Aboriginal experience

Kuranda Travel Blog

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Since we had over a day between the diving and out flight out, we searched for something to do and found Kuranda as a nice option. Another option you have, as a trip from Cairns, is Cape Tribulation, which is supposed to be great too.
The day we returned from diving we made the arrangements via the hotel desk. We took the Kuranda Scenic Railway to the top and the skyrail back down. The skyrail ends nowhere near any public transport, so you have to arrange transport to pick you up when arriving down.

Both the railway and the skyrail have several stops along the way. The rail halts at a midway station where you get the change to have quick lookaround of the ravine and the waterfall/dam present there.
Main road Kuranda
The way to the top is, as the name says, scenic. As you crawl to the top, you first get a ever getting higher view of the lowlands and the ocean. As you get into the mountains you come along ravines and go through several tunnels.

Kuranda itself isn't all that large and is clearly thriving on the tourism. The aboriginal pupulation is more clear here than in any place we visited earlier during our trip. Along the main road (Coondoo Street) there are several gift shops/malls with some back alleyways (at Therwine Street). It's nice to have a look around for some gifts. On the end of Coondoo Street there is a sort of market place with even more souvenirs.
This is where I got what I wanted as a good souvenir from Australia: a 60 cm boomerang with a great painting on it. All along the coast there are enough souvenirshops selling boumerangs, but you'll only find some 3/4 different ones.
The prices is what hit me most, a good sized boomerang will cost you over a hunderd dollars. Not something a want to pay for a print that isn't all that great and even seems to be like machineprinted and is realy simple. (At least I don't like the craftmanship of those ones) I got mine for like 30/40 dollars (don't know exactly) and is clearly handpainted and elaborated depicting a lizard.

Since the down is situated in the rainforest, there ware several trail in the area through the forests. Although the town itself was rather busy, we didn't meet too much people along the trail, so the nature wasn't really disturbed (as was shown by the snake crossing the path before our foots...)

The way back down was on the skyrail. This leads you over the railforest and therefore gives a nice view of it. Along the way there are 3/4 stations where you can get out and have a look around along some short and longer trails. You can hop on each next empty basket, so there's no need to hurry (besides getting on time for our transport downstairs).

The the end this is a great day-trip and a place well-worth the visit. Although you'll take a risk when this is your last stop, some of the best Aboriginal stuff can be found here (and priced reasonable).
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Main road Kuranda
Main road Kuranda
More than enough rainforest here
More than enough rainforest here
View from the Kuranda Scenic Rail…
View from the Kuranda Scenic Rail…
Kuranda
photo by: mrgishi