Wildlife, markets, handmade sweets, walking trails and even mini-golf – there are reasons galore for families to enjoy the school holidays in Kuranda. Exploring Kuranda is even more fun to explore if you do it in an Army Duck, quad bike or on a river boat! Arrive by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or the Kuranda Scenic Railway to make sure you get the best views of the World Heritage rainforest in Barron Gorge. There are plenty of options for families to stay in Kuranda longer, whether it’s enjoying a resort with a private creek in the rainforest, camping or relaxing in a family-friendly cottage.
Army duck tour. Is it a boat or is it a truck? The amphibious World War II Army ducks at Rainforestation Nature Park are both and they take visitors on a 45-minute journey through the rainforest which includes a cruise on a lake to see the wildlife and plants from a different perspective. The tour also visits a tropical fruit orchard featuring more than 60 fruit trees from around the world. For more information or to a book Army duck tour click here.
Rainforest reality. Learning about the rainforest is fun, especially with the Skyrail App which uses augmented reality to make cassowaries, snakes and butterflies appear. Download the app for an audio tour when you experience Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and join the free guided ranger tours along the boardwalk at Red Peak Station to uncover more fascinating facts about the rainforest. Learn more on what to experience with your family on Skyrail here.
Colourful dilemma. The light interacts with the scales on the wings of butterflies making it tricky to guess their colour. This male blue banded eggfly has landed in just the right spot at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary to show how the light can change the appearance of the pigment in their wings. This butterfly is easily identified by the blue band and double row of pale spots on their wings. Come visit them in Kuranda or check out their website.
Icy treat. As the weather hots up the Kuranda Home-made Tropical Fruit Ice Cream van becomes the favourite place to end the day in Kuranda village. The red van on Therwine Street serves an array of flavours including local mango, lemon and banana, chocolate, macadamia and coconut. If you can’t have dairy products you can still enjoy an icy treat as they serve ice cream made with soy milk.
The 40-minute Rainforest Canopy Walk is an easy stroll along an elevated boardwalk that takes you through the lush canopy to the Barron Falls Lookout. Discover all walks in Kuranda here.
Carb up after your rainforest walk with dinner at Tropical Zen Village Kitchen. Serving deliciously amazing Sri Lankan treats, vegan and vegetarian selections. Located at 20 Coondoo Street and open from 5.30pm.
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