Kuranda Village, Scenic Train, Skyrail and Tjapukai
Kuranda Village, Scenic Rail and Skyrail
Chill out in the quaint mountain village Kuranda and discover the natural beauty of Far North Queensland’s world heritage listed rainforest. Start the day on the old school railway, traveling 328 metres above sea level from Cairns to Kuranda through dense tropical rainforest. Zen out and enjoy the relaxed hippy vibe in Kuranda with free time to explore the town known for its souvenirs, arts and crafts and indigenous artifacts – a unique gift for friends and family left behind at home. Go hug a koala or meet some of the other colourful, unusual and cuddly animals at the local attractions on offer, including the Butterfly Sanctuary, Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Aviary – discount entry for Tropical Horizon’s passengers. Around midday, board the Skyrail. Make sure the camera batteries are charged and immerse all senses, gliding above the tropical rainforest canopy. Catch views of the greater Cairns region and impressive Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef – a great instagram opportunity!
Want to learn about the oldest surviving culture in the world? That’s Australia’s Indigenous culture, and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park offers the best experience to become fully immersed in the ancient culture. Technology at the park is truly at its best! Time travel to 40,000 years ago as tribe members tell an ancient dreamtime creation story complimented by awe-inspiring and captivating special effects. Learn about the history of the Tjapukai people, one of the 500 different Aboriginal tribes across Australia and learn about the stolen generation. Learn to make fire the traditional way. No matches are allowed at the fire making and corroboree celebration with Tjapukai tribe members. Learn what native plants and fruits to eat for nutritional and medicinal benefits, and the deadly ones to avoid! Check out some indigenous hunting weapons at a boomerang and spear throwing lesson with an Aboriginal warrior. Everyone gets a go!
Tjapukai is located next to the Skyrail terminal at Smithfield and can be included in Kuranda tours, but due to timing, not all tours will allow Tjapukai to be added, so please follow the recommendations.