This is a must in Kuranda if you're interested in snakes, spiders and scorpions. If not - don't do!
There are guided tours and lot of exciting information about some of Australia’s most dangerous animals. Among many species you can take a look at the Taipan and the Brown Snake.
"Trees are the Earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven." Rabindranath Tagore
The skyrail provides phenomenal views over the landscape and reaches terrifying heights over mountain and rainforest. I believe this to be an event in itself and should not be missed. Waiting times at the beginning can be a little slow but once up in your skycar, it is all worth it. Opportunities along the way to stop off at intervening rainforest observatory points break the trip up nicely and you can learn a little more about the environment along the way. All in all, an interesting journey to an interesting place.
"Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better." Albert Einstein
The railway follows a scenic path, many feet up above the rainforest and through the mountains along the way from Kuranda to Cairns. It roughly takes 90 minutes and you pass so many beautiful features of the Australian landscape. Two personal highlights for me, where passing the amazing waterfalls of Stoney Creek Fallsand Barron Falls, which is truly amazing and you get a front row seat to nature's amazing show. Forgive the hypebole, but it really was good fun. The train itself is old-fashioned and it works you up for the trip, with it's billows of steam, blasts of the horn and rhythmic motion. All this and they say it's just a form of transport! Who knew moving could be so much fun?
"We owe the Aborignal peoples a debt which is four centuries old." Romeo LeBlanc
The Tjapukai Aboriginal Centre is Australia's first cultural dance centre but there is much more to do aswell. Whilst here, we sampled the delight that was Aboriginal dance - mesmerising and moving, through their original and haunting story-telling. Fun and laughs were still to be had when volunteers were called for; mastering the Aboriginal "leg-shake" is somewhat of a talent and not for the easily embarrassed! The dancers really get you involved into the show and is housed in an outdoor theatre, so you really get a feel for the rainforest surrounding you. To learn more about their culture, we headed to their recreated Camp Village where our friendly, but ever-so-slightly deranged Aboriginal guide showed us how to master the boomerang and didgeridoo. It's great fun to watch everyone having a go and failing and then to watch the experts go right ahead and shame you with a stunning instrumental performance or show of athletic prowess! I'm afraid to say I wasn't there for the night performance, but I have heard that the ancient corroboree ceremony and celebration of fire is amazing!
The Australian Butterfly Santuary has an exhibition of hundreds of tropical butterflies in their all weather rainforest inclosure.
It's open daily
9.45 to 4.00pm daily.
Tours run between 10.00am and 3.15pm
Escorted tours are available at no extra cos.
The Skyrail is an excellent way to go down the hills. You can get the Train up and then Skyrail down. Or the other way around.Best of both worlds.
You have 7.5K's of skimming over the top of heritage rainforest. There are stops along the way where you can get off and do a boardwalk on the top of the rainforest.
The cable cars are mainly glass so you have views from all areas.
The Syrail web site has everything you need to know.
Cruise along the Baron river and see freshwater crocodiles,aquatic reptiles,platypus and over 100 species of birds.
Departs from the Riverside landing near the Train station.
The Tjapukia Aboriginal Culture Park is now down the mountain where you turn off the Cairns/Port Douglas Highway to come up to Kuranda. It is also where the Skyrail terminus is.
The entire park has been dedicated to preserving and presenting authentic Aboriginal culture. Five theatres, museum,an art gallery and traditional Aboriginal camp, this gives the visitor a look at the rich and ancient culture.
The Tjapukai Dancers are world famous. They have won many awards.
Tjapukia by Day..entries to all park attractions $30 Adult $15child or $75 Family.
With transfers from Cairns/Northern Beaches/Palm Cove $51.50 Adult 25.75 Child or $128.75 Family
You can try the Boomerang paintings for and extra $30
Open from 9am-5pm Daily
2/3 hours needed for the whole experience
Night 7pm - 10pm every night
All weather venue
Not open Christmas or New Years day
There are many other options, please check out the website for all other packages
There are many places you can shop for that special something. Opals, clothes, woodcraft,and there are many Art galleries,also Galleries owned and run by the local Aboriginal community.
This is where you can find some great Aboriginal art work, sculpture or the famous music instrument, the Didgeridoo.
This would be one of the most beautiful train stations that I have seen. The gardens and hanging baskets are lovely Rainforest ferns and flora on a station.The rail was completed in 1891.
The train comes up the hills from Cairns passing through 15 tunnels, 93 curves over bridges and past waterfalls and wonderful scenery. It's an old train with leather seats and great windows to catch the views.
At some points along the trip you can see the back of the train following you....
Many years ago Kuranda was only known for it's Markets on a Sunday. Now there are many Market areas.
You can buy so many different things, Jewellery, handcrafts, T Shirts, Home made Lollies, Pottery....numerous things.
There are a number of Galleries that have wonderful Aboriginal Art work.
This railway line was opened in 1891, after having taken 5 years to build. The line is 34km long and climbs more than 300m. There are many tunnels, you pass waterfalls along the way.
And the train itself is real nice and old. The cars look really good, leather seats and all!
Everybody was hanging out the windows taking photos all the way down the mountains.
At one of the skyrail stops you have good views of Barron Falls. Since we don't really have any waterfalls in Denmark I always like to see them everywhere I go. I had hoped for a bit more water though, the water was almost just trickling down the rocks. When I got up to Kuranda I saw lots of postcards of the Falls. And in all the photos it had 100 times more water. So maybe next time I come I will be lucky and see it full of water.
From Kuranda you can walk down to a lookout over the falls,
The station in Kuranda is probably one of the prettiest railway stations I've seen. It is all covered in tropical plants and ferns and the buildings are nice and look like real station buildings should.
From the station you can take the scenic train back to Cairns.
The skyrail has two stops on the way to Kuranda. This allows you to have a closer look at the rainforest plants. There are signs with the names of the plants and information on living conditions and things like that. Very good I thought.