Long way down

 

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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.

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The horse I rode in on – or perhaps more modern, the road I rode in on..

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Nice view

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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.

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I have no idea what these are called but they were nice to look at.

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Barron Gorge with a shot of the hydro electric plant

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I imagine the falls would be quite spectacular after heavy rain

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Looking over the valley to the railway – the train was stopped at the time

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Another rainforest station stop

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This was used to transport goods and personnel

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Next stop, Kuranda

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This caught my eye – made of old rail line.

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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.

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German sausage for lunch – in retrospect I believe this is what may have caused me to become rather ill later in the night.

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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.

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It wouldn’t be a proper post without a bush turkey…

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Should I be worried that I am more interested in the Triumph than the markets?

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Boat building. Building Boat. Boalding?

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Train time!

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Some history on the line for those interested

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The carriages were quite nice and very roomy – if more trains were like this I’d use them more often!

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We were warned to keep our hands inside at all times. I never was good at following instructions..

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Back at the station

4 thoughts on “Long way down”

  1. Nice pictures again, shame about the Germans wrecking things though. I didn’t do the exciting trip up to or back from Kuranda so its a different perspective. If you get really bored you could take a trip to Little Crystal Creek. Nice spot there.

    Keep up the posting.

    1. Yes, unfortunately I got caught out this time – It’ll probably be a while before I’m game enough to try German food again.. I certainly enjoyed the trip to/from Kuranda – well worth it if you find yourself up here again :-) I did a quick map search for Little Crystal Creek and I’ll note it for later. We headed inland slightly South on our way up so I dare say I’ll be doing a trip back that way at some point to cover the ground I missed.

  2. I have various pictures that are exactly the same as yours, from a trip I did about 8 years ago!

    Brings back plenty of fond memories :)

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