School Holiday Fun in Kuranda

Created by tk_staff under Easter in the Park 2018 on Wednesday 21st of December 2016

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!


Birdworld Kuranda

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!

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary


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.


Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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.

Army Duck


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


Kuranda Village Walks

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.

Davies Creek Walks

  • Falls Circuit Walk: 20 mins, 850m, Easy intensity
  • Kahlpahlim Rock: 6 hours, 10km return, Strenuous intensity


To find more walking tracks in Kuranda, visit

Barron Gorge


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


Other MUST DO Activities

  • 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 or come and visit us at the Kuranda Visitor Centre, open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm (excluding Christmas day).


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