24 Things to do in Kuranda with Kids | WITH PHOTOS

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If you are looking for things to do in Kuranda, then you have found the right article. This is a detailed list of things to do with kids of all ages.

Experience the beauty of Kuranda Village, a mountain village just 25km from Cairns in far north Queensland. Located in the heart of ancient rainforests home to the Indigenous Djabugay (Tjapukai) people, this unique village is home to wonderful markets, shopping experiences, walking trails and fun attractions.

These are some of the best attractions and stores in Kuranda with kids. 

Staying in Cairns? Check out our list of the best things to do there here! Weather gone wrong? We know what to do in Cairns on a rainy day too!

A brief history of Kuranda

Nestled alongside the picturesque Barron River, the land that encompasses Kuranda has been home to the indigenous Djabugay people for over 10,000 years. Their vibrant culture continues to shape the area, passed down through generations. In the mid-1880s, European settlers arrived, establishing farming sites and cultivating a thriving community.

The official survey of Kuranda took place in 1888, marking a pivotal moment in its history. Initially, the area thrived as a farming region, focusing on timber, dairy cattle, and coffee production. Over time, Kuranda has transformed into a lively and dynamic Village in the Rainforest, cherished by both locals and visitors who relish its vibrant atmosphere and natural beauty.

Getting to Kuranda:

1. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

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Awesome views at the Skyway Rainforest Cableway

Experience the wonders of World Heritage-listed rainforests from above on Skyrail. Glide over exquisite jungle canopies in a gondola before descending to explore the rainforest close up.

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2. Kuranda Scenic Railway

Things to do in Kuranda
Beautiful views at the Kuranda Scenic Railway

This famous rail journey takes you through the rainforest and past the spectacular waterfalls of Barron Gorge National Park. The two-hour journey, via 15 tunnels, 93 curves and dozens of bridges showcases the natural wonders of Far North Queensland.

Get your discount tickets here

If you are driving to Kuranda, dont miss these beautiful Atherton Tablelands waterfalls!

Attractions and Activities:

3. The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Things to do in Kuranda
Tourists enjoying the butterflies at the Butterfly Sanctuary

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly aviary in the southern hemisphere! In the heart of Kuranda, the sanctuary is home to over 1500 magnificent butterflies. Walk through the rainforest gardens and experience the elusive wonders of nature.

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4. Kuranda Koala Gardens

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Koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

This is a great thing to do in Kuranda with kids. Home to some of Australia’s most iconic animals like koalas, wallabies, wombats and crocodiles this boutique wildlife attraction is located within the Kuranda Heritage Markets. Cuddle a koala or hand feed the wallabies and learn about other native Australian animals.

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5. Bird World

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Child posing next to bird at Bird World

Birdworld Kuranda is one of the largest collections of free-flying birds and cassowaries in Australia! Replicating the natural habitats of the 80 bird species that roam this exhibit, Birdworld offers hand feeding and photo opportunities for all guests. 

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6. Rainforestation Nature Park

Just five minutes outside of Kuranda is Rainforestation. Here you can learn about Aboriginal culture, take a rainforest tour on a World War Two Army Duck and visit the Koala and Wildlife Park to meet heaps of Australian animals.

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7. Kuranda Riverboat Cruises

Beautiful views at the Kuranda Riverboat Cruises

Take a boat cruise on the calm waters of the beautiful upland Barron River. Spot local wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, turtles, fish and more whilst your local guide shares their knowledge of the unique area.

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8. Kuranda Rainforest Journeys

This locally owned and operated business offers guided rainforest ATV/5-seater buggy tours! Available to kids aged 4 and up, enjoy the relaxed journey through the secluded estate and keep an eye out for the resident cassowary.

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9. The Magical Lane

Whimsical atmosphere at The Magical Lane

Kids can uncover the secrets of fairies at the Magical Lane, a real adventure looking for hidden items and keys that unlock games and clues to finding the fairies. Journey through an enchanted forest, past the waterfall and through a stream to find the secret fairy garden but be sure to watch out for pirates and goblins along the way. You can also book a tea party experience alongside the Quest.

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Address: Original Rainforest Markets, Shop 11/13 Therwine St, Kuranda

10. Mini Golf

Play a 9-hole mini-golf course in the middle of the rainforest! Located in the Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets, this is perfect for kids of all ages, and a game is only $5 per person.

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Address: 13 Therwine St, Kuranda

Shopping and Souvenirs

11. Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets

People enjoying the lovely atmosphere at the Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets

The Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets began in 1978 and have retained its unique, rustic atmosphere to this day! The markets are like a miniature village of their own with tons of local stores selling locally designed and produced fashion, jewellery, Indigenous art and more.

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Address: 13 Therwine St, Kuranda

12. Kuranda Heritage Markets

The front of Kuranda Heritage Markets

These bustling markets were established over 20 years ago! The markets are home to a diverse array of stalls stocking a selection of local art, craft and produce. You can also grab a refreshment with a range of food and drinks available.

