Kuranda Scenic Railway

Sheri at the train station

Kuranda Scenic Railway

When thinking of Australia, the word rainforest does not normally come to mind.  Most people associate Australia with kangaroos, the dry deserty outback, beaches, surfing, and metropolitan Sydney.  Or perhaps the Great Barrier Reef.  We went to Queensland for a cruise on the Great Barrier Reef, but while there we took a couple side trips to the nearby rainforest, which Australia does indeed have.

Cairns, Australia

Aaron waits for the train

At Freshwater station near Cairns we caught the Kuranda Scenic Railway train from a quaint museum-like  Station displaying artifacts of the railroad’s history.

Cairns, Australia

Sheri talks to ghosts of the train station's past

The train snaked up the mountain.

Cairns, Australia

Kuranda Scenic Railway

It went through a series of tunnels and past many waterfalls.

Cairns Australia

Waterfall view from train

Great views of the Cairns area along the way.

near Cairns Australia


The ride ended at Kuranda, a town in the rainforest.

Kuranda, Australia

Kuranda. Australia

Kuranda presented a variety of places to shop and to eat, a park, and trails for rainforest hikes.  Several jewelery stores offered the ever-present Australian opals among their wares.

Australian opals

Australian opal bracelet

A rainforest tree is like a mini-ecosystem.  Many other plants live on it.

Kuranda, Australia

Aaron jailed in the rainforest tree

After spending some time and money in Kuranda, we headed to the Skyrail tram for the trip back down the mountain.

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5 Responses to Kuranda Scenic Railway

  1. Pingback: Cairns | Cruise Stories

  2. Hey, that’s ME in a lot of those photos!! 🙂
    Guess if people want to see what I do, they can go to http://www.mommyadventures.net
    Too bad my figure doesn’t quite look like that anymore….

  3. Pingback: Kuranda Skyrail | Cruise Stories

  4. cindy knoke says:

    More great photos! Stunning tree!

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