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Travel Guide Oceania Australia Queensland Kuranda

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Introduction

Kuranda is a small town in Far North Queensland adjoining the Barron Gorge National Park. As it is located very close to Cairns and the journey is scenic, it is an extremely popular day trip: the village is overflowing with visitors during the middle of each day.

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Sights and Activities

Catch the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This is a gondola ride through the rainforest treetops, with a couple of stops on route to change cars. Great views of the rainforest canopy. Prices valid April 01 2011 to March 31 2012 are: One-way is $44 adults and $22 children, return is $66 adults and $33 children. A 5% discount is available when you book online and a one-way Skyrail, one-way Kuranda Railway package is $108 adults and $50 children. The base station is around 15km north of Cairns, around half-way to Kuranda. Transfers from both Cairns, Cairns Beaches and Port Douglas are available. mail@skyrail.com.au. The local buses service the Skyrail base station from Cairns every hour or so. [2]. There is a large, free carpark at the Skyrail base station.

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Getting There

By Plane

Cairns Airport is a short drive away.

By Train

Hop on the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a (very) leisurely one- and a half hour trip 329 metres up and 34 kilometres out from Cairns. Two services daily in each direction. One-way $49, return $74, reservations recommended. Child and family rates do apply. Services depart from Cairns Central Station, close to the centre of Cairns.

By Car

Drive from Cairns via the Captain Cook and Kennedy Highways. The trip takes approximately 40 minutes.

By Bus

Catch the shuttle bus between Cairns and Kuranda ($4 one way). There are two bus companies that run scheduled bus services between Cairns and Kuranda. If you just want to get to Kuranda they will save you time and money over the scenic alternatives.

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Getting Around

Kuranda is a small village, although somewhat hilly. Walking about 1km will take you from one end of town to the other. Don't count on being able to walk quickly, as the streets tend to be packed with people.

A one-way courtesy bus between the Skyrail and scenic railway stations at the south end of town and the wildlife attractions at the north of town. The bus departs every twenty minutes, but most people walk the distance.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.70. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

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References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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