Kuranda is a village located in the Atherton Tablelands, 25km Northwest of Cairns. It is known as the 'Village in the Rainforest' and is full of fun and amazing things to do and see. Many visitors make their way by driving up the Kuranda Range, the Kuranda Scenic Railway or by gondola, all of which offer a different perspective of Kuranda and the surrounding area.
While the village itself has a small population, it has a huge personality. Thousands of visitors flock to Kuranda every week to enjoy its quaint beauty and stunning surroundings. Kuranda has much to offer visitors who are in the area and looking to have a beautiful day in this picturesque part of Queensland.
Check out Barron Falls: Also known as Din Din, is one of the most famous waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands. A sought after destination by many, visitors arriving by train or skyrail will get to see this beautiful landmark on their way to Kuranda, with the chance to get out and look around see the waterfalls for yourself. The falls are 125m tall are are lined with beautiful green trees and forest vegetation, emulating a lush tropical paradise. The falls are best visited in wet season or shortly after a big rainfall, since in dry season the water tends to flow less.
Visit Kuranda Heritage Markets: The Kuranda Heritage Markets have been around for about 20 years and are one of Kuranda's most notable destinations. They are open daily from 9:30am - 3:30pm, and sell everything from souvenirs, arts and crafts, food and handmade goods. They are worth visiting, even just to browse around and see what local gems you might be able to find among all the stalls and vendors. The atmosphere is quirky and fun, with winding paths, friendly people and awesome finds.
See the Wildlife: Kuranda offers much to wildlife lovers with several attractions and sanctuaries located within Kuranda. It is home to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, Kuranda Koala Gardens and the Australian Venom Zoo to name a few, all of which have native animals and exotic species that you can see up close. Guests can interact with some of the animals, such as koala holding at the Koala Gardens!
Go to the Fossil and Gemstone Museum: Also located in Kuranda is the Fossil and Gemstone Museum, perfect for the explorer in all of us! Not only does it have authentic dinosaur fossils and skeletons, it also has some of the best prices opals in the area.
Kuranda is a great place to visit if you're staying in the Cairns area and are looking for a day trip outside of the city. It is full of attractions to keep you busy, as well as restaurants, walking paths, amazing street art, a boat cruise and so much more to fill up your day. It's family friendly with something for everyone and is a must-do when visiting Tropical Northern Queensland!