Surrounded by World Heritage-listed rainforest, the picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda, 25 kilometres northwest of Cairns, is called the ‘Village in the Rainforest'.
The Djabugay aboriginal people have lived in this region for more than 10,000 years and their culture continues to thrive today. They called the present Kuranda village Ngunbay, or place of the platypus.
In the late 1960s Kuranda attracted people seeking an alternative lifestyle and a vibrant arts and craft culture developed. Kuranda is home to a large number of potters, painters, glass and craft workers, master wood-carvers and jewellers. Their work is on display in many of the shops, galleries and markets in the village, and it is possible to see them at work.
The tiny village has retained its relaxed atmosphere, but today the main street is lined with shops and galleries. Historic buildings from the past now house a variety of stylish restaurants and cafes. The Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets have been running since 1978, and are the place to go for locally designed and made fashions; as well as North Queensland's best range of honeys, local coffee, tropical fruits and macadamia nuts.