Cairns Skyrail Kuranda Village
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You haven't seen Cairns if you haven't done a trip on the Skyrail Cableway. The Skyrail Cableway spans 7.5 kilometres from Smithfield just outside Cairns up to the Village of Kuranda. There are two stations you can stop at on the way during the trip. A world first in environmental tourism the Skyrail takes you up the mountains skimming across the top of the lush tropical rainforest as well as giving you sweeping views over the landscape back towards Cairns. You will see, hear and smell the rainforest on your scenic trip to Kuranda Village. One way the journey takes around 1.5 hours including stops at Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station.
Kuranda has been home to the Djabugay Aboriginal people for more than 10,000 years and today they are still there. Popular with the hippy movement in the 1960's and 70's Kuranda still shows their influence with colourful shops and the original Kuranda markets still operating. Kuranda is also home to the Rainforest Station where you can check out wildlife, take an army duck tour, cuddle a koala and see the Pamagirri Aboriginal dancers. Kuranda is known as the village of the rainforest. There is a lot to see an do in Kuranda.
The Kuranda scenic railway is an amazing journey that will complete your day trip and offer you a different perspective and scenery than you experienced on the Skyrail. The railway was constructed in 1882 and 1891 and even today is considered an engineering feat. Hundreds of men built the 15 hand - made tunnels and 37 bridges and lives were lost in the building of the railway. The train can be boarded either at Freshwater Railway station or at Kuranda. The train will wind it's way back down the mountain traveling alongside the massive Barron Gorge with a stop to see the famous Barron Falls. Traveling further you will pass waterfalls and rainforest as well as some spectacular views over the Cairns tropical landscape. It takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete the journey from Kuranda to Cairns or visa verca.
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