OVERVIEW: Enjoy time on your own in an eclectic and delightful village with local craft markets, aboriginal culture and more nestled in the heart of the rainforest -- just 45 minutes away. HIGHLIGHTS: The trip to Kurunda includes spectacular coastal views out over the Coral Sea. NOTES: The amount of walking in Kuranda is at guests discretion. There are concrete sidewalks and gravel surfaces. No entry fees to any area attractions or optional local tours are included.
Surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest, the picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda Village began its modern era in the 1960s, attracting people seeking an alternative lifestyle. The village is still laid back and relaxed but today boasts a style and sophistication that set it apart from other towns in the Cairns Highlands.
Fig trees line the main street of the villages, whose shops, boutiques and covered markets selling exotic handicrafts, original clothing and accessories, jewellery, souvenirs, leather goods, Aboriginal artefacts, art works and more. Restaurants and cafes and market stalls serve a variety of delicious food and snacks, including tropical fruit juices and ice creams – and be sure to try to some fresh Queensland macadamia nuts.
The village also has many nature-based attractions, such as Bird World, the Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala Gardens. On your own, you can follow easy trails for a gentle walk to the river, seeing flora and fauna along the way. For those seeking a more strenuous bushwalk, head for the Barron Falls, for incredible views worth the exertion.
Or opt for a 45-minute cruise on a riverboat to see freshwater crocodiles, tropical fish, turtles and a large variety of birds. See both the rainforest and river with an Amphibious Army Duck, whose tours include the Tropical Fruit Orchard.
What to Bring:
-SeaPass card and photo identification
- Camera and Australian Currency for shopping meals and snacks
What to Wear:
-Comfortable, covered walking shoes
-The amount of walking in Kuranda is at guest’s discretion. There are concrete sidewalks and gravel surfaces.
-This is an unstructured itinerary during which guests choose their own activities.
-Entry fees to local attractions and tours are not included in excursion price.