If you have visited or even heard of Kuranda on the Atherton Tablelands, in North Queensland, chances are you know about the famous Kuranda Markets, but do you know about Kuranda walks?
The markets were started by some locals in 1978 to try and attract tourists to the area, and have been uber successful. Following the success of the original markets that showcased the arts and crafts of the vibrant hippie community, the heritage markets were opened.
Then the whole street got in on the act. The village atmosphere ranges from relaxed to frantic, as tourists on various timetables, weave their way through buskers, portrait artists, cafe tables, clothes, boomerangs and opals for sale.
On previous visits to Kuranda we have visited the markets and shopped up a storm, but on our recent visit we discovered a delightfully different approach to the village.
What You Will Find in This Post
Where to find Kuranda Walks
Leaving the delightful old train station with it’s tropical plants and ferns via the timber overpass we walked toward the Barron River – away from the village and shops.
Marty has an aversion to shopping so I was sensing a plot.
Kuranda Walks – The Barron River Walk
A path led both ways beside the river.
Take the path to the right.
At this stage I thought we were just going to walk beside the river and then retrace our steps and walk up the main street.
Close up of the bark on a paperbark tree. Crows Nest ferns flourish in the tree tops.
I was just thinking what a delightful Australian Bush Walk this was when right on cue a Kookaburra started laughing!
Obligingly he posed while we took shots from different angles.
Kookaburras are carnivores. No doubt this one was looking for frogs near the river.
Skyrail runs directly overhead and we would be returning to Cairns on it that afternoon.
The track passes the train tracks the Kuranda Scenic Train used to bring us here.
Kuranda Walks – The Jungle Walk
The Jungle Walk connects the Barron River walk with the Jum Rum walk, which in turn leads up to the top of the village.
This tranquil creek meanders through the rainforest to join the Barron River near the train bridge.
I became obsessed with reflections before realising the submerged rock ledges and tree roots were perfect PLATYPUS habitat.
Can you spell their real name?
Platypus hardly ever surface when people are around so after a while we moved on.
A few large trees had fallen over the track and been cut to clear the path.
This funghi looks remarkably like a coral formation.
Kuranda Walks – Jum Rum Creek Walk
Cross a bitumen road before finding the entrance to the boardwalk on the final leg, through the Jum Rum Creek Conservation Park.
A rustling from the undergrowth sounded larger than a bush turkey would make, possibly a cassowary or wild pig?
I wasn’t waiting to meet either of those face to face, although I am sure they would not actually come up on to the board walk. The beautiful male cassowary hatches and looks after the chicks and will attack to protect his young, and wild pigs are just that WILD.
Maybe it was the allure of the shops, or the thought of protective cassowaries or wild pigs, but it seems I did not take any photos from this point on.
You can read about the Kuranda Scenic Railway trip from Cairns to Kuranda HERE.
Read about our trip on Skyrail from Kuranda to Cairns HERE.
After visiting Kuranda and Cairns, continue on to Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation.
Kuranda is a village set in a World Heritage Listed Rainforest 25 km north-west of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. Although Kuranda itself has many attractions and activities, it is also the gateway to a host of other attractions on the Atherton Tablelands.