Just for fun
Initially, the kids are more fascinated by the cable car than the view, peering up to see the mechanism, and pointing at gondolas travelling in the opposite direction. But as you float out over the rainforest, they press their faces to the windows, exclaiming in awe. They point out the fig trees with long aerial roots, and the patches of white cloud drifting like smoke among the lush greenery. And then they catch their first glimpse of the Barron Falls, an avalanche of white water thundering down the mountainside.
Travels between Caravonica (13 km north of Cairns) and Kuranda; (07) 4038 1555
■ The chance to photograph Barron Falls. As you approach the Skyrail station at Barron Falls, have the cameras ready!
The rainforests of Tropical North Queensland’s coastline are the oldest continually surviving rainforests on earth. This means the landscape of this World Heritage area looks much the same as it did in the time of the dinosaurs. There are 3000 different plant species growing here, including nearly 400 rare or threatened plants, and some trees more than 3000 years old.
■ Each Skyrail gondola seats six people.