Saturday 5th March 2016 – Cairns – Kuranda & Tjapukai

March 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Day started with another scenic railway journey to the picturesque market town of Karunda, 'the village in the rain forest' with markets, butterfly sanctuary and Koala Gardens. The train left at 8:50 from a picturesque little station, for a 90 minute journey, with a photo opportunity stop at Barron Falls Station.

dkc-1078-112dkc-1078-112Kuranda Station in the rain forest Free time in Kuranda, went to see the Koala Gardens with wallabies and crocodiles as well as Koalas. dkc-1078-128dkc-1078-128Koala at Kuranda dkc-1079-006dkc-1079-006Wallaby at Kuranda dkc-1079-009dkc-1079-009Crocodile at Kuranda

Lunch at Anabelle's pies. Then we wandered about the town and D bought a t-shirt and I bought a cotton top.

Walked back to the Skyrail rainforest cableway station for 12:50, to get the cable car back to Smithfield, stopping at two stops for a walk. The journey without stops would take 40 minutes and we had to meet up at 2:15, so plenty time for the walks.

dkc-1079-050dkc-1079-050Skyrail above the rain forest

Finally, a visit to the Aboriginal Centre for authentic music, dance and storytelling by the Tjapukai people. D had a go at throwing a spear and a boomerang, J only tried the boomerang.

dkc-1079-086dkc-1079-086Fire making at Tjapukai

Another excellent day but tiring. Coach back go the hotel for 5, we decided to go and have a drink at the Rattle'n'Hum again. Then went to Woolworths (which is more like Waitrose) to buy stuff for supper and to the liquor store to buy a bottle of wine.  Decided to have a lazy evening in the hotel instead of going out. Very relaxing!

Tomorrow is our first free day and am really looking forward to it.  It's all been great but a little exhausting.


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