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Kuranda [1] is a small town in Far North Queensland in the Barron Gorge National Park. As it is located very close to Cairns and the journey is scenic, it is an extremely popular day trip: the village is overflowing with visitors during the middle of each day.

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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Many visitors combine the Kuranda Scenic railway and the cableway, travelling to Kuranda on one and returning on the other. There are no discounts offered above the one-way fares. You can to book both directions through either service, but if you are booking late, it is easier to book separately: they allocate each other a very small number of guarenteed seats. As you need transport to get to either end often a trip to Kuranda is easiest booked with a tour company such as Tropic Wings or DownUnder Tours to help you get there.

Get around

Kuranda is a small village, although somewhat hilly. Walking about 1 kilometre will take you from one end of town to the other. Don't count on being able to walk quickly, as the streets tend to be packed with people.

A one-way courtesy bus between the skyrail and scenic railway stations at the south end of town and the wildlife attractions at the north of town. The bus departs every twenty minutes.


  • Birdworld [2], Heritage Markets, Rob Vievers Drive. tel 07 4093 9188. email [email protected] Birdworld is a large mesh canopy, open to natural light in which you can wander among free flying birds armed with an identification sheet to pick them out. The birds are divided evenly between colourful parrots and drab quails and doves with the addition of some cassowaries fenced away from people wandering around the circuit. Entry is $14 for adults, $5 children and $29 for families with two adults and 2 children. A combined pass with the butterfly sanctuary and the Koala Gardens is $33 adults and $16 children.
  • Kuranda Koala Gardens [3], Heritage Markets, Rob Vievers Drive. tel 07 4093 9953. email [email protected] The Koala Gardens is a small wildlife zoo housing Australian native animals. In addition to koalas there are kangeroos, crocodiles, snakes and lizards. Visitors can hold a koala and have their picture taken. Entry is $14 for adults, $7 for children.
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary [4], 8 Rob Vievers Drive. tel 07 4093 7575. fax 07 4093 8923. email [email protected] The butterfly sanctuary is an aviary containing rainforest butterflies - Birdwings Ulysees and more, its great for Kids. Open 9:45am to 4:30pm, with guided tours from 10:00 to 3:15pm.



Kuranda is famous for its markets. They run everyday not just Sundays, that was in the past, and have a wide range of crafts and locally made products. It's just a short walk from the Skyrail or the Kuranda Scenic Railway station to the village. The shops and markets open between 9.30am and 10am and many close when the last train leaves at 3.30pm



Try the "Bottom Pub" just near Skyrail for a bit of local atmosphere - not bad


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