Kuranda Scenic Railway

posted Feb 23, 2011, 1:24 AM by Darren Cannell   [ updated Feb 28, 2011, 12:45 PM ]
This railway line that runs up into the oldest rainforest in the world and a World Heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park.  “It is a spectacular section of the wet tropics.  It is home to steep ravines and majestic waterfalls that cascade from ancient rainforest.”  It is quite scenic travelling on top of Cairns, Australia for approximately 37 kms up to Kuranda village.  This whole rail line began with the rush for gold.  Many men lost their lives in the building of this rail line which took 9 years to build with 15 tunnels, 55 bridges and 98 curves.  There are many picture-taking moments overlooking beautiful Cairns and Stony Creek Falls and Barron Gorge.  On the way up there was clear and sunny shots and on the way down it was undeniable a very wet rainforest as it rained most of the way but broke for incredible shots of heavy hanging rain clouds that were looming and mysterious.  Cairns was perpetually in the clear sun and up high in the rain forest is where the serious rain takes place with up to 4 metres of rain a year.

While up in Kuranda village you can shop all day or for 3-4 hours or how long your scheduled stop is before you start the descent.  I found many little shops that are just gold mines in themselves with unique pieces of jewellery and clothes from around the world.  I happened to find 4 dresses that I needed to take home.  They are all of light weight cotton so packing will be easy.