Things To Do

Kuranda was founded in 1876 and inhabited by the Djabugay aboriginal people. Tourism began in the area at the beginning of the twentieth century when it became known as Kuranda The Beautiful by the thousands of tourists who came to Far North Queensland.

Barron Falls In flood in Kuranda

The village is located in the rainforest 330 metres above sea level in the Cairns Highlands.  The climate is cooler and much less humid and just 30 km from Cairns up the scenic Kuranda Range Road with views overlooking the Great Barrier Reef.  It is a place to explore and enjoy in all seasons.

Kuranda is surrounded by World Heritage listed wet tropics rainforest with approximately 1,200 species of flowering plants, 800 of which are rainforest trees.

❖ Enjoy The Barron Falls and treetop boardwalk, as well as bushwalks within the rainforest around the  village.

❖  Explore the Kuranda Arts Co-operative Gallery in Coondoo Street opposite St. Saviour's Church.

❖ Kuranda Aquatic Centre - the swimming pool in the rainforest, just 5 minutes drive from Kuranda Villas.  

Kuranda MagnaPool Aquatic Centre

❖ Travel on the Kuranda Scenic Railway in the afternoon to Freshwater and then return to your accommodation in Kuranda on the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

❖ Meet the largest collection of free flying birds in Australia at Birdworld Kuranda.

❖ Cuddle a koala, feed kangaroos and wallabies, see snakes and crocodiles at the Kuranda Koala Gardens.

❖ Marvel at the amazing tropical butterflies in the walk-through rainforest enclosure at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

❖ Take a Kuranda Riverboat Cruise on the Barron River, located below the Kuranda Scenic Railway Station.

❖ Visit the Original Kuranda Markets and Heritage Markets.

❖ Taste the delicious Kuranda Homemade Tropical Ice Cream, which is produced in many flavours such as vanilla, mango, dragonfruit, strawberry, macadamia, coconut, rum & raisin, passionfruit, lemon, chocolate etc.

❖ Sample the sweet creations at the Kuranda Candy Kitchen.

Half an hour's drive west from Kuranda is Mareeba where the rainforest meets the outback. Below is a list of just some of the things you can do on the Atherton Tablelands and beyond:-

❖ There are coffee plantations and a mango winery where you can relax and taste their products.

❖ The Cairns Highlands, also known as the Atherton Tablelands, is the bird watching capital of Australia.  There are over 430 bird species in the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef making Kuranda Villas the perfect base for bird watching and wildlife tours.  If you're a keen birdwatcher Kuranda Villas is a great base from where you can explore the many bird trails of Tropical Queensland.  Go to for more information.

❖ Visit the towns on the Atherton Tableland and the many majestic waterfalls, such as Millstream Falls at Ravenshoe and the crater lakes of Eacham and Barrine.

❖ Visit Mungalli Creek Bio-Dynamic Dairy at Millaa Millaa where there are free cheese tastings of their award winning cheeses.

❖ Visit Tyrconnell Historic Gold Mine and Mount Mulligan.

❖ See Chillagoe's limestone towers and caves formed from ancient seas and reefs.

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