Wednesday, 1 October 2008
ABC Wednesday, "K" for Kuranda , Australia
July, 23rd 2008. Being in Cairns during the first weeks of our stay in Australia, we decided to go and see Tjapukai with a show by Aborigenes, about Aborigines and their history. After the show we went by skyrail to Karunda. The famous train, the history of which you can read in this post as well, took us back to Cairns. We passed the Barron Falls and got enough time to shoot our photos
The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. This famous railway winds its way on a journey of approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest.
The Cairns-Kuranda Railway was constructed between 1882 and 1891 and even today is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. Hundreds of men were employed to build the 15 hand-made tunnels and 37 bridges that stand as a monument to the pioneers of tropical North Queensland who lost their lives while working on the railway.
Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda passes through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past spectacular waterfalls and into the awesome Barron Gorge. Upon reaching the village of Kuranda a rich assortment of interesting attractions and unique shopping experiences awaits you.
Thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt, who has hosted this ABC game for the fourth round to the letter K for ABC Wednesday. For more ABC posts click on ABC picture in my side bar.Join us in this wonderful meme!