold buffet lunch
1/2 DAY ACTIONGet active with deep rainforest downhill single track mountain biking. Must be in good health and able to ride a bike.
WILDLIFE HABITAT & JUNGLE SURF*Wildlife Habitat tour
*Daintree River Cruise
*Jungle Canopy Surfing
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DELUXE PACKAGE- Mossman Gorge
- Chef prepared lunch
- 1 hour Daintree River Cruise
- Wildlife Habitat Sanctuary
Kuranda in a Day - Self Drive
- Convenient Self Drive Option
- Train & Skyrail
|Based on 253 ratings|
Kuranda in a Day - Self Drive: Spend as much or little time in Kuranda as you wish. In the morning drive your car the Skyrail Station at Smithfield, a 20 minute drive North of Cairns city. Park here for the day at no charge. A coach will transfer you from here to Freshwater Connection Railway Station. Journey to Kuranda by Train then have free time in Kuranda. At a pre-booked time that fits with the number of hours you require in Kuranda head to the Skyrail Kuranda Station and journey back down the mountain. At the end of your Skyrail journey you are able to get into your car and drive back to your hotel. ...more info
Kuranda in a Day
- Kuranda Village & Markets
- Choice of departure times
|Based on 1141 ratings|
Kuranda in a Day! This tour offers excellent value and a range of times and options depending on whether you would like to head up to Kuranda by Train or Skyrail or in reverse. The tour includes return hotel transfers and the choice of add-on extras. You are able to choose the number of hours free time you would like in Kuranda village. Your coach will transfer you back to your accommodation at the end of the day. ...more info
Reef, Kuranda, Cape Trib
- EVOLUTION- 2 OUTER REEFS
- Excellent Value | Best Attractions
|Based on 346 ratings|
This 3 Day - Reef, Kuranda Train & Skyrail and Cape Trib and Daintree Rainforest Package ensures you will visit the best attractions in the region. It provides excellent value for money and is a very popular touring package option. Now with the brand new, just launched 'Evolution' vessel .....more info
1 Day Kuranda Experience
- Early Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail
- Free shuttle bus to Rainforestation
|Based on 229 ratings|
Jungle Tours: This is the most budget tour with the earliest hotel pick-up. This tour offers return hotel transfers and also the option of a one way transfer. A one way transfer is: Coach will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Skyrail. Up to Kuranda on Skyrail then in the afternoon you travel back on the Kuranda Train all the way back into Cairns Railway Station and walk back to your hotel in Cairns City from there. This tour also includes a courtesy bus to Rainforestation. ...more info
- Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail
- Kuranda Boarding Pass included!
|Based on 327 ratings|
Tropical Horizons offers a spectacular scenic journey to Kuranda, combining the Kuranda Scenic Rail and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway into a great budget day trip. Budget tours include a one way pick-up from your hotel in Cairns City and terminates at the Cairns Railway Station in Cairns Central Shopping Centre. From here you are free to walk back to your hotel or go shopping!...more info
Train, Skyrail, Army Duck
- Kuranda Train & Skyrail
- Army Duck Experience
|Based on 9 ratings|
Kuranda Army Duck Experience: Experience Skyrail, The "World Famous" Kuranda Scenic Rail and the Rainforestation Army Duck all in one day with this Exciting Combo! ...more info
Kuranda Wildlife Experience
- Butterflies, Birds & Koalas
- Save with 3 Park Pass
|Based on 70 ratings|
The Kuranda Wildlife Experience includes entry to the Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. The pass will give you access to all three attracions at a great saving off the normal admission price...more info
Kuranda Train + Skyrail
- Later Cairns hotel pick-ups available
- Flexible departure times
|Based on 264 ratings|
Skyrail offers a range of coach departure times from Cairns City Hotels including 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am and 1:30pm. This option is ideal for people who prefer a late start or a half day tour. Experience this magical journey in your own time. ...more info
