Friday, September 22, 2017

Kuranda, the Village in the Rainforest (Australia)

Another day trip we took when we were in Australia was to Kuranda. Known as the Village in the Rainforest, this picturesque mountain retreat is just 25km northwest of Cairns in Far North Queensland and is surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest.

I just booked our tour through our hotel the day before. There are lots of options for tours which include different activities, so it's up to you to decide which ones you want to see and do. Ours was to take the bus straight to Kuranda, have free time to go around the village, then we would take the scenic train going back.

first ones on the bus

Nestled in the mountaintop rainforest, Kuranda has been enchanting visitors for years. Today people flock to this tiny village to enjoy its stunning natural beauty and the relaxed atmosphere. There are so many attractions, restaurants & cafes, art & craft galleries, markets, and walking trails. A single day just isn't enough!

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly light aviary and exhibit in Australia and the southern hemisphere.
See some of Australia’s most precious and beautiful birds in their beautiful rainforest habitat
Koala Gardens gives you the opportunity to see some of Australia’s most unique wildlife up close.
Australian Venom Zoo - see five of Australia’s deadliest snakes, plus a collection of spiders and scorpions. 
Unique Dinosaur Skeleton, Fossil and Gemstone Museum
an airplane wreckage
there's also a playground which the kids enjoyed

Kuranda is world famous for its markets. There's two market locations, the Original Markets and the Heritage Markets, both of which are open every day of the year. Stalls offer a wide range of Aboriginal artifacts, handmade leather goods, wood, jewellery and many more unique souvenirs and gift items.

We just loved going around the markets and walking through the rainforest. It was also fun checking out the different roadside cafes and restaurants for a bite to eat.

art gallery
a life size replica of an Allosaurus dinosaur

there's even a church

There were also so many Instagram worthy spots everywhere!

After exploring the village, we then headed to the historic Kuranda Railway where we would take a scenic train ride which I'll be posting about next! :)


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