Visiting the wet tropical forest in Queensland is an amazing experience and you should really take the opportunity to adventure yourself there if you are in the area. That’s an easy thing to do in a day trip from Cairns 🇦🇺. I walked and flew over the rainforest 🌳, I went up to the small town of Kuranda, but I also learnt about aborigine tribes – what a great day that was! 😀 Here is how it went in more details… 😉
How to get there
I had no car 😅 🚙 and taking local transports to the rainforest could be challenging from Cairns – although cycling is really doable 🚴♀️ to reach Skyrail (which will take you to the rainforest)! I chose a special package which can be booked directly with Skyrail where I paid AUD124 (€79/£70/$97) for return transfers from Cairns, one way to Kuranda village via Skyrail and return via Scenic train 🚂. Alternatively you can pay AUD 100 (€64/£57/$78) if you have a car and get there yourself! Oh and I added the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to my trip (extra AUD62… €39/£35/$49) just because I wanted to know more about the Aborigine and that was my chance to do that! 😎
Good to know: even if you’re staying in Airbnb, look if a hotel is around where you are staying and arrange your pickup from there! 😉
TIP: Start with Skyrail cable car to reach Kuranda and come back with the scenic train. Best combination !! ✌🏼
Tjapukai is an aborigine tribe in the Wet Tropical Forest of Queensland and this park is very good way to understand aborigine culture and specifically this tribe. I learnt so many things like, fruits and plants from the forest, hunting traditions, dances, etc or some interesting facts like their specific ways of getting married, always with another tribe and not with people from their same tribe because you would be marrying your second cousin (awkward I know 🤣).
Good to know: There are about 500 tribes with their own dialects all across Australia 🇦🇺 and a lot still follow their own culture and languages. Some Northern part actually need translation to communicate with other tribes since they have not modernised and don’t even use English!
The way the visit is done is very well thought. We start first with a movie about creation and this is according to their own belief (involves animals such as snakes 🐍 and natural factors like wind 💨). I could not film or photograph any of that which is fine! This way you’ll have to visit it yourself 😉 .
Once the interactive movie is done, we moved to another show which was all about traditional dances and stories around making fire, hunting, and much more. Songs sang by them but also with the audience and if you sit on the front row, you’ll dance too! That’s what I had to do 🙄.
I liked the rest of the tour which was different workshops where you learn about plants (good or bad), tools used to survive, to hunt, etc and the didgeridoo! What an incredible sound this one makes! I learn that Didgeridoo is only played by man (yeah I know, not fair) and to make one, you need to check that the tree is hollow, otherwise it will not produce the sound.. 😉
TIP: There are lots of mosquitoes … don’t forget your insect repellent or you’ll be scratching your legs often 😆
On my way to the top! ⛰
Once I’ve thrown the boomerang like a master 😂 (check out the video to see it!) which was the last workshop at Tjapukai , I make my way to the cable car – which is now working and empty! 😲 I get one gondola just to myself!! 😀
Good to know: When taking the cable car first Sit backwards facing the station for a better view on the ocean and forest
The Skyrail started in 1995 and is a family owned company. It goes through 7.5km of forest and obviously over the top of the mountains! The full journey time will be a little over an hour to reach the village of Kuranda and what a treat that is! You usually get on cable cars for less than 10min but this one is well worth the money! You do stop at 2 stations called Red Peak and Barron Falls and at both stops, you get amazing views!!!
I brought my lunch with me and had it there at Barron Falls stop. This is what is nice with Airbnb! You have your own kitchen and can cook your own lunch/dinner 🥘 !! 😋
TIP: When you arrive at Kuranda’s station, take the courtesy bus to get to all the markets and shops – the bus stops at the butterfly sanctuary! You can also walk instead!
Well, Kuranda is a very small town. It used to be a mining town in the past but this is now just a tourist attraction, and you will feel this here. It is commercial with loads of tourists shops or attractions like holding a koala 🐨, feed kangaroos, river boat cruises, etc 🙄. I felt like there was no authenticity there but that’s my feeling, maybe you’ll like it! Anyway, I walked around the shops, bought a few souvenirs (some awesome organic soap) and waited for my train back.
Coming back with class!!
This is why I told you to go up with the Skyrail and come back with the Scenic train! But the best is to come back in the Gold Class! My ticket was a normal ticket – but you can upgrade at the station for an extra AUD 50 (€32/£28/$37) … pricey a bit? Actually I think it was the right choice. Gold class carriage is not air conditioned but the service is really good. Staff will tell you when and where to look to get the best pictures (awesome for me 😉 ) and you get the afternoon tea (or wine 🍷) and enjoy local products! I really loved this ride back!! 😎
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