Kuranda Festival 2016 – Sunday 23rd October

The Circus is Coming to Town on Sunday 23rd October with plenty of free entertainment at the Kuranda Festival!

Dream State Circus would give an action-packed performance with acrobatics, juggling and incredible fire manipulation, with youth performers Diamond Duo showcasing their amazing juggling and aerial skills.

Celebrating the 128th anniversary of the official survey of Kuranda, Kuranda Festival emphasises the friendly, laid-back atmosphere of the Village in the Rainforest with five solid hours of free family entertainment from 10am to 3pm.

There will be free jumping castles & face painters, a magic show, horse and carriage rides, free mini golf, art displays, Djabugay dance performance and lolly making demonstrations plus activities all over the village from the two markets to Centenary Park, to the main street and down to the Barron River.

Teams are already getting together to practise for the hotly contested Bash of the Barron River Raft Race, and  there are plenty of kids willing to nominate for the Ice Cream Eating Competition featuring the delicious flavours of the Kuranda Home-made Tropical Fruit Ice Cream van.

The popular German Sausage Eating Competition will be on again with competitors scoffing as many as eight sausages in just 10 minutes and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is back this year where you can enjoy tea and cakes in the quirky atmosphere of the Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets.

There will be art & craft workshops for children to create their own “Mad Hat” for the tea party and four face painters will be transforming children’s faces into clowns and Mad Hatters with the best design being judging at the Heritage Markets.

Kuranda Festival is a great community event celebrating the colourful lifestyle we enjoy sharing with visitors to our village in the rainforest.



Additional information for the festival activities


“Weaving the community together” – Kuranda Arts Co-op

Two textile artists from the Kuranda Arts Co-op, Dorothy Clews and Toni Rogers will be conducting a community weaving of banners to celebrate the Kuranda Festival, 23rd October from 10am outside the Arts Co-operative Gallery on Condoo Street, Kuranda.

The community is invited to join them in this project. Materials will be provided, but if you wish to bring your own yarn, string, tape or long fabric strips (5-8 mm wide) to add to the weaving, you are most welcome. The finished banners will be installed in the Kuranda Library after the festival for a short time so that everyone can enjoy them.


Poets breakfast – Calling all Poets

If you can’t wait for Kuranda Festival to start then get started earlier by Sharing the Spoken Word at the Poets Breakfast at 8am at Frogs Restaurant. Breakfast and coffee will be served, and you will be entertained by Kuranda’s finest wordsmiths, songwriters and entertainers until 9.30am. It’s an open microphone format, so if you would like to stand up with your poem or song, please contact Cathy at the Kuranda Visitor Information Centre on 0407 758 645


Kuranda Roots Festival 2013

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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.

Tickets available now from http://www.rudekatrecords.com and from these outlets:

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


Kuranda Scenic Train

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

Petit Cafe Kuranda

At Petit Cafe, we specialise in Traditional French Crepes, Pastries and a carefully selected blend of local coffee. Our Menu offers an extensive range of sweet and savoury crepes, all of which are delicious and prepared using local produce when possible.

Located in the vibrant surroundings of the Original Rainforest Market, “Petit Cafe – French Creperie ” has a unique and welcoming atmosphere. The authentic menu offers a wide selection of gourmet crepes each made to order with fresh ingredients and winning combinations intended to entice the taste buds. Try a savoury crepe ( traditionally called Galettes ) accompanied with a glass of French Cider for a thoroughly satisfying lunch. Maybe be decadent and follow with a sweet treat from the dessert crepe menu and a cup of locally grown biodynamic coffee.

Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan and Gluten Free Options.

Open 7 days a week – 8 am to 3 pm

Cairns Quads & Adventures

Let Cairns Quads & Adventures take you on the memorable journey which will leave you breathless. On this tour, you will enjoy beautiful nature and experience an off-road ATV riding experience.

Cairns Quads & Adventures offers you our adventurous and exciting ½ Day ATV quad bike tours where you get to travel through the Rainforest on dirt tracks and creek crossings, all in 3.5 hours.

Our tours operate everyday at 9am and 2pm, where you will be given a short introductory training briefing and practice before venturing into the Rainforest, where the fun begins.  Your actual time on the quad bikes is around 1.5 hours, where you’ll get to experience adrenalin pumping and exciting bumps and creeks crossings and adventures throughout your tour. You’ll get to experience the Rainforest up close and personal with plenty of stops of your adventure through the Rainforest. Our tours are always unique and memorable, and are fun in the sun and awesome in the wet!

We also offer morning or afternoon tea, where you can sit down and have a chat about your Quad bike experience before returning to your accommodation. (Quad location is only ½ from Cairns) and we have an option of being dropped off at the airport for your departure flight.

