Just to the west of Cairns is the charming village of Kuranda. Situated in the mountain ranges and away from the humidity of the coast, Kuranda features local art and crafts stores and small local cafes. Travel to Kuranda via sky rail for a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. Later return to the coast via the historic scenic rail to complete your journey.
Departing your accommodation on a private guided tour, we make our way to the train station where you board the Kuranda Scenic Railway, with the sun in your back this spectacular journey comprises unsurpassed views of World Heritage Listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park. Constructed between 1882 and 1891 it is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. Hundreds of men were employed to build the 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges that stand as a monument to the pioneers of tropical North Queensland.
Arriving in Kuranda, we explore the quaint village visiting the famous market, boutique stores and arts & crafts. An hour or so here is enough time to discover its charm. We stop for lunch at a local café. Afterwards, your guide will take you to the Skyrail – “the world’s most beautiful rainforest experience.” Your gondola trip takes you above the canopy of this world heritage national park with stops along the way to visit Red Peak. A walk down to the forest floor is recommended where boardwalks enable you to view the fern covered forest floor.
Your guide will be waiting to collect you at the other end and return you to your accommodation for the evening.