Posted by: jeanannfrench | August 21, 2009

Friday, August 21

Up at 6:30 AM to catch breakfast and make a phone call to make reservations for the train to Kuranda.  This was a full day  We left the Cairns train station at 9:30 am and it took about an hour to travel 30km due to stops and slow travel for picture taking.  The history about this train track being built was amazing.  There are 15 tunnels and 93 curves.  The tunnels were dug by hand!  The little town of Kuranda was pretty touristy, but there were some great art shops.

The middle part of the day was taking the Skyrail back down the hill/mountain.  It was a 4.7 mile run with the highest point being 1,788 feet.  Amazing and a bit scary at the same time.

The last party of the day was visiting a recreated Aboriginal village, Tjapukai ( ).  I’ve seen this type of set up in HI, NZ, and Fiji and they’re always a little hokie, but  you do learn about their history and usually their persecution.  I didn’t get back into Cairns to the hotel until dark.  After that long of a day, I was in for the evening because I’m up before 6 AM tomorrow to go horseback riding in the Daintree rainforest and on the beach.



  1. Awesome, honey. Absolutely awesome!!!



  2. great photos, Francis must be a good friend by now

  3. Aw, you look fantastic! Appears that you are having another adventure of a lifetime! Sounds like the local sites and flavor are quite exciting. Am looking forward to seeing more about what is going on! Love you, and remember to be careful, Mary

  4. Loved the pictures. You’re having a blast Jean! Interesting Kangaroo dance picture. And I hope they have a wet suit big enough for a tall guy like me when I get there!


  5. Jean the photos of the reef are amazing I am so sad to miss it…glad you are still meeting digitaries.
    see you soon

  6. […] way to get you to the FB video)  While in Cairns I went to the Great Barrier Reef, took the Kuranda train and Skyrail.  All the other links are to my 2009 blog that tell the story of my FUN weekend and […]

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