2 Day Sunlover + Skyrail & Train
- Sunlover Moore Reef Pontoon
- Kuranda Train & Skyrail
|Based on 4 ratings|
The 2 Day - Outer Reef Pontoon & Kuranda Train & Skyrail combines the full day Sunlover Outer Moore Reef Pontoon with Semi-Submarine and a day tour covering Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Kuranda Village. ...more info
4 Park Pass
- Valid for up to 6 months
- Discounted wildlife pass
|Based on 2 ratings|
Visit four of the region’s best and most unique attractions: Rainforestation Nature Park and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary in Port Douglas, and the Cairns Wildlife Dome in the heart of the city...more info
Grand Kuranda - All inclusive
- Koala Park | Army Duck
- Butterfly Sanctuary & Lunch
|Based on 41 ratings|
The Grand Kuranda Experience is the best way to maximise your Kuranda Train & Skyrail Australian Experience. Experience indigenous culture including the Pamagirri Dancers, learn how to throw a boomerang, see native wildlife, visit the Butterfly Sanctuary, ride the Army Duck and World Heritage Rainforest all in one spectacular all inclusive day. This tour includes lunch...more info
A1R-Kuranda & Rainforestation
- Train, Rainforestation, Skyrail
- Army Duck Tour, Wildlife Park
|Based on 33 ratings|
Kuranda in a Day including Rainforestation: This tour includes return hotel transfers at around 8am, the Kuranda Scenic Rail, free time in Kuranda village and transfer to Rainforestation where you ride the Army Duck and walk through the wildlife park. Your coach will transfer you back to your accommodation after Skyrail at around 5.30pm. See some of the oldest rainforest in the world ...more info
2 Day Green Island & Kuranda
- Semi Sub & Glass Bottom Boat
- Train, Skyrail & Rainforestation
|Based on 14 ratings|
Green Island, Train, Skyrail and Rainforestation package: A full day on Green Island, explore the coral cay and surrounding reef. The next day take the famous Kuranda train journey and experience the wildlife at the Rainforestation. To complete your day, return on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway...more info
Kuranda & Hartleys Crocodile Park
- Kuranda Train & Skyrail in a day
- 1hr free time in Kuranda
|Based on 20 ratings|
Enjoy a great day combining Kuranda with an adventurous crocodile experience! Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is the best place to see crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland. You will also have plenty of time to explore the tropical delights of Kuranda Village...more info
2 Day Reef Magic & Kuranda
- Marine World + Semi-Sub
- Train + Skyrail + Wildlife Parks
|Based on 4 ratings|
2 Day Cairns Highlights including Reef Magic, Kuranda Train & Skyrail & Rainforestation. Perfect for families! 2 Day Reef & Rainforest Adventure Combo includes a full day with Reef Magic Marine World Outer Barrier Reef Cruise including Semi-Submarine, Glass Bottom boat tour & unlimited snorkelling, followed by a daytrip to Kuranda including the Kuranda Train, Skyrail, Butterfly Sanctuary and Rainforestation Nature Park with Aboriginal dance show, Boomerang throwing, Didgeridoo, Koalas, Snakes, lunch both days and more......more info
Kuranda & Rainforestation
- Army Duck Rainforest Tour
- Koala and Wildlife Park
|Based on 11 ratings|
At the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park you'll get to experience indigenous culture, Australian native wildlife and World Heritage Listed rainforest all on one site. This tour only picks up from Cairns City Hotels....more info
Classic Kuranda Experience
- Skyrail, Train, Lunch, Rainforestation
- All Inclusive Day Trip
|Based on 3 ratings|
Classic Kuranda Experience is the best way to maximise your Kuranda experience. Watch an indigenous dance performance, see native wildlife and ride the Army Duck amphibious vehicle. BBQ lunch and return hotel transfers are included. ...more info
1 Day Balloon & Skyrail
- Scenic Hot Air Ballooning
- Skyrail & Kuranda Experience
|Based on 22 ratings|
