on October 19, 2006
This entry is a continuation of Kuranda Skyrail: Over Red Peak and to the Rainforest.Since we were there in the middle of the dry season, Barron Falls wasn’t at its most spectacular; James was disappointed that we didn’t get to see clouds of vapor rising from them as the water rushed down the cliffs into the valley below. Instead, we saw a steady stream making its way down the granite walls, which was impressive all the same.We didn’t get off at Barron Falls station, hoping that if we stopped there on the way back, the weather might be slightly better. You don’t have to get out and wait in line at this station, since the line goes straight through, rather than connecting with another. Soon, we were over the wide expanses of the Barron River, which looked like the epitome of a tropical river. It was murky and deep brown—like the color of many bodies of water in Texas—and just looked like crocs could be lurking anywhere, waiting for an unsuspecting tourist. Fortunately, I think the river was too high, and therefore too cold, for crocs at this point. Another thing we noticed on crossing the river was a small boat slowly creeping along; we later found that this was a tour boat that, every 45 minutes, takes tourists along the river for an up-close look at the rainforest.Just on the other side of the river was Kuranda. As a present to us, the sky was actually relatively clear (with even a hint of blue!) as we disembarked. After deciding against the 1.5km+ walk to the other side of Barron Falls, we made the short trek towards the famed Kuranda markets. However, we found that it wasn’t going to be that simple to find the “Kuranda markets”, because the entire town seemed to consist of them! The funny thing was that all of the markets seemed to only be half-open, with many empty stalls and very few people wandering through. The only shopping we ended up doing in Kuranda was at a gift store, rather than the markets. Here, I managed to find a shirt covered in sea turtles for me, plus two that fit my parents to a T. I was much more impressed with this one shop than I was with all of the markets in Kuranda.This entry is continued in Kuranda Skyrail: Kuranda to Barron Falls.
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