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About Rainforestation Nature Park
Army Duck Rainforest Tours
Experience the tropical rainforest from a totally unique perspective – aboard an amphibious World War II Army Duck (officially spelt DUKW). Rainforestation has 12 of these historical vehicles, which hold up to 30 passengers and have 6 wheel drive, propeller and rudder. As you traverse part of the property on your unforgettable 45 minute rainforest tour, your knowledgeable Duck Captain / Guide will point out and explain ferns, orchids, strangler figs and stinging trees, as well as birds such as the Azure Kingfisher and a host of other animals and reptiles. As you splash into the lake, be sure to smile as an automatic digital photo is taken.
These are available for purchase at the Tropical Treats Juice Bar when you disembark.
With propeller engaged, your Army Duck cruises up to the water’s edge whilst turtles, fish and eels swim up close. Keep an eye out for water dragons or pythons sunbaking or slithering up trees.
Commentary sheets for the tour are available in 17 different languages, including
English, Chinese Mandarin, Japanese, Dutch, German, Italian, French, Indonesian, Korean, Malay, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Danish, Finnish and Thai, and tours take approximately 45 minutes.
Rainforestation Nature Park’s Army Duck Tropical Rainforest Tour is the park’s oldest attraction, and was one of the first significant tourist attractions of Tropical North Queensland to explore the wonders of our tropical rainforests. Commencing in 1976 with the opening of the Restaurant, the Amphibious Army Ducks are a unique and exciting experience on land and water.
Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
Australia’s Indigenous culture is one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world, and Rainforestation Nature Park recognises the importance of preserving and sharing this unique culture. Local indigenous Pamagirri Guides welcome you to join them on a journey to discover the Dreamtime and learn about the fascinating customs and ancient traditions that are kept alive in the rainforest of Kuranda, in Tropical North Queensland.
The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience takes approximately 1 hour, including the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Show held in the Rainforest Amphitheatre, and the Dreamtime Walk conducted either before or after the show. The Dreamtime Walk consists of a spear throwing presentation, didgeridoo presentation and boomerang throwing.
The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience recently won a 2019 Queensland Tourism Award in gold for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism.
Koala & Wildlife Park
Meet an abundance of Australian animals in Rainforestation's Koala & Wildlife Park. Wander at your leisure or join a guided group with our experienced Wildlife Keepers. A series of elevated boardwalks provide close-up uninterrupted views of the Australian animals and reptiles, including koalas, dingoes, crocodiles, snakes and the endangered Southern Cassowary and Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo.
Handfeed the free roaming kangaroos and wallabies in the landscaped gardens, see wombats and lace monitors, and view local snakes and other reptiles.
The guided tours of the Wildlife Park provide an indepth summary of all of the animal species, and describe the quirky traits of the individual animals themselves.
After your tour of the Koala and Wildlife Park, you can have your photo taken holding Australia's sleepiest marsupial; the koala, or holding a small fresh water crocodile (optional extra).
The star attraction of our Wildlife Park is “Jack the Ripper”, a 5 metre saltwater crocodile weighing at 650kgs with a reputation of killing 12 of his girlfriends in times gone by. Jack is kept in his own enclosure with an elevated platform perfect for your safe and closeup viewing.
On the other side of Jack is our fresh water enclosure where a bask of juvenile crocodiles, turtles and lizards sun themselves and casually swim around
Rainforestation Nature Park first introduced an aboriginal cultural experience in 1987, giving tourists the chance to learn how to throw a boomerang whilst waiting for an Army Duck Tour of the rainforest. In 1993, an expansion was made on this growing interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, with the formation of the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Troupe. Charlie and Pip Woodward, owners of Rainforestation then initiated the Dreamtime Walk Cultural Tour staffed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and constructed the Pamagirri Cultural Centre to display traditional dwellings and artefacts.
In that same year, the Woodwards formed the Pamagirri Dance Troupe with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, developed a traditional dance programme, and constructed an amphitheatre nestled in the rainforest.
To link the amphitheatre with the main building, a 130 metre covered walkway was constructed, themed on the mythical Rainbow Serpent. The walkway was decorated with figures from the Dreamtime. Pamagirri actually means “silent snake”, and is symbolic of this Rainbow Serpent, responsible for the creation of the mountains and rivers in Aboriginal Dreamtime stories.
Functions & Events
Some of our existing themes include;
M*A*S*H Bash (40-300 seated with a dance floor 300+ with modified theming)
A fully themed evening event based on the popular TV series. 11 authentic vintage Army Ducks feature in this evening of 'jungle combat', hosted by two professional actors, 'Sergeant Major' and 'Hotlips Hoolihan'. Dinner is served in the Outback Restaurant which is transformed into a Mess Hall with military style settings surrounded by camouflage nets, signage and other memorabilia. Staff dress as your favourite M*A*S*H characters and a fully themed band keep the troops entertained.
Aussie Bush Night
Red Carpet in the Rainforest
Under The Southern Cross Up to 2000 guests - All of park party
Create Your Own Event Limited only by your imagination
Add personal touches to any of our existing themes, or put your imagination to work and our team can create a theme to suit your requirements
Tropical Fruit Orchard
Take some time to meander through the Tropical Fruit Orchard, which features over 40 different species of exotic tropical fruit trees. This tranquil setting provides the perfect opportunity to view and learn about fruits of the region including jackfruit, paw paw, lychees, mango, cocoa, carambola, star apple, and pineapple, as well as regional produce such as tea, coffee, and sugar cane.
Tropical Treats Juice Bar
Situated in the heart of the Tropical Fruit Orchard, you can sample refreshing delights grown on site, as well as fruit based ice creams, juices, and snacks. Also makes a great venue for cocktail drinks and canapes for private or themed events.
Rainforestation Nature Park
Departing Cairns accommodation, travel North on Sheridan Street. As you pass the airport on your right, Sheridan Street becomes the Captain Cook Highway. You will soon cross the Barron River Bridge. Continue through the Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob and Caravonica roundabouts. At the Smithfield roundabout turn left onto the Kennedy Highway, passing Smithfield Shopping Centre on your right and join the Kuranda Range. You may wish to stop at Henry Ross Lookout for a scenic view of Cairns and the coast. From Henry Ross Lookout, continue on the Kennedy Highway for approx. 5 km, and you will see a sign indicating a right hand turn off for Rainforestation.
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Hours: 9am - 4pm