The Kuranda Rain Forest Area

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Koentje3000 on February 9, 2006

This small rain-forest town is situated 30km northwest of Cairns, right in the northern Queensland rain forest. You can feel that the equator is not so far away anymore (16┬░S) in this tropical region. The village itself is rather touristy. There are tourist shops selling everything from crafts to cuddly toys. There is a bird park, a herb farm, and many other places like this. You can take short or longer jungle walks starting from the village. These walks, especially the longer ones, are quieter.

To get here from Cairns, you can take the Kuranda scenic railway or the skyrail. You can also take a combined ticket, so you have both views. Both ways are spectacular. The scenic train will bring you along rice fields and waterfalls. From the skyrail, a cable railway, you can enjoy a bird's-eye view over the rain forest. A combination ticket is quite expensive at around A$65, but it's worth it.

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Cairns, Australia

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