Situated just outside of Cairns, the Barron Gorge National Park is part of the broader Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
The gorge formed as the Barron River passed over the eastern escarpment of the Atherton Tablelands. The Barron Falls crash into the gorge below, creating quite the magnificent sight. The park extends from the coastal lowlands all the way to the escarpment, a magnificent view.
With over twelve hundred species of plants and eight hundred types of rainforest trees, the park is a magnificent display of native Australian flora and fauna.
The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway runs through this incredible part of Australia. Running along it’s original tracks, the Kuranda Scenic Railway moves from sea level to 382m up, passing by spectacular waterfalls and through the beautiful Barron Gorge.
As you make your way through the gorge, commentary teaches you about the lands you are passing through. Learn about the historic railway you’re travelling on hear about the small town of Kuranda you’re heading to.
The colourful rainforest village of Kuranda is a favourite of locals and tourists alike. Explore the many markets filled with works form local artisans and makers. Local markets help to support this small community and you’ll leave with plenty of great souvenirs to remember your trip by.
There’s plenty of food options too, with cafes making use of local produce and goods. Sit down outside and enjoy a cold, fresh smoothie or dig into a delicious meal paired with a refreshing cocktail.
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