Kuranda Train and Rainforestation

Kuranda Train and Rainforestation is a fantastic way to explore Kuranda. At the top of the Kuranda Range, you will find one of Cairns’s most loved attractions. Inside Rainforestation, you will find a host of animals. As well as a fantastic Aboriginal culture display. This is certainly one of the best ways to see the stunning rainforest.

Kick-off your day by taking a bus journey to Rainforestation in Kuranda.

Rainforestation

Through dance and song, you may learn about Aboriginal culture. They will teach you not only how to throw a boomerang, but also how to throw a spear! Before visiting the Tropical Fruit Orchards, take a ride on the WWII Army Duck. As you gaze out over the gorgeous lagoon, have a nice meal at the restaurant. Visit some native animals, including a Koala snuggle!

The Army Duck

Guests on the Army Duck Cruise
Listen in to your Duck Captain to learn all about the Flora and Fauna you see on the Tour

The DUKW (nicknamed Duck) is a six-wheel-drive amphibious version of a WWII 2-tonne CCKW vehicle.

 

DUKWs are still used for tourist travel across the world.

Twelve of these vintage autos can be found in Rainforestation. Each contains a 6-wheel driving system, a propeller, and a rudder, as well as seating for up to 30 guests. Your expert Duck Captain will point out beautiful plants and animals as you pass by. Enjoy a 45-minute rainforest tour before going into the lake for a cruise where you may see even more wildlife.

You can also visit the tropical fruit orchard after your tour. You may learn about over 60 different exotic tropical fruit plants here.

Koala and Wildlife Park

The Koala & Wildlife Park allows guests to learn more about Australian native animals. As well as interact with them up close!  You may spend as much time as you like exploring the Wildlife Park. With many raised boardwalks that also make it easy to see the surrounding area. So see what Australian critters and reptiles you can spot in the Kuranda Rainforest.

A mother koala and her joey cuddling on a perch
See the mother Koala’s and their Joeys at the Wildlife Park.

Hand-feed the kangaroos and wallabies who roam freely on the grounds. Also, keep a look out for the critically endangered cassowary and Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo. Meet Juliet, our sneaky wombat, and other natural wildlife. Not to mention, Ricky, the mischievous Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, can also be found chattering away. You can see a range of pythons and lizards at the Reptile House. Especially don’t forget to see the Koalas!

Dingo Enrichment, Crocodile Feeding and Macropod Feeding are just a few of the Wildlife Presentations on offer during the day. Remember that your Wildlife Park Admission includes unlimited re-entry for the day. So, come back as often as you like.

Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience

Rainforestation Nature Park protects and shares Indigenous Australian culture. So, you can experience the Dreamtime and old customs when you visit Kuranda.

Pamagirri Guide telling a story in front of campfire
Listen to stories of the Dreamtime with your Pamagirri Guide

A dance performance and a Dreamtime walk are part of the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. The Pamagirri Dance Performance takes place in a magnificent jungle amphitheatre. Feel the culture come alive as they tell you a narrative about animals, food-collecting, and hunting. You can watch the tale unfold with the didgeridoo and clapsticks. Also, watch how they make didgeridoos and use them in ceremonies. So watch how they play this by making animal noises like kangaroos and kookaburras!

In fact, be sure to keep a careful eye on the performance! Because there is a surprise at the end for the audience!

Kuranda Village

Return to Kuranda Village on the 100% electric bus. Known as ‘The Village in the Rainforest”, Kuranda Village has been a tourist hotspot since the early 1900s. For instance, Kuranda’s village is vibrant, with fascinating shops, musicians, and artists. Surrounded by beautiful tropical foliage, Kuranda is certainly a beautiful place. You will have about 1-3 hours to tour the town before returning home. This gives you plenty of time to explore this odd village!

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Train passing over a bridge next to a waterfall
Travel to Kuranda on the Kuranda Scenic Train

The Wet Tropics rainforest in far north Queensland is one of the oldest on the planet. This lush green paradise is home to thousands of plant types and many strange critters. The famed Kuranda Scenic Railway weaves its way from Kuranda to Cairns. Travel past beautiful waterfalls and through the stunning Barron Gorge.

Highlights

  • Kuranda – The Village in the Rainforest
  • Rainforestation Nature Park
    • Army Duck and Tropical Fruit Orchard Tour
    • Koala and Wildlife Park
    • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
  • Kuranda Scenic Train

Itinerary

  • 8:40 am Pickup from your Cairns accommodation
  • 9:15 am – Arrive at Rainforestation Nature park
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Transfer from Rainforestation to Kuranda Village
  • 3:15 pm – Check-in at Kuranda Railway Station
  • 3:30 pm – Kuranda Scenic Railway departs
  • 5:15 pm – Coach Transfer back to your Cairns City Hotel.

Included

  • Entry to Rainforestation Nature Park
  • Free time in Kuranda Village
  • One-Way travel on Kuranda Scenic Train
  • Return Hotel Transfers

 

Optional Extras

Upgrade your Kuranda Scenic Train to include a Gold Class Ticket.

What to bring

We suggest to bring the following:

    • Hat, Sunscreen and Sunglasses
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Water bottle
    • Cash/credit cards
    • Camera

How to get there

Hotel Pickup and Dropoff are included.

Important Information

The Rainforestation Nature Park and Kuranda Train are Wheelchair friendly. Please let us know at the time of booking if any mobility assistance is required.

While the Kuranda Village is quite small, there is a lot of walking involved. The main street is slightly inclined. A low-moderate level of fitness will be able to move around with ease.

Due to COVID-19 some stallholders, markets and attractions in Kuranda Village may be closed. At present, the markets are closed on Monday through to Wednesday, however, are open for Public Holidays that fall on a Monday.

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