Kuranda

The Village in the Rainforest

This world famous tourist destination, known as 'The Village in the Rainforest', has numerous local attractions including a butterfly sanctuary, colourful bird aviary, koala park and a thriving market community.

Kuranda village
Explore the interesting array of local art, shops and cafes

Surrounded by World Heritage rainforest, 1,000 feet above Cairns, the Kuranda area is the traditional home of the Djabugay people, who know the area as Ngunbay ‘place of the platypus’. They maintained settlements for thousands of years, making use of the permanent water and abundance of bush foods.

The world famous Kuranda Markets began in 1978 on Honey House land by a group of locals in order to attract visitors to the village and sell their hand made arts, crafts and local produce. Today the markets are an established icon, operating seven days a week, while the village is recognised as a unique Australian rainforest destination. Kuranda Markets specialise in hand made arts and crafts and you will find locally designed and produced fashions; hand crafted jewellery; Aboriginal artwork; wood and leather workers; gem stone specialists; as well as North Queensland’s best range of honeys; local coffee; homemade ice cream; coconuts and macadamia nuts.


A diverse range of cafes located in the heart of World Heritage Listed Rainforest

With everything being so close by, 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 from each other.

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Kuranda Terminal and the Kuranda Scenic Railway station are located right next door to each other in the heart of the Village, making it easy for passengers experiencing both attractions in their day to navigate from the stations to the Kuranda markets.  

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Walking Tracks in Kuranda


The River and Esplanade Walk in Kuranda

Kuranda has a network of interlinked walks which provide access through the village and its surrounding environment, including the Barron Gorge National Park.

You can see what life is like in a mountain village surrounded by the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, discover more about Rainforest Aboriginal culture, and explore Barron Gorge National Park.

1. The Village Walk (500m) showcases the main street and finishes at the site of the original Kuranda markets. Explore Kuranda’s thirving local markets and view the tropical architecture of the village in the rainforest.
2. Jumrum Creek Conservation Park (1.4km) is a walk through the rainforest surrounding Kuranda village.
3. The Jungle Walk (900m) passes through a regenerating forest. See how quickly a rainforest grows.
4. The River and Esplanade Walk (1.5km) a pleasant riverside stroll down a tree-shaded esplanade.

The walks are linked, so you can mix and match options to suit your interests and available time. At the start of each track is an introductory sign.

For further information visit Kuranda.org