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Top 8 tourist attractions in Kuranda, Australia

When you are at Kuranda, you can fly high over the Rainforest cableway or take a window seat in the Kuranda scenic railway trains to peep through the window. You can also shop at the colourful Kuranda markets and dine at the ultra-modern cafes. If you are a nature lover, take a rainforest walk along the Barron River, watch butterflies and listen to the birds. The cool climate of Kuranda is another highlight of the village. The World Heritage-listed wet tropics is an ideal choice to have a leisure holiday. So, this 2021 plan an amazing holiday to Australia. And, strike these top 8 tourist attractions in Kuranda from the list.

The Rainforest village of Kuranda is Queensland’s popular mountain retreat. It is located at about 25 km from Cairns in Australia. The multi-hued village of Kuranda is known for its living tropical rainforest. This quaint little mountain retreat attracts millions of visitors every year, from all over the world. The village is simply a nature lover’s paradise.

Kuranda Scenic Railway – Greet nature via your cabin window

Kuranda Scenic Railway is one of the most scenic railways in the world. Take this unique journey and let it unwrap the tropical paradise for you. The train is also ranked as one of the top scenic train rides in the world. When you are aboard, you will get so close to the natural wonders of the rainforest. Above all, as you unwind your way through rugged ravines, waterfalls and the most stunning Barron Gorge. The train also takes you through an unforgettable journey through the hand made tunnels and bridges.

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway – Fly over the Rainforest canopy

How about discovering the secrets of the rainforest using a cable-way? Interesting right? At Kuranda, you can take the adventurous Skyrail cableway, and treat your mind, body and soul. The cableway presents you impeccable views of the rainforest, Barron Gorge and Barron Falls. The Skyrail also takes you deep into the rainforest, where you can take a boardwalk, stop by the Rainforest Interpretation centre. Enjoy the breathtaking cableway ride and witness the heart-stopping scenery of the rainforest.

a skyrail gondola
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Rainforest Interpretation Centre – Know every bit of the rainforest

Did you know that the Australian rainforests are the largest and the oldest surviving rainforests in the world? The rainforest is also home to the largest butterfly… To more amazing facts like this, you must head to the Rainforest Interpretation Centre in Kuranda. Once you are on the Skyrail, you can visit this rainforest centre and enjoy this fun learning experience. There is also something for the culture lovers here. You can witness aboriginal dance performances. Cool right? Visiting this centre will surely be a great experience.

Kuranda Koala Gardens – Cuddle a Koala

If you are an animal lover, the Koala Garden in Kuranda is a must-visit. Hold a Koala in your arms, pose for a picture and gram it to everybody you know! Woohoo, yes sounds fun right? This Zoo is Kuranda also houses several other animals like snakes, lizards, kangaroos, pythons and more. You can arrive at the zoo early in the morning and enjoy wandering around the zoo. Say ‘Hello’ to all of these Australian animals in the Koala Gardens and shake hands with them!

koala hugging a branch
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary – Watch the winged beauties fly

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest in the Australian country and it is a no brainer that this made it to the top 8 tourist attractions in Kuranda. It houses more than 1500 tropical butterflies. When you are here at the sanctuary you can treat your eyes by watching them fly above. The Sanctuary also hosts several guided tours. Learn about the butterfly life cycle as your tour around the sanctuary. Above all, you can be a landing pad for a butterfly. The butterfly lands on you and says a ‘Hi’ with its wings. An utterly beautiful experience right?

a winged butterfly
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Birdworld Kuranda – Meet the Avians

This wildlife attraction is located in the Kuranda Heritage Market. This park houses several exotic avian species. The most special ones are cheeky rainbow lorikeets, cockatoos, Amazonian macaws. This Birdworld is created in such a way that it replicates the rainforest. There is a pond, a waterfall, lush greens and you can see birds flying over happily. Do not forget to carry your camera with you, as your eyes won’t be enough to catch the sight of these flying beauties. Plan your visit early to the Birdworld and you can feed these birds as well. There are several guided tours available to the Birdworld Kuranda.

Barron Gorge National Park – Stroll through the rainforest

Barron Gorge is Australia’s one of the most famous parks. With rainforests all over, gushing waterfalls, rugged ravines, exotic flora and fauna, this National park is indeed unique. The park is covered mostly by the Barron River. Barron Falls will is the most loved attraction in this National Park. This park also houses the traditional Djabugandji aboriginal tribes. There are several historical walks, nature walks available at the park. The park will mesmerise you with its beauty.

the barren waterfalls
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Markets in Kuranda – Shop the Kuranda Style

Kuranda market is the most tempting attraction for those who love to shop. Even otherwise, for the colours and the variety of products, the market is everyone’s favourite. Handmade leather items, aboriginal arts and crafts, jewellery, wood carvings, yummilicious snacks and beverages – the market has it all. Late in the afternoon, the vibe of the market will slowly begin to set. With amazing street dancers, mellifluous musicians, street-side shops, the market comes into life. People throng in to celebrate about anything.

Quick Travel Tips – Make the best out of Kuranda

  • Do not forget to carry water bottles with you in Kuranda. When in Kuranda you must drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
  • When you going for walk into the rainforest, flip in an insect repellant into your bag. You might need it!
  • Get the ‘Kuranda Wildlife Experience pass’ to enjoy visiting three wildlife parks in Kuranda.
  • You won’t be allowed to eat in the Skyrail Gondola: But there is a cafe in the Kuranda Skyrail Station.
  • Kuranda Travel checklist: A perfect pair of walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera.

Don’t miss these Top 8 tourist attractions when you are in Kuranda. This tropical Northern Queensland beauty will warm your heart. Take a day trip to Kuranda from Cairns and treat yourselves. Tempted to travel? So, why wait, Check out packages to Cairns. Head to the Pickyourtrail website and customize your Aussie Vacation. Add or remove cities on the website and plan it realtime. Drop a Whatsapp message and our travel experts will be happy to answer your queries. Also, check out the super-friendly Pickyourtrail app and Happy travelling!

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