Kuranda has long been known as a day tripper’s paradise because there is so much to do. In fact there are way too many activities for just one day. Here are some tips on spending 48 hours in Kuranda – the village in the rainforest.
Drive into Kuranda for a quiet coffee while you admire the amazing fig trees and wrought iron street art in the main street. Listen to buskers playing the didgeridoo and discover local art at the Kuranda Arts Cooperative Gallery.
Grab a free map from the Kuranda Visitor Information Centre and then head across the road to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary to immerse yourself in a world of colourful butterflies.
Next door is the Kuranda Heritage Markets where you can browse for souvenirs including the colourful Karma Kuranda soap and chilli sauces that will blow your mind. See an historic plane wreck and admire the rainforest wildlife while you dine on goat curry with freshly pounded local spices at Frog’s Restaurant.
Be the centre of attention at Birdworld Kuranda when you walk into the aviary with a bag of grain and check out Australia’s most popular native animals including crocodiles and kangaroos at the Kuranda Koala Gardens.
Cool down with a Kuranda Homemade Tropical Fruit Ice Cream from the red cart in Therwine St and then join an ATV tour with Rainforest & Orchard Tours through Barron Falls Estate to see majestic local timbers, a tropical orchard and hopefully a cassowary or two.
After such a busy day, the private spa at Platypus Springs will be the best place to relax. This self-contained retreat is for just one couple and is located on 100 acres bordering the World Heritage rainforest.
Breakfast at Petit Café in the Original Kuranda Rainforest Markets is a must with mouthwatering sweet and savoury French crepes and local coffee on the menu. Take your picture with a life-size dinosaur skeleton at Emu Ridge Gallery, play mini golf and taste an array of local honey at the Honey House. Have your hair transformed into dreadlocks and buy the locally made organic underwear.
Grab the best fast food you have ever tasted – an authentic wurst at German Tucker – and then try Chef Ben Hayahusa’s Japanese sweets. Satisfy your sugar cravings at Kuranda Candy where you can watch their amazing rock confectionary being made.
Wander around the shops to see local handicrafts and taste tropical fruit wines as you make your way down to the Barron River for a Kuranda Riverboat Tour to see freshwater crocodiles and turtles. Walk along the river to the Jungle Walk and further on to the famous Barron Falls.
Pull up a stool at the Kuranda Hotel for a beer in an Aussie hotel and admire the historic photos in the dining room while you wait for your meal. The Guinness pie is highly recommended. Retreat to your rainforest spa for your last evening of relaxation before hitting the road in the morning.
If you have another day up your sleeve immerse yourself in a rainforest experience with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway gliding over the canopy to stations where you can take a free guided walk through the rainforest, visit an interpretive centre and get a closer look at the Barron Falls. Kuranda Scenic Rail between Cairns and Kuranda is another incredible way to see the Wet Tropics rainforest of the Barron Gorge.
For more ideas on things to see and do visit Kuranda Tourism.