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Fly through the skies on Queensland's Skyrail


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Flying over the Queensland treetops the Kuranda skyrail, which ends 15 minutes from Cairns, is a unique way to see the rainforest.

SkyrailSkimming the canopy of the wet tropics rainforest the cable cars are uniquely designed. Unlike most, they traverse over the trees, rather than through a clearing. This ensures that the World Heritage rainforest and wildlife isn't disturbed too much.

Home to the trees which inspired those of James Cameron's blockbuster, Avatar, the forest is a sight to behold. But equally impressive are the rivers and falls over which the Skyrail travels.

There are two stops at which it is possible to get off the Skyrail; Red Peak station and Barron Falls station. At Red Peak, a rainforest boardwalk allows you to get up close and personal with the trees and vines over which the Skyrail takes you.

A viewing platform provides a view over the nearby river and helpful rangers are around to explain the undergrowth about you.

At Barron Falls, the second stop, you can take in the spectacular falls from a viewing platform. An intriguing visitor centre explains the historical significance of the station and it's possible to see the first 'flying fox'.

This rickety contraption was the first means for settlers and workers to cross the valley and to the modern eye, it's a health and safety nightmare!

The final leg of the trip ends in Kuranda, a picturesque village on the Atherton tablelands. It's possible to spy crocodiles in the river if your eyesight is keen and the weather is amenable.

It's a unique way to see the beauty of an incredible rainforest and seeing it from above really brings home the sheer size of the forest. Especially if you've already seen the forest from below, it's a special way to get a new perspective on the area.


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