Kuranda Things to Do

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    Fun at the Kuranda motorbike expo

    by tropicrd Written Oct 20, 2013
    Motorbike expo in the rainforest village
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    The motorbike expo has become a popular annual event in Kuranda and gives owners the opportunity to showcase their bikes.

    This year the venue was the Main Street so tourists coming up from the Kuranda train or skyrail were all of a sudden amongst those bikes.

    If people are not motorbike lovers there was plenty of other things to do, face painting for the children,Barron River activities,music and dancing etc.

    This is usually held in September or October.

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    Food,wine & fun at Speerwah Country Tavern

    by tropicrd Updated Oct 20, 2013
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    Speerwah country Tavern is a place overlooked by most travellers coming from Kuranda or from Mareeba QLD so it is mainly frequented by the locals..this is sad because they have great food here and has a laid back country feel to it.You can play a game or two of pool or just relax with a drink.They also have a swimming pool open to the public and is family oriented. Accommodation is available too.

    I found it was a place where people could take their time relaxing and the prices compared to the tourist prices of Kuranda is excellent,I had the local mackeral which was delicious.

    You do need a car to get here as the tourist buses don't stop.

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    Butterfly Sanctuary

    by salisbury3933 Written Apr 2, 2013

    We paid the butterfly sanctuary a visit while in Kuranda, and I was tempted to put this in as a tourist trap given the pricey cost of entry, but it is a real place of interest, with many species of butterfly sharing a walk through aviary.

    Worth 30 minutes or so of your time.

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    Speewah is so special

    by tropicrd Written Oct 21, 2012

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    Speewah is just up the road from Kuranda (the village in the rainforest) and is often overlooked as a tourist destination but I believe it is worthy a visit.

    Hikers may be aware of it as the Djina-Wu Track leading to and from the Douglas and Smith tracks start/leave from Speewah approx 750 m from the Speewah Tavern.

    Anyway! what a beautiful place where you are far away from the usual tourist hub of Kuranda.

    You do need a car if you are not a hiker. The camping ground is a fair hike from the Highway and is a tad isolated with minimum facilities. Only tent campers allowed and don't forget to bring your food supplies because there are no corner shops.

    The tropical rainforest canopy is stunning and be careful of the cattle grids on the graded dirt roads.

    Stop off on the way back and have a drink or something to eat at the Speewah Tavern/pub.

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    Kuranda EnviroCare Information Centre

    by tropicrd Updated Sep 22, 2011

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    Kuranda envirocare information centre is really beneficial to the traveller to find all the local information for the area.
    They have very good maps and heaps of suggestions and places to visit.
    They may not be open from noon to 5pm occasionally for reasons of their own I suppose it could possibly be culteral.The normal operating hours are daily from 9am-8pm.
    The information centre is home for an active Landcare and Environment group who will offer you information on local walking tracks and places of interest for all levels of fitness and ages.
    The group also runs a gift/convenience shop to help them finance their business.You can purchase arts and crafts of the local community.
    The wet tropics display is wonderful and was created by the community and has insects,snakes,birds,plants and seeds found in the rainforest,it constantly changes with different things collected and added from the forests.

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    VISIT BIRDWORLD IN KURANDA

    by DennyP Written Sep 7, 2011

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    BIRDWORLD
    While recently in Kuranda I had the really enjoyable experience of checking out BIRDWORLD which is located at the end of town near the Heritage Markets..This is a large venue where over 500 Parrots, Cockatoos,Lorrikeets and many various types of birds fly openly and will eat out of your hand .. it is a wonderful place to obtain some really "up close" photos of these beautiful creatures..as I really love birds I saw this as not only a great opportunity to see many birds that I had previously never seen but to photograph them in a really close proximity..The day I was visiting Birdworld there were only a couple of other people in the enclosure.I found this to be a really great experience and would recommend it to anyone visiting Kuranda..

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    Rainforestation Nature Park

    by Jessica88 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Army Duck tour of the rainforest.

    "The best friend of Earth and man, is the tree." Frank Llloyd Wright

    At the Rainforestation Nature Park, we spent an afternoon delighting in the surroundings of our amphibious Army Duck, which ploughed through water and land to get us that little bit closer to the Australian scenery and rainforest. There is so much wildlife and landscape to see here that it really is a must and it remains exciting throughout with your "Duck Captain" keeping you in check the entire time, with both useful and useless information about what your seeing. Constant reminders as we plunged into the lake that there were crocodiles on the out and about made things that little more exciting! Unfortunately or fortunately, whatever way you look at it, there were no crocodile sights for us. However, it really was a great adventure - the sloping path down to the rainforest from the centre was a bit of an experience on it's own! Sloping hills, muddy tires, a whole vehicle of screaming girls - probably not the best of mixes! Great fun had though.

