Barron Gorge National Park

The Barron Gorge National Park is one of the most popular national parks of Queensland.

The region is filled with rugged mountains, wild rainforest and flowing waterfalls, extending from the lowlands to the elevated regions of the Atherton Tableland, located in the mountains above Cairns, Australia.

Barron Gorge National Park

The Barron Gorge National Park is one of the most popular national parks of Queensland.

The region is filled with rugged mountains, wild rainforest and flowing waterfalls, extending from the lowlands to the elevated regions of the Atherton Tableland, located in the mountains above Cairns, Australia.

The Barron River rises from the Mount Hypipamee through the rainforest bell, creating the stunning sight of the Barron Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in the area.

It is not recommended to go in dry season, as the falls have been diverted for hydroelectricity, and the amount of water flowing has diminished overall.

Kuranda is a small village in the rainforest, founded in 1885, is filled with local artist and markets, full of crafts, culture and wildlife, but previously famous for its gold, coffee and timber. The town currently has two outdoor markets open seven days a week: The Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets and the Heritage Market.


Things to do in the Barron Gorge

There are a couple things you can do in the area, but the most popular for sure are the taking the Kuranda Scenic Railway through the Barron Gorge National Park, Jumping on The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and to look at the Barron Falls from the Edge Lookout


Crossing the Barron Gorge National Park, by rail (between Cairns and Kuranda) is one of the most unique experiences you can have in Australia, a must-do for sure. The rail was built by hand to connect remote mines with the city of Cairns, nowadays transporting people to Kuranda village. The journey passes spectacular waterfalls and natural wonders through the mountains.

Discover the natural beauty of an ancient World Heritage listed rainforest, a natural and culture wonder, home to the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest, with over 20 aboriginal tribal groups. The area is located in Queensland, adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef, with an approx area of 2,223,948 acres (900,000 hectares).

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The Barron Falls, named “Din Din” by the Djabugay Dji people, are a spectacular sight worth experiencing, especially during wet season (December to March) when the tropical rains fill the falls and the forest.

The falls are just outside Kuranda, You can get a good view of them from the Kuranda Scenic Railway, the Skyrail and from Edge Lookout.

Both the train and the cableway lead to three separate lookouts that provide good views of the park and the falls. You can also experience the national park on foot through its many walking trails.


The Rainforest Cableway offers a 90 minute journey between Cairns and Kuranda, allowing tourists to experience the beauty of the rainforest from the heights.

A different perspective of this ancient landscape. You also have the chance to descend to the canopy, and explore the rainforest from closer.

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