Kuranda Railway

Kuranda Railway

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is a popular tourist attraction. The Kuranda Railway was created as a direct result of mineral finds to the west. The Hodgkinson Gold fields required a reliable way of transporting goods and ore to the coast. For a while, there was a pack horse track through the Barron Gorge but this proved too difficult and an easier way was found to the coast along the Bump Track to what would become Port Douglas. Construction began on the Kuranda Railway 1882 and being a government project, all details are well documented. This difficult project included 15 tunnels and 37 bridges and was completed in 1891 after the loss of many lives. Another privately build line connected Kuranda to further mineral deposits in 1901 which then became a network of lines connecting to all the mineral fields to the west. These tracks are now closed except for the historic train journey labelled the Savanahlander.

Kuranda Railway today

Today the Kuranda Train is a popular tourist attraction with two trains running the track each day. They stop to view theKuranda Train Barron Falls, pass a number of other small waterfalls and is complete with commentary  and LCD televisions to explain the history of the train track. As the journey is undertaken, it’s amazing to think this railway was built over a hundred and twenty years ago and carried extensive loads of ore and timber.

To learn more, have a look at the Perentie Tours home page

 

About Gary Bondeson

Gary has been directly involved in tourism in