All our bikes are new models that are automatic making it easy for everybody to ride and experience the ATV quad tours and have loads of fun and excitement. We cater for inexperienced and advanced riders on all our tours with a minimum age of 16 years old.

We also offer many 1 Day packages including Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Train or the Great Barrier Reef. For those wanting a more personalised tour we offer private tours where we can tailor your tour to suit you.

Come and see Cairns Quads & Adventures where the “Fun & Adventure begins”.

What to Wear/Bring: Enclosed footwear, long pants (optional) sunscreen, sunglasses, no singlets please

What’s Included: 1.5 hour quad tour

Morning/afternoon tea

Photo opportunities

Return Transfers

Terms and Conditions

Cancellations within 48 hours prior to date of travel – 50% refund. Cancellations within 24 hours prior to date of travel – No refund. No show and no attend also charge 100% of fee.  Management reserves the right to cancel tours due to weather conditions, full refund or alternate session will be offered. A valid credit card is to be presented.

Brett’s Kuranda Day Tours


Small personalised tours specialising in great service. Max 12 guests, interesting, entertaining commentary, just bring a sense of humour with you!! Brett’s Kuranda Half Day Tours leave Port Douglas daily at 8.30am and 11am featuring Palm Cove Stop Over.

Hi my name is Brett and I’d like to tell you what my Kuranda and Palm Cove tours are all about.

I pick you up from your accommodation in a comfortable air-conditioned bus and with a maximum of only 12 guests you are guaranteed personal service excellence and interesting entertaining commentary.

We enjoy the multi award winning Skyrail Rainforest Cableway where you will enjoy a World Heritage listed rainforest experience and take in some of the most spectacular views on earth. You’ll glide just metres above the rainforest canopy before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the forest at Skyrail’s two rainforest stations for the ultimate tropical rainforest experience.

On arrival in Kuranda I’ll be there to meet you with the bus so I can show you around this, ‘Village in the rainforest” famous for its colourful arts and crafts markets.

After approx 2 hours in Kuranda it’s time for a trip on one of the most spectacular rail journeys in Australia the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Travel through the rainforest and into the stunning Barron Gorge enjoying breathtaking scenery, waterfalls and tunnels. Once we arrive at Freshwater station we head up the coast to stunning Palm Cove. I will show you along the palm fringed Esplanade before joining you to enjoy a ‘Kuranda Raintrees Delights’ cocktail/wine/beer/soft drink (at own expense) wander the beach before returning to Port Douglas and the end of our day together.

Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventures is a delicious and fantastic Food and Wine tasting tour showcasing the spectacular Atherton Tablelands just west of Kuranda Village. A Foodie tour from Port Douglas and Cairns, you will thoroughly enjoy and remember. Sit back and relax , take in the beautiful views as we take you on a fascinating and tasty journey through another gem of Far North Queensland. Wines, Beer, Spirits, liqueurs, cheese , coffee, chocolate, tropical fruits, indigenous damper and jams and Platypus viewing!



Golden Drop Winery

Golden Drop Winery is a family owned and operated business in Kuranda selling lovely refreshing tropical Mango Wines, together with Citrus Cellos, Mango Port, Mango Sparkling and Golden Mango liqueur.  Locals and tourists from all over the world visit Kuranda’s Golden Drop Winery Shop every day! Taste before you buy.

The property in Mareeba was originally a viable tobacco farm in the 1970’s, but with the looming demise of the tobacco industry Charles decided to diversify from tobacco and planted his first 3,600 mango trees in 1975. Over the past 25 years, his plantation has grown to have in excess of 17,500 trees, making it now one of the largest mango plantation in Australia. Our product is 100% Australian and we are justifiably proud that it is a product that we have pioneered, and that we produce from our very own Australian Kensington Red Mangoes.

Fancy checking out the winery your self?  It’s located just 10 minutes North of Mareeba and 1 hour west of Cairns on the Cairns Highlands region of Tropical North Queensland. Just drive north from Mareeba for 10 minutes to Biboohra and then turn right off the highway and follow the signs for 2km to the Golden Drop Winery.

Check out Golden Drop Winery Website for all Mango Wine specials.

Open 7 days a week.

Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets

These markets had their humble beginnings in 1978 organized by a group of local hippy artists and crafts people. The original marketeers had to pay for the operation of their own train service for two seasons, to prove commercial viability of the service to the Queensland Railway Department. These markets put Kuranda on the map, cementing its reputation as an exotic rainforest destination for local and international visitors.

Today the Original Markets has retained its atmosphere, with many local artists and personalities making the market part of their lifestyle. Many of the current marketeers have been involved in the markets during the course of the last 25 – 30 years. Their local knowledge and expertise is second to none.

