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 last 25 – 30 years. Their local knowledge and expertise is second to none.
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 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 travelled all over the world just to and come see it! Not to mention a group of investigator palaeontologists.
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.
The rainforest and Botanic Garden walk is something not to miss… enjoy the experience of the rainforest, exotic Butterfly’s, wonderful bird watching and all the other wonders the rainforest has to offer. Free entry and bookings are available for Business functions, luncheons, a birthday party or a small wedding, entertaining area available & lovely lawn areas, a perfect spot for all occasions!
2 performances are at 11:30am and 1:00pm every Saturday & Sunday. Tickets at gate $10 adult, $25 family.
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