We had been told, and now I am telling you, when you visit far North QLD don’t forget a day trip to the village of Kuranda, nestled amongst the World Heritage Rainforest, 1000 feet above Cairns. It was the journey on the scenic Kuranda Train and Skyrail that made this trip extra special.
The Amazing Journey: How to get there
Exploring the colourful village of Kuranda is a perfect day trip from Palm Cove or Cairns. Yes, we could have driven and taken in the beauty of the rainforest, however for a unique experience we opted for the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail rainforest cableway, two popular attractions in the North.
Kuranda Scenic Railway Train
This famous railway winds its way through tunnels, past waterfalls, over the impressive Stoney Creek Bridge and through the rainforest which is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna. Rising from sea level to 328 metres, you’ll stop along your journey for photo opportunities at Barron Falls lookout. Barron Falls are a magnificent spectacle during the (wet) season, December through to March. Don’t be dismayed if you travel outside this time, as you will still appreciate the natural scenery and popular tourist destination.
What goes up must come down, and this is the way we chose to make our decent back to Cairns. The world first in environmental tourism you’ll soar for more than seven kilometres high above the World Heritage listed Rainforest canopy. You can disembark at two rainforest mid-stations – Red Peak station deep within the forest and Barron Falls. At either station, you can explore more of the rainforest from boardwalks and lookouts. On your descent, to the Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal you’ll witness picturesque views overlooking Cairns and the Coral Sea.
Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal
Skyrail’s Smithfield Terminal is a 15-minute drive from the Cairns and 50-minutes from Palm Cove. If you have a vehicle, you can drive as there is ample parking. Alternatively, there are many tour options which include coach transfers.
Your accommodation provider and many tour operators in the Northern tropics may offer tours and information to Kuranda. For further information, tour options and prices the official websites for the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway are very helpful.
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