Kuranda is a colourful village and artist haven, only 25 kilometres from Cairns and elevated 380 metres above sea level amidst tropical rainforest.

Things to do

Stand above the mighty Barron Falls – powering a hydro-electric station – or picnic on the Barron River Esplanade. Experience Indigenous Culture and learn to throw a boomerang.

You can also explore the famous Kuranda markets, art galleries and village shopping for handmade leather goods, fashion, jewellery and souvenirs, or have your fortune told at the popular daily markets. A wide range of restaurants, cafes and food stalls offers relaxed outdoor dining and a taste sensation to suit most taste buds. 

Join a guided tour of a butterfly sanctuary including the ‘engine room’ full of caterpillars. You can even cuddle a koala and see colourful birds at the wildlife parks.

How to get there

Wind through the cascading waterfalls and deep ravines aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail or experience the World Heritage–listed Wet Tropics Rainforest aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. With Kuranda being only a 35-minute scenic drive from Cairns, you can also hire a car and self-drive, catch the public bus or arrange a charter.

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Platypus Springs Rainforest Retreat

Kuranda, Mareeba Area
From AU$309 - 349
Tranquillity and Peace will surround you the moment you step into Platypus Springs Rainforest Retreat in Kuranda, Queensland, Australia. The Retreat is exclusively for one couple only - no more than two per stay.
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