Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail

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Barron Falls

This morning we took a bus to Freshwater Station, where we boarded a train to Kuranda.  The Kuranda Scenic Rail slowly climbs from sea level in Fresh Water up to about 1100 feet at Kuranda winding through the rain forest by several waterfalls with the views of the mountains on your left and the Coral Sea on your right.  The only stop is for a view of the Barron Falls.  Kuranda is a small, secluded town with steep roads and is completely dependent on tourism.  There are many shops, cafes, arts and craft markets, and attractions such as Kuranda Koala Gardens. 

Kuranda Koala Gardens was our first stop.

me and koala at Kuranda Koala Park
  The main attraction here is the ability to hold koalas.  In other states you can touch koalas while they sit in a tree and eat eucalyptus leaves, but Queensland is the only state that still allows you to hold koalas.  They have strict rules about how long a koala can be handled by the public in a day and how many total times they can be handled in a year.  If a koala shows any signs of agitation, it is immediately rotated out and replaced with another one.  I was in the middle of one of these exchanges, so I actually got to hold two different koalas.  They really are as soft as they look.  Their claws are quite menacing looking, but they hold on to you rather gently.  There is much more to this place than just koalas though.  You can also walk inside the kangaroo and wallaby habitat.  You can walk right up to them, feed them and pet them.
Kuranda Skyrail
  They also have a reptile exhibit with various frogs, turtles, snakes and lizards.  They also have wombats and crocodiles.

We ate lunch at the Banjo Cafe and Grill where I had a Swagman burger.  It had two types of bacon and pickled beets.  Beets are apparently commonly added to hamburgers in Australia similar to pickles in America.  We then boarded the Skyrail to take the ride back down the mountain.  This is the longest cable car system in the world.  You glide peacefully and quietly above the rain forest canopy and make a couple of stops along the way for views of Barron Falls and the trees of the rain forest.  The cars are spaced far apart, so you have the feeling of exploring on your own.  The construction of the Skyrail support towers was erected by helicopters to minimize the impact on the rain forest.  The ride ends in Caravonica Lakes, which is right next to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.    

 

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Barron Falls
Barron Falls
me and koala at Kuranda Koala Park
me and koala at Kuranda Koala Park
Kuranda Skyrail
Kuranda Skyrail
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Barron Falls
Barron Falls
Barron Falls
Barron Falls
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Mark and koala at Kuranda Koala Ga…
Mark and koala at Kuranda Koala G…
me and koala at Kuranda Koala Gard…
me and koala at Kuranda Koala Gar…
me and koala at Kuranda Koala Gard…
me and koala at Kuranda Koala Gar…
Mark feeding kangaroo at Kuranda K…
Mark feeding kangaroo at Kuranda …
ahh, shade!
ahh, shade!
lounging kangaroo
lounging kangaroo
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
snoozing wombat
snoozing wombat
wallaby
wallaby
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
fern at Kuranda Koala Gardens
fern at Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Skyrail
Kuranda Skyrail
Kuranda Skyrail
Kuranda Skyrail
Kuranda Skyrail
Kuranda Skyrail
Kuranda Skyrail
Kuranda Skyrail
Barron Falls
Barron Falls
Barron Falls
Barron Falls
Barron Falls
Barron Falls
Barron Falls
Barron Falls
Barron Falls
Barron Falls
kauri tree
kauri tree
Kuranda Skyrail
Kuranda Skyrail
Mark on Kuranda Skyrail
Mark on Kuranda Skyrail
water skiing by cable
water skiing by cable
Kuranda
photo by: mrgishi