Carins to Kuranda – the Scenic Railway

One of the folks at the community garden party in Carins lived in Kuranda, a mountain town about an hour away, and was happy to give me a ride up the hill after the work party. Kuranda has gotten kinda trapped in the tourist circuit, and promises tourists a aboriginal arts, crafts, and culture… needless to say, the bus ride would have been really expensive.

It was a beautiful place set high up in the rainforest overlooking Carins, but the place shuts down after the last bus leaves around 4:00pm. I arrived around 5:00pm – tumbleweeds scattering with the wind.  The next day was bright and sunny, and with all the big tourist buses the shops and market opened up bright and early! There was lots to look at, but I managed to slip away without buying anything.

I decided that the Kuranda Scenic Railway sounded a lot more fun then the REALLY windy road back down to Cairns, and it was! It was really beautiful… see for yourself!

Barron Falls - the deep green pools at the bottom looked like good swimming spots. No time to check it out though

Barron Falls - the deep green pools at the bottom looked like good swimming spots. No time to check it out though

Train turning another bend through the rainforest

Train turning another bend through the rainforest

I’m off to a marine research station tomorrow to volunteer for a week. So excited! Check it out!

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2 responses to “Carins to Kuranda – the Scenic Railway

  1. Hi,Photos and article bring back happy memories of our Cairns Kuranda trip last year.What a wonderful spot in North Queensland.
    Alf Welch.

  2. Beth Mercer

    Thanks for the wonderful travel journal! Brings back so many memories of my trip down under 20 years ago. (can’t believe it has been that long…) Too bad the market in Kuranda is so touristy. It was just a bunch of hippys and Aboriginal folks selling hand made items in the forest when I was there. Actually it was pretty cool. Don’t remember any tour buses but we were hitching.
    Also I love your “geeking out”. Good information.
    So many fun things to do and see! Enjoy the rest of your trip.

    Beth (script supervisor, Smallville)

    PS Mairzee passed on the link to your blog as she knows how much I love to travel and enjoyed Oz

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