on October 19, 2006
This entry is a continuation of Kuranda Skyrail: Start to Red Peak.You have the choice of either lining up for the next set of gondolas or poking around the nearly 200m boardwalk through the rainforest at Red Peak. There are guided tours offered every twenty minutes or so here as well; even if you don’t take a tour, there are information signs lining the area so you can see the most important flora (and maybe even some fauna) that the area has to offer. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain and we didn’t have an umbrella (we refused to pay upwards of $30 for the ones in the Skyrail store), and even if we had used one of the free-to-borrow ones available at the station, it would have been a bit of a damp, dreary experience, so we passed. On the way down from the main platform, around the stairs, and back up, we saw a couple interesting displays. One was a rather lifelike plastic cassowary with chicks surrounding it—so real that James’ mother thought it was a real one when we showed her the picture! I don’t remember what the other display was, but I remember that it had a very large spider stuck to it that many people thought was real until someone touched it and it moved!Once we reboarded and the electronic doors snapped shut, we found ourselves over an amazing tract of rainforest. This was definitely the most awe-inspiring part of the trip. Everywhere we looked, there were huge trees creating a lush canopy of leaves for all sorts of wildlife to nest in. As the Red Peak station drifted further and further away, we were left with a completely untouched landscape to stare at. At one point, we saw three or four sulfur-crested cockatoos in a tree that nearly reached the bottom of our gondola; at another, we saw a huge staghorn fern in the top of a tree. Unfortunately, in both cases, we couldn’t get the camera out quickly enough to get a shot, and the gondola windows were mostly obscured by the still-falling rain.We soon spotted a break in the brilliant green landscape to the left of the gondola (when facing forwards). This break was the Barron River valley and the Barron Gorge, where the main river in the Atherton Tablelands and the source of water for Lake Tinaroo runs. As we creeped closer, Barron Falls came into view. This entry is continued in Kuranda Skyrail: The Barron River and Kuranda.
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