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The picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda Village is just 25 kilometres northwest of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is a vibrant little town surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest. Historic Buildings from the villages past now house a variety of upmarket restaurants, cafes and bars. It is still laid back, but with a style and sophistication that sets it apart from other Cairns Highlands Venues and Attractions. There is plenty of accommodation to be found, and whether you are looking for a cosy bed and breakfast, a well maintained multi-choice accommodation and camping park, a hotel, a gorgeous resort, or a backpackers hostel, you'll find something here to suit everyone's tastes. Kuranda is well known as a day destination, but to truly enjoy all that this village has to offer, you really have to stay a few nights. Birds, butterflies and native wildlife abound, and there are wonderful walking tracks which meander through magnificent rainforest and along the Barron River. Also don't miss the famous Barron Falls which are just breathtaking in the wet season, when the falls are in flood. Over the years, Kuranda has evolved into a great place to shop. Kuranda is also home to its well known markets, coffee shops and restaurants. Take the time to visit some of Kuranda's many first class nature-based tourist attractions which include koalas, butterflies, native and exotic birds, kangaroos and reptiles. You can also see traditional aboriginal dancers perform, travel on a riverboat on the Barron River or join an Army Duck ride through the rainforest. You can travel on a Kuranda's Historic Scenic Railway, Skyrail - the world's longest rainforest cableway, or self drive, stopping at lookouts for a magnificent view!

Kuranda

Kuranda: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Kuranda - Village in the Rainforest


The picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda Village is just 25 kilometres northwest of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is a vibrant little town surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest. Travelling to Kuranda is a highlight in itself. Visitors can travel to Kuranda on Kuranda's Historic Scenic Railway, by car or bus, via the spectacular Kuranda Road, or above the rainforest canopy on Skyrail - the world's longest rainforest Cableway.

Kuranda has come a long way from its initial origins as a centre for those choosing an alternative lifestyle in the late 1960s.

Kuranda's shops and markets with their exotically handcrafted goods, Aboriginal artifacts, restaurants and coffee shops make Kuranda a well known day destination, but to truly enjoy the ambience this village has to offer you can stay a night.

Take the time to visit some of Kuranda's many first class nature based tourist attractions, which include koalas, butterflies, native and exotic birds, kangaroos and reptiles. There are wonderful walking tracks which meander through magnificent rainforest and which are breathtaking when in flood. You can also see traditional Aboriginal dancers perform, travel on a riverboat on the mighty Barron River on join an Army Duck ride through the rainforest.




Centenary Park
Kuranda, QLD, 4872

Located 0.0K from Kuranda

Kuranda Koala Gardens


This award winning boutique style wildlife experience, Kuranda Koala Gardens, is in Kuranda Village right at the Heritage Markets. This is the only place in Kuranda village where you can enjoy the 'Cuddle a Koala' opportunity. A small fee applies and this includes a digital souvenir photo.

Also visit Australia's first walk-through 'Reptile House' and see pythons and other reptiles roaming free. Meet tame wallabies, see wombats, freshwater crocodiles, lizards and more. Visit the 'Pioneer Shed' that depicts some of the early history of European settlement in the Kuranda region.

A free shuttle bus operates from Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Train Stations.

It's a great attraction for those with limited time in the region, (if you have plenty of time, they also recommend visits to Cairns Tropical Zoo and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures). Kuranda Koala Gardens is also part of the 'Kuranda Wildlife Experience'. This combines Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

These are ideal for independent travellers and small groups.




Rob Veivers Drive
Kuranda, QLD, 4872

Located 0.2K from Kuranda

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary


Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia - an all-weather experience in the heart of Kuranda. Home to over 2,000 magnificent tropical butterflies, you will be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of these elusive wonders of nature as you wander through the aviary's rainforest gardens.

All butterflies are local rainforest species, including the electric blue Ulysses and the majestic green and yellow Cairns Birdwing butterflies.

Guided aviary tours detailing a butterfly's life cycle and behaviour are available at no extra cost throughout the day. Be sure to wear something bright (we recommend red, white or hot pink) and let these beautiful and colourful creatures flutter all over you as you wander through!

After walking through the aviary, your guide will take you to the breeding laboratory, which houses up to 4,000 caterpillars. This interesting and educational experience provides an opportunity to view at first hand the breeding laboratory through special viewing windows, where you will see the caterpillars in their varying stages of development.




8 Rob Veivers Drive
Kuranda, QLD, 4881

Located 0.3K from Kuranda

Kuranda Arts Cooperative Gallery


The Kuranda Cooperative Arts Gallery is a not-for-profit organisation with a gallery space staffed by volunteer artists. It showcases a wide variety of locally produced quality artwork in many mediums from its members. Browse through the extensive range of ceramics, wood, metal, glass paintings, sculpture and unique handmade jewellery. Look for the colourful signs!




