Things to do in Kuranda

Kuranda, the Village in the rainforest. 

Looking for things to do in Kuranda? 

After arriving via Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, visitors to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest of Tropical North Queensland stop by to admire the mighty Barron Falls, enjoy a spot of shopping in the village or take a few hours to wander around Kuranda’s village centre & markets.

Stop by the cafes and art galleries, explore the rainforest walking tracks or take in a boat cruise along the Barron River, visit a couple of wildlife attractions and more!

The beauty of Kuranda is everything is close by, so it is easily explored on foot. There is a diverse range of restaurants and cafes with great local food as well as international flavours that are all within a five-minute walk of each other. Food crawl anyone? 

The Kuranda markets are famous around the world and they feature some great local handicrafts, jewellery, fashion and an array of gifts. With so much creative talent in the village, it is no wonder there are galleries to explore up and down Kuranda’s streets including the Kuranda Arts Co-Operative which showcases many of the local artists. 

Nowhere else in Queensland will you find so many wildlife attractions in the same place. Get up close and personal with koalas, butterflies, native and exotic birds, kangaroos, reptiles and the world’s most venomous snakes! Kuranda has a range of attractions where you can learn about, and spend time with, these iconic Australian and International animals.

Looking for more adventurous things to do in Kuranda? Put on your hiking shoes and take one of the many scenic walking tracks and trails in Kuranda where you can explore the rainforest and see the iconic Barron Falls. There are a variety of tracks to choose from that are suited to every age and fitness level.

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Top 20 things to do in Kuranda


  1. Visit the world famous Kuranda Markets every day of the week.
  2. Play a game of mini golf, hidden in a lush rainforest setting.
  3. Watch old fashioned candy being made (and then buy it and eat it!) at the Kuranda Candy Kitchen.
  4. Relax and savour local coffee at one of the many quirky cafes.
  5. Say hello to a life-size Allosaurus Dinosaur.
  6. Buy a home-made ice cream from the world famous Red Ice Cream Van.
  7. Check out how bees make honey (and taste it at the honey house.. yum!)
  8. Cruise the calm waters of the mighty Barron River on the Kuranda Riverboat.
  9. Explore the picturesque rainforest walks around the village.
  10. Discover the amazing world of butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.
  11. Hand feed kangaroos and wallabies at the Kuranda Koala Gardens.
  12. Make some new feathered friends with giant Amazonian Macaws and many others at Birdworld Kuranda.
  13. Take a ride in a WWII amphibious army duck through the rainforest.
  14. Visit the Heritage-listed Kuranda Railway Station and its well-manicured gardens and have tea and scones or a mango smoothie.
  15. Try even more sweet treats, and take some home as a souvenir!
  16. Capture the Barron Falls in all its glory.
  17. Ride an ATV quad bike through the rainforest. For a rainforest adventure mixed with thrills, spills, tropical fruit orchards and the rainforest undergrowth check out Kuranda Rainforest Journeys.
  18. Watch an indigenous cultural performance at Rainforestation, put your hand up to go on stage and learn traditional dancing.
  19. Say hello to a Cassowary in the rainforest
  20. Cuddle a Koala or kiss a baby Crocodile at Kuranda Koala Gardens or Rainforestation.
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Self-Drive Kuranda Tours

Visiting Kuranda has never been easier with a multitude of different tours departing every day. If you have your own car, self-drive is among the most popular option to visit the Village in the Rainforest, as well as including the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway with your Skyrail Rainforest Cableway experience.

Tours for self-drivers depart Cairns daily with easy to follow maps available for guests travelling from the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas. Skyrail departure times can be booked to suit your needs whilst allowing you plenty of time to explore the village of Kuranda and its many attractions.

Self-drive is enormously popular due to Kuranda being the gateway to the Atherton Tablelands. Many travellers choose to explore the village and nearby attractions for a few days before making the journey across the Tablelands to enjoy the varied experiences this diverse region offers. Make sure you include a visit to Kuranda with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway on your next Tropical North Queensland Holiday.

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