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Take time out to enjoy a hike from Stoney Creek to Kuranda, via beautiful Barron Falls.
Starting early to avoid the heat, we hike through beautiful rainforest, protected from the sun by a thick canopy of trees. At various points, we are rewarded with beautiful views over Cairns, Trinity Inlet, the Northern Beaches and, of course, Barron Falls.
Arriving at the Falls, we have the opportunity to make our way along the walkway built high under forest canopy – we will feel like we are walking in the trees. Interpretative signs provide fascinating information about the nature and culture of this area, and of course the views are spectacular.
We continue our walk into Kuranda for a lovely lunch and some cold drinks, before spending some time enjoying the ambience this quaint little village offers. Markets, art galleries providing some sublime indigenous art and a butterfly sanctuary – it’s all there!
Our return to Cairns is on the Kuranda Scenic Railway – Gold Class of course! We will enjoy local produce and drinks during our 1 hour 45 minute journey, the perfect way to end our day.
Note: This is challenging and a good level of fitness is required.
Hiking up to the beginning of the Atherton Tablelands is a lovely way to experience Cairns in a way you would not otherwise.
This beautiful rainforest will provide the backdrop for a physical challenge that will ensure you enjoy all rewards – including views, education about the range and the engineering feat that is the railway line, a relaxed lunch and sightseeing time in Kuranda.
Your return trip by train is in Gold Class, and you will be pampered with a selection of Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as Gallo Dairyland Cheese, Skybury Coffee, Wondaree Macadamias, Mango to Go (100% pure mango treat), freshly baked muffins, Sirromet wines and Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager.
A very special day!
Our private vehicle will collect you from your hotel. Please check with us regarding additional cost of pickup for hotels outside the CBD.
We commence our hike at the end of Stoney Creek Road, and begin by making our way across a lovely refreshing creek.
From here we begin walking through a lovely rainforest – even if it’s hot, you are protected from the sun under this canopy. Approximately 1.5 hours along, we will come to the junction of the McDonald’s and Douglas Tracks.
McDonald’s Track will take us to our ultimate destination, hence we head in this direction and follow mostly vehicle firetracks. We will be exposed to the sun for part of this section, so we will need hats and sunscreen.
Approximately 45 minutes along, and we will reach Surprise Creek, where we will stop for a snack beside this lovely slow flowing waterway. After replenishing energy stores, we continue along what is now Surprise Creek Track through to Wright’s Lookout, where we stop for some lovely views.
A short 20-30 minutes will see us at Barron Falls – we are on the road in this section however, and will need to be alert for cars.
Barron Falls offers a rainforest canopy walk suspended high above the forest floor. With interpretive signs along the way, it provides fascinating information about the nature and culture of the Falls and Gorge area, and simply stunning views.
Our walk continues along Barron Valley Road – we do still need to be aware of cars, however this is a relatively quiet road and is quite beautiful as the road is fringed by stunning rainforest.
Walking into Kuranda, we will make our way to the Barron Falls Hotel, where we have a table booked for lunch and some cold drinks. (L)
After lunch, feel free to wander through this delightful town, explore the markets and indigenous art galleries. Don’t forget to enjoy a wonderful ice cream as you do!
Ensure you make your way back to the Railway Station for your return trip to Cairns.
You will love your Gold Class experience as we make our way back to Cairns on this heritage railway service, which includes: