Kuranda is a mountain township surrounded by pristine World Heritage rainforest. With a long tradition of arts and crafts market and a rich history and culture, it’s no surprise that this is a favourite destination for visitors to North Queensland. On this full day tour, you’ll get to see some of the many things that make this region so special.
Board the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and snake your way through the foothills up to Kuranda, a picturesque village tucked into the rainforest. The railway has been in use for over a century and still uses refurbished vintage carriages. Listen to the live audio commentary to learn more about the region and the railway, or just enjoy spectacular views as you pass through mountain gorges and over bridges above roaring waterfalls.
Your first stop in Kuranda is the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Its aviary is the largest anywhere in Australia and features more than 2000 free-flying butterflies. Look out for the electric blue Ulysses Butterfly, an icon of the sanctuary and the region, and see how many different colours you can spot fluttering overhead.
After your visit to the butterfly sanctuary, move on to the local Rainforestation Nature Park where you’ll enjoy a very Australian tradition: a barbeque lunch. Afterwards, board a specially designed six wheel drive amphibious vehicle for a tour of the rainforest. Originally used in World War 2, these Army Ducks can go places that other vehicles just can’t reach, making them ideal for exploring the deep rainforest. You’ll learn about the plants and trees that make up this ancient rainforest, and then finish this section of the tour with home-made ice cream and fresh tropical fruits at the Tropical Treats orchard.
Kuranda is a centre of Aboriginal culture and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience is the perfect place to learn about the rich Aboriginal history and culture of the region. Listen to didgeridoo music and watch traditional dances and spear throwing demonstrations, then get more hands-on as you learn to throw a boomerang.
Head to the Koala and Wildlife Park next, where you’ll meet some of Australia’s most famous animals. The biggest star here is Bon Bon the koala, but you’ll also meet wombats, crocodiles, and many different types of birds. You’ll even get to hand feed some of the park’s resident kangaroos and wallabies.
Finally, it’s time to leave Kuranda. You’ll travel back down on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a cable car that skims just metres above the Daintree Rainforest canopy. Experience a unique view of the rainforest that you won’t find anywhere else and admire the lush greenery spread out below you as you head back to your coach.
Times, Locations, and Prices
The tour lasts for a full day, so travellers from Port Douglas can expect an early pickup. The tour operator provides a return service to your accommodation in town with a pickup time of around 7am. The tour lasts for around 10 hours in total, so you’ll arrive back in Port Douglas in the evening.
Including the pickup service from Port Douglas, the tour costs $297 for adults aged 15 and over. Children between the ages of 4 and 14 travel for $152 each, while infants aged 3 or below can be brought on the tour free of charge. If you require pickup from Cairns or Northern Beaches, the total price is slightly lower due to the reduced travel distance.