  • Renovated in 2005 this market has lost none of its rustic charm
  • Strong eco-conscious ethic with organic, recycled, natural, holistic and remedial products available
  • Local crafts people display their beautifully hand crafted wares. Hand picked and made just for you.
  • Featuring tropical gardens to walk through
  • Gourmet regional fare using the freshest of local produce and ingredients
  • Contemporary arts, great clothing, jewelry, homemade food products and much more
  • Even a mini golf course

Free Fossil and Gemstone Museum

Two storey high unique Dinosaur Skelton, fossil and gemstone museum, gift shop, gemstones, crystals and jewellery. Free Admission.
Emu Ridge Gallery is the most photographed attraction in all of Kuranda, famous for our fossils and gemstone museum and also our star attraction of the only Queensland life-sized Allosaurus! A perfected 9 meter replica of the Allosaurus entangled around the staircase shared and loved by many people who traveled all over the world just to and come see it!Not to mention a group of investigator palaeontologists.

Mini Golf

A 9 Hole Mini Golf Course in the middle of the Original Rainforest Markets. Gather your strength get a grip and have a game of mini golf in the jungle, this is one of a kind 9 hole course. It is a truly memorable if slightly mad cap experience. Perfect for ‘Kids of All Ages’.
Family fun and only at the cost of $5.00 per person.


Global Travel Services

Visit the beautiful Village of Kuranda, nestled amongst pristine World Heritage Listed Rainforest with Global Travel Services. Sit back and relax as our knowledgeable and friendly guide gives an entertaining interpretation of the region and points of interest along the way. On the return journey by coach we make a brief stop at Henry Ross Lookout to enjoy the breath-taking scenery. Alternatively, take the Kuranda Scenic Railway up to Kuranda or the famous Skyrail down, or do both! We will supply all hotel transfers.

Whilst in Kuranda, explore the markets, shops and walking trails or take a river cruise (seasonal). Discover the amazing array of food stalls and cafés or dine with the resident Water Dragons at Frog’s Restaurant – famous for their freshly made sauces and dressings. Get up close to Australia’s must-see Wildlife! Be sure to book the Kuranda Wildlife Experience Pass to gain entry to the Top 3 Wildlife attractions in Kuranda (Koala Gardens, Butterfly Sanctuary and Birdworld). If Koala is your favourite animal, why not choose the Kuranda Koala Garden entry with Koala souvenir photo included.

Looking for some adventure? On any Skyrail back option, join a once-in-a-lifetime ATV Buggy experience deep in the dense jungle and through landscaped tropical fruit orchards surrounding the majestic Barron Falls. As well as the thrill of handling your own 4 wheel bike, the plethora of unique and rare, native and exotic trees make this a highly recommended addition to your day!

Be sure to book and make your day in Kuranda a memorable one!

Easter In the Park 2018

Kuranda Easter in the Park!

Calling all chocolate lovers!


You don’t want to miss our exciting Easter in the Park event at the Village in the Rainforest on Easter Saturday, when a record breaking 15,000 Easter eggs will rain down on Kuranda.

The village’s annual Easter egg drop for Easter in the Park is a highlight for local and visiting children.

The Easter Bunny will drop eggs on the hour from 11am to 2pm in Centenary Park. With each hourly egg drop there will be one GOLDEN Egg that will be thrown out into the crowd. The lucky person who catches the Golden Egg will receive an amazing Kuranda prize package!

Included in the free family fun will be three jumping castles with one set aside for the younger kids, kids’ games, street performers, a magic show, five face painters, horse and carriage rides, Pamagirri Dancers and stalls.

We have also organised a separate area for the littlies aged five years and under to meet the Easter Bunny for a photo, and to collect their own little bag of Easter eggs.

Dream State Circus duo Sophie and Jacob McGrath will give an action packed performance with diabolos, juggling balls, hula hoops and stilts.

The Kuranda Candy Kitchen will give free candy making demonstrations at their Coondoo Street store at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Easter in the Park is a fun family event that you won’t want to miss!

When: Saturday 31st March 10am – 4pm

Where: Centenary Park in Kuranda

How much: Free!

Schedule of Events:

10.30am – Magic Show in Centenary Park

11.00am – Easter Egg Drop (with GOLDEN EGG)

11.30am – Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Performance

11.30am – Kuranda Candy Kitchen – candy making demonstration (21 Coondoo Street)

12.00pm – Easter Egg Drop (with GOLDEN EGG)

12.15pm – Dream State Circus performance

1.00pm – Easter Egg Drop (with GOLDEN EGG)

1.30pm – Kuranda Egg & spoon race and sack races

1.30pm – Kuranda Candy Kitchen – candy making demonstration (21 Coondoo Street)

2.00pm – Easter Egg Drop (with GOLDEN EGG)

Kuranda is open Good Friday and All Easter weekend






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