Kuranda is the jewel of the Atherton Tablelands and the heart of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage-Listed Wet Tropics region. Known best for its scenic railway, Kuranda village has so much more to offer and doesn’t disappoint those who make the effort to take a break from the sea and get out of Cairns for the day.
Just 25 kilometres north-west of the tourist mecca that is Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda is surrounded by pristine World Heritage rainforests filled with waterfalls and wildlife but, more importantly, fresh air and tranquillity. Nature is at its finest here and there are countless ways to explore it – from hand feeding local kangaroos and wallabies in the street, to visits to bird, butterfly and koala sanctuaries. The natural beauty can be enjoyed on a Barron River cruise, a rainforest walk, a cable car ride and of course the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway.
The Kuranda and Barron Gorge National Parks are both part of the Wet Tropics region and exploring them at your leisure is highly recommended. Take one of the many hiking trails or self-drive your way through the winding roads of the ranges and tablelands to gasp at the sheer beauty of this spectacular environment.
Kuranda is the Australian village paradise overseas visitors dream of. Its lush rainforest surrounds make it a great place to cool off in the heat of the day and its quaint village atmosphere offers confectionery, gourmet food products and weekly markets showcasing the best of local produce, arts and crafts. No matter how you choose to make your way to Kuranda, the journey through this stunning and unique Australian landscape will be as much of a highlight as the destination.