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KURANDA IS A 20 MINUTE DRIVE UP THE RANGE FROM CAIRNS
KURANDA IS A 20 MINUTE DRIVE UP THE RANGE FROM CAIRNS
THE BARRON RIVER FALLS
THE BARRON RIVER FALLS
ENDANGERED CASSOWARY AT BIRDWORLD
ENDANGERED CASSOWARY AT BIRDWORLD
KURANDA SCENIC RAIL
KURANDA SCENIC RAIL
SKYRAIL CABLE CAR OVER THE BARRON RIVER IN KURANDA
SKYRAIL CABLE CAR OVER THE BARRON RIVER IN KURANDA
BIRDWORLD
BIRDWORLD
KURANDA HERITAGE MARKETS
KURANDA HERITAGE MARKETS
BIRDWORLD KURANDA
BIRDWORLD KURANDA
HAND FEEDING AT BIRDWORLD KURANDA
HAND FEEDING AT BIRDWORLD KURANDA
RAINFOREST WALKS
RAINFOREST WALKS
BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY
BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY
GUIDED TOUR
GUIDED TOUR
FEED A KANGAROO AT KOALA GARDENS
FEED A KANGAROO AT KOALA GARDENS
CROCODILES AT KOALA GARDENS
CROCODILES AT KOALA GARDENS
JUMPING JACK AT RAINFORESTATION
JUMPING JACK AT RAINFORESTATION
EXOTIC BIRDS AT BIRDWORLD
EXOTIC BIRDS AT BIRDWORLD

Kuranda Village

Updated: 13-Dec-2011

Kuranda also known as “The Village in the Rainforest”, is located 300m above sea level and enjoys a climate cooler and less humid than Cairns. The journey to Kuranda is an easy half hour drive from the centre of Cairns. A popular option to get to Kuranda is to take a tour that includes the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Cableway.

The Kuranda Scenic Railway winds its way from Cairns to Kuranda. Constructed between 1882 and 1891, it is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. This amazing train journey will take you past the Baron Gorge Observation Deck, to the giant bridge over Stoney Creek and through 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges that were hand carved from the cliffs.

Enjoy spectacular views from the open-air railway train windows as it comes to a halt at Stoney Creek falls for some amazing scenic photo opportunities.

The award winning Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will take you on a 7.5km journey over the rainforest canopy and deep into the forest, with two rainforest mid-stations providing the opportunity to explore this unique environment from the forest floor. Gliding just meters above the rainforest canopy in a 6-person gondola cabin the Skyrail journey will give you an intimate rainforest experience.

At Kuranda, you’ll discover a variety of unique attractions, including the bustling village markets, the internationally renowned Rainforestation, Bird World, and the colourful Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

It is an exciting and vibrant community offering a unique blend of indigenous culture, pioneering heritage, alternative lifestyles and the many artistic talents of its inhabitants. Many popular Aboriginal artists live locally and sell their art in the village craft shops and galleries.

Kuranda’s famous Original Markets operate 7 days a week from 9:30 am through until 3.00 pm. The Heritage Markets also operate daily.

Rainforest and Riverside walks are easily accessible from the Village centre and the Barron falls which are an awesome sight to see (especially during the wet season) are just a short drive from the village.

Birdworld:

A must see in Kuranda Birdworld has the largest collection of free-flying birds in Australia. See the spectacular birds at home in their huge flight aviary, landscaped with lakes, ponds and waterfalls. There are more than 75 species of native birds including Regent Bowerbirds, parrots and the endangered Cassowary. Hand feeding opportunities are available and remember to bring your camera!

Butterfly Sanctuary:

At the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary more than 1500 colourful tropical butterflies - all residents of the local area - flutter around their enclosure in complete safety.
This is Australias‘s largest live butterfly display. In a lushly landscaped enclosure with running stream and native tropical plants, literally hundreds of brilliantly coloured butterflies will surround you, including the flashing, dancing electric-blue Ulysses, regarded by many as the unofficial emblem of Tropical North Queensland. Wear something bright (either red or white) and entice the butterflies to land on you!

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