Kuranda Skyrail

Kuranda, Australia

Kuranda Skyrail

Dangling high above the rainforest of Australia, we looked down on the green canopy of trees, each one an individual mini ecosystem. Plants growing high in the trees gain access to light not found under the canopy.

Kuranda Skyrail

above the rainforest

Lianas (vines)grow up the trees from the forest floor while strangler figs start out in the canopy and grow down to the ground, eventually killing their host.  Air plants of many varieties, ferns, and fungus grow on the trunk and branches.

Kuranda Skyrail

rainforest tree

The Kuranda Skyrail cable tram transports visitors high above the trees from near Cairns to Kuranda, with stops along the way to view the rainforest from within.  We came up the mountain on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, and took the tram back down.

Kuranda Skyrail

lots of plants call the treetops home

At the tram stop, we walked on wooden trails through the treetops.

Kuranda skyrail

trail through the treetops

We could look up at the same treetops we had  just looked down on.

rainforest tree

tree top

We saw more than trees on the tram stop trail.

Kuranda Skyrail

beetle on the railing

Back on the tram, we sometimes passed over giant trees standing high above the rest.

rainforest trees

some trees tower over the rest

The ride ended at the bottom of the mountain.

Kuranda Skyrail

ride over. time to get out

On to our next adventure, a cruise on the Great Barrier Reef!

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6 Responses to Kuranda Skyrail

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  3. Chris Beath says:

    I like the pictures. People in the Philippines believe the strangler vines are bad spirits because they kill the host tree.

  4. Baby Pickel says:

    Great barrier reef – WOW!! Cannot wait to see photos of that!! 🙂

    Recently found your blog- and not gonna lie, makes me want to go back on a cruise…ASAP! 😛

    Lots of love from Baby Pickel

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