Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail
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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.
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.