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