The Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets began in 1978 on Honey House land by a group of local people trying to attract visitors to Kuranda. At that time, the village was very small with many “Hippie Artists” and craft people. The markets needed to operate their own train for two seasons to prove the viability of the service to the Railway Department. Now the markets have been an amazing success, providing employment for many, while the town is recognized as a unique Australian rainforest destination.
In 2006 the current owners began an ambitious undertaking to completely renovate the original market site. In keeping with the rustic atmosphere that the original markets were famous for, Malcolm and Georgina have created a miniature village in the rainforest, with interesting curious at every turn, tropical gardens and colourful characters to make your visit memorable.
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.
You will find locally designed and produced fashions, hand crafted jewellery, Indigenous artists, leather workers, masseurs, woodworkers and gemstone specialists, as well as North Queensland’s best range of honeys, local coffee, cafes and international dining outlets, tropical fruits, coconuts and macadamia nuts.
At the Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets you will find Emu Ridge Gallery which is the most photographed attraction in all of Kuranda and has the only Queensland life-sized Allosaurus! A perfected 9 metre replica of the Allosaurus entangled around the staircase shared and loved by many people who traveled all over the world just to and come see it!
Play a game of mini golf, hidden in a lush rainforest garden setting and ambient surrounds. Kids can also uncover the secrets of fairies at The Magical Lane, a real adventure looking for hidden items and keys that unlock games and clues to finding the fairies. Oh and a tea party of course!
Enjoy the sounds of the rainforest or relax for a picnic with the new Botanic Garden Walk. Weekend entertainment is also enjoyed by the local Kuranda Mayi Wunba dancers. The Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets are located in the market precinct of Kuranda, Therwine Street, adjacent to Centenary Park. Entrances through the Kuranda Market Mall, or next to the Honey House.
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