Now that I had made it back from Cape York in one piece I decided to do something I ran out of time to do before leaving Cairns – a trip up the Skyrail and back down the Kuranda Scenic Railway (KSR). I actually did this trip on the 27th of November but as I’ll mention later this was the day I ended up with what was probably food poisoning so my desire to write had wanned somewhat. I promise that after this I’ll be up to date…
The day started off pretty normal – a quick (one and a half hours – it’s all relative) run down to Cairns through the Kuranda range and I had arrived at Caravonica where I would be boarding the Skyrail. After collecting my pass I waited for my lift to arrive. I had paid the extra for a “Diamond View” carriage – one with a see-through floor. This I would quickly find out had it’s advantages – my ticket also gave me access to shorter line-ups. I waited in line where I boarded with a lovely couple from Adelaide whom had taken a few weeks holiday. I wasn’t quite sure how I would deal with the height of the cable car but I had banked on being ok – thankfully I was as I would someday like to have a crack at Paragliding. Rambling again, time for some photos.
The horse I rode in on – or perhaps more modern, the road I rode in on..
Our first stop at a rainforest “station” – these were brief stops along the way where you could hop off the cable car, wander around a short walking track through the rainforest before rejoining the cable car again.
I have no idea what these are called but they were nice to look at.
Barron Gorge with a shot of the hydro electric plant
I imagine the falls would be quite spectacular after heavy rain
Looking over the valley to the railway – the train was stopped at the time
Another rainforest station stop
This was used to transport goods and personnel
Next stop, Kuranda
This caught my eye – made of old rail line.
I had a few hours before catching my train – plenty of time to explore the tourist trap known as the Kuranda markets. Not much caught my eye aside from some nice Kangaroo leather hats.
German sausage for lunch – in retrospect I believe this is what may have caused me to become rather ill later in the night.
I swear I wasn’t looking for plane wreckages this time! It isn’t as it seems either – this fuselage ended up as a movie prop and eventually found it’s way here as a tourist attraction.
It wouldn’t be a proper post without a bush turkey…
Should I be worried that I am more interested in the Triumph than the markets?
Boat building. Building Boat. Boalding?
Some history on the line for those interested
The carriages were quite nice and very roomy – if more trains were like this I’d use them more often!
We were warned to keep our hands inside at all times. I never was good at following instructions..
Back at the station