Culture Shopping | Attractions | Wildlife
- Restaurants & Cafes
- Arts, Crafts & Souvenirs
- Indigenous Artifacts & Culture
- Jungle Walk over Jum Rum Creek
The delightful mountain village of Kuranda attracts visitors from all over the world who enjoy its superb wildlife attractions, walking trails, river cruises, souvenir shopping and artists’ galleries. Initially people came to admire the mighty Barron Falls, while artisans were attracted to the region’s natural beauty and decided to call it home, creating a vibrant arts and craft culture.
Make sure you allow plenty of time to visit some of Kuranda’s world renowned attractions and activities, which include koalas, butterflies, native and exotic birds, kangaroos, reptiles, some of the worlds most venomous snakes, and even come face to face with a huge life size replica of an Allosaurus Dinosaur. You can see traditional Aboriginal dancers perform, travel on a riverboat along the mighty Barron River, get your photo taken holding a koala, feed wallabies and explore an amazing gemstone museum.
Kuranda has evolved into a great place to shop. There are bargains to be had here, as well as exquisite artisan pieces at the other end of the spectrum.
The markets in Kuranda are very diverse and have been a feature of the village for 25 years. They’re open every day of the year except Christmas Day. Best Kuranda buys are the hand-made local products and quality Australiana such as opals, wood-art, didgeridoos and other authentic Aboriginal artifacts. You’ll find delightfully soft and supple kangaroo skins and leather products, and for that souvenir t-shirt for anyone back home, you simply can’t go past the range and prices here!
Historic buildings from the past now house a variety of upmarket restaurants, cafes and bars. Dine indoors in air-conditioned comfort, or take an alfresco table surrounded by the vistas and sounds of Kuranda at one of the many quality hotels, cafes, bar and grills in this exciting village.
The village began life in the 1800’s as a retreat where locals could escape the heat and humidity of the tropical coast. During the ’60s, a new wave of settlers arrived, embracing the alternative lifestyle movement of the day and establishing Kuranda as an arts and crafts nexus. Catering for visitors, in one form or another, forms the basis of commerce and lifestyle in Kuranda today. There is plenty of accommodation to be found, whether it be a cosy bed and breakfast, a well maintained, multi- choice accommodation and camping park, an historic hotel that harks back to the 1920’s, a modern resort with one of the best natural style swimming pools you’ll find anywhere.