If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids during the school holidays, Kuranda has a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Why not make the most of your trip and stay at one of the unique accommodation options available? Kuranda offers a range of bed and breakfasts, camp grounds, cottages, cabins, holiday parks and luxurious accommodation.
Whether you would like to spend time with the animals, take a scenic tour through the tropical rainforest or have some active family fun – you are sure to have a holiday filled with adventure in Kuranda!
Spending Time with Animals
Get up close and personal with koalas, butterflies, native and exotic birds, kangaroos, reptiles and the world’s most venomous snakes! Kuranda has a range of attractions where you can learn about and spend time with these iconic animals.
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly light aviary and exhibit in Australia and the Southern hemisphere. It is home to over 1500 beautiful tropical butterflies!
Take a guided aviary tour and learn all about the butterfly’s life cycle and behaviour. You can also take a “behind the scenes” tour of the breeding laboratory which houses 4000 caterpillars.
Make sure to wear something bright and let these colourful creatures flutter all over you!
Located in the Kuranda Heritage markets, Birdworld Kuranda is home to a variety of unique bird species from the vanishing forests of the world.
Come and see Amazonian macaws, the endangered cassowary, rainbow lorikeets, galahs, cockatoos and more. These feathered creatures may even come and take a ride on your shoulder!
With almost 80 different bird species, Birdworld is naturally landscaped with waterfalls, ponds and exotic and native plants.
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens gives you the opportunity to see some of Australia’s most unique wildlife up close.
You will find koalas, fresh water crocodiles, kangaroos and wallabies, snakes, wombats, lizards and other reptiles.
Make sure you ‘Cuddle a Koala’ and for an extra cost you can take home a digital photo memento!
The Venom Zoo
The Australian Venom Zoo is a fun and educational experience where you can learn all about venomous animals!
They run daily personalised and educational tours of the Displays of Australian Tarantulas, Scorpions, Centipedes, Lizards and Snakes.
See venomous animals that you will not see at any other zoo!
Take a Scenic Tour
Kuranda is a natural tropical beauty, with lush rainforest and spectacular views. Experience the unique tropical rainforest with the kids by taking one of the various scenic tours that are available.
Kuranda Riverboat Tours
Kuranda Riverboat Tours take you on an informative 45 minute tropical rainforest river cruise.
Discover Kuranda’s rainforest flora, fauna and history whilst learning about this unique location.
An additional tour can be purchased in advance, which takes you on a walking guided tour through a section of tropical rainforest across the Barron River. It recreates aspects of the original tourism attraction that was held in the same area in the 1920s, known as “Paradise”.
Kuranda Scenic Railway
The Kuranda Scenic Railway takes you on a spectacular journey through dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. The famous railway travels through the World Heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park.
The railway winds its way through 15 hand carved tunnels, across the giant bridge over Stoney Creek Falls, past the Barron Falls and then onto Kuranda Village.
Take an unforgettable journey over and through Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest.
Glide above the canopy in Skyrail’s six person gondola cabins and take in views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands.
Skyrail is a multiple winner of the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism, and is a wonderful and unique rainforest experience!
Rainforestation Nature Park
The Rainforestation Nature Park is a fun and educational experience for the whole family to enjoy.
Board an amphibious World War II Army Duck for a unique rainforest tour. You will learn about fascinating plants and wildlife that you pass by. You will then continue through the Tropical Fruits Orchard.
Learn about Indigenous culture with the interactive Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, watch a traditional dance performance and then join the Dreamtime Walk. You will also see a variety of animals such as koalas, crocodiles and wombats at the Koala and Wildlife Park.
Walking Tracks and Trails
Put on your best hiking shoes and take one of the many scenic walking tracks and trails in Kuranda. There are a variety of tracks to choose from, that are suited to every age and fitness level. Head to the great outdoors with the kids for some fresh air and active family fun!
