By Cable Car and Train
Trip Start Mar 13, 2012
55Trip End May 10, 2012
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Today we drove back in the direction of Cairns and went on the Skyrail to Kuranda - a little town up in the rainforest. As we went over the forest all you could see for miles and miles were tree tops - it looked like a sea of trees. The cable car stopped at two stations on the way - Red Peak and Barron Falls. Each station had a short nature walk round the rain forest - the trees and other plants were amazing. There were so many plants living on each tree that each one was like a mini forest itself. There were meant to be a lot of birds in the tree tops but we didn’t see any - only a beautiful electric blue butterfly - a Ulysses Butterfly (who didn’t stand still long enough to be photographed.)
Once we reached Kuranda most of the other people from the cable cars went straight to the village to look round the craft shops and have lunch. We went on a 3km circular walk alongside the river and then through the rain forest
We had lunch in Kuranda with what seemed like the rest of the world (there was a cruise ship in Cairns and all the passengers were in Kurande with little sticky labels stuck on their shirts saying who they were and what boat they were from (in case they got lost)). After lunch we had a wander round the crafts shops and walked back to the train station to catch the Kuranda Scenic Railway back down. The scenery was fantastic - waterfalls, steep valleys and densely forested hillsides. In some sections the train went round quite steep curves so you had really good views of the engine (which pleased the train enthusiast of us!). The railway had been built in 1886 to help move supplies up to the goldfields and gold down to Cairns. and had also been used a lot in World War II as there were several military hospitals and R&R places in the area for soldiers fighting in the Pacific area.
The drive back to Port Douglas along the coast was spectacular - more so than when we drove it from the airport the other day, probably because you could see the mountains of the Daintree National Park in the distance and the waves were crashing on the beaches. We’re off to the National Park tomorrow - our last day of real sightseeing in Australia - the time seems to have gone really quickly.