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KurandaAustralia

Known for its natural beauty and creative locals, the Village in the Rainforest is the place to browse galleries and markets, and ride on the scenic railway.

The town of Kuranda is 380 metres above sea level on the Macalister Range, in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforests. It’s known as the “Village in the Rainforest” and is renowned for its thriving arts community.

Artists originally flocked to Kuranda for its natural beauty. The tiny town is surrounded by World Heritage-listed rain forest, mountains and gorges. Today, Kuranda’s streets are lined with shops and galleries that display and sell local art. The town is also well known for its markets, where you can buy arts, crafts and souvenirs. Pick up leather-work, indigenous paintings and handmade jewellery at two different markets. The Heritage Markets is open every day, while the Original Markets are held on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Wander the town’s streets to soak up the relaxed atmosphere. Many of the houses have quirky gardens filled with trinkets and brightly painted walls. Sit at tables under the trees at one of the village’s restaurants or cafés.

There are a number of attractions around Kuranda, including the Koala Garden and Birdworld. Butterfly Sanctuary is home to more than 1,500 winged beauties. Take a walk into the rain forest on any of the marked trails that leave from town.

Don’t miss a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway that travels through the rain forest, past waterfalls and over the Barron Gorge. The railway was built in the 1890s and its trains are made up of authentic timber carriages. The Kuranda station is famous for its gardens. The station is more than 330 metres (1,000 feet) above seal level and is said to be one of the most photographed railway stations in the world. The train trip takes about two hours between Cairns and Kuranda.

Travel to Kuranda by car, on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or Kuranda Scenic Railway. Free parking is available in the centre of the village. There are also regular bus and shuttle services that operate from Cair

Top hotels in Kuranda

Cassowary House
Cassowary House
3 out of 5
Black Mountain Rd, Kuranda, QLD
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Situated in Kuranda, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Kuranda National Park and Wet Tropics of Queensland. Birdworld Kuranda and Australian Butterfly ...

Cassowary House
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
4 out of 5
209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North, QLD
The price is AU$135 per night from 5 Dec. to 6 Dec.

Located in Cairns North, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Base Hospital and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (970 reviews)

"Fantastic ocean views, ease of check in and helpful staff. Very comfy bed and a good size room"…"

Reviewed on 31 Oct. 2020

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$199 per night from 3 Dec. to 4 Dec.

This family-friendly Cairns hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps away from Reef Fleet Terminal and Cairns Marlin Marina. Esplanade Lagoon and Cairns ...

4.3/5Excellent! (976 reviews)

"Great location, just walk out on to the esplanade and you can walk along the water front. Staff are excellent."…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
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Holiday Rentals in Kuranda

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Imagine Drift Palm Cove
4 out of 5
Cnr Veivers Rd Williams Esp, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$129 per night from 3 Dec. to 4 Dec.

Located in Palm Cove, this beachfront apartment building is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuranda National Park and Palm Cove Beach. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (459 reviews)

"Great location, easy access to shops and the beach. Beautiful pool, friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2020

Imagine Drift Palm Cove
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
5 out of 5
1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove, QLD
The price is AU$306 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Nestled on the beach, this Palm Cove aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuranda National Park and Palm Cove Beach. Clifton Beach is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

4.7/5Exceptional! (432 reviews)

"Perfect location, facilities, staff and really clean."…"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2020

Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
Sea Change Beachfront Apartments
Sea Change Beachfront Apartments
5 out of 5
31-35 Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach, QLD
The price is AU$351 per night from 16 Dec. to 17 Dec.

Nestled on the beach, this Trinity Beach apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjapukai Cultural Park and Smithfield Shopping ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (937 reviews)

"Amazing Sea views, self contained style apartments & walk across the road & you are on the beach."…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov. 2020

Sea Change Beachfront Apartments
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