Arrived at Cairns late in the afternoon, we only had a quick walk around The Esplanade and stopped by a pizza restaurant in the other side of the road to have dinner. Back to the hotel room, we look at the travel plan again and decide to visit Kuranda tomorrow instead of heading to Port Douglas. So we can have an easy day after a long driving from Townsville.
We wake up early, hop on the car, drive-thru McDonald’s for breaky, and buy the tickets at Freshwater Station. Everything is done by 8:15 a.m. We have 40 minutes to look around the station before the first train leaving. At the station, there is a small museum, which is an old pioneer cottage providing a very interesting and educational experience for visitors about how they built the railway on the early days with a lot of ornaments and photos.
The first train will leave at Freshwater Station at 8:50 a.m. There is a car number on the ticket so we are easily go to the platform and waiting at the desired area.
As its name Kuranda Scenic Railway, the train will take us go through beautiful tropical scenery with mountains and waterfalls are surrounded by rainforests. It takes one hour and thirty minutes to get in Kuranda. But it’s a wonderful time with spectacular view and the cool breeze.
The railway was built over 100 years so it carries a historic journey. Most of the tunnels were built by hand and famous towering bridges.
The journey continues impressed us by the waterfalls pass by. We catch the smaller waterfalls Stoney Creek first before stopping at a magnificent Barron Falls Station where passengers can hop out and take a look to a wonderful Barron Falls and the Barron Gorge. Unfortunately, we came to a dry season so there wasn’t a lot of water at the waterfalls but the scenery is still worth a trip.
Only a minute after leaving Barron Falls Station, we are end up in Kuranda. It’s a very green and welcoming station with hanging fern gardens, beautiful flowers everywhere, friendly environment and a delightful Tea Rooms.
The Kuranda Scenic Railway gives me a unique and unforgettable journey to the tropical North Queensland. I love this experience and now I have a chance to tell you about that. I would recommend everyone to this trip when you travel to North Queensland.
* Thoa Read *