Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda, QLD © Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Guide to Kuranda

Frogs Restaurant, Kuranda, QLD © Frogs Restaurant

Eat at Kuranda's best restaurants

Frogs Restaurant, located next to Heritage Markets, Birdworld and the Koala Gardens, is the perfect spot to try platters of kangaroo, crocodile, emu and local tiger prawns. You'll find a traditional outback dining experience at Kuranda Trading Post, or you can opt for a classic pub meal at the historic Kuranda Hotel, set amid rainforest at the top of the magnificent Macalister Range. For your caffeine hit, look no further than Kuranda Rainforest Coffee, or try roasted green tea with mango at Japanese Tea House.

Heritage Markets entrance, Kuranda, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland, Andrew Watson

Shop at Kuranda Markets

Kuranda has two outdoor markets, Kuranda Original Rainforest Market and Heritage Markets, both open seven days a week. Find locally designed clothing, hand-crafted jewellery, Aboriginal art, leather goods, wood carving and gemstones, as well as North Queensland’s best range of honey, local coffee, tropical fruit, and macadamia nuts.

Skyrail across Barron Gorge, Cairns, QLD © Brad Newton

Journey through the rainforest

Glide above the rainforest canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, seated in a comfortable gondola which provides uninterrupted views of the rainforest, Cairns, the Coral Sea and the Cairns highlands. Leave your gondola at Barron Falls Station to experience The Edge Lookout, where you can take in the pounding Barron Falls as they drop into the mighty Barron Gorge. On your way back to Cairns, travel on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, which winds through a tropical paradise of rugged mountains and waterfalls. The two-hour train journey between Cairns and Kuranda will also take you through tunnels and over bridges. Upgrade to gold class for an exclusive tour of the heritage-listed Signal Cabin at Kuranda station.

Parrot at Birdworld Kuranda, Kuranda, QLD © Tourism Australia

Get up close to the local wildlife

Have a close encounter with wildlife at the Kuranda Koala Gardens, where you can be photographed cuddling a koala. The park is also home to kangaroos, wombats and freshwater crocodiles. The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary houses more than 2,000 butterflies including the largest butterfly in Australia, the green and yellow Cairns birdwing. Learn all about the butterflies on a guided tour, as the magnificent creatures flutter around you. Enter a world of colourful birds at Birdworld Kuranda. You’ll be surrounded by free flying birds from forests across the globe including some of Australia's most precious specimens. Hand feed parrots, admire the endangered cassowary, watch soaring rainbow lorikeets and listen to galah calls.

Rainforestation Nature Park, Kuranda, QLD © Lovegreen Photography

Experience Aboriginal culture at Rainforestation Nature Park

Join local Aboriginal guides and discover the legends of the Dreamtime at Rainforestation Nature Park. Learn about the customs and ancient ceremonies that still flourish in traditional lands around Kuranda during the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, or join a Bush Tucker Walk through the rainforest to learn about the different plants and fruits traditionally used as medicines and food.

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