Straight from Melbourne we took a plane to explore northern Australia. We booked our flight a few weeks in advance what makes it always a bit risky in case of rainy season. We planned to stay in Cairns only a few days and move further to the south. After our arrival we were negatively surprised due to heavy rain (heavier than expected) and pessimistic weather forecast. We were not sure what to do: staying in hotel is not really our style, going to the Great Barrier was not on option. At the end we decided to stay two days and as a “Plan B” we booked a bus to Airlie Beach.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway with Kuranda
We had to fill our visit with other activities. Our choices were limited due to the weather conditions and our “Plan B” became-Kuranda, a beautiful village hidden by tropical rainforest. Fig trees line the main street while colourful parrots and butterflies flock among ferns and orchids. You’ll find galleries, market stalls and boutiques to occupy your time. A journey to and from Kuranda is arguably the highlight. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway took us to the top with two stops on the way (Red Peak and Barron Falls).
On the way back to Cairns, you can travel on the equally impressive retro Kuranda Scenic Train, to complete your experience of these iconic attractions. This historic two-hour train journey, operating for over a century, takes you through the lush region, taking in dramatic mountainous scenery and teeming waterfalls.
In the Kuranda village we have visited a mini Zoo to get in touch with Koala’s 🙂 Actually our alternative stay in Cairns was also successful and left us with a reason to come back and see the Great Barrier Reef next time.