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June 8, 2017

Kuranda, Cairns to Melbourne

Filed under: Family,Travel — Porcupyn @ 6:03 am

Next day dawned cloudy – we had a bit of drizzle the previous evening as well. We had had a great evening at Steve’s lodge, which was really huge. Steve and his dog Frankie were very welcoming and both Katya and Baab enjoyed playing with Frankie. She followed the kids around inside and outside the house.

The kids and I walked down a bit to the Barron river, which flows right below the lodge. Frankie followed us there. After enjoying the scenery for a few minutes, we went right back up to the lodge for breakfast.

Following breakfast, we knew that we had a couple of hours to spare before we needed to head back to return our rental car, after which we had allowed ourselves a couple of hours for our flight to Melbourne. So we consulted with Steve as to what we could do in the meantime. He suggested that we go to see the Barron Falls which was just about 10 minutes from his lodge.

Along we went to find Barron Falls. It was, as Steve said, a very short drive. Once we parked, we saw a family with two small kids who were looking around in wonder in the parking lot. From the parking lot, there was a rainforest walking trail that we needed to go on to get to Barron Falls viewing area. Along the trail were markers and educational boards that kids and we appreciated reading. In a few minutes, we got to a clearing, and heard the sounds of … an approaching train?!!

Sure enough, it was a train! I walked fast along the rest of the trail and saw what appeared to be a station – Barron Falls – and, rounding a corner, the train! In my research of the area, I had glossed over this area as I had not thought that we would have any extra time to do anything fun. After returning, I learned that the train comes all the way from Cairns and continues on to the Kuranda CBD area; besides that there is a skyway aerial tram as well – some folks do both as a round-trip from Cairns. While we had observed the aerial tram while driving up the previous evening, we had not really figured out what its origin and destination points were.

Once the train stopped, out poured the tourists – and we appeared as locals! Opposite to the train platform was the mountainside with the Barron Falls. Though it was not the peak water flow of the river, the Falls were still very nice to watch. After the train left, we stood there for a few minutes enjoying the scenery, then returned back to the car through the trail.

After a quick stop back at Grand Barron Lodge to say bye to Steve, we got back onto the Highway to return to Cairns. On the way back, at an overlook, we took a few photos with Cairns and the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. Upon returning the car at the rental agency, we got back on the shuttle bus to Cairns Airport, checked in our bags and were on board shortly. It was getting dark by this time, so we couldn’t really appreciate the scenery on take off.

The flight to Melbourne took just over three hours. The plan was to get another rental car there, and drive down to a coastal town Torquay which is located close to the beginning of the Great Ocean Road. We had Airbnb reserved for the overnight stay there.

Kuranda

Kuranda

Din Din (Barron Falls)

Din Din (Barron Falls)

Engine of Cairns-Kuranda scenic train

Engine of Cairns-Kuranda scenic train

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

View of Cairns Airport

View of Cairns Airport

Dropping bags off with JetStar

Dropping bags off with JetStar

At Melbourne Airport

At Melbourne Airport

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