Discover Kuranda the village in the Rainforest

Kuranda Bird World

There is so many things to do in Kuranda

Kuranda is Artsy and alternative, the quaint Kuranda is tucked into the lush rainforest of Australia’s tablelands.

The traditional home of the Djabugay people, Europeans gradually began to displace indigenous groups in the 19th century.

Kuranda was first settled and surveyed by Thomas Behan in 1885, becoming a regional hub of coffee and timber production.

Today the town is a picturesque rainforest hamlet with a strong presence of indigenous cultures. A mere twenty-five kilometers from Cairns, today Kuranda it is a popular day trip, known for its beautiful scenery and expansive markets.

All in all, Kuranda offers much to see and do.

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Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary

This rainforest haven is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of an abundance of wildlife.

You can cuddle with a koala at the Koala Gardens or meander through a garden of butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.


You also won’t want to miss out on Birdworld, an expansive aviary display that boasts a number of exotic bird species.



The Rainforest Markets provide an excellent place to pick up traditional arsenal crafts and local produce items, including honey and fruit wines, while Djurri Dadagal Art Enterprises is an excellent place to check out traditional indigenous art pieces.

Kuranda also offers visitors are a number of scenic walking trails through the surrounding rainforest.


Luckily, there are several ways to reach Kuranda from Cairns.

The Kuranda Scenic Railroad is, as the name suggests, the most scenic option, affording passengers sweeping views of the Barron Gorge National Park.

Commentators also provide a detailed overview of the railway’s construction and history throughout the trip.

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a scenic cableway running above the Barron Gorge National Park, also transports visitors from Cairns to Kuranda.

The cableway boasts two stops at mid-rainforest station, as well as sweeping views of the gorge. Visitors can also reach Kuranda via public bus and private car are also options.