Nestled amongst the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, this picturesque “Village in the Rainforest” provides a cool, high-altitude retreat. From Cairns, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway both offer more than just a journey up the rain forested-flanks of the Macalister Range. Instead, they’re iconic lures in their own right, opening up rugged ridgelines carved by waterfalls and taking visitors into the heart of lands occupied by Indigenous Djabugay people for more than 10,000 years. In Kuranda (known as Ngunbay - the place of the platypus), the rich Djabugay culture survives today, shared on fascinating guided walking tours and showcased in the art galleries that dominate Kuranda’s artistic hub.
In the late 1960s, Kuranda attracted people seeking an alternative lifestyle and a vibrant arts and craft culture developed. Artisans of all mediums now call Kuranda home and supply the village market stalls with pottery, painted canvases, glass work, woodcarvings, wearable art and irresistible jewellery.