The Kuranda Undie Fun Run
Only 3 days to go to start training and register for the Kuranda Festival Undie Fun Run
Only 3 days to go to start training and register for the Kuranda Festival Undie Fun Run
The Kuranda Festival on October 19-20 will be two big days of entertainment and fun activities as the village in the rainforest celebrates the 125th anniversary of its official survey.
The Bash of the Barron River Raft Race will be held on Saturday, October 19 and both the German Sausage Eating Competition and The Kuranda Undie Fun Run will be on Sunday, October 20.
New to the Festival this year will be a motorbike and vintage car show in Coondoo St from 11am on Saturday. Coondoo St will be closed so people can easily move around the many vehicles on display. Further along the street, outside the Kuranda Arts Co-operative, there will be an art display with local artists doing demonstrations. Buskers will keep the crowd entertained, kids can get their faces painted and four bands – Black Rising, Ice Breaker, No-Hype and Snake Oil – will perform in Centenary Park.
Head down to the Barron River and take advantage of the free river cruise or join EnviroCare planting trees on the banks of the river. There will be music and food stalls to enjoy before you head back to the village to see the bee display at Rotary Park.
Start Sunday with the Poets Breakfast down at the Queen Bee cafe at 8.00am while you wait for the activities to start. As well as street performers, there will be a Hot FM outside broadcast, circus workshops, face painters, a magic show and pony rides. Centenary Park will have a great line-up of music with The Hot Shots big band, the Sing Australia choir, The Lawson & Moon Band, a cappella group Woyaya and local school displays and performances.
Kuranda Scenic Railway has recently updated their menu available on the 9:30am and 3:30pm services, along with increased capacity.
Morning service: Tropical Mocktail served in the pavilion area prior to boarding. Warm feta and spinach pastry rolls, savoury muffins featuring Gallo Dairyland cheeses, freshly baked ANZAC cookies and Mango to Go ice-cream to complement their comprehensive beverage menu featuring Skybury Coffee, Daintree Tea, soft drinks, Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager, sparkling wine and an assortment of Queensland produced Sirromet wines.
Afternoon service: features identical beverage menu however the local produce menu consists of Wondaree macadamia nuts, Gallo Dairyland cheeses featuring Heritage, Macadamia and Rainforest varieties accompanied by antipasto, dried fruit, assorted crackers and cheese twists, with a serve of Mango to Go ice-cream.
All guests will receive a complimentary gift pack which includes badge, pen and postcard including domestic and international postage. Passengers will enjoy this service in exclusive carriages featuring lounge style seating with dedicated guest attendant to ensure the journey will be a memorable one. KSR Gold Class guests also have the option to partake in an exclusive Kuranda Station Signal Room tour 15 minutes after arrival on the morning service and 30 minutes prior to departure on the afternoon service.
Kuranda Trading Post is a small family business formed 26 years ago by Mr Alan Farley on the site of the original Kuranda station masters residence build some 100 years previous the old building was demolished and a original Queenslander was relocated to the site situated in the centre of the Kuranda Village. The Trading Post became iconic, known for good wholesome food, friendly service. It has grown with the town always retaining the values which has made this Restaurant world famous whilst not in a the way of expensive menus or waiters in white aprons but smiling young locals taking time to chat with customers while serving consistent quality meals at reasonable prices .
Proudly Australian Owned & Operated
Restaurant & Tourist Complex – Established 1982
• The First is largest and most important for the Inbound Group market which occupies the main inside dining area seating 300
• Second is our daily inbound groups which dine in the out side cafe area everyday seating capacity 150
• Third is the Cafe retail food outlet
• Fourth is the Gelato Ice-creamery and Juice Bar
• Fifth area is the Foreign Currency Exchange
• Six is the Licensed alcohol bar facility
• Seventh is the Souvenir facility
Established for over 20 years, come and enjoy the market in the rainforest! Open every day from 9.30 AM to 3.30 PM, attractions at the Kuranda Heritage Market include:
Winter Hoilday Craft Workshops begin in Kuranda tomorrow!
There are still spaces available in most of the workshops but you need to RSVP now.
Tuesday 25th June- Magic Fleece Faeries -$15 (bring along needle felting gear for all felting workshops)
Thursday 27th June – Story Picture, Needle Felted Wall Hanging (pt 1) $25
Tuesday 2nd July – Story Picture, Needle Felted Wall Hanging (pt 2)
Thursday 4th July – Magic Fleece Faeries -$15
Tuesday 9th July – Learn to Knit – $8 ex materials (bamboo needles& 1 ball organic yarn $10) ages 7and up
Thursday 11th July – Basic Fair Isle Knitting $8 ex materials (bamboo needles & 2 balls organic yarn $14) competent knitting a necessity
All Workshops 10:30am – 12:30pm …….. RSVP ASAP
Naturally Gifted Kuranda
Shop 54, Original Rainforest Markets, lower level, Kuranda
RSVP – Louise – 0427508942
This year’s Kuranda Roots Festival will be celebrating 10 years of peace, love and reggae in the rainforest with a special Indigenous Cultural Celebration on Sunday – ‘Garrandjirrin’ meaning ‘come together’ in the Djabugay language.
