Riding High Above Barron Falls.
Just North of Cairns is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which is something different, even if you’ve been on Gondola rides before. The Cableway is 7.5km long and is divided into 3 seperate sections and can be traversed from Cairns to Kuranda or vice versa The First (or last) section travels the 2.7km up the mountain in about 10 minutes to Red Peak Station where there is a short Rainforest Walk. From here its 3.1km across the valley to the Barron Falls Station. What a fantastic way to see the Falls, from above. If your lucky, the vintage train may also be perched on top of the gorge so that passengers can see the Falls from the other side. There’s walks and lookouts here before embarking on the third section to Kuranda which goes by the falls and crosses the river and travels the 1.7km to Kuranda. It would be amazing to see the falls in the rain but I don’t know how it would feel in the cablecars. Today it was bright and sunny, picture perfect.
At Kuranda, there’s plenty of shops and markets to fill in the time before the return journey so I headed straight for the Queen Bee Cafe which the brochures recommended for Devonshire Tea. I was disappointed as they were rather chewy so I headed off on the rainforest and river walk which finished at the Railway Station. Little did I know that there were Kuranda Tea Rooms on the station, and their scones were reputedly light fluffy & very well presented too, probably 4 stars!! What a pity it wasn’t mentioned anywhere. Humph!