Cairns, Australia

I was here in 2010 and saw the city.  Here is the link to the blog: https://lesliesh.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/cairns-australia/

Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical north of the country. Cairns is on the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland and is popular for sailing, diving, snorkelling and trekking through nearby parks such as the Daintree Rain Forest.   Today, I took  tour which was on a cable car and an historic train. Although it is recommended to take the train up and cable car down, the timing of our arrival necessitated our doing the journey in reverse. I preferred the Skyrail.

From the terminal just north of Cairns, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway has six-person cable cars which take travellers on an eight-kilometre ride above World Heritage listed rain forest to the highland village of Kuranda. At two stations on the journey, Red Peak and Barron Falls, you can hop off and explore the rain forest on marked walkways.  The forest contains many different trees and interesting plants such as basket ferns.

The Kuranda Scenic Railway is an engineering marvel from the 19th century that passes through the rain forests before reaching the village of Kuranda.  It is said to be one of the world’s most beautiful train rides across rain forests and past stunning waterfalls, and is also a testament to the pioneers who settled northern Queensland. From 1882 to 1891, they constructed this railway that passes through 15 tunnels and over 37 bridges on its journey between Cairns and Kuranda.  Kuranda is small village full of small shops selling jewellery, clothing and souvenir items of various kinds and many restaurants.

The photos are views from the Skyrail of the coast and the rain forest, basket ferns, trees, Barron Falls and one of the front of the train taken from our rear carriage showing a very steep curve.

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