20 Coondoo Street
Kuranda, QLD, 4881

Located 0.4K from Kuranda

Birdworld Kuranda


Home to the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia (some 500 of them!), Birdworld Kuranda displays no less than 60 species of the most spectacular birds from all corners of the planet - as well as from the earth's fast diminishing rainforests. Visitors are free to wander through the lush, tropically landscaped aviary to observe the birds in their own specific - yet natural - habitats. Two lakes connected by a tumbling waterfall for example are home to waterbirds such as stilts, herons and Australia's own unique Black Swan.

In the rainforest canopy overhead, blue, gold and scarlet Macaws dazzle with colourful brilliance as they soar above the treetops. One outstanding Birdworld denizen not to be missed is that rare avian giant, the Cassowary - now officially enlisted as endangered. Designed to 'create a centre where birds would be showcased in their natural environment without the barriers of cages coming between them and their admiring public', Birdworld is a photographers paradise. (And without those barriers, visitors often find a feathered friend nestling on their shoulder - a golden photo opportunity!)

Birdworld can provide guided tours for all group bookings.




Rob Vievers Drive,
Kuranda Heritage Markets
Kuranda, QLD, 4872

Located 0.5K from Kuranda

Kuranda: Events

Three Marathons in Three Days


The Three Marathons in Three Days is a staged trail race in the tropical rainforsets of Far North Queensland. It is run over three consecutive days over three different courses. This is the sixth year of the race that is held on the Atherton Tablelands. There are two other events on the same weekend and over the same course, but with varying distances. The Cairns Marathon and the Kauri Half Marathon. Early Bird entries end at 9.00pm on 3 April 2017. Late Fees apply from 22 June. Registration s close 9.00pm, 29 June.


Event Dates
2017
      7th Jul
      8th Jul
      9th Jul


Coondoo Street
Kuranda, QLD, 4881

Located 0.1K from Kuranda

Kuranda - Easter In the Park


On Easter Saturday it will be raining chocolate eggs in Kuranda when the village hosts its annual Easter in the Park celebration treating everyone to a day of free family fun


Event Dates
2017
      15th Apr


Therwine Street
Kuranda, QLD, 4881

Located 0.3K from Kuranda

Kuranda Festival


This year the Kuranda Festival theme is once again "A Circus Comes to Town". Lots of free fun and activity for the whole family.

Activities include Bash of the Barron River Raft Race, German sausage competition, Poets breakfast, ice-cream eating competition, face painting, jumping castles, street performers, magic shows, and art displays and the Barron River Crocodile swim!

The Annual Kuranda Bike Show is also being held with free entry, prizes for best categories and live music.


Event Dates
2017
      22nd Oct


Therwine Street
Kuranda, QLD, 4881

Located 0.3K from Kuranda

Kuranda to Port Douglas Ultra Trail Marathon and Relay and Bump to Beach, Port Douglas


This 64 kilometre point-to-point race is incorporated in the Mowbray National Park within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Teams of 2-4 runners can also complete the full course. It starts just off Kennedy Highway in Kuranda and follows Black Mountain Road through native rainforest, open eucalyptus forest, pine plantations and over picturesque creeks.

There is a shorter 16 kilometre race on the same day, starting at the top of the Bump on Black Mountain Road. The finish is on Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas. The tropical rainforest is home to the endangered southern cassowary, a flightless bird that can grow to two metres in height - you might see one! Early Bird entries end at 9.00pm on 25 May. Late Fees apply from 31 July. Registrations close 9.00pm, 17 August.


Event Dates
2017
      20th Aug


Black Mountain Road
Kuranda, QLD, 4881

Located 1.0K from Kuranda

Kuranda: Travel Tips

Kuranda Visitor Information Centre


The Kuranda Visitor Information Centre is located at Centenary Park, Therwine Street, in Kuranda.

The accredited Kuranda Visitor Information Centre is staffed by a team of skilled and knowledgeable volunteers seven days a week 364 days a year.

The Centre stocks a range of local books and DVDs that focus on the rainforest, wildlife, National Parks and Wet Tropics areas around the region as well as a growing shop space showcasing locally made products and works by local artists.

The Centre offers travel information, maps, brochures and is also equipped to book tours, and can supply information on local areas as well as the whole Queensland region. Part of the centre houses an interpretive corner showcasing a unique display of Djabugay Artefacts, touch table, and cassowary display.




Therwine Street,
Centenary Park
Kuranda, QLD, 4872

Located 0.1K from Kuranda

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