Visiting Kuranda Rainforestation, Queensland Australia

by Tonya Staab

Visiting Kuranda Rainforestation? We have everything you need to know including the Freshwater Railway, Kuranda Village, and Kuranda Skyrail.

Although I loved visiting the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, our day spent at Kuranda Rainforest was definitely a highlight of our trip to Queensland.

Although you do not need to book a tour to visit this area, I recommend you do. As part of a smaller tour group, you get to experience a little bit more than just showing up. In saying that, there is certainly more that I would have liked to do with the kids that day if we weren’t on a schedule. Just like the Great Barrier Reef tour, I arranged this one through the Cairns Visitor Centre too.

The sign at the entrance to Kuranda

Freshwater Railway Station to Kuranda Village

Our day began with a tour bus picking us up from our and taking us to the Freshwater Railway Station where we boarded a train for Kuranda Village. At Freshwater Station, we had time to grab a bite to eat in the cafe, where you can either sit on the platform to eat or one of the many train carriages. We then took a little time to explore the museum there.

Freshwater Railway Station cafe
a boy taking a photo in a train photo prop at a railway station
a blue, yellow, and green train that goes to Kuranda Village

After leaving the station, one of the train crew noticed that our carriage was a little packed with people. They noticed we had small kids and took us to another carriage where we could spread out. I think that was one of the highlights of the trip for Flynn; being able to walk between the carriages while the train was moving.

kids walking between train carriages

It was such a fabulous and scenic train ride. We wound our way over 15 bridges and through 55 tunnels; Flynn counted every one of them. Passing the two waterfalls, Stoney Creek and Barron Falls was definitely a highlight for me though. 

train moving through the trees to kuranda village
painted train engine going through the forest in Queensland
the view from the train ride to Kuranda Rainforest

The train made a brief stop at Barron Falls so that we could get off and take photographs. The view was amazing.

barron falls in queensland
a blue eye painted on the side of a mountain in queensland
view of the kuranda skyrail from the train in queensland
barron falls and a muddy pond in queensland
purple flowers growing by the train tracks to kuranda

This kid makes me laugh so much.

a boy pulling a face while hanging out the window of a train

Kuranda Village Butterfly Sanctuary

Once arriving at Kuranda Railway Station we made our way through Kuranda Village to the Butterfly Sanctuary, which is the largest butterfly aviary in the country. We had a guided tour behind the scenes and spent time with the butterflies. We also saw a couple of Hercules Moths that had come out of their cocoons that morning and were set to be released outside later that afternoon.

welcome to Kuranda sign
a butterfly at the kuranda butterfly sanctuary
cocoons at the kuranda butterfly sanctuary
butterflies on a boys fingers
butterflies landing on a girls shoulders

After leaving the butterfly sanctuary our tour bus picked us up and drove us to the Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park for the remainder of our tour.

Kuranda Rainforestation Corroboree

Our first stop was a Corroboree where we watched the Pamagirri Dancers perform at the rainforest ampitheatre.

didgeridoo being played at kuranda rainforestation
Pamagirri Dancers at a corroboree
Corroboree Pamagirri Dancers at Kuranda

We were then taken on a Dreamtime Walk where we were shown how to play a didgeridoo, and throw spears and boomerangs, before being guided to a large buffet for lunch. The food was amazing, and I even had the chance to enjoy damper and passion fruit, two of the things I really miss.

spear throwing at kuranda
a boy throiwng a boomerang at kuranda nature park

After lunch, we had a few minutes to ourselves so we took the opportunity to enjoy a little cuddle with furry (and not so furry) friends.

girl cuddling a koala at kuranda nature park
Photograph courtesy of Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park
a boy holding a crocodile at kuranda
Photograph courtesy of Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park

Kuranda Rainforest Army Duck tour

We then boarded an Amphibious Army Duck and had a land and water tour of the rainforest.  We learned all about the plants that could kill us, which was a little frightening really.

boat tour through Kuranda Rainforest
kuranda rainforest
bird in the kuranda rainforest

Once back, we entered the nature park to feed a few animals and learn about the native Australian animals and birds.

Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park

crocodile at kuranda nature park
a reptile on a rock by a waterfall at kuranda
a monitor lizard on a kangaroo
a red dragonfly
kids feeding kangaroos at kuranda nature park
a koala in a tree at kuranda nature park
a cockatoo at kuranda nature park

Kuranda Skyrail

The final part of our tour was to take the Kuranda Skyrail on a 40-minute journey over the rainforest canopy and back to the Caravonica Skyrail Terminal. Our tour bus met us once there to return us to our hotel. We made a couple of short stops at Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station so that we could go on short walks and view the falls from the opposite side.

kuranda skyrail
view over a river and forest from the kuranda skyrail
view from the kuranda skyrail cable car
a boy on the kuranda skyrail going over the trees with workmen on top of a platform
where to stop on the kuranda skyrail to look at the views
view over the ocean from the kuranda skyrail as it comes down the mountain

The next post I will show you my daredevil child ziplining over a crocodile. You can guess which child I’m talking about I’m sure.

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3 comments

Tonya Staab January 22, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Did you ever get to Kuranda Jamie? It really was beautiful, I started planning that day just for the train ride through the rainforest for Flynn, but then when I found the tour I couldn't believe how much there was to do there.

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Jamie January 22, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Oh Tonya! What a fun day.. going through your photos I felt like I was right there with you… such beautiful land and adventure =)

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Nanette @ A Mom Blog January 23, 2014 - 10:23 am

Oh your photos are just beautiful and they bring back memories of my trip to Australia. Thank you for sharing them.

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