KURANDA - THE VILLAGE IN THE RAINFOREST
The picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda village is just 25km northwest of Cairns in far North Queensland, Australia. It is a vibrant little town surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest.
Kuranda is much more than a village in the rainforest and the ideal escape from the warmer steamy coast during the Northern summer. There are different ways to reach Kuranda including a 30 minute drive through World heritage Rainforest from Cairns city, on the Kuranda Scenic Railway or the Skyrail cableway.
In this present scenario, Kuranda offers a diverse mix of vibrant shops, famous markets and local artists. It’s always bustling with locals and visitors around the markets which operate everyday. I went to Kuranda with my husband during last year Christmas. The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. This famous railway winds its way on a journey of approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest.
Kuranda Station is world renowned for its tropical gardens and historic significance. It is possibly one of the most photographed railway stations in the world. The heritage-listed buildings blend with the tropical surrounds providing a relaxed environment to enjoy. The Kuranda Railway Tea Rooms at the station offer a great range of souvenirs and refreshments.
At Kuranda, we have visited the nature based attractions including the butterfly sanctuary, spider and venom zoo and the magnificent Barron River. We enjoyed boating and were excited to see a baby crocodile. Then we visited Kuranda Koala Gardens, a great thirty minute wildlife experience. We cherished the unique environment, the diversity of plants and animals and the wet tropics renowned for scenic panoramas of rainforest canopy from mountain lookouts, to rivers that carve through rugged gorges and cascade into freshwater swimming holes, to giant trees and ferns from ancient eras and curiosities from the animal kingdom.
The most unique and unforgettable experience we had by returning in Skyrail Cableway. Skyrail took us over the canopy and deep into the heart of the forest on a 7.5km gondola cableway between Cairns and Kuranda in the Barron Gorge National Park. This unique cableway was the ultimate rainforest experience, including a cableway journey over the canopy and two rainforest mid-stations, offering Ranger guided boardwalk tours and a Rainforest Interpretation Centre.
I still cherish the wonderful trip of Kuranda and it is one of my best, enjoyable and memorable trip till now.