Our first full day in Cairns was spent amongst the rainforest bordering the city. This involved a trip on Skyrail which is a cable car system that runs above the canopy of the forest. Once over the peak of the first hill you could no longer see Cairns and ahead was nothing but green forest and some spectacular views. You could hear the noise of the forest below you and see the Cockatoos flying from tree to tree.
There were a couple of stops on the way up that allowed us to walk around the rainforest and get some views over a waterfall. The final stop was in a place called Kuranda, a pleasant town catering for those arriving on Skyrail or the Kuranda railway. We spent a couple of hours here having lunch and doing some present shopping. I bought a new hat and have convinced myself that I now look like Crocodile Dundee, although I am not sure that is a great look and certainly will be unique around Reading!
We then boarded the Kuranda Scenic Railway for the journey back to Cairns. This takes a winding route back down taking in many spectacular views of the Barren Falls, the rainforest and the gorge.
The weather was perfect and it was a great day out. Now I’m off to wrestle a croc in my new hat!