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The excursion to the wet tropical rainforest with its luxuriant vegetation and different wildlife, was an outstanding natural experience. Unfortunately it was pouring with rain that day, as we had never experienced it before; however - this made the rainforest shine in its richest colours! Slideshows
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Kuranda Scenic Railway
Our tour package "Kuranda Rainforest Experience" (booked at Kuranda Scenic Railway) started with the historic 100 years old Scenic Railway, which took us through the impressive mountain ranges of the Baron Gorge National Park to the rainforest village of Kuranda. During the scenic journey the train climbs for 34 kilometres at a height of more than 300 metres through tropical rainforest, bends round countless curves and passes through fifteen tunnels and under forty bridges! On its way it passes the beautiful Stoney Creek Falls and stops at a vantage point with a spectacular view of the Barron Gorge Falls which, in the dry season, unfortunately has very little water.

Kuranda marketsThe picturesque rainforest village Kuranda is situated amidst the world heritage area at the Barron river and offers a multitude of natural and cultural attractions and sights.Army Duck at RainforeststationSpecial highlights for us were the markets with traditional arts and crafts and the nearby "Rainforeststation", a forty hectare Nature park including also a Koala and Wildlife Park, where one can hand feed kangaroos and watch Koalas and crocodiles etc. Interesting also are the performances of the Panagirri Aboriginal people. The most exciting experience however was an adventurous tour of the jungle and a lake by the "Army Duck", an amphibious vehicle from World War II.

Aborigines playing didgeridooThe Aborigines are the original owners of the rainforest and have been there since ancient times, so it was very enriching to meet them there. As a part of our package we watched a Pamagirri Aborigines Dance show against the backdrop of the scenery of the rainforest, and after that one of the dancers introduced us into the techniques of playing the Didgerridoo, throwing a boomerang and an Aboriginal spear, We enjoyed all the performances and the entertaining way our Aboriginal guide Kuranda Skayrailtalked to us. Unfortunately due to lack of time we missed the Rainbow Serpent walkway, which takes you through Aboriginal traditions as well as myths and legends of the Dreamtime.

Above all the return journey by  “Skyrail”, a 7,5 km long scenic cableway, above the Barron Gorge National Park gave us spectacular views of the canopy of the rainforest, the Barron Falls and surroundings of Cairns. The Skyrail stops at two rainforest mid-stations, Red Peak and Barron Falls, with boardwalks and scenic look-outs. Unfortunately due to the heavy rain; the view from the gondola was not the best.

There is much more to se and to do in Kuranda, but unfortunately our time was limited, as Skyrail does not accept passengers after 3.45 pm.


Impressions of Kuranda
aboriginal dancers at rainforeststation
Aboriginal playing the didgeridoo
Aboriginal shop
Koalas
rainforest jungle
Pamagirri dancers
Didgeridoo
Aboriginal shop
Koalas
rainforest jungle


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