1. Kuranda

Suggested guided tour to Kuranda by Skyrail and Rainforestation Nature Park (with an Aboriginal program). Introduction to Cairns gay life.

Overview:
Travel to Kuranda by Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (7.5 km (4.7 mi)) over Barron Gorge National Park), best sights in the township of Kuranda, free time in Kuranda to do some shopping (souvenirs, opals, etc.), and mango wine tasting, travel to and visit of the Rainforestation Nature Park (with an Aboriginal program): an Aboriginal dance show, boomerang, spear and didgeridoo lessons, a ride in an “Army duck” across the jungle, a buffet lunch and, if you wish, a photo with a koala, and a visit to a wildlife sanctuary.

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Description of this one-day tour from Cairns:
(The arrangements for Turtle Cove, Pt Douglas, etc. could be slightly different).

You will go to the popular township of Kuranda by cable car over tropical forests and the Barron Falls. Kuranda is a picturesque town on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland. It is 25 km (16 mi) away from Cairns, and is surrounded by tropical rainforest and is adjacent to the Wet Tropics World Heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park. You will see an impressive view of Cairns and the Coral Sea. You could get off at two stations: Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station and have a walk on a rainforest boardwalk, enjoying the magnificent vegetation, including Kauri pines and epiphytes (huge fern and orchid baskets), and views over the Barron Falls, our largest waterfalls. In Kuranda, you will have a walk along the main street teeming with shops, cafes and restaurants, take pictures of unique fig trees, visit an Anglican church with Aboriginal paintings and glass windows, and the remains of a military plane built in 1942 in California, which became a Hollywood star in the mid-1980s. You could also visit a butterfly sanctuary which is listed by the Guinness Book of Records as Australia’s largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit, and your guide will give you some relevant explanations.

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Thenyou will go to Rainforestation Nature Park which has three main components: (1) Army Duck Rainforest Tour – visitors tour the rainforest aboard an amphibious World War II Army Duck (DUKW) as your guide explains the array of local plants and wildlife. The tour continues on a lake, and passes through a tropical fruit orchard, with over 40 different species of exotic tropical fruit trees. (2) Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience – Pamagirri means “silent snake”. The Experience includes a performance by the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Troupe in a rainforest amphitheatre. (3) A Dreamtime Walk where visitors can learn to throw a boomerang and play a didgeridoo. Rainforestation also has Koala & Wildlife Park – you could see native Australian animals, including crocodiles, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, wombats, cassowaries, lizards and snakes. Your guide will give you relevant explanations. And if you wish, you could be photographed holding a koala in your arms (for an additional fee). You could also have a nice buffet lunch.

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After this extensive program at Rainforestation, the tour takes you back to Cairns by a picturesque mountain windy road. You could also go back to Cairns by Kuranda Scenic Railway, past a few waterfalls, and arrive at Freshwater station in Cairns.

In Cairns you could visit some places popular with gays: clubs and restaurants. You could also enquire about such activities as Tropical Pride which includes a Fair Day; concerts, balls and parties; and post Sydney Mardi Gras recovery at the famous Turtle Cove resort on the Coral Sea.

Tour duration: 10 hours.

 

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