Journey through the rainforest
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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.
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.
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.