The picturesque village of Kuranda. A welcoming first stop on the drive up the northern Kuranda Range from Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands. It features an eclectic mix of village shops and world-famous markets. Bush-tucker and international cuisines, wildlife and local Aboriginal culture. The town is an early immersion into Tablelands style. A defining break from the cosmopolitan flavours of Cairns.
Discover some history
In the 1880s the construction of the Kuranda Railway began. Miners from the west needed transport to ‘civilisation’. Many lives were lost during construction. The development included fifteen hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges. The total amount of earth excavated was three million cubic metres. Quite a feat for those times. Tourists began using the railway to visit Kuranda in the 1930s.
In the 1960s, it became apparent how good the lifestyle was in Kuranda. With cheap living, beautiful scenery and lovely climate. The ‘hippy’ communes moved into town.
The 1970s brought all kinds of new inhabitants. The town filled with musicians and artists and the Kuranda Markets began.
Explore world-famous markets
Kuranda Heritage Market offers a wide range of artisan products. Locally-designed and made fashion and local produce. Also, keep your eye out for hand-crafted jewellery, leather products, woodwork and gemstones.
There is an excellent selection of local produce. The Atherton Tablelands boasts coffee and cocoa plantations. There are endless tropical fruit orchards. The Golden Drop mango winery is always a crowd-pleaser. You will find something delicious to take home with you. A range of restaurants and cafes in Kuranda offer tropical taste sensations to suit all desires.
Get up close to Aussie Wildlife
Don’t miss the natural wildlife attractions. Get a chance to hold a Koala at Kuranda Koala Gardens. Or check out Birdworld which features an extensive collection of free-flying native and exotic birds. Both venues are selfie-worthy in the company of wildlife.
The most awesome waterfall in the region is nearby at Barron Falls. A spectacular sight during the monsoon season when the Barron River is in full flood.
Local accommodation includes a bed and breakfast, a motel, camping park, historic hotel, or a modern resort.