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Kuranda - Cities, Towns and Localities
If you’re after adventure, shopping, magnificent rainforests, views, culture, historic train journeys, giant butterflies, art or just a great coffee then Kuranda is just the right place for you.

Kuranda Scenic Railway 

Nestled amongst the rainforest, this location is an inspiration to artists from around the world. The Kuranda Arts Co-operative displays and sells Kuranda art. The Kuranda Festival takes place each year and is like a mini Mardi Gras with vibrant costumes and activities.

The Kuranda Railway would have to be one of the most scenic in Australia, running through hand carved tunnels on the side of the massive Barron Gorge, then passes a magnificent waterfall (Stony Creek Falls) all the time surrounded by rainforest and with occasional views out across the Coral Sea. The train line was built by a Mr John Robb between 1886 and 1891. The station at Kuranda was completed in 1951. The entire line from Cairns to Kuranda is considered a masterpiece of rail engineering.

There’s always something going on in Kuranda, this village is a must see for all ages. If wildlife is your passion, then check out The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Koala Gardens and Birdworld Kuranda Bird Sanctuary, all located at the Heritage Markets and connected by walkways. You can purchase the Kuranda Wild Life Experience (KWE) ticket to all three attractions.

Check out our listing of Kuranda accommodation and Tropical North Queensland accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Kuranda Visitor Information Centre
Centenary Park
Coondoo Street
Ph: 07 4093 9311
Open 7 days a week 10 am - 4 pm
Closed Christmas Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
Kuranda Village in the Rainforest

Kuranda Attractions

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
• 8 Rob Veivers Drv, KURANDA QLD 4872 • 07 4093 7575
Details: The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary's 3666 cubic metre aviary is home to over 1500 magnificent tropical butterflies, all local to the area, including the electric blue Ulysses butterfly and the largest butterfly in Australia, the Cairns or Australian Birdwing.

The aviary was opened in 1987 and has been visited by over a million people since.
The butterfly's beguiling aerial dances and their tendency to land on brightly coloured clothing, has inspired and delighted young and old alike.
Australian Venom Zoo
• 8 Coondoo St, KURANDA QLD 4881 • Ph: +61 7 4093 8905 • Email
Details: The zoo is an attraction for the public, but we also captive breed our animals, primarily for the extraction of their venom, and also captive breed for the pet trade. We have a great collection of animals here from the world’s most venomous spider, to Australia’s 5 most venomous snakes, to a variety of scorpions, centipedes, reptiles and insects. And of course a great variety of our beloved tarantulas! We run daily personalised, educational tours of our display of Australian tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes, lizards and snakes. We also do LIVE venom extraction, which the public can actually watch.
Barron Gorge National Park
Details: North Queensland’s most popular park with over 1,500 000 visitors each year, fantastic scenery, waterfalls, lush rainforests, volcanic craters, native wildlife, massive trees, aboriginal heritage, varied pioneer history and several unusual ways to explore this 2820ha park situated between Cairns and Kuranda.
Birdworld Kuranda Bird Sanctuary
• Rob Vievers Drv, Heritage Markets, KURANDA QLD 4872 • Ph/Fax: +61 7 4093 9188 • Email
Details: Home to the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia (some 500 of them!), Birdworld Kuranda in the Australian highlands of the Atherton Tablelands displays no less than 75 species of the most spectacular birds from all corners of the planet - as well as from the earth’s fast diminishing rainforests.

Visitors are free to wander through the lush, tropically landscaped bird sanctuary to observe the birds in their own specific - yet natural - habitats. Two lakes connected by a tumbling waterfall for example are home to waterbirds such as stilts, herons and Australia’s own unique Black Swan. In Birdworld’s rainforest canopy overhead, blue, gold and scarlet Macaws dazzle with colourful brilliance as they soar above the tree tops.

One outstanding Birdworld denizen not to be missed is that rare avian giant, the Cassowary - an Australian bird now officially enlisted as endangered. Birdworld Kuranda can provide guided tours for all group bookings.
Carrowong Fauna Sanctuary
• Black Mountain Rd, KURANDA QLD 4872 • Ph: 07 4093 7287
Details: Carrowong’s Wildlife Mountain Safari concentrates on the rare and endangered mammals of the night and A Night in the Rainforest, our nocturnal spotlighting walk, reveals the great biodiversity of these ancient rainforests.
Kuranda Amphitheatre
Details: In 1979 the Kuranda Amphitheatre was carved out of the hills by a dedicated group of local musicians, performers and eccentric individuals. This 3,500 seat tropical outdoor venue has, over the years, attracted some of Australia and the World’s finest performers, for some truly memorable concerts. Check local papers for current events.
Kuranda Heritage Markets
Details: Wander through the beautiful rainforest setting and watch artists at work. Ninety stalls provide an innovative range of handmade local crafts plus Australian opals, gemstones, crocodile and kangaroo leather goods.
Kuranda Koala Gardens
• Heritage Markets, KURANDA QLD 4872 • Ph: +61 7 4093 9953 • Email
Details: Get your photo taken cuddling a koala (extra charge), see freshwater crocodiles, wombats and a variety of wallabies. Experience Australia’s first walk-through snake house - it’s amazing! Australia is home to an amazing selection of reptiles and there are lots on display. See Dragons and Monitors with their long forked tongues, and much more.

Purchase the Kuranda Wildlife Experience Pass combining the 3 outstanding attractions of the Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld Kuranda Bird Sanctuary, and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.
Kuranda Nature Park
• Ph: 07 4031 2588 • Email
Details: Amaze at the local wildlife of Kangaroos, Wallabies, Brush Turkeys, Monitor lizards, Cockatoos, Kookaburras, and other birdlife in their natural surroundings. Our open air bush restaurant by the lake overlooks wilderness cabin accommodation for that truly Australian bush experience.
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Details: For one and a half fabulous hours, you’ll travel on board historical carriages through some of the lushest rainforest, pass deep gorges, rugged mountains and the spectacular waterfalls. It’s a view that was originally captured 100 years ago by teams of railway men armed only with picks and shovels. Today, that 34km track still winds its way through 15 hand made tunnels up to Kuranda Station - a Station which looks more like a beautiful botanical garden.
Kuranda Skyrail
• Ph: 07 4038 1555 • Email • Web:
Details: Skyrail has received numerous awards and accolades since opening, including being voted Australia’s best major tourist attraction at the 1997 Australian Tourism Awards, and for three consecutive years (1997-99) at the Queensland Tourism Awards.

Check out VIATOR and book online for Kuranda Skyrail and Rail Tour
Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance & Cultural Display
• Kennedy Hwy, KURANDA QLD 4872 • 07 4093 9033
Details: They open a door of understanding to this ancient culture by sharing their stories and spirits, depicting the Dreamtime, the animals, traditional hunting and food gathering. Performances are in the traditional and authentic manner of the old corroboree and in a majestic natural setting.
Rain Forest Station Nature Park
• Ph: 07 4093 9033 • Email
Details: A 40 hectare tourist attraction in the midst of World Heritage rainforest. Situated on the Kennedy Highway, Rainforestation is five minutes from the Kuranda Village or half an hour by coach from Cairns in Australia’s Tropical North Queensland, home of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove
Encompasses the two most spectacular ways to see Queensland's Far North. Glide over one of the worlds most beautiful rainforest enroute to Kuranda; a picturesque mountain village. Here, enjoy taking time to explore the village and its people. Upon your return to Cairns, board the Kuranda Scenic Rail; winding around curves, across bridges, and through hand hewn tunnels and much more…
Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Palm Cove
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