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  • Sky Rail, Kuranda Railway, the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and a rainforest - perfect day out!

    Posted by EDrury46 February 24, 2013 - 368 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #cairns  #Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park  #Kuranda  #Barron Gorge  #Barron Gorge National Park 

    I know I've mentioned before seeing Australia from the sky, the Ghan railway and Australian rainforests, but this blog is going to look at a combination of the three. Not far from Cairns is a large area of tropical rainforest, which is under World Heritage protection, the Barron Gorge National Park. I've spoken about rainforest education before, but another way of educating about the importance of protecting Australia's fauna and flora is via showing it off in all its glory from above - such as on a skyrail tour! Visitors often choose to see the rainforest here via cable cars, called gondolas, which allow for visitors not only to look out the windows at the forest canopies below, but to also stop off at one or two 'stations' en route to see the forest from other angles on walkways and designated nature trails. And once visitors have explored all of this, they can then take the Kuranda Scenic Railway back.

     

     

    Both ways encourage good environmental attitudes to transport, since there are coach journeys from major towns and cities, including Cairns, to the skyrail - as it is called - starting point and the railway leads back as far as Cairns itself, making it a convenient way of travelling and better for the environment at the same time - not to mention it saves the risk of getting lost in a car!

     

    What makes the Barron Gorge National Park (and the Freshwater Creek State Forest that's in it) special is that the gondolas pass through each level of the rainforest so that visitors can see it from directly above, pass directly through the forest swooping in from above, pass by the Barron Gorge before finally passing through the tropical mountains and over the Barron River before reaching the Kuranda terminal. This route also allows for visits to the village of Kuranda itself, fondly known as 'The Village in the Rainforest', a 'rainforestation' experience and visit to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

     

     

    The rainforestation experience is an extra part of the trip and explores the rainforest from the river, yet again allowing for another perspective of the rainforest and further education as to its importance and survival tactics. The Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is also well worth a visit. Part of visiting Australia in my opinion is to also visit the native people and to learn and understand about their history, sense of community and lifestyle. This particular tribe teaches visitors about its art, history, dance, music, lifestyles and survival techniques. On my visit there, I was taught to throw a boomerang and a spear, and I attempted to play the didgeridoo as well - can't say I was any good mind! In my opinion it is an integral part of what makes Australia such an interesting country to visit, and their care for the environment is clearly shown.

    Finally, the Kuranda rail journey back to Cairns or another point is a lovely way to round off the trip, once again displaying the rainforest and mountain regions in all its glory. 

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