Things to do in Kuranda, the village in the rainforest

Kuranda is a beautiful little village located in the rainforest.

Although the village is small, it’s loaded with many amazing things to do.

Some of the most popular attractions include: the local markets, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Railway, and the Butterfly Sanctuary.


Kuranda Markets

Kuranda is very well known for its markets, with two separate market locations– Original Markets and Heritage Markets. Both markets are open every day, offering a wide range of handmade goods, Aboriginal artefacts, wood, jewellery, and much more.

The markets cater to those who love art in a warm, welcoming and very friendly atmosphere.

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Kuranda Original Markets

Kuranda Scenic Railway

When visiting Kuranda, an excellent way to see the natural scenery is to take the  Scenic Railway. You’ll travel through the rainforest and the rugged mountains on the historical Scenic Railway. Even from the train, you’ll still see amazing waterfalls, ravines and the lush rainforest.


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Kuranda Scenic Rail

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

To take in the true beauty of Kuranda and the rainforest, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the perfect way to do it, even when visiting Cairns on a budget.

You’ll glide above the trees and through the mountains, providing excellent views of the rainforest and the Barron River.

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary

The  Butterfly Sanctuary is Australia’s largest butterfly exhibition. The wildlife park sits in the heart of Village, where you’ll see more than 1,500 tropical butterflies– all of which are hand raised.

You’ll be surrounded by colourful and vibrant butterflies, many of the butterflies will come right up to you for an amazing experience.

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Kuranda Rainforestation

To make the most of your time, check out  Rainforestation, which offers a diversity of tours through the village and rainforest.

Here, you can learn more about the World Heritage rainforest and tour orchards, markets, the Butterfly Sanctuary and much more.

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Kuranda is a tropical paradise you simply can’t miss experiencing.

On any budget, you’re able to explore the Village and the many attractions it offers, including the  Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway,  Butterfly Sanctuary, and the local markets.

You will love the friendly atmosphere and beautiful scenery surrounding you as you explore everything it has to offer.

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