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.
The train snaked up the mountain.
It went through a series of tunnels and past many waterfalls.
Great views of the Cairns area along the way.
The ride ended at Kuranda, a town in the rainforest.
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.
A rainforest tree is like a mini-ecosystem. Many other plants live on it.
After spending some time and money in Kuranda, we headed to the Skyrail tram for the trip back down the mountain.