6 Kuranda Walks and River Cruise – amazing rainforest adventure

Kuranda Walks - Crossing Jimrum Creek

Kuranda Village is a destination for many local and foreign tourists while they visit Cairns. Due to the excellent access to the village by Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail or car, the place is boosted with tourists all year round.

Kuranda walks are one of the things you may miss while visiting this tropical rainforest village. When we visited Kuranda ten years ago, we did not know they existed.

It is due the place offers so many interests to visit like the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda and Village Markets. Everyone focuses on those instead, and due to the limited time we have (if you choose SkyRail) there are usually no spare hours for other things.

So, don’t make a mistake as we did in our two previous visits to Kuranda and do the walks or even take a boat tour on Barron River.

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Six Kuranda Walks

There are six walks in Kuranda and each walk will give you a different experience. Whether you are looking for a quiet space with nature and birds, want to learn about rainforest Aboriginal culture or access Barron Falls by foot you can get it here.

Choose from six possible walks that start from the village.

Kuranda Walks Map
Kuranda Walks Map

#1 The Village Walk (Brown)

This is the walk that everyone does and does not realize is one of the Kuranda Walks.

It goes along Therwine and Coondoo streets featuring Kuranda Village Markets where you can grab a coffee, stay for lunch or buy some souvenirs.

#2 Jumrum Creek Conservation Park (Blue – 0.75 km)

Jumrum Creek walk is one of the nature walks in Kuranda you don’t want to miss.

It is partly a boardwalk or concrete path leading to a little concrete bridge on Jumrum Creek where you can splash your face with cold, mountainous water and relax for a bit before going further.

Jumrum Creek walk starts in Kuranda and ends at the main road where Barron Falls Walks starts.

#3 Barron Falls Walk (Red – 4.2 km return)

After finishing the Jumrum Creek walk you can stay on the trail to walk further to Barron Falls. It is a great walk with stunning views of Barron Gorge.

Skyrail - Barron Falls
Skyrail – Barron Falls

It is mostly a rainforest walk (no concrete path), but at the end, at the Barron Falls Lookout, the path is paved.

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Do the falls walk after a big rain to see Barron Falls in full rage.

#4 The Jungle Walk (Yellow 1.5 km)

For those who don’t do the Barron Falls Walk or just finished the blue walk, The Jungle Walk is the best way to return to the village.

It is a rainforest walk all way up to the big bridge.

Start of the Yellow Walk
Start of the Yellow Walk

#5 The River Walk (Dark Blue)

It is a continuation of the Jungle Walk leading you to the village again.

After you pass a big bridge on the right side you notice that the trail is wider and goes along the beautiful Barron River.

If you want (highly recommended) hop on a boat cruise to learn more about local rainforest life and freshwater crocodiles. You may be lucky to spot one during the cruise.

Riverboat in Kuranda departs all day
Riverboat in Kuranda departs all-day
On the River Walk (dark blue)
On the River Walk (dark blue)

#6 Kuranda Backstreets (Orange)

After finishing the blue or red walk this option is the shortest way to Kuranda. Walk along the streets to feel for the Kuranda lifestyle.

Kuranda Walks – our recommendation

All Kuranda Walks are relatively short with the exception of Barron Falls Walk. Thus, you can do them all in one day.

However, if your time is limited consider joining the Jumruk Creek Walk (blue) from Kuranda and follow your way along The Jungle Walk and River Walk.

This way you do a small loop that starts in Barang Street and ends at the Kuranda Railway Station.

The blue, yellow and dark blue walks will take around 1 hour at a fast pace.

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