See the the Cairns Highlands by air, with a balloon flight and rainforest cableway experience. Raging Thunder 1 day Hot Air Ballooning & Skyrail. Wake up to a magical and exhilarating flight in the world's largest commercial Hot Air Balloon followed by Skyrail, the world's longest gondola cableway, for your journey back to Cairns...more info
- Over 80 rare bird species
- Hand feed parrots
|Based on 2 ratings|
Immerse yourself in one of the most unique wildlife attractions of Tropical North Queensland. Join the birds in their beautiful rainforest habitat. Flying around you are species from the vanishing rainforests of the world, including some of Australia's most precious and beautiful birds...more info
2 Day Sunlover Rainforestation & Kuranda Combo
- The best of the reef and rainforest
- Famous Train & Skyrail
|Based on 2 ratings|
The 2 Day - Outer Reef Pontoon & Kuranda Train & Skyrail & Nature Park Package combines the full day Sunlover Outer Moore Reef Pontoon with Semi-Submarine and a day tour covering Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Kuranda Village and Rainforestation Nature Park. ...more info
Kuranda Village is a vibrant little town surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest, located just 25km north-west from Cairns on the Atherton Tablelands. This unique rainforest village put its mark on the map initially in the 1960's, as the hippie generation embraced the alternative lifestyle. As new settlers arrived they brought along with them a range of artistic talents and imagination, establishing Kuranda as an arts and crafts nexus. The Kuranda Markets soon followed with the opening of the Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets in 1978 aimed at attracting visitors to Kuranda. Open-air market stalls sold arts, crafts and local home-grown produce, whilst buskers and fortune-tellers entertained the crowds.
Over the years, Kuranda has become recognised a great place to shop. The markets are still a main attraction of the village today, and with the added wildlife attractions, restaurants, cafes & bars, plus the famous scenic Kuranda Train and Skyrail, the community continues to prosper.
Kuranda Indigenous Culture
“Dja-bu-guy” is the name of the tribe of Aboriginal people who live in the Kuranda region. The land around Kuranda has been home to the Djabugay Aboriginal people for more than 10,000 years. The local Djabuguy aboriginal people call the area Ngunbay – Place of Platypus. Art and music became the unifying force between the local indigenous population and European settlers with a mutual respect and understanding that has grown over the years. Aboriginal culture is still ever present today in and around Kuranda, where you can find traditional artefacts, fine visual arts, tribal dance (corroboree) and more.
Getting to Kuranda is all part of the experience and one that you will cherish onboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda passes through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and along the awesome Barron Gorge. Authentic timber carriages will transport you on the journey through 15 hand-hewn tunnels and across 37 bridges, that stand as a monument to the pioneers of tropical North Queensland. Travel time is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda with two morning departures from either Cairns Railway Station or Freshwater Station and two afternoon departures from Kuranda Station. Make sure you put some time aside to explore the delightful Kuranda Station, featuring heritage-listed buildings that blend with the tropical surroundings. The Kuranda Railway Tea Rooms at the station is a great opportunity to rest, have a refreshment and enjoy the surrounds.
The Skyrail Cableway is a spectacular experience allowing guests a unique opportunity to observe the rainforest from above and below. Stretching 7.5km from Cairns to Kuranda, the Skyrail gondolas glide just metres above the tropical rainforest canopy before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the forest at Skyrail’s two rainforest mid-stations - Red Peak and Barron Falls. Here you can explore the forest on boardwalks and easy access walkways. Complimentary Ranger guided boardwalk tours operate regularly at Red Peak Station, and Barron Falls Station features a fascinating Rainforest Interpretation Centre and spectacular look-outs.
