10 Things To Do In Kuranda
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10 Things To Do In Kuranda

Heading to Kuranda? This list of 10 things to do in Kuranda guarantees that you will have a trip to remember!

Fringed by pristine World Heritage Rainforest, Kuranda is a funky, eclectic Tropical village bustling with activities, nature and remarkable wildlife. Whether you want to grab a bargain at the world famous Kuranda Markets, meet an Australian icon at one of the wildlife parks or explore the pristine beauty of the rainforest, a day at Kuranda is sure to be a highlight of your time in Tropical North Queensland.

Dream of cuddling a koala? How about flying over the rainforest canopy (yes, really). Read on for the ultimate list of 10 things to do in Kuranda…

1. Experience The Grandeur of Barron Falls

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A whopping 260 metres in height, the Barron Falls, traditionally known as Din Din, is one if the largest waterfalls in the Cairns area. Varying from a roaring torrent in the wet season, to a dainty stream in the dry, Barron Falls is truly a sight to behold.

Although Barron Falls is located 3 and a half kilometres from Kuranda Village, it can be accessed easily on our Classic Kuranda Tour. Travel to Kuranda old-school style on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, which specifically stops at Barron Falls for you to enjoy this natural wonder.

2. Cuddle A Koala

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You haven’t been to Australia unless you’ve cuddled a koala! Luckily, Rainforestation has several of these adorable marsupials for you to “ooh” and “ahh” over. Book a koala photo and get ready to experience those koala cuddles you’ve always craved.

After cuddling the ultimate cutie, head to the Koala and Wildlife Park to tick more Australian animals off your bucket list, including Tasmanian Devils, Dingoes and the gigantic Estaurine Crocodile!

3. Embrace Your Inner Art Critic

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From photography to pottery, there’s an art form for everyone to admire in Kuranda! Browse stunning photographs of some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks at the Peter Jarver Gallery or admire a range of local Aboriginal Art at Doongal Aboriginal Art & Artefacts.


4. Walk Through The Rainforest

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Ready to live out your ultimate Tarzan fantasy? The Jum Rum Creek takes you right into the jungle! This one hour circuit takes you through the pristine Wet Tropics Rainforest and alongside the Barron River.


5. Time Travel To The 70s At The Original Markets

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With the soft chug of Reggae music and the array of vibrant tie-dye, visiting the Original Kuranda Markets feels like travelling back in time to the groovy era of the 70s.

Founded in 1978, the original markets reflect the original bohemian charm of Kuranda. Enter through the Kuranda Market Mall and get ready to experience one of the best things to do in Kuranda. We recommend grabbing a natural coconut to hydrate you as you browse.

Enjoy time in Kuranda Village on our Grand Kuranda Tour.

6. Throw A Boomerang

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Embrace the local Indiginous Culture of the Pamagirri tribe at Rainforestations’ Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. Join a local guide for a Dreamtime walk and learn how to throw a Boomerang, then enjoy a didgeridoo demonstration in which your guide will imitate different Australian animals.

The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience is included on our Classic Kuranda and Rainforest, Aboriginal Culture and wildlife Kuranda tours.

7. Soar Over The Rainforest Canopy On A Cable Car

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Never has the phrase “birds eye view” been so accurate. Fly high over the rainforest canopy on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Enjoy sweeping 360 degree views of Cairns and the Wet Tropics Rainforest before passing over the iconic Barron Falls.

Enjoy complimentary ranger-guided boardwalk Rainforest tours at Red Peak and Barron Falls.

Skyrail is included on many of Kuranda Tours.

8. Tantalise Your Taste Buds

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rainforestation buffet lunch kuranda
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With an array of cafes and market food stalls, Kuranda is pretty much a foodies haven. Our picks? Falafellicious in the Original Markets and Kuranda Home Made Tropical Fruit Ice Cream, which is located on the main street. Alternatively, Rainforestation’s buffet lunch has pretty much reached iconic status.

9. See Australia’s Largest Butterfly

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The Cairns Birdwing Butterfly is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant and beautiful butterflies in Far North Queensland. With a wing span o up to 18cm and an iridescent green hue, this critter is on the must-see list of every nature lover!

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary in the Southern Hemisphere and is home to the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly, Red Lacewing Butterfly and more. You can even see these stunning creatures in caterpillar and pupae form in the laboratory.

Head to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary on our Grand Kuranda tour.

10. Hand Feed A Wallaby

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It doesn’t get more Aussie than a wallaby! Rainforestation has wallabies and other macropods roaming freely around the Koala and Wildlife Park. Grab a bag of Wallaby food and watch these cuties eat straight out of the palm of your hand.

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