Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012

<p>Kuranda is a beautiful community in the hinterland of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/cairns">Cairns</a> in Queensland, Australia.</p> <p>Famed for its magnificent Barron Falls and lush rainforest, the village is the artistic and alternative cultural center for the region. Originally a coffee plantation, Kuranda&#8217;s beauty quickly became a locals secret as it became their favorite destination for romantic holidays and honeymoons before it became a hippie commune.</p> <p>Today it s a mix of the beautiful rainforest setting together with the markets, stalls and buskers that create a feeling of total escape from the nearby city.</p> <p>The fastest way to get to Kuranda is by road but the most popular and best ways to reach this &#8216;must see&#8217; village is to take the Kuranda Skyrail or Kuranda Railway from Cairns.</p> <h2>Kuranda Skyrail</h2> <p>Kuranda is also synonymous with the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/kuranda-skyrail-cairns">Kuranda Skyrail</a>, a seven and a half kilometer long cable car running between Cairns and Kuranda along the edge of the World Heritage Listed Barron Gorge National Park</p> <h2>Kuranda Scenic Railway</h2> <p>The Kuranda Railway is probably the most scenically beautiful railway line in Australia with one section actually running across the face of the Stony Creek Falls and other sections winding around the hillside and through no fewer than 15 tunnels. At various points there are views back across the Coral Sea. The railway was begin in the late 1800&#8217;s and the station at Kuranda opened in 1915.</p>