Journey through the rainforest

Kuranda Travel Blog

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From the skyrail

Another early start to the day - it is beginning to feel as though we have jobs - never has an alarm clock been needed so much.  Today we are going to Kuranda.  A tour bus picked us up and we had a scenic drive through Cairns to the Sky Rail station.  We boarded the cable car that would take us over the rainforest up to heights of around 1800 feet.  It set of at a good pace, it travels at about 18km/hr and we were quickly rising above the trees.  It took about 15mins to reach the first station which was situated deep in the rainforest - we got off and had a stroll along the boardwalks looking at all the different trees and plants.

In the forest
  Back onto the cable car for another 5-10 minutes, it was spectacular being above the rainforest, listening to the sounds of the birds and seeing brilliant blue butterflies below us.  We reached the second station at Barron Falls and again we were able to get off and have a little wander to view the falls which in flow down a 260ft gorge, in full flow they are supposed to be pretty spectacular, even the trickle we saw was good.  The last stretch of skyrail continued well above the rainforest, over crocodile infested water - we didn't see any - and into the small town of Kuranda.

After the obligatory look around the souvenir shop we wandered towards the main street and allowed ourselves to be beckoned in to a near by pub (apparently one of the oldest in Australia).  As it was a bit too early for a pint we had a coffee instead.

The local brew
 

Kuranda is quite small but was once popular with hippies.  It is now quite touristy but still worth a look around.  Many of the shops are souvenir and craft shops, the most popular being those that sell boomerangs, digeridoo's and other aboriginal things.  It soon got very hot.  Pam and Dave went off to the Koala gardens to see a croc and cuddle a koala.  We went down to the river but were a little wary of being dragged in by a crocodile or poisoned by a snake so we wandered back and had a beer.  An hour later we all met up again and made our way to the railway station to board the Kuranda Scenic Railway back to Cairns.  The train was quite old fashioned, and sounded like it could do with an oil.  It was quite worrying as we went over little wooden bridges with sheer drops on either side and the train sounded as though it was falling apart - only slightly less hair raising than the cable car.

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From the skyrail
From the skyrail
In the forest
In the forest
The local brew
The local brew
A big tree
A big tree
A funny bird in the rainforest - b…
A funny bird in the rainforest - …
The Kuranda scenic railway
The Kuranda scenic railway
Kuranda
photo by: mrgishi