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:
Doesn’t it just look lovely?!