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


Easter in Kuranda


Come and join in the celebrations this Easter on Saturday 26th March!

Shell Headband

Shell headband – djilngar.

shell headband

Necklaces and headbands were believed to have medicinal powers. They were worn to relieve headaches and chest pains.


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Kuranda Festival 2015

Roll up…roll up!!! The Circus is coming to town on Sunday 18th October 2015.

circusThe theme this year is the ‘Circus Comes to Town’ to mark the 127th anniversary of the official survey of Kuranda, with a full day of free entertainment planned.

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.

Free mini golf at the Original Rainforest Markets, magic shows, jumping castles, horse and carriage rides and an ice cream eating competition are included in the festivitiesbikeshowpostr.

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



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

Bash of the Barron River


Easter in Kuranda

Preparations are well underway for our HUGE Easter in the Park Celebrations being held on Saturday 4th April with 11,000 chocolate Easter eggs raining down on Centenary Park from a crane with egg drops every hour from 11am to 2pm.


This year we have set aside a special area for children aged five and under to ensure they get to meet the Easter Bunny (our one and only Catherine Harvey) and receive chocolate eggs separately from the crowd.


Easter in the Park is from 10am to 4pm with plenty of free activities including face painters, jumping castles and horse and carriage rides in Centenary Park and local Kuranda band Koahlition will be playing from 12.30pm.


Kuranda Envirocare will have a plant stall set up in Centenary Park, the Kuranda Arts Co-op in Coondoo St will have a street stall and the Kuranda Candy Kitchen at 21 Coondoo St will have candy making demonstrations at 11.30am and 1.30pm.


Free activities in Centenary Park include:

11.45am Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers

12.15pm Local Tim Riley whip cracking

12.30pm Magic Show

1.15pm Horse shoe throwing competition

1.45pm Kuranda SES sack racesTK Easter Flyer 2015

Kuranda’s Easter in the Park Celebration

Saturday 19th April is a big day in Kuranda with our Easter Celebrations in the Park. Enter our Colouring Competition to win some great prizes – download the Form below or drop into the Kuranda Visitor Information Centre for a copy of the Entry Form:

2676 TK Easter 2014 Colouring Comp ENTRY FORM


The Kuranda Undie Fun Run

Only 3 days to go to start training and register for the Kuranda Festival Undie Fun Run

Fun Run Poster

Fun Run Poster

Undie Fun Run Registration Form

Undie Fun Run Registration Form


Kuranda Festival – 19th & 20th October



Click here for the full weekend Kuranda Festival Programme

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.

Click here to download the Kuranda Festival Poster






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