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Address: 2/4 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda

13. Kuranda Candy Kitchen

Located in the heart of Kuranda, Kuranda Candy Kitchen is a great place in Kuranda with kids. The store takes you through the fascinating tradition of old fashion candy making. Here you can witness the skill and dedication required to produce the delicious rock candies which you can then buy!

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Address: 21 Coondoo St, Kuranda

14. Honey House

Established in 1959, Honey House allows visitors to watch bees make honey in glass observation hives, taste local honey and learn about beers from the resident beekeeper.

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Address: 7 Therwine St, Kuranda

Walking tracks and trails

15. Jurum Creek Walk

People enjoying their hike at Jurum Creek Walk

We love this walk because it is FREE, just all the things on our free things to do with kids in Cairns list.

Starting at the Visitor Information Centre, this nature walk forms an easy circuit through the rainforest in Kuranda Village. Winding through the rainforest, this one-hour walk follows the riverbank of the Barron River.

16. Kuranda Art Trail

Beautiful views at the Kuranda Art Trail

Immerse yourself in arts, history and culture by simply walking the two main streets of Kuranda Village, Coondoo Street and Therwine Street. With spectacular sculptures, mosaics, murals and colourful street art there really is something to capture every imagination.

Kuranda Galleries & Art 

17. Emu Ridge Gallery

This two-story fossil and gemstone museum is famous for its life-sized dinosaur skeleton! The 9-meter replica of the Allosaurus is a must-see attraction, plus check out the beautiful gemstones and jewellery.

Find out more at the Emu Ridge Gallery website.

Address: Unit 7/11 Therwine St, Kuranda

18. Doongal Aboriginal Art and Artefacts

Doongal Aboriginal Arts hosts one of the largest collections of Aboriginal art is in Australia. With stunning local Aboriginal Rainforest Art as well as artwork from Central Aboriginal artists, enjoy viewing Doongal Galleries large range of artworks and traditional artefacts in the heart of Kuranda.

For more information, check out the Doongal Aboriginal Art and Artefacts website.

Address: 22 Coondoo St, Kuranda

Restaurants and Cafes

19. Frogs Restaurant

Delicious meal served at the Frogs Restaurant

Frogs Restaurant was established in Kuranda in 1980 and is still locally owned and operated today! With an extensive menu including tasting platters of emu, crocodile and kangaroo, locally caught barramundi, authentic curries, pizzas, burgers and salads as well as gluten-free and vegan options, there’s something for everyone. Located at the Heritage Markets, enjoy the view from the outside deck while water dragons play at your feet.

Get Out with Kids Tip: Right behind the Frogs Restaurant is Rob, the Tarot Card reader… if you are in to that sort of thing! 😉

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Address: 4 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda 

20. Petit Café

This is one of the best places to eat in Kuranda with kids. Specialising in traditional French crepes and pastries, Petit Café’s menu offers a wide range of sweet and savoury crepes, all of which are prepared using local ingredients. Located in the vibrant surroundings of the Kuranda Original Rainforest Market, dine in a unique and welcoming atmosphere.

Visit the Petit Cafe Facebook page to find out more.

Address: 7/12 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda 

21. Kuranda Rainforest View Restaurant

Beautiful view at the Kuranda Rainforest View Restaurant

Only five minutes from Kuranda Station and Skyrail, Kuranda Rainforest View Restaurant offers visitors one of the best views in Kuranda. With indoor-outdoor seating capacity, enjoy the extensive range of food on offer.

Learn more here.

Address: 26 Coondoo St, Kuranda

If you are heading to Cairns during school holidays, make sure you check out our ideas for school holiday activities in Cairns.

Accommodation in Kuranda

22. Pademelon Park BnB

Pademelon Park Bed and Breakfast in Kuranda energizes guests with its captivating charm and an array of delightful offerings. Situated in the picturesque surroundings of Kuranda in Far North Queensland, Australia, this bed and breakfast provides a remarkable haven for travelers seeking a memorable retreat.

Check out the Pademelon Park BnB website.

Address: 55 Veivers Dr, Speewah

23. Marlin Cove Holiday Resort

Marlin Cove Holiday Resort in Kuranda is a delightful tropical oasis nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of Far North Queensland, Australia. This enchanting resort offers a perfect blend of natural serenity and modern comforts, making it an ideal destination for vacationers seeking a peaceful escape.

For more information, head to the Marlin Cove Holiday Resort website.

Address: 2 Keem St, Trinity Beach, Queensland 

24. Speewah Country Tavern

Located just off the Kennedy Highway, this delightful and family-friendly retreat invites you to experience a world of natural wonders. Nestled on the edge of the magnificent World Heritage rainforest and bordered by the refreshing Grove Creek, this haven is none other than the Speewah Country Tavern. Escape the daily grind and embrace the tranquility of this idyllic setting, or use it as the perfect base to explore the first-class attractions that the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. With most attractions within a short 10-20 minute drive from your cozy cabin, embark on a thrilling adventure and create unforgettable memories in this captivating region.

Find out more by visiting the Speewah Country Tavern website.

Address: 38 Speewah Rd, Speewah

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