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  • Address: Condoo Street, Kuranda 4881, Australia
The picturesque mountain town of Kuranda is tucked into forest-clad hills 16 miles (25 kilometers) northwest of Cairns in Queensland, Australia. The journey to Kuranda is part of its appeal; visitors get spectacular views of lush forests and towering waterfalls, whether traveling there by train, skyrail, or road. The laid-back town is known for its outdoor markets, eateries, wildlife tours, and alternative vibe.
 
The Basics
Kuranda is one of the most popular day trip destinations from Cairns. Shoppers can browse art galleries, boutiques, and open-air markets for handicrafts, didgeridoos, and Aboriginal art, while nature lovers can explore Australian wildlife in parks and nature preserves nearby. (Both Kuranda National Park and Barron Gorge National Park form part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.) Many travelers opt to ride an enclosed gondola on the 4.5-mile (7.5-kilometer) Skyrail Rainforest Cableway from Kuranda to Smithfield (1.5 hours with stops at its rain forest stations) or round-trip. Among Kuranda’s other popular attractions are the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Kuranda Koala Gardens, the Reforestation Nature Park, and Birdworld Kuranda.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kuranda is a kid-friendly destination with activities for all ages, from animal lovers to souvenir shoppers.
  • Wear sturdy shoes for strolling around Kuranda and nearby park attractions, where most, but not all, paths are well-maintained with wheelchair-accessible facilities.
  • Although Kuranda tends to be cooler than the coast, summers are still hot, with January the warmest month.
 
How to Get There
To get to Kuranda from Cairns in style and enjoy the scenery, ride 90 minutes one-way on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. The 1-hour and 45-minute train trip chugs from downtown Cairns through Barron Gorge National Park to Kuranda, offering clear views of landmarks such as Barron Falls and Stoney Creek Falls. By car or bus, it’s about 30 minutes to Kuranda from Cairns.
 
When to Get There
Kuranda’s mild climate allows for year-round activity, but the summer wet season from January to March is considered the best time to see Kuranda’s rain forest. The winter months span June to August.
 
Wildlife in Kuranda
To see wildlife in Kuranda, head to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, which shelters thousands of butterflies, or the Rainforestation Nature Park, which offers boat tours and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. At Kuranda Koala Gardens, travelers can get close to koalas, kangaroos, and crocodiles under the supervision of trained professionals. Head to the Barron River from Kuranda’s town center to take a wildlife-spotting cruise and see freshwater crocodiles, water dragons, and tropical birds.

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Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns & the ... 
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Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 95 Reviews

Experience the ultimate Kuranda visit with a skip-the-line ticket for the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Kuranda Skyrail, plus Gold Class service on the Kuranda ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.26
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Cairns & the Tropical North, Day Trips
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Be dazzled by more than 1,500 tropical jewel-colored butterflies at the Australia Butterfly Sanctuary. Located in the heart of Kuranda, the Australian ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $15.53
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Attraction Tickets
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

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Experience the rainforest beauty of Tropical North Queensland on a scenic day trip from Cairns. There are five options to choose from that provide different ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $128.24
Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise, Cairns & the ... 
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Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour and Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 148 Reviews

Hit the rails, the rainforest, the sky and the reef in an action-packed day trip from Cairns! You'll take the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $422.17
Cairns Super Saver: Great Barrier Reef Cruise plus Kuranda Scenic Railway plus Cape Tribulation Day ... 
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Cairns Super Saver: Great Barrier Reef Cruise plus Kuranda Scenic Railway plus Cape Tribulation Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 117 Reviews

Over three days, experience the best of tropical Far North Queensland! Go diving or snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway and ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $324.99
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns, Cairns & the Tropical North, Super Savers
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns

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Enjoy the tranquility of the rainforest as you soar above the canopy aboard the Skyrail on a day trip to Kuranda from Cairns. Choose from a variety of options ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $128.24
Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park, Cairns & the Tropical North, Day Trips
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Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Explore Australia's World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest at the Rainforestation Nature Park in Kuranda. The park is set on 100 acres (40 hectares) of ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $39.03
Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets, Cairns & the Tropical North, Attraction ... 
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Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Combine two of Kuranda’s most popular wildlife experiences with visits to both the Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld. Encounter Australia’s weird and ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $25.49
Kuranda Rainforest Night Adventure Tour by Hummer, Cairns & the Tropical North, Attraction ... 
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Kuranda Rainforest Night Adventure Tour by Hummer

3 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Spend an exciting evening on a four-wheel drive night tour in the World Heritage-listed Kuranda Rainforest. You’ll experience life in the Australian outback ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.45

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