Nestled within the Atherton Tableland to the northwest of Cairns, Kuranda is a charming rainforest village on the edge of beautiful Barron Gorge National Park. It’s famed for its rainforest markets that take place every day and feature a range of locally-crafted produce, handicrafts and clothing.

Getting to Kuranda is all part of the experience. You have the option to travel along the Kuranda Scenic Railway that takes you past rugged peaks and waterfalls within the World Heritage-listed rainforest or fly above on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Gondolas transport visitors along the 7.5 kilometer-long cableway, with stops at the Red Peak Station and at Barron Falls Station where you can soak up the views. Both end at the tiny station in Kuranda where you can wander the tropical palm-lined streets and explore the local street art.

Spend a day walking through magnificent Barron Gorge National Park on ancient trails that were originally established by the Djabugai people. Witness the dramatic Barron Falls as they surge into the Barron River, with the birdlife particularly impressive during the early morning hours. Or get a unique perspective on the region and its flora and fauna during a Kuranda Riverboat Cruise.

Kuranda is also home to a number of wildlife sanctuaries where you can get up close to native species, including Birdworld, the Butterfly Sanctuary and the Kuranda Koala Gardens. For a truly unique wildlife experience, head to the Australian Venom Zoo that is dedicated to venomous animals and shows live venom extractions being conducted for medical research.