Barron falls and skyrail

Where to go

Kuranda

Tropical North Queensland’s Colourful Quirky Rainforest Village

Kuranda is an arts and crafts hub tucked away in the cool of the mountains just outside of Cairns.

As a traditional Djabugay owner and a ranger at Skyrail, I share stories of our ancient rainforest with our guests and introduce them to Barron Falls and the cassowary, both of which are sacred to the Djabugay people

Ranger Jeremy – Kuranda Skyrail

Street signs in Kuranda

COOL-CLIMATE CHARM

Kuranda has been Tropical North Queensland’s favourite retreat since the early 1900s. Just 27km from Cairns and at an altitude of about 330m, Kuranda’s cool mountain climate makes for an ideal escape from the heat of the coast.

Street performer and audience in Kuranda

STREET SOUNDS AND SIGHTS

These days, Kuranda has a fun and festive atmosphere with welcoming locals and lots to do. The town became popular with the hippie crowd in the 1960s and ’70s, and they have left an artistic and musical legacy that can still be enjoyed today. Look out for the amazing street art and talented buskers performing on street corners.

kuranda original markets

MARKET TOWN

There are two outdoor markets – the Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets open Thursday to Monday and the Heritage Markets open Thursday to Sunday. You can find locally made clothing and jewellery, wood carvings, leatherwork, ceramics, gemstones and Indigenous art. There’s lots of fresh local produce like macadamias, coffee and fruit, as well as organic juices, snacks and international cuisine.

Birds in Kuranda

WONDROUS WILDLIFE

See some of Tropical North Queensland’s most iconic wildlife at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld, the Koala Gardens and Rainforestation Nature Park. Get up close and personal with the animals – cuddle a koala or feed a wallaby.

Barron Falls after heavy rain

FALLS TO
FALL FOR

The most famous waterfall lookout in Queensland is just outside Kuranda. Barron Falls is a steep, 125m tiered waterfall that plunges out of the rainforest. It’s at its most spectacular during the wet season. Explore the national park on foot through a series of interlinked walkways like the Jumrum Creek Walk, Kuranda Village Circuit Walk or the River Walk. For a more strenuous hike, there are trails connecting Cairns with the Barron River.

Kuranda train crosses stoney creek falls

RAILS WITH A VIEW

See the park from above with the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which runs for 7.5km above the rainforest canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. Or take a ride on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, dating back to the 1890s. The train runs on the edge of the rainforest from Cairns to Kuranda, through 15 hand-cut tunnels and across 37 bridges.

Tips

  • Because of its altitude, Kuranda has a much cooler and less humid climate than Cairns. Average daytime temperatures are between 26 and 29.5 degrees in the dry season (June-October) and 28 to 31.5 degrees in the wet season (November-May), with humidity in the wet season around 70 per cent.

  • Make sure you have a meal at Frogs Restaurant which opened in 1980 and is still one of the best restaurants in town. Or try the much-talked-about crepes at Petit Cafe.

  • Learn about the local Indigenous culture with the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience at Rainforestation. It includes traditional dance performance and a Dreamtime walk with displays of spear and boomerang throwing.

Discover More

Explore more of this charming mountain town – from its vibrant artistic community to a huge array of outdoor adventures.

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Getting here

  • By cableway

    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique experience that glides over the canopy of Australia’s World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforest.

  • Car driving on Kuranda range

    By car

    Kuranda Village is situated high in the rainforest and mountains of Tropical North Queensland and travelling there is a wonderful scenic experience in itself. Hire a car to give yourself the freedom to move at your own pace.

  • Bus at Rainforeststation

    By coach/bus

    Tours to Kuranda Village depart Cairns and Port Douglas, daily. Bundling popular tourist attractions is a cost-effective way to experience what Tropical North Queensland has to offer.

  • Kuranda train carriage at station

    By rail

    Discover the natural beauty and unique characteristics of a Wold Heritage-listed rainforest as you hop aboard one of the most picturesque railways in Australia.

Attractions

Be sure to check the amazing attractions Kuranda has to offer.

Stay

Most people visit Kuranda for the day but there are a few options if you want to stay overnight, or stay in Cairns and drive, train, bus or Skyrail

