Oct 01, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
We arrived midday in Cairns to 30 degree Celcius. We were met by a representative of the tour company and taken to our hotel. Our hotel was quite central and not too far from the ocean so we spent the rest of the afternoon leisurely walking along the Esplanade enjoying the ocean air. We had an early supper and headed to bed around 9:30 pm as we had an early morning pickup for our trip to Kuranda which is a village west of Cairns. In the morning the bus driver dropped us at the Freshwater Railway Station where we boarded a train (now called the Kuranda Scenic Railway) which was originally constructed in 1891. This was a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of World Heritage Listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls including Barron Gorge and Falls and Stoney Creek Falls and its famous curved bridge. We travelled through 15 hand carved tunnels. Once in Kuranda we found a cute little cafe where we enjoyed warm English scones topped with cream and jam along with a nice cup of tea. I must admit it really "hit the spot". While in Kuranda, we toured the market where craftsmen showed their goods, had a delicious 2-course lunch which was part of the tour package, followed by a rainforest tour on a refurbished army duck which had wheels that could go into the water then run by a propeller and, then, walked through a nature park which was part of the rainforestation before hopping on the Skyrail to head towards home. Here, we glided over the rainforest on a gondola. We had two stops where we strolled along boardwalks viewing the Barron Falls and amazing huge trees and forestation. The view was amazing! The bus driver met us at the base of the gondola and took us back to our hotel. Another early night as we had an early morning pickup to take us to the Great Barrier Reef and Port Douglas.