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Day 239: When Someone Said “Scenic” for Getting to Kuranda, They Weren’t Lying

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Day 239:  Brooke at Barron Gorge Falls[/caption]

An itinerary for 16 days from Cairns to Sydney with a stop up in Cooktown is going to be packed, which mine was last year when I did the road trip. We had to pick and choose what we really, really wanted to do in order to make the most of the trip, and when it came down do it, we skipped a heck of a lot of the area around Cairns. Kuranda was on this list of misses – not because we didn’t think it sounded awesome. We more skipped it because we liked the idea of checking out coffee plantations and rock wallabies over in Granite Gorge more.

Yesterday was a day of rainforest adventures, leading me to the lovely little village of Kuranda. Kuranda on its own is a cute little place to visit with shops, cafes, markets, a butterfly sanctuary and other goodies to pass the time, but the real draw, in my opinion, is simply getting there and back.

There are two fabulous options for getting to the little rainforest-encased village: the scenic railway and the Skyrail. The best decision you can make is to simply do one on the way there and the other on the way back, which, of course, was arranged for us by Tourism Queensland. For this post, however, we’ll take a look at the Scenic Railway that started from the Freshwater train station and took us up and up and up into the rainforest-clad hills outside of Cairns until we were met with picturesque views of jungle canopies and even the Barron Gorge Falls.

Have a look:

scenic railway sign

Scenic Railway begins in Freshwater Station

Buying Tickets for the Railway

Buying Tickets for the Railway

Waiting for the Train

Waiting for the Train to Arrive on a Beautiful Day

scenic railway train has arrived

The Scenic Railway Train Has Arrived

all aboard

All Aboard

The Train in the Hills

The Train Winding through the Hills

Barron Gorge Falls

Barron Gorge Falls

Train at the Barron Gorge Falls

Train at the Barron Gorge Falls Lookout

View from the Scenic Railway Train

View from the Scenic Railway Train

waterfall opposite barron gorge

A Waterfall on the Opposite Side of our Barron Gorge Lookout

Doesn’t it just look lovely?!

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3 Responses to Day 239: When Someone Said “Scenic” for Getting to Kuranda, They Weren’t Lying

  1. bethany August 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    That looks like a really cute train – look at the ticket buying area – so beautiful!

  2. Chris August 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    I really loved Kuranda. So glad to see so many of my favorite bloggers getting up there and seeing it for themselves.

    I didn’t get the chance to take the train (time was very limited) but I loved the cable car too. Some stunning views.

  3. Rebecca September 15, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    I love this town and the transport is most of the fun! I had a great time when I was there back in 2008. I am glad you did too!!

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