Kuranda Travel Guide

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Kuranda Highlights

  • Pro
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    Anne12 says…

     Great place to walk/ shop and have a coffee 

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    Kate-Me says…

     Maybe one too many market stalls....even if the quality is good 

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     A fun day 

Kuranda Things to Do

  • Fun at the Kuranda motorbike expo

    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...

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  • Food,wine & fun at Speerwah Country...

    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...

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  • Butterfly Sanctuary

    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

    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...

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  • Kuranda EnviroCare Information Centre

    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...

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  • VISIT BIRDWORLD IN KURANDA

    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...

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  • Rainforestation Nature Park

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

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  • Kuranda train station

    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

    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 $205.50or do I need a transfer from...

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  • Kuranda Koala Gardens

    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...

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  • Jum Run Creek nature walk

    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,...

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  • Bat Reach (rehab center)

    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...

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  • Skyrail

    "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,...

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  • Kuranda Scenic Railway Train

    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...

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  • Walking Tracks

    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...

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  • Australian Venom Zoo

    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.Creepy!

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  • Kuranda Skyrail

    "Trees are the Earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven." Rabindranath TagoreThe 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...

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  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

    "Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better." Albert EinsteinThe 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,...

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  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Centre

    "We owe the Aborignal peoples a debt which is four centuries old." Romeo LeBlancThe 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...

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  • Butterflies.....

    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 3.15pmEscorted tours are available at no extra cos.

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  • A trip over the rainforest

    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...

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Kuranda Restaurants

  • Cheap meals and Great coffee

    It';s a great place to sit outside, enjoy your meal and watch the passing parade.I also tend to go back to this cafe' as it has great fresh sandwiches and good coffee.Give the Pecan pie a try. Turkey/cranbury sauce roll with salad.Pecan PieStrong latte'

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  • German food

    As we were walking around Kuranda, I just happened to notice a little cafe with outside BBQ called 'German Tucker', and as it was October 1, I decided to give it a try. The restaurant owner was very friendly and chatty and when he found out my husband was Vegetarian, suggested something of the relatively vegetarian-less menu which would be suitable...

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Kuranda Transportation

  • Publik bus from Cairns

    The bus from Cairns to Kuranda was (april 2010) about A$ 5 each way, quite frequent, leaving Cairns from Lake street Transit Mall next to Shields street, arriving in Kuranda at Therwine street next to Kuranda Visitor Information Center. Kuranda is small enough for walking

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  • Scenic Train and Skyrail

    I took the Scenic Train up to the Kuranda and then jumped on the Skyrail to come down. You can go either way.

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  • Kuranda Skyrail

    "Everything is blooming most recklessly; it if were voices instead of colours, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." Rainier Maria RilkeThe skyrail is another of the methods of reaching Kuranda or leaving for Cairns, while still providing some outlook onto the surrounding rainforest. Views are simply spectacular -...

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Kuranda Local Customs

  • Aboriginal ship?

    This appeared to be a kind of Aboriginal Co-op (and probably souvenir shop) in the main street of Kuranda, which was very striking, in the form of a ship, which you could go inside.

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  • Aboriginal Dancing

    This was an impromptu performance we came across, put on by some Aborigines to entertain the wandering shoppers and browsers in the main street of Kuranda.

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Kuranda Warnings and Dangers

  • ALWAYS CARRY & USE A STRONG MOSQUITO...

    KURANDA NORTH QUEENSLAND ..Always when travelling in tropical northern Australia carry and use a strong and reliable mosquito repellant. Due to the recent heavy storms and rain periods with the cyclones this has increased the mosquito problem in the north. Tropical areas are always breeding grounds for mosquitos and recently this problem seems to...

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  • Curves and more curves

    If you are driving to Kuranda from Cairns please be careful of the road conditions.This is a lovely drive, rainforest plants along side the roads and places to stop for photos.If you are driving keep your eyes on the road!!The road heads up the range and has many curves, be patient and just go along at a leisurely speed, be careful if it is raining...

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Kuranda Tourist Traps

  • by bndlazar Written Oct 31, 2008

    Very rude shopkeepers, one bad experience after the other. Not helpful, not friendly, make you feel like all they want is your cash then 'move on please'. Beautiful scenery but lousy locals.

    Unique Suggestions: Bearable... um... just don't ask anyone questions, don't expect a smile and don't waste your money on this place.

    Fun Alternatives: Alternative would be anywhere other than Kuranda, it's not the only rainforest town and by far not the nicest one, just the most tourism-oriented... ironic because they treat tourists like crap!

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