The journey in total takes 1.5hrs one way with the gondolas operating continuously throughout the day. Each gondola seats up to 6 people and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. The gondola cabins can accommodate most standard type wheelchairs or Skyrail can provide the complimentary use of a wheelchair (subject to availability) during the experience. There are 32 tower sites in total with the highest being 40.5 metres (133 feet) high. Red Peak is Skyrail’s highest station at 545 metres above sea level (1,788 feet). The Kuranda Station sits at 336 metres (1,100 feet) and Caravonica Terminal is only 5 metres above sea level (16 feet). Skyrail is spectacular on a fine day and sensational in the wet. Travelling through the mist in your fully enclosed gondola cabin, you will see the rainforest come to life in the rain. This amazing experience is not to be missed, and remains the most environmentally sensitive cableway project in the world.
Everyone knows Kuranda is famous for its markets. The Village features two market locations - the Original Markets and the Heritage Markets, both of which are open every day of the year.
The Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets began in 1978 led by a group of local arts & crafts people looking to attract visitors to Kuranda. Today the Original Markets has retained its atmosphere, with many local artists and personalities still involved 25 – 30 years on. Renovated in 2005, this market has lost none of its rustic charm with a strong eco-conscious focus on organic, recycled, natural, holistic and remedial products.
The Kuranda Heritage Markets has been established for over 20 years and is home to the Kuranda Wildlife Experience where you can enjoy a combined day visiting the Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld Kuranda and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Locally designed and produced clothing, Aboriginal arts and crafts, Australian made adventure wear as well as quality Akubra hats, whips, belts and accessories are just some of the goods to be found within this open plan, undercover complex. Local Aboriginal tribes design and manufacture many of the Didgeridoos and boomerangs that you will see available at the Kuranda Heritage Markets. Best buys are the hand-made local products and quality Australiana such as opals, wood-art, didgeridoos and other authentic Aboriginal artifacts.
Kuranda Rainforest Walks
The rainforest is now easily accessible to walkers with the opening of six new walking tracks in and around the rainforest village. The Kuranda Rainforest Story walks, part of the Queensland Heritage Trails Network, are all linked and each provide a different experience.
The Jumrum Creek Walk is an easy 30 minute walk that descends to the crossing over Jumrum Creek and climbs gently up to Barron Falls Road. Visitors can retrace their steps or link onto the well sign-posted Kuranda village circuit walk, which continues along the Jungle and River walks to the railway station and returns through the village to complete the circuit.
The Village Walk saunters up from the Skyrail Terminal & Kuranda Train Station, where you can wander at your leisure amongst the shops, markets stalls, cafes and restaurants.
The River Walk is a pleasant 30 minute riverside stroll along a tree-shaded esplanade, this connects to the start of Jungle Walk.
The Barron Falls Road Walk travels through a green tunnel along Barron Falls Road, finishing at the Barron Falls lookout – a 200 metre deep gorge in the middle of the rainforest offering sensational views. Best time to visit is during the wet season after a deluge of monsoonal rain when the Barron Falls puts on a spectacular show.
The Jungle Walk is a short 20 minute link walk to the Barron River, that passes through a regenerating forest, showing how quickly rainforest can re-establish in a cleared area.
The Kuranda Backstreets Walk will take you behind the main street to see how Kuranda lives – from the Djabugay to the families of the pioneer settlers to the more recent arrivals. View local architecture that ranges from traditional tropical colonial to homemade to more modern styles.
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia. Home to over 1500 magnificent tropical butterflies including the blue Ulysses, Cairns Birdwing and Red Lacewing, which are all free to flutter amidst this all-weather rainforest environment. The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary breeds its butterflies from eggs laid naturally in the huge aviary, this provides them with not only all the eggs they need in order to maintain their usual population of between 1500 and 2000 butterflies, but also enough in surplus to supply other breeders in Australia - including the Melbourne Zoo butterfly house.
