Trip Start Nov 01, 2005
80Trip End Apr 14, 2006
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Anyway this morning we had a bit of a later pickup to take us to Freshwater station- the original station from 100 years ago (as far as I know) although now of course its been updated to contain the obligitary gift shop. Mum and I were given bright orange stickers (which we both hid in unobvious places) to show we were going on the train, and we went and got our boarding passes from the office
The train passes by gorges, waterfalls and across these tiny purpose built bridges, before arriving in the village of Kurunda an hour and a half later. Mum and I walked up to the many 'markets' that Kurunda is famous for- and found that the whole place was basically a village of tourist shops! Literally nothing else there but cafes and places that would be perfect to buy souveniers. There were a couple of art galleries, in which I found some really nice art (wish I had a house to put it up in!) and 'heritage' markets which were a little better (and I got a couple of Christmas presents for tomorrow) but nothing spectacular. It was also raining. We were inside for most of the day though, so it didnt matter too much. About 3 hours after milling about, we walked to the Skyrail station, where 114 enclosed cabins move up and down this cable like a ski lift over the rainforest. They were very careful when making it in 1996, airlifting the huge metal poles into the forest so as not to disturb the plants or anything, and you can really tell. We glided over the forest, looking down on the canopy, and amongst the trees you could see the ocassional bird flit about, or mistletoe ontop of some of the trees themselves. We got out twice for a walk in their designated areas- along short boardwalks, which was nice, but a little touristy. The best bit was being in the cabins themselves- mum and I had one between the 2 of us (they hold up to 6 people) so got lots of good photos from leaning out the window! When we got back down to earth the coach picked us up again, zipped back to the hotel, and we watched a film and relaxed for the rest of the evening. Christmas Eve!