National Parks / Natural World
Rainforestation Nature Park Kuranda
Where is it at?
Rainforestation Nature Park
Tel: 07 4093 9033
To get there from Cairns, head north on Sheridan St. You will pass the airport on your right, and your street becomes Captain Cook Hwy. You will cross the Barron River Bridge and continue through a number of roundabouts.
At the Smithfield roundabout, turn left onto the Kennedy Hwy. From Henry Ross lookout, keep going 5km and you will see a sign on the right indicating a right turn off for the centre.
Where are we going today?
If you love nature, exploring and animals, then this might just be for you!
Ranforestation Nature Park is 100 acres of World Heritage Rainforest, and is a super eco-friendly option for your family day out.
There is a host of activities to do when you arrive. You can experience the tropical rainforest for a very unique perspective with Army Duck Rainforest Tours!
The whole family can see fascinating plants and wildlife pass by. Turtles, fish and eels might even pop close to say hello! This 45 minute tour takes 30 people out to learn about interesting features in the rainforest, such as the stinging trees (ouch!) and strangler figs (double ouch!)
Immerse the kids in the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. The Australian Indigenous culture is one of the oldest in the world, and here kids can learn all about the customs and traditions that still exist in the rainforest of Kuranda! This takes about an hour and includes a fun dance show! You can also enjoy a 30 minute dreamtime walk!
Love wildlife? There are a couple of special experiences for you then!
The Rainforestation National Park have a series of elevated boardwalks that provide close-up uninterrupted views of the Australian wildlife - what kind of creatures can you spot!?
Then there is the Koala and Wildlife park where you can hand-feed the free roaming kangaroos and wallabies or check out the carnivorous tiger quoll, and the endangered cassowary! See if you can spot the sweet and slow wombats and lace monitors, and view local snakes and other bigger reptiles! You can also get your photo taken with a koala!
With shuttle-buses available for the short transfer to Australia's "Village in the Rainforest", you are able to visit the Kuranda market, and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and they can tailor Cairns Day Tours to include the iconic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Kuranda Scenic Railway.
Rainforestation National Park is a nature filled option for your family day out if you just love animals and getting out and exploring!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsVaries on activity but from $16. All 3 attractions $5
- Children(Ages 4 - 14) Varies on activity $8. All 3 attractions $22.50.
- Free Under: 4
When can we go?
9am to 4pm Daily (except Christmas Day)
The Colonial Restaurant is great for snacks, morning and afternoon teas. The Outback Restaurant is you "typical Aussie Outback" venue - open air and surrounded by lush gardens! Ideal for BBQ lunches can be bought here for $15/$30. .
They have a Juice bar! .
Any Top Tips?
They have tours in 17 different languages! .
Doing our bit
They have a strong ecotourism and sustainability focus - they want to make sure the area stays beautiful! .
What people are saying?
by Ali Taylor
Unbelievable experience! The Army Duck is a MUST! Awesome road/water experience that is not to be missed. Staff were so friendly, helpful and accommodating it made the trip even better. Not a "tourist trap for lame people" at all, far from it. I'm a Sydneysider in my 30's, with 5 kids, and we all had a top day
by Qing Wu
Tourist trap for lame people.
by Olivier Lavy
À voir pour se faire une idée de la forêt vierge en army duck et voir et pourquoi pas rencontrer des Aborigènes.
by Greg Delaney
by A Google User