Garrandjirrin will feature a traditional Welcome to Country through song and dance with Gudju Gudju, a collaborative show of traditional dance fused with contemporary physical theatre of Mayi Wumba and Blackrobats a cultural exchange with ‘Leweton’, all the way from Vanuatu, and the special revival of Mantaka.
Performing on the Roots Stage are Bobby Alu, Oka, Nicky Bomba, Die Rude, The Rusty Datsuns, Siskin River and Hostile Takeover ft Kazman (Dubmarine) & Nadiah Idris (Australian Dancehall Queen) who will be playing alongside the best of local talent Zennith, Mantaka, Black Rising, Koahlition and the Raconteurs amongst many others.
New additions to the bill include bluesman Dillion James, Byron Bay’s reggae outfit Wandering Eyes, Pachamamma, soulstress Katia Demeester and storyteller Michael Quinn.
On the Dreadagade Stage are international reggae and dancehall stars Mungos Hi Fi, Bumble, LubDub, AndyDub, Griff, Ziv, Rizon Live, Jesse Kuch, Mr Peculiar, Old Man River, Spiral Soundsystem, SeeD, Billy Dread, Blue Lustre and local hip hop crews Mont – E and Diggis.
Kuranda Video, SHi Sha Beads, Shiva Moon, Fetish 4 Life.
Kuranda Roots Festival – 2013 Program – http://www.kurandaroots.com/files/kuranda_roots_2013_program.pdf
Billed as the “most spectacular train race in the world”, this 18km ‘man verses machine’ event is popular with locals and a growing out of town contingent.
Whilst the Kuranda Scenic Rail Train follows a 31km trip though tunnels and over bridges in its climb to Kuranda, the runners take a more direct route from Freshwater Rail Station across the cane fields of the Barron Delta to enter the World Heritage Barron Gorge Nation Park at Stony Creek in Kamerunga.
Runners then negotiate the Douglas & MacDonald tracks with some challenging but spectacular trail running, rejoining the sealed road at Wright’s Lookout for the final 5km into Kuranda, finishing on the banks of the Barron River just below the Kuranda Rail Station.
In the 2 prior events Sue Crowe and Phil Bradshaw have won the open Women & Men’s race and are the current record holders (Sue 1hr 34min 36sec, Phil 1hr 13min 20sec) can they do it again?
The ‘honour list’ of runners who have beaten the train includes Phil Bradshaw, Mike Le Roux, Bini James, Anthony Rule and Team Tableland Trio.
Great trophies, new record incentives and plenty of random spot prizes are up for grabs.
This event raises funds for ENVIROCARE KURANDA a tree planting and land rehabilitation group.
The event is open to SOLO competitors & RELAY TEAMS of 2 or 3 people.
Contact Dr Alan Courtney 0418759318 for further details OR go to www.facebook.com/cairns2kurandatrainrace
The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the World Heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park.
Rising from sea level to 328m, this famous railway takes approximately 1 hour 50 minutes to wind its way through 15 hand carved tunnels, across the giant bridge over Stoney Creek Falls and past the spectacular Barron Falls then onto Kuranda, the village in the rainforest.
This 120 year old railway is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude even today. The railway is now Heritage Listed and a National Engineering Landmark.
Passengers are now able to experience this journey in our exclusive Gold Class carriages. Gold Class offers exclusive vintage green carriages with individual club-style seating, dedicated hostess and light refreshments including Australian sparkling wine, wine & beer. Each guest also receives a Gold Class souvenir gift.
A Top Pub in a magical part of Australia. Great Menu, from the best of Pub Food to the North’s only Smokehouse Foods.
The Kuranda Hotel is set in the rainforest at the top of the magnificent Macalister Range. Only a short trip from Cairns with Visitors arriving on the Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, you only have to follow the path to the Historic Kuranda Hotel. And then its few minutes walk to centre of the village.
• Lunches 7 Days from 10am
• Dinner Thurs to Sat from 5.30pm
As the Gateway to The Tablelands, the Kuranda Hotel is the perfect base to explore the Tablelands, 25 mins to Mareeba then short tip to Atherton and the best of the Tablelands Our Motel rooms are spacious and comfortable large TV screens, toaster, kettle & microwave, en-suite Bathroom, air- conditioned /fan cooled. Some under cover parking is available.