The village of Kuranda accommodates some of the most unique and colourful wildlife in Australia. The Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest in Australia and houses over 1500 hand reared butterflies in a free flight aviary. At the Australian Venom Zoo the primary focus is on captive breeding and displaying venomous animals that will one day be responsible for producing some of the most advanced medicines in the world. Birdworld Kuranda is home to the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia – some 500 of them! The Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve is home to animals from all parts of the world, including Bears, White Rhinos, Hippopotamus, a large variety of primates and of course lots of big Cats. Kuranda Koala Gardens is a great wildlife experience right in the heart of the Kuranda Village at the Heritage Markets.
Traditional Boomerang & Spear throwing, dance and didgeridoo playing are some of the wonderful displays performed in Kuranda and the surrounding Atherton Tablelands.
The Rainforest of the Kuranda region is one of the oldest on this planet. It is home to palms & ferns that date back thousands of years. There are orchids, ginger plants, strangler figs and climbing plants. Explore the newly constructed walking tracks, with easy trails to the river, or the slightly more strenuous bush walk to the Barron Falls with spectacular views.
Kuranda is home to a number of art galleries that house indigenous artifacts to colourful visual interpretations of this unique part of the world. Kuranda is also home to an extraordinary number of potters, painters, photographers, glass and craft workers, masters in wood, jewellery and fabrics. Their work is on display in many of the shops, galleries and markets in the village.
Kuranda is renowned for its market life-style. This is the place to visit for that unique gift or Australian souvenir. The food reflects the diverse cultures that reside in the region. There are 3 different markets in Kuranda: Heritage Markets, Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets and the New Markets.
From its first European settlement in 1880, Kuranda has fertile soil for a unique rural lifestyle. Gold and coffee were once sought after, but now naturalists seek Kuranda’s riches.
Kuranda offers a wide range of dining options, from fine restaurants to comfortable cafés, authentic curries to traditional Aussie BBQs, but when you stay at the Kuranda Rainforest Resort you don’t have to venture far for a great meal – the Resorts Chef will delight your taste buds for a very reasonable price! Accommodation prices at Kuranda Rainforest Resort start at $79 per night (2 persons) for longer stays or $99 for short stays.
The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. This famous railway winds its way on a journey of approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique rainforest experience taking you on an unforgettable journey through Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests, traversing the McAlister Range and through the Barron Gorge National Park. The gondola cabins provide spectacular and uninterrupted views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands.
It is impossible to see and do all that is on offer in Kuranda and its surrounds in one day, so it is best to stay at least a couple of days. For great rainforest accommodation in a beautiful resort you can’t go past Villa 39 in the Kuranda Rainforest Resort!