Barron Gorge National Park Walks
A spectacular feature of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Barron Gorge National Park is surrounded by many historic trails.
These trails were originally developed by the Djabugai People when they hunted and gathered food in their traditional tribal lands.
The walks offer you a chance to experience the Park in its full glory, featuring spectacular views!
Some of the walking tracks include:
- McDonald’s Track: 2 hrs (one way), 4.8km, Moderate intensity
- Djina-wu: 15 mins, 765m, Easy intensity
- The Douglas Track: 6 hrs (one way), 6.3km, Moderate intensity
- Smith’s Track: 6 hrs (one way), 7.9km, Strenuous intensity
- Gandal Wundal: 25mins, 1.5km, Easy intensity
- Yalbogie Track, 1hr (one way), 3.6km, Moderate intensity
You will find some beautiful rainforest walking tracks right in the Village of Kuranda. There are a variety of circuit track options within the village at an easy intensity level, which are great options if you have young kids and you aren’t able to travel too far!
The tracks include:
- Jum Rum Creek – Jungle Walk – River Walk: 1hr circuit, 3km, Easy intensity
- Rainforest Canopy Walk & Barron Falls Lookout: 40mins return, 1km return, Easy intensity (wheelchair enabled). The boardwalk connects Barron Falls Road with the Barron Falls Lookout.
- Falls Circuit Walk: 20 mins, 850m, Easy intensity
- Kahlpahlim Rock: 6 hours, 10km return, Strenuous intensity
To find more walking tracks in Kuranda, visit http://www.kuranda.org/things-to-do-kuranda/walking-tracks/
Spend the Night
Kuranda offers a unique range of bed and breakfasts, camp grounds, cottages, cabins, holiday parks and luxurious accommodation.
Whether you’re a couple, a family or a group travelling together, there’s accommodation to match your needs. So why not stay a while and give yourself time to really enjoy everything our beautiful Kuranda region has to offer!
For more information and to view our full range of accommodation, visit http://www.kuranda.org/kuranda-accommodation/
Other MUST DO Activities
- 9D Cinema in the Heritage Markets (family and local discounts available)
- Mini Golf
- Emu Ridge Gallery – and come say hello to the Dinosaur!
- ATV Bike at Barron Falls Estate
- Learn about Bees at Honey House
- New Nocturnal Wonders Exhibit
- Learn about spiders and snakes
- Watch hard rock candy being made
- Take a ride in an amphibious army duck
For more information head to http://www.kuranda.org/ or come and visit us at the Kuranda Visitor Centre, open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm (excluding Christmas day).
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
Spring is in the air, and that means it’s the perfect opportunity for a wardrobe update! It’s time to do some spring cleaning and invest in some new clothing pieces for the coming season. Out with the old, and in with the new!
Not only that, but the Cairns Amateur Racing Carnival is right around the corner. The Cairns Amateur Ladies Day is on September 9, and the Cup Day is September 10.
Kuranda has a variety of different fashion boutiques, from clothing to jewellery. These shops are located all throughout the village, and sell an eclectic range of new and second-hand clothes. You can find high end fashion as well as unique accessories for every outfit.
Whether you are looking for that special outfit for the races, or another big occasion, Just Gorgeous is one of the first places to look. Owner Jill Melody says that they now specialise in occasion outfits as well as everyday wear.
Jill also says that the lovely feminine vintage look is currently trending.
“We have a great selection of lace, as well as 50s style cotton dresses with hats, bags, shoes and even sunglasses to complete the outfit. Our aim is to make every woman feel and look like a winner!”
For those who are seeking a hat for the races, Just Gorgeous has a range of both hats and fascinators.
Just Gorgeous started out as a small recycled consignment store called New To You. This year marks 25 years in business. Jill says that tourists have often found their “mother of the bride or groom dresses where they least expected to find it – in our little village in the rainforest!”
