About Tourism Kuranda

Getting to Kuranda

Getting to Kuranda

Kuranda truly is the Village in the Rainforest, situated 380m above sea-level on top of the McAlister Range, in the heart of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforests. Lush tree ferns line the roadside on the way into the village and numerous walking tracks and trails take you into the green surrounds, offering running streams, wide rivers and views over waterfalls and gorges.

Boasting spectacular scenery and natural beauty, just getting here is an experience in itself.

We look forward to seeing you at Kuranda The Village in the Rainforest.

Things To do

Things To do

Whether it’s a day or a weekend, there are a number of great ways to see Kuranda. Everybody likes to experience different things, so in addition to the comprehensive itineraries available, we have endeavoured to provide the approximate times required to partake in the many different activities that you can find in Kuranda.

Use the following list as a guide when planning your day; for more information regarding tour packages and time allocation for various activities contact the Kuranda Visitor information Centre on phone (07) 4093 9311, mobile 0407 758 645 or info@kuranda.org

Kuranda Markets

Kuranda Markets

Come and enjoy the Markets in the Rainforest

Kuranda is world famous for its markets. The Village in the Rainforest has 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 artefacts, handmade leather goods, wood and jewellery. Stall holders are happy to explain their craft and overseas posting is not a problem. Entertainment from wandering buskers may also be enjoyed.

Kuranda Accommodation

Kuranda Accommodation

Choose from units, cottages, an artist’s studio, cabins, dormitories, luxury rooms all with modern conveniences, or just sleep in a tent. Breakfast in bed, cook your own, or eat out. The choices for overnight comfort are varied, with tropical forest settings and access to water in pools and creeks adding to the experience.

After a busy day take the opportunity to relax at your accommodation and listen for Kuranda’s many night roaming creatures: wallabies, pademelons, bandicoots, flying foxes, owls and curlews and the “murdered woman”- the scrub hen. The wet season from December through to April is a time for frog music – the real sound of the tropical rainforest. All this is possible from your Kuranda accommodation hide-away.


News By Tourism Kuranda

Cool clothing

 Cool clothing

By Tourism Kuranda

17 Jul 2017

Kuranda couture is being snapped up by Chinese visitors keen to buy garments that are 100 per cent Australian made. Sandra Viden Design owner Sylvia Walker said the natural fibre fabric was sourced in Australia and made in Queensland with one of the original machinists still making the garments 25 years later.

"Sandra Viden started designing clothes when she moved from Tasmania to Kuranda and couldn't find anything comfortable to wear in the tropics. She did some research and found Cubbie Station cotton, which is knitted especially for our garments, and opened the store in Kuranda in 1991," she says.

"I've been with Sandra Viden Design for eight years and bought the business five years ago when Sandra retired. We still carry the lines Sandra designed and I have added some of my own designs which continue in the same classic style that Sandra created all those years ago.

"The clothes are very simple, classic and elegant and they not only make you look good but they feel great because they are all natural fibres. We often have customers walking in wearing gear they bought 25 years ago. One customer lives in Paris and loved the clothing she bought some years ago so every year her sons come in and buy her an outfit when they visit Kuranda."

The Sandra Viden website has expanded to offer on-line shopping cart facilities making it even easier to put your wardrobe together from afar. The staff (from left) Vienne Verheesen, Sabine Nellen, Lala Kuenkel and Sylvia Walker are ready to help.

Rainforest in flower

 Rainforest in flower

By Tourism Kuranda

17 Jul 2017

The unseasonably wet conditions experienced during the past couple of months have had a notable effect on the World Heritage-listed Cairns rainforest surrounding Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, with many of the plants along the cableway bursting into bloom.

As you depart in your gondola from the Smithfield Terminal you will see the dodder laurel (Cassytha filiformis: Lauraceae) vine flowering. The small yellow flowers are inconspicuous, as are its light-coloured berries, so you'll need to look closely! The vine is a plant parasite, but it only occurs in the rainforest on a small selection of species that have evolved in such a way that their relationship with the vine is relatively balanced.

Journeying over the tropical rainforests of Cairns between Smithfield Station and Red Peak, the pink bloodwood (Corymbia intermedia: Myrtaceae) has been fruiting and its small white flowers and grey gumnuts make quite a show as they are produced in clusters. This attractive tree gets its name from the pink colour of its timber and it is also the preferred food source for the caterpillars of the dull oak blue butterfly.

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