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Kuranda Village

Living in Cairns has many benefits, however one of my favourites would have to be Kuranda.

Kuranda is a little rainforest village, 25 km northwest of Cairns. Surrounded by world heritage rainforest, Kuranda is a sleepy little village that attracts residents of the alternative lifestyle persuasion. Kuranda Village has markets running 7 days a week with plenty of activities for couples and the family, making it a favourite for people looking for things to do in Cairns.

Kuranda main street

Kuranda main street

You can get to Kuranda by car and bus, however the best way is by Skyrail or train with the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Both are amazing, but I prefer Skyrail as you get to see Cairns from the very top of the mountain.

What I really love about Kuranda is the atmosphere. There is something noticeably spiritual about the area that brings a sense of peace and nirvana. Travelling through (which is a short stroll to go from one end of the main street to the other) is an abundance of shops. You will get the typical typical tourist shops selling the usual Australian memorabilia, then you get some real gems!

Kuranda markets

Kuranda markets

If you’re after some arts and craft I recommend Kuranda Markets. Plenty of local products and bargains to be had. I recommend a rainy day. Nothing is better than walking through the undercover markets when there is a downpour.

If you’re hungry I highly recommend German Tucker. Super friendly, awesome German food and a nice range of German beverages. I found it to be an unusual location for a German restaurant but they always seem to be busy, considering how hidden it is. Quite possible the best German sausage in Cairns (pun intended).

German Tucker

German Tucker

Another eatery of note is the Petit Cafe in Kuranda Markets. Sensational food, fantastic service and right at the back of the markets. I was extremely surprised in regards to the quality of the meals, considering this Cafe is located in a market! Highly recommend the pizzas.

If you’re on the hunt for beauty and wonder though, Kuranda has plenty to offer.

There are three venues I highly recommend to see.

Birdworld – hand feed exotic parrots. Amazing! Be sure to hide your jewelry though, those buggers will go to town on it!

Butterfly Sanctuary – apparently the worlds largest butterfly sanctuary. Truly a spectacle to see.

Kuranda Koala Gardens – Cuddle a koala or pat a kangaroo or wallaby. Either way you’re going to have a good day.

A view from Skyrail - Northern Beaches

A view from Skyrail – Northern Beaches

If you’re after a drink, you can’t go past the Kuranda Hotel. Old school, amazing character and the bathrooms bring back memories of easier times (you will see what I’m talking about when you visit). Sit on the the balcony outside and soak in the tranquility that is Kuranda. They do a great beer and lunch and I highly recommend that you try the Guinness Pot Pie. It’s the house specialty and a solid meal.

Things of note –

1. The locals can get agitated when visitors are not respectful of others (especially from tourists), so be mindful of your surroundings and walk across the roads where you are supposed to. Remember, people live there.

2. It can get quite humid in Kuranda, so make sure you are hydrated.

3. Kuranda has a few steep hills, so if you are disabled or have limited mobility the best way to get into town is with the courtesy bus that departs regularly from Skyrail.

So whether you are visiting Cairns or living in Cairns, Kuranda is sure to never disappoint. Quite possibly my favourite destination in the region.

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6 comments on “Kuranda Village

  1. Newtocairns
    02/06/2013

    I have just moved to Cairns and visited these markets last weekend. All in all I was horrified by the locals and the apparent condonement of smoking cigarettes! In the marketplace I was overwhelmed by the stall owners and locals smoking – children everywhere and preaching about the destruction of the environment. Really? Clearly the warnings of passive smoking are unheard at that altitude! Or is it that smoking tobacco as opposed to tailor made is so much better for the health? Sorry, epic fail and contradiction of living a clean green lifestyle! Have a little respect – If you are going to smoke go into an open paddock where others do not have to breathe in your cancerous filth! I bet you would have something to say if I lit up an arsenic stick and had you inhale it!

  2. Serge_1984
    08/06/2013

    Can’t say I’ve experienced that up there ever. Will check it out when I’m up again.

  3. Jacky
    10/06/2013

    I was up there in April and thought it was amazing, people are helpful and friendly, great food and shopping , Kuranda is just such a magical place. Yes I did see people smoking but you see that everywhere .

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