If you are looking for a more bohemian style for the races, then Tonketti is the place to go. The boutique opened in June this year and has been getting a great response from locals and international tourists. The store also stocks beautiful leather bags, wallets, feather chokers, shell items and bohemian style homewares.
Tonketti offers a range of bohemian style clothing from casual crochet to beautiful maxi dresses. Owner Liz Tonkin says that “We appeal to those people who have a bohemian heart and love comfortable and affordable style”. She says that Tonketti has some lovely dresses, pantsuits and accessories that would be great for the upcoming races.
“Bohemian style is definitely on trend, judging by the response I’m getting from International visitors. The Wanderlust style is where it is at!” Liz says.
Tantrika is another popular boutique in Kuranda, selling clothes for men, women and children of all ages and sizes. They stock alternative fashions that are ecofriendly and are perfect for wearing in the tropics.
Candice from Tantrika says that “We are into looking great and feeling 100% comfortable”. The store stocks a huge range of Bamboo, Organic Cotton and Hemp, as well as a range of recycled rubber jewellery and thongs.
Tantrika has been running in Kuranda for nine and a half years, and they have recently opened a second store in Cairns. This is handy for those who run out of time whilst visiting Kuranda on a day tour and are heading back to Cairns. Tantrika also stocks their own self-designed kids label called Tantrika Tots.
Kuranda features a range of other fashion stores, including;
- Sandra Viden Design which was established in 1991. It has built a reputation for effortless, trans-seasonal, easy fit style. All of the garments at Sandra Viden Design are designed and made in Australia.
- KU♥ (Previously known as Cuscus Boutique). ⱼYou will be dazzled by a magnificent collection of stunning and unusual jewellery, original clothing labels, soft leather bags and Italian sandals.
- Silver Chain. A wonderful shopping experience with beautiful sterling silver jewellery and gemstones. You will also find a unique collection of clothing, shoes and accessories.
- Dee 8 Designs. A unique local label featuring Australian designs for all climates. You can also find gorgeous handcrafted jewellery by local artists.
Whether you are looking for an outfit for the races or clothing for the new season, Kuranda has something for everyone!
Cruise the tranquil waters of the Australian tropical rainforest, and immerse yourself in the flora, fauna and history of the Barron River. Then, take a scenic walk through a secluded rainforest clearing and experience the wonders of the ancient rainforest.
Hop aboard the Kuranda Riverboat and cross the Barron River to the newly reopened Paradise Kuranda Guided Rainforest Walk for an unforgettable experience.
A Step Back in Time
Part of the popular rainforest trail dates back to the 1920s. Dan Duggan established the very first tour, with his attraction, “The Maze”. The tour was then later renamed as “Paradise”. A highway did not exist in the area at the time, so Mr Duggan would row tourists across the river, in all their finery and eager to experience the beauty of the Australian tropical rainforest.
According to Melissa Clinton of Kuranda Riverboat, this particular tour ceased in the 1950s.
The original owner of the Kuranda Riverboat business, Brian Clarke, started a rainforest walk across the river in the late 1980s, which continued for about 10 years.
The Tours Today
The tours today consist of either a scenic 45 minute calm water cruise along the Barron River in Kuranda or a one hour guided rainforest walk followed by tea, coffee and cake.
The newly reopened Paradise Kuranda Guided Rainforest Walk does not actually take place on the original “Paradise” property. However, the current trail was historically used as the beginning of the walk toward “Paradise”.
The trail where the tour takes place has been tidied and improved for its reopening. This includes the rebuilding of the little bridge in the forest and the replacing of handrails.
In order to participate in the guided rainforest walk you will board the Kuranda Riverboat and be taken across the river to a secluded clearing. Your guide will accompany you on an established forest trail where you will be shown many examples of tropical rainforest trees, vines, lianas and ferns. You may even spot a cassowary amongst the bushes.
At the end of the guided rainforest walk, there is a natural spring within the maintained clearing, where you will be served light refreshments before boarding the Kuranda Riverboat again to return to the village.