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    Moody train rides & spectacular views of the Kuranda Range on board #KurandaScenicRailway 🌿✨ Discover the natural beauty of the @wettropicsworldheritage rainforest as you hop aboard one of the most picturesque railways in @australia 🚞 You’ll be weaving your way through mountain ranges & past stunning waterfalls as you travel through 15 handmade tunnels & across 37 breathtaking bridges 🦋⛰ Looking for a fancier ride? Sit back & relax in Gold class luxury as you enjoy a drink & dine on tasty local produce 🍇🥂
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    All aboard! 🚂 Discover the natural beauty & unique characteristics of a @wettropicsworldheritage rainforest as you wind through the mountains on board one of the most picturesque railways in @australia 🌴 Did you know ⁉️ The first passenger services on the Kuranda Railway began on this day in 1891 😲🚞 But it wasn’t until much later that the railway became a tourist attraction travelling from #Cairns to @kurandavillage 🦋
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​📸 @jessebellan #exploretnq #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #kuranda
    Have you travelled on the Kuranda Scenic Rail to #Kuranda before? 🚂 If you had, then this famous bend in the journey might be familiar 🍃Stoney Creek Falls tumbles down the gorge below, creating freshwater rock pools perfect for cooling off in! Photo by @joshnicholson___ #exploreTNQ
    When you overindulged on the weekend, now forced to exercise on a Monday 🙄or a better option might be to visit this cuddly cutie at the @kurandakoalagardens located in #Kuranda, the village in the rainforest 🐨🌿Photo by @jilarapearl #exploreTNQ
    Just confirming you're not in Pandora but in fact, you're looking at the beautiful #BarronFalls ✨ During this wet season pay a visit to #Kuranda to catch a glimpse of the mighty Barron in all of its raging glory 💦😱 Photo by @liamebe #exploreTNQ
    This picture by @_sarahlatham says it all... #BarronFalls in #Kuranda is going bonkers with the recent downpour of rain 🙌🌧 Take your pick between these epic vantage points – @SkyrailCairns, @KurandaScenicRail & the Barron Falls Lookout to see this raging beauty 👀😍 #exploreTNQ
    Slow start little Boo? 💤 Apparently, it's never too hot for a sleepy squish from mum, as you can see from Boo the wombat at @kurandakoalagardens 😅 A boutique wildlife park set amongst lush rainforest at #Kuranda, come say g'day to a number of different native animals like koalas to kangaroos 🐨👋 #exploreTNQ
    Do I have to get out of bed today? 😴😒 We all know those feels well, but luckily there's so much to see & do in #Kuranda that's worth getting up for, including saying hi to this cuddly cutie at the @kurandakoalagardens 👋🐨 #exploreTNQ
    Did you catch a glimpse of the mighty #BarronFalls in #Kuranda this week? 🙌 With all this recent rain, make like @jilarapearl & go chase waterfalls for a moment to appreciate glorious mother nature 💦 #exploreTNQ
    Don't be shy, come and say hello to Keita, the local resident of @rainforestation in #Kuranda 👋 You can catch this handsome fella taking a cool bath or strutting his stuff around the park daily 🌿☀️ Have you seen a Cassowary before? 🤔 #exploreTNQ
    Did you see the mighty #BarronFalls showing off earlier this week? Jump onboard @SkyrailCairns at #Smithfield or #Kuranda to literally soar over the roaring falls & ancient @wettropicsqld Rainforest 🍃 Photo by @_sarahlatham #exploreTNQ
    Known as the colourful village in the rainforest, #Kuranda has a much deeper history that stretches way beyond its famous quirky markets 🍃Meet the rainforest people of #Kuranda & experience @Australia's Indigenous culture with @Rainforestation's Pamagirri dance show that takes you on a journey through traditional dance & song ✨ Photo by @tropicwingstours #exploreTNQ
    It's Friday & weekends are all about hanging out with your best mates, so why not grab your adventure buddy & stop by to say G'Day to Tim Tam & Cara at @rainforestation in #Kuranda 🐨 No doubt you'll find these two friends enjoying some fresh eucalyptus leaves 🍃☀️ #exploreTNQ
    All aboard the @KurandaScenicRail 🚂Enjoy beautiful views out the window on this iconic attraction in the tropics through the dense @wettropicsqld 🌲@phlipvids never gets sick of the trip, "I've been on Kuranda Scenic Railway so many times now and never get sick of it. The rush of wind as you go up the gorge, the history of building it and all the pubs that they had along the stretch between #Cairns and #Kuranda." Well said! 🙌 #exploreTNQ
    Oh yeah, that's the spot! Kara the koala from @rainforestation finally got that itch after enjoying a good scratch 😄 Have you seen @Australia's famous fluffy animal up close? 🐨 Just head to Rainforestation in #Kuranda, where you'll not only see but also get the chance to snuggle one of these cuddly cuties 😍 #exploreTNQ
    Well hello #BarronFalls 😍 @sonisa6 snapped this sensational shot from the Barron Falls Lookout which is especially popular during the wet season when the Barron River is in full flood! 💦 You can access this lookout via the Kennedy Highway then take the turn-off to #Kuranda. Or for a different vantage point, take in views from above with @skyrailcairns 🍃🌳 #exploreTNQ
    Forget personal space, get up close & personal with these friendly feathered friends when you visit @birdworld_kuranda 🐦 Did you know the Amazonian Macaws are the largest type of parrot? 👆🤔 See & learn more about the incredible diverse wildlife in Tropical North Queensland in #Kuranda, & immerse yourself in the wonderful free-flying bird exhibit 🦇 Make sure you give yourself plenty of time, as there's so much to see & do 🤗 Photo by @downundertours #exploreTNQ
    All aboard the Kuranda Scenic Rail! 🚂🌳 Take in the living colours & natural beauty of a World Heritage-Listed Rainforest that is millions of years old when making your way from #Cairns to #Kuranda 🌿 Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time when getting to @kurandavillage to discover the quirky markets, wildlife sanctuaries & rainforest walks 🐨🦋 Photo by @peterjhang #exploreTNQ
    All aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway 🚂⛰ Journey through world heritage listed rainforest as you make your way from #Cairns into @kurandavillage 🌿 After you've finished exploring #Kuranda, complete your day by returning above the rainforest via @skyrailcairns 🌳👌 Photo by @ox0kristen0xo #exploreTNQ
    Weekends call for sleep-ins with your cuddle buddy 🐨 You can get up close & personal with little joey Pixie and mother Annie at @kurandakoalagardens, nestled in the heart of #Kuranda 🌳🍃 #exploreTNQ

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