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    Kuranda train station

    by tropicrd Written Dec 27, 2009

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    The Kuranda train station is a tropical plant paradise---it is such a joy to arrive on the scenic railway from Cairns,the train provides spectacular views from the ranges to the ocean and in the wet season the Barron River Falls are fantastic. Anyway when you get to Kuranda station you are transported into something very special.

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  • Kuranda train

    by oliver99701 Written May 21, 2009

    So I would catch the train in downtown Cairns to Kuranda then on the way back I wanted to take the skyrail down. Where does the skyrail let me off? Is it close to train station in Cairns where I caught the train?
    I visited that website but was confused by the options do I only need:

    KSR/Skyrail $82.00 $41.50 $75.00 $205.50

    or do I need a transfer from the skyrail back to the start, the train station and need:

    KSR/Skyrail/one way transfer to Freshwater station (self-drive option) $90.50 $45.75 $83.50 $226.75

    Thanks

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    Kuranda Koala Gardens

    by DSwede Updated Jun 3, 2008

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    A family of koalas

    There are countless zoos to choose from in Australia, particularly around Cairns. But the Kuranda Koala Gardens is one of the few places that will allow you to hold a koala and pose for pictures.

    Entry is $15AUD. Posing with the koala is an additional $15AUD, but they will allow you to take pictures with your own camera, as well as give you two professional prints that they take with their own equipment.

    There are also kangaroos, wallabies, lizards, crocodiles and a few other residents to watch.

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    Jum Run Creek nature walk

    by DSwede Written Jun 3, 2008

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    Jum Run Creek

    This ~3km nature walk will take you about 45minutes to do a full circle and return to the city. Along the way, you will walk along some boardwalk style paths in the rain forest, cross the waters of a river along large stone stepping stones, and then return back to the small town of Kuranda along the small neighborhood streets.

    It is a free trail, takes only a short time, and gives you a chance to break from the crowds walking in the town and market areas.

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    Bat Reach (rehab center)

    by DSwede Updated Jun 3, 2008

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    Bat Reach is a volunteer based rehab center for wounded bats and other miscellaneous creatures of the forests. They do not charge admission, but gladly accept any donations.

    The facility is quite small, but the cages and roosting bats are even that much closer.

    The ladies that care for them will answer any questions that you have and give an informative discussion of their patient's lives. They will explain their diets, their life cycles, the hazards that bats face and what makes them require such rehabilitation. They are a harmless, yet integral part of life in the forests.

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    Skyrail

    by ValbyDK Updated Sep 22, 2007

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    "The World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience"... The 7.5 km cableway was completed in 1995 after one year of construction. All towers were lifted into place by helicopter to avoid disturbance of the rainforest. The tallest tower is Tower 6 at 40 m.

    It is a really nice trip above the rainforest canopy. Expect the trip to take 1½ hours each way, this allows you time to explore Red Peak and Barron Falls rainforest stations.

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    The Skyrail has two rainforest mid-stations, the Red Peak and the Barron Falls, and I think you should take some time to explore both stations.

    At Red Peak station you'll find 175 m boardwalk with rainforest information signs, and over 160 species of rainforest plants. There are also fantastic panoramic views across the Barron River valley.

    At Barron Falls you'll find the walkways to three lookouts with stunning views over the Barron River, Gorge and Falls. The Barron Falls was once the construction base site of the hydroelectric development in the 1930s, and you can see some of the machinery used in the construction. The CSIRO Rainforest Interpretive Centre with videos and information of the rainforest environment is also located at the Barron Falls Station.

    If you're staying in the Cairns/Kuranda area you can save money if you buy tickets to Tjapukai, Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway at the same time.

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    Kuranda Scenic Railway Train

    by ValbyDK Updated Sep 14, 2007

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    One of the most spectacular train journeys in Australia. In 1882 the miners of Herberton were starving and unable to get supplies due to flooding. A route to civilisation was desperately needed and this was the beginning of the Kuranda Scenic Railway Train.

    The journey takes 1 hour 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda. On the journey you'll pass through the rainforest, several tunnels, bridges and waterfalls – very amazing scenery.

    If you're staying in the Cairns/Kuranda area you can save money if you buy tickets to Tjapukai, Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway at the same time.

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    Walking Tracks

    by ValbyDK Updated Jul 14, 2007

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    There are three different walking tracks in Kuranda: The river walk, the jungle walk and the jum rum walk.

    We followed the river walk from the Kuranda Rainforest Accommodation Park - along the Barron River - until we met the jungle walk. We continued at the jungle walk until we crossed the Barron Falls Road and then followed the road to the Barron Falls. There is a stunning view of the falls.

    A nice 10 km walk, and it’s really beautiful along the river and in the rainforest.

    Remember to bring water on your walk!

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