Colourful and quirky, Kuranda is the place to find art, tropical handicrafts and jewellery by local artisans.
ATTRACTIONS One of Kuranda’s
most treasured landmarks is the Barron River and its spectacular gorge, home of the mighty Barron Falls. The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia is a beautiful garden aviary containing more than 1500 colourful butterflies. Birdworld Kuranda has one of the best single collections of free flying birds in Australia with over 300 species from around the world. BatReach is a rescue and rehabilitation centre operated by volunteers located off the main street. Admission is by donation. Kuranda’s Koala Gardens is ideal for visitors with limited time who want to see Australia’s best known wildlife like koalas, wallabies, wombats, crocodiles and reptiles.
shopping, try the locally grown coffee, honey, macadamia nuts and homemade ice creams or sit back and relax at one of the cafes or restaurants. Foodworks also offers a range of food items.
Over the years Kuranda has become a great place to shop. There are bargains to be had, as well as exquisite artisan pieces. Spend time browsing the unique stores or the delightful markets. Whether it is an original painting, individually designed jewellery, locally made sweets or a handcrafted bowl, these unique gifts are sure to be perfect even for the person who has everything. Offering free admission to its fossil and gemstone museum, why not get up close and personal with a nine-metre Allosaurus dinosaur skeleton at Emu Ridge Gallery. Many of the products sold in Kuranda are made by the people who live and work in the town.
AROUND KURANDA The journey
to Kuranda is an exciting one. Other than the scenic highway route, you can combine a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway experience, allowing time to enjoy Kuranda in between. This popular option is a not to be missed opportunity to learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse rainforests in the world.
WALKING TRAILS Kuranda has
a network of interlinked walks that provide access through the village and its surrounding environment, including Barron Gorge National Park. The Village Walk showcases the main street and finishes at the site of the original Kuranda markets. Jumrum Creek Conservation Park is a walk through the rainforest while the Jungle Walk passes through a regenerating forest. The River Walk offers a pleasant riverside stroll down a tree shaded esplanade.
Kuranda has always been a magnet for visitors. The village began life in the 1800s as a retreat where locals could escape the heat and humidity of the tropical coast. During the 1960s, 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, is the basis of commerce and lifestyle in Kuranda today.
RESTAURANTS AND CAFES
Historic buildings from the past now house a variety of upmarket restaurants, cafes and bars. In between
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