Kuranda Rainforest Tour

Learn about Indigenous culture and Australian wildlife with this Kuranda Rainforest Tour. Explore the Kuranda Village, Rainforestation and glide above the treetops of the rainforest with the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Rainforestation

Begin your Kuranda Rainforest Tour by taking a coach ride to Rainforestation in Kuranda. Here you can learn about Aboriginal culture through dance and music. Not only will they teach you how to throw a boomerang but also a spear! Take a ride on the WWII Army Duck, before heading into the Tropical Fruit Orchards. Enjoy a hot lunch at the restaurant as you look out across the beautiful lagoon. Visit some native wildlife and even cuddle a Koala!

Guests on the Army Duck Cruising in a river that runs through Kuranda Rainforest
Listen in to your Duck Captain to learn all about the Flora and Fauna you see on the Tour

The Army Duck

The DUKW (nicknamed Duck) is a six-wheel-drive amphibious variant of the 2-ton CCKW trucks employed in World War II. DUKWs and amphibious tour buses are still used as tourist transport worldwide.

Rainforestation features twelve of these antique vehicles. Each of these has 6-wheel drive, a propeller and a rudder, with seating for up to 30 passengers. Your educated Duck Captain will point out beautiful flora and fauna as you pass by them. Enjoy a 45-minute rainforest tour before diving into the lake for a cruise with even more wildlife to view.

After your tour, you can explore the tropical fruit orchard. Here you can learn about more than 60 different exotic tropical fruit trees.

Koala and Wildlife Park

The Koala and Wildlife Park allows guests to learn about Australian native animals, as well as get up close and personal with them! You can take as much time as you like to explore the Wildlife Park. With several raised boardwalks that offer clear views of the area around you. See what Australian creatures you can spot, as well as reptiles and the Kuranda Rainforest.

The Lumholtzs Tree Kangaroo sitting on a perch
See the rare Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo. After all, it’s only found in Far North Queensland!

Hand-feed the free-roaming kangaroos and wallabies in the beautiful gardens. Keep an eye out for the endangered cassowary, as well as Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo. Meet native animals like Juliet, our sly wombat. You can also find Ricky, the mischievous Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo. If you head over to the Reptile house you can see a range of pythons and lizards. For the most part, don’t forget to pay a visit to the Koalas!

Crocodile Feeding, Dingo Enrichment, and Feeding the Macropods are just a few of the Wildlife Presentations offered throughout the day. Remember that your Wildlife Park Admission includes multiple re-entries on the day of your visit, so return as often as you like.

Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience

Rainforestation Nature Park preserves and shares Australia’s Indigenous culture. Experience the Dreamtime and ancient traditions in Kuranda, Tropical North Queensland.

The pamagirri aboriginals telling a story through dance
Discover traditional dances from different tribal areas across Far North Queensland.

The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience includes a dance performance and a Dreamtime walk. The rainforest amphitheatre is a stunning background for the Pamagirri Dance Performance. Let them show you a story that describes animals, food collection, and hunting. Coupled with the didgeridoo and clapsticks, let the story unfold. In addition, they will show you how didgeridoos are made and used in ceremonies. Watch as they play this by making animal sounds such as Kangaroo and Kookaburra sounds!

Be sure to pay close attention to the performance! Because there is a surprise for the audience at the end!

Kuranda Village

Join the 100% Electric Bus to travel back into Kuranda Village. As soon as you arrive in Kuranda, be welcomed to ‘the village in the rainforest.’ You’ll see why Kuranda Village has been a popular tourist spot since the early 1900s. For one thing, Kuranda’s village is full of colour, with interesting stores, musicians, and artists. Everywhere you look in the village is lush tropical greenery. You will have about three hours to explore the town before it is time to head home. This is plenty of time to explore this eccentric village!

Skyrail Rainforest Experience

It will eventually be time to begin the journey home. After boarding your gondola, the Skyrail will take you back to Cairns.

Indeed, the best way to travel between Cairns and Kuranda is by the Skyrail. As you go down the mountain, enjoy the stunning ocean views. When you skim over the treetops of the UNESCO listed Wet Tropics Rainforest, you will feel like you are flying!

Skyrail gondola travelling over the Kuranda Rainforest
Travel home on the Skyrail Cableway and skim across the treetops.

Red Peak and Barron Falls are the two stations along your way. The rainforest here is pristine, so take a stroll around them. It is also a great chance to learn more about the local flora and animals from the guide.

A visit to the ‘The Edge’ lookout is certainly one of the highlights of this tour. From the top of Barron Falls, the views are quite stunning. We suggest about 1.5 hours for travel time. With this in mind, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the Skyrail journey itself. Not to mention the amount of time spent at each station. All in all, there is no better way to wrap up a Kuranda Rainforest Tour.

 

Want more options?

On the other hand, perhaps you want more? What if you could visit the Great Barrier Reef as well as Kuranda? Check out our Great Barrier Reef Experience and Kuranda Package.

  • Return bus transfers from your Hotel.
  • Coach transfer to Kuranda Village
  • Rainforestation
    • Army Duck
    • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
    • Koala and Wildlife Park
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • 9:15 am – Travel to Rainforestation by Coach along the scenic Kuranda Range
  • 9:35 am – Arrive at Kuranda Rainforestation
    • Army Duck Rainforest Tour with Tropical Fruit Orchard
    • Pamagirri Dance Performance
    • Pamagirri Dreamtime Walk
    • Koala and Wildlife Park.
    • Hot Lunch at the Restaurant
  • 1:30 pm – Transfer into Kuranda Village
  • 3:30 pm – Meet at the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Kuranda Terminal
  • 3.45 pm – Skyrail Journey from Kuranda to Cairns.
  • 4.45 pm – Return transfer to your Cairns Hotel.

Included in your tour

  • Entry to Rainforestation Nature Park with the following:
    • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience – Dance Performance and Dreamtime Walk
    • Army Duck Rainforest and Tropical Fruit Orchard Tour
    • Koala and Wildlife Park
    • Hot Lunch at Rainforestation
  • One-Way Ticket on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Return Transfers to and from your Cairns City Hotel
  • Upgrade to Diamond Class on Skyrail

We suggest to bring the following:

  • Hat, Sunscreen and Sunglasses
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Cash/credit cards
  • Camera

Hotel Pickup and Dropoff are included.

The Skyrail unfortunately does not operate every day. If your day of travel is not available, there are other options. You can join a package that includes a One-Way Kuranda Scenic Train ticket instead.

The Skyrail and Rainforestation are Wheelchair accessible. Please let us know at the time of booking if any mobility assistance is required.

While the Kuranda Village is quite small, there is a lot of walking involved. The main street is slightly inclined. A low-moderate level of fitness will be able to move around with ease.

Due to COVID-19 some stallholders, markets and attractions in Kuranda Village may be closed. At present, the markets are closed on Monday through to Wednesday, however, are open for Public Holidays that fall on a Monday.

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