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.
Immerse yourself in one of the most unique wildlife attractions of Tropical North Queensland.
Join the birds in their beautiful rainforest habitat. Flying around you are species from the vanishing rainforests of the world, including some of Australia’s most precious and beautiful birds.
There are brilliant Amazonian macaws, the endangered and stately cassowary, cheeky rainbow lorikeets, galahs, cockatoos and many more. Don’t be surprised to find a feathered friend taking a ride on your shoulder!
Naturally landscaped with waterfalls, ponds, exotic and native plants, Birdworld replicates the natural habitats of almost 80 species that roam this unique rainforest immersion exhibit. It is truly a photographer’s delight.
Birdworld Kuranda is located in the Kuranda Heritage Markets on Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda and is the latest attraction to come under the Wildlife Tropical North Queensland banner. As a locally owned and operated family company since 1980, Wildlife Tropical North Queensland is proud of its achievements in the field of professional wildlife tourism.
The attraction is conveniently located in the Kuranda Heritage Markets on Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda.
Whether you are self driving, travelling by Skyrail or Kuranda Scenic Train, Birdworld is easy to find! There is also a free shuttle bus that operates from Skyrail and Kuranda Train Station.
Open 7 Days 9am to 4pm (closed Xmas Day, open ANZAC Day 1.30 to 4pm)
The Kuranda Arts Co-operative Gallery is a fine arts and crafts centre that provides a rare opportunity for visitors to view a diverse range of unique and innovative works by local professional artists.
The Kuranda Arts Co-operative is staffed by the artists themselves who will gladly assist. Artworks include paintings, photography, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, textile designs, glass, wood and metal work.
Artist profiles are supplied with all artworks sold. Packaging and freight is a specialty.
Kuranda Arts Co-operative Gallery can be found in Coondoo Street, right opposite St Saviours Church and is open 7 days a week from 10-4pm
Kuranda Koala Gardens is Kuranda’s newest wildlife attraction! Situated in the heart of Kuranda, this attraction gives you the opportunity to see some of Australia’s most unique wildlife up close. We have a variety of wildlife for you to see including:-
Koalas: Lots of opportunity to observe our koalas doing what they do best – eating, sleeping and looking adorable. Koala Photos: Take the opportunity to ‘Cuddle a Koala’ and receive a great souvenir digital photo (extra cost).
Freshwater Crocodiles: Another Australian native – perhaps not as endearing as the Koala but a fascinating part of the eco system, is the Freshwater Crocodile.
Kangaroos & Wallabies: Australia has a large variety of these macropods and you will see swamp wallabies, parma wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos and red legged pademelons amongst others.
Snakes: Australia is home to many snakes, both deadly and harmless. Enjoy a unique ‘up close’ experience with pythons when you enter their domain in Australia’s first ‘Walk Through Snake House’.
Wombats: This quaint marsupial is an Australian favourite. They are often playful and quick to learn. However, as they sleep quite a lot, their intelligence is often underestimated!
Lizards, Monitors and other Reptiles: Australia is home to an amazing selection of reptiles and there are lots on display. See Dragons and Monitors with their long forked tongues, and much more.
Open 9am to 4pm Daily
The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly light aviary and exhibit in Australia and the southern hemisphere – an all-weather experience in the heart of Kuranda. Home to over 1500 magnificent tropical butterflies, you’ll be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of these elusive wonders of nature as you wander through the aviary’s rainforest gardens. Guided aviary tours are available at no extra cost throughout the day, detailing a butterfly’s life cycle and behaviour. Be sure to wear something bright (red or white) and let these beautiful and colourful creatures flutter all over you as you wonder through. As well as walking through the aviary, your visit now includes a “behind the scenes” tour of the breeding laboratory which houses 4000 caterpillars. This interesting and educational experience provides an opportunity to view the caterpillars in their varying stages of development. After the tour, see butterflies from around the world in the museum exhibit.
7 days from 9.45am to 4.00pm, with the exception of:
Christmas Day – Closed
Anzac Day – Open 1:00pm closed 4:00pm
Guided Tours: On request. Bookings essential for groups of ten or over.
Tours available between 10:00am and 3.15pm
The award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park is situated five minutes from Kuranda Village, and half an hour from Cairns.
Board an amphibious World War II Army Duck for a unique rainforest tour on both land and water, where your guide will identify and explain fascinating plants and wildlife as you pass by. Then meander through the Tropical Fruits Orchard, with over 40 different species of exotic tropical fruit trees. Learn about indigenous culture with the interactive Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. Watch a traditional dance performance in a rainforest amphitheatre, then join the Dreamtime Walk which includes boomerang throwing, spear-throwing and the didgeridoo. The Koala and WildlifePark has native Australian species such as crocodiles, wombats, dingoes, snakes, lizards, and the cassowary. Handfeed kangaroos and wallabies, or have your photo taken cuddling a cute koala (optional extra cost). Enjoy a fantastic BBQ lunch or snack in the licensed Colonial or Outback restaurants.
Kuranda Rainforest View Restaurant is located in the heart of Kuranda only 5 minutes from Kuranda Station and Skyrail. A licensed, air conditioned restaurant with one of the best views in Australia with indoor-outdoor seating capacity for 300, we offers you international dining sophistication in a casual atmosphere with friendly service.
The restaurant is open every day from 8.00am to 4.00pm, for breakfast & lunch. Kangaroo and Crocodile fillet one of our speciality and offer buffet, a la carte, grills, seafood, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, salads & much more… (Gluten free meals available).
We offer a large wine and beer selection menu & great coffee and cakes. We prepare only fresh, fine quality food and we believe our wide menu ensures that you will always find enticing fare to match your appetites and your tastes. The restaurant offers wheel chair access and a changing facility for babies.
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