Take a visit to the "engine room" of the butterfly sanctuary, the caterpillars breeding nursery, where you’ll see the caterpillars in their various stages of development and also get to see where some of the newly emerged butterflies “hang out” before being released into the main aviary. A 35 minute guided tour will take you through the aviary and laboratory where you can learn about the butterfly's life cycle and behaviour. Remember to wear brightly coloured clothes on the day, butterflies are attracted to bright colours!
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Set right in the heart of Kuranda Village within the Heritage Markets, the Kuranda Koala Gardens is a beautiful boutique wildlife park where visitors can cuddle a koala, sit down beside wallabies and get very close to some iconic Aussie animals. This intimate little park is an easy attraction to tag into your Kuranda day, and perfect as a family-friendly activity.
A popular highlight for visitors is the opportunity to cuddle a koala for a treasured souvenir photo. Also on display are wombats, freshwater crocodiles and lizards, monitors and other reptiles including snakes! Kuranda Koala Gardens offers a unique 'up close' experience with pythons where you can enter their domain in Australia's first 'Walk Through Snake House'. Allocate yourself about 30 minutes to take a good look around the park. You can also combine a visit here with the adjacent Birdworld and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary as part of the Kuranda Wildlife Experience pass.
Just a brief walk from the Koala Gardens is Birdworld Kuranda. Naturally landscaped with waterfalls, ponds, exotic and native plants; Birdworld Kuranda replicates the natural habitats of almost 80 species that freely roam this unque rainforest immersion exhibit. Spot cassowaries, increasingly rare in the wild, as well as bowerbirds, parrots and lorikeets. You’ll also see international visitors such as South American macaws, and have the chance to hand-feed rainbow lorikeets, cheeky cockatoos and other Australian birds. Birdworld provides a wonderful interactive and pleasant experience as the birds fly freely in the sanctuary. All birds have had regular contact with humans, and as a result are very tame, you can even hand feed them and get some great close up photos to prove it. Bird food is available for purchase on entry.
Birdworld Kuranda is open from 9.00am to 4.00pm daily, 7 days a week. The sanctuary is nestled within the Heritage Markets and connected by walkways to both the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala Gardens, so you can easily complete the whole Kuranda Wildlife Experience in a day.
Rainforestation offers a little bit of everything - rainforest, wildlife, culture - to complete a tropical north experience.
The Army Duck Rainforest Tours allow you to experience the tropical rainforest from a totally unique perspective both on land and water. Rainforestation has 12 original World War II Army Duck vehicles, that traverse part of the property on a 45 minute guided rainforest tour. Your knowledgeable Duck Captain / Guide will point out and explain ferns, orchids, strangler figs and stinging trees, as well as birds such as the Azure Kingfisher and a host of other animals and reptiles.
Handfeed the free roaming kangaroos and wallabies in the wildlife park. Observe the tiger quoll, and the endangered cassowary, see wombats and lace monitors, and view local snakes and other reptiles. A guided tour of the Wildlife Park will provide an indepth summary of all of the animal species, and describe the quirky traits of the individual animals themselves.
The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience takes approximately 1 hour, including the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Show held in the Rainforest Amphitheatre, and the Dreamtime Walk. This natural rainforest setting provides a beautiful backdrop for The Pamagirri Corroboree; a traditional dance performance depicting aspects of indigenous culture including animals, food gathering and hunting.
Rainforestation is situated five minutes from Kuranda Village, with shuttle-buses frequently departing for the short transfer. This attraction offers a wonderful, fun family experience and is perfect for those short of time and wanting the complete experience in one package.
Dining in Kuranda
Never could you imagine that one tiny village could host such a multitude of dining options from around the world. Starting with the Australiana experience why not introduce yourself to a Crocodile, Emu, Kangaroo, or Barramundi burgers at the Kuranda Village Café Bar & Grill. Sample a little taste of France at the Petit Café Creperie. Grab yourself an authentic German sausage, Bratwurst, Kransky or Weiss Wurst and wash it down with a German Beer at the German Tucker cafe. Bringing a piece of Scotland to the tropics, sink your teeth into some fresh homemade fudge, scones and shortbread at the Kuranda Fudge Bar and finally finish off with a bag of candy made fresh before your eyes at the Kuranda Candy Kitchen. For the health concious Sweet Leaf Living Foods is located in the Kuranda Original Markets, this cute, quirky little cafe serves organic fresh juices, smoothies, scrumptious salads and guilt-free sweets & snacks.