Whilst enjoying a cruise on the Kuranda Riverboat you will see a host of wildlife such as freshwater crocodiles, snakes, fish, turtles, water dragons and tropical birds. Your local tour guide will share his knowledge of the unique area while you take in the beauty of the rainforest and take advantage of the great photographic opportunities on the river.
The Kuranda Riverboat Tour and Paradise Kuranda Guided Rainforest Walk operate five cruises and five rainforests walks per day, seven days of the week. They can accommodate group bookings and special tours outside of their normal tour times.
The Kuranda Riverboat can also be hired for small wedding ceremonies. Alternatively, sail across to the other side of the river and hold your wedding ceremony in a private and secluded area of the unique tropical rainforest. The company can organise witnesses for an elopement, as well as accommodation.
Get together with a group of friends and celebrate a special occasion aboard The Kuranda Riverboat for a cruise on the Barron River. BYO food and drinks, and celebrate with a minimum of 10 adults for the cruise.
Book your guided tour online. Cash only is accepted on the boat to save time and ensure the tour departs on schedule.
For more information regarding bookings, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call on +61 412 159 212 or +61 7 4093 0082.
Come and join in the celebrations this Easter on Saturday 26th March!
Shell headband – djilngar.
Necklaces and headbands were believed to have medicinal powers. They were worn to relieve headaches and chest pains.
Roll up…roll up!!! The Circus is coming to town on Sunday 18th October 2015.
Expect the usual popular events including the Bash of the Barron River Raft Race and the German Sausage Eating Competition plus a new challenge with the Inaugural Croc Swim across the Barron River.
There will be free circus workshops in Centenary Park with Dream State Circus, Cycas Circus and aerialist Louise Kohn teaching circus tricks and showing off their amazing skills with performances throughout the day.
Four face painters will be transforming children’s faces into clowns and the person with the best costume will be awarded Best Dressed Clown.
The day kicks off with the Kuranda Poets Breakfast at Frogs Restaurant and then a great line-up of bikes will roar in for the 8th Kuranda Motorcycle Show in Therwine Street between the two markets.
The Kuranda Arts Co-op will have an art display at their Coondoo Street gallery with book signing by Buck Richardson, Honey and Spice Ukulele Group will be performing and Kuranda Candy Kitchen will be holding lolly making demonstrations.
Kuranda Festival is a great community event celebrating the colourful lifestyle that the locals enjoy sharing with visitors to their village in the rainforest.
Download the 2015 Kuranda Festival Programme here
Download the 2015 Bash of the Barron Registration form here
THE INAUGURAL CROC SWIM
Sunday, 18th October 2015
Tropical North Queensland’s bravest will be competing in the inaugural Croc Swim at the Kuranda Festival on October 18.
The upper reaches of the Barron River at Kuranda were the habitat for a number of freshwater crocodiles with the reptiles regularly seen by visitors on the Kuranda Riverboat Cruise.
Kuranda locals happily coexist with these crocodiles and swim in the Barron River so a challenge has been put out for a 100m swimming race in this beautiful stretch of the river. For more information contact Marc Sleeman on 0427 592 203
Every Australian loves a water slide and Tourism Kuranda has secured the very first Giant Water Slide event for our region! The City Slider is a giant 325 metre long (double lane) water slide that will transform Arara St in Kuranda into a water wonderland on Saturday 4 July – early bird tickets to go on sale via http://www.thecityslider.com.au from 9am today 7 May. Past events have sold out so get in fast! Check out – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCg1D3cRTdo
Every Australian loves a water slide and Tourism Kuranda has secured the very first Giant Water Slide event for our region! The City Slider is a giant 325 metre long (double lane) water slide that will transform Arara St in Kuranda into a water wonderland on Saturday 4 July – early bird tickets to go on sale via
www.thecityslider.com.au from 9am today. Past events have sold out so get in fast! Check out – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCg1D3cRTdo
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