Travstar Team Top 10 Kuranda Must Do's
- Sample some new innovative flavours at the Candy Kitchen
- Shop and discover some great finds at the fashion boutiques
- Sit in the park under the tree and enjoy lunch while the kids play
- Enjoy the pleasant surrounds of the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
- Grab yourself a Weiss Wurst or Kransky from the German Tucker
- Take a rainforest walk around the village outskirts
- Cuddle a koala and pat a wallaby at the Kuranda Koala Gardens
- Have a round of mini golf at the Original Markets
- Treat yourself to a home-made tropical icecream
- Explore the original Aboriginal art galleries
Plan Your Day
Use the following list as a guide for approximate timings when planning your day:-
Kuranda Riverboat Cruise: 45 minutes
Birdworld Kuranda: 30 Minutes
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary: 30 Minutes
Kuranda Koala Gardens: 30 Minutes
Rainforestation (All Inclusive Package): 2.5 Hours
Shopping & Markets: 1 Hour to Full Day
Self Guided Rainforest Walk: From 30 Minutes to Full Day
One Way Skyrail Experience: 1.5 Hours
Kuranda Scenic Railway: 2 Hours
The township may be reached by road via the Kuranda Range from Cairns, make sure you stop on the way to enjoy the magnificent view of the Coral Sea from the Henry Ross Lookout. Alternatively, as part of the complete Kuranda experience take the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway to Kuranda followed by the environmentally friendly Skyrail skimming the rainforest canopy on return. Many visitors choose to combine both of these experiences into a package, and day combos including the Kuranda attractions are very popular. The beauty of Kuranda is that the day is flexible and can be tailored to suit.
CAIRNS ULTIMATE GETAWAY-3 Nights at Pullman Cairns International
-Kuranda Train & Skyrail
-3 Nights Green Island Resort
-Full Breakfast Daily for 2
-Sunset Drinks nightly
-Outer Barrier Reef Tour
-Tropical Island Paradise
ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE*6 Nights Mantra Trilogy
*Outer Reef Trip
*Hartley's Crocodile Park
*Kuranda Train & Skyrail
Temp: 26.8 °C
Wind: 11 kt SE
Pressure: 1011.5 hpa
Forecast: 24 - 32 °C (Possible shower)
4 NIGHT PACKAGE- THE HOTEL CAIRNS
- FULL BREAKFAST DAILY
- GREEN ISLAND DAY TRIP
- GLASS BOTTOM BOAT OR SNORKEL
- KURANDA TRAIN & SKYRAIL
Snorkel-Dive-Heli- 10 min. Reef scenic Heli flight
- Glass Bottom Boat tour
- Snorkelling gear
- Aussie BBQ Lunch
- 5 hours on the reef
- Cert or Intro Dive
BEACHFRONT RESORT- STAY 7 PAY 5
- STAY 4 PAY 3
65% chance of seeing a Cassowary* Great for all ages
* Slow & gentle
* Kuranda Train
* Return hotel transfers
SENSATIONAL !- 3 Nights Island Suite
- Flexible ferry transfers
- Buffet Breakfast daily
- Snorkelling gear
- Glass bottom boat tour
- Sunset Beach Drinks
- Outer Barrier Reef trip
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7 NIGHT FAMILY FUN-GREEN ISLAND DAY TRIP
-SNORKEL OR GLASS BOTTOM BOAT
-KURANDA TRAIN & SKYRAIL
-FULLY EQUIPPED GYM
-SPA & SAUNA
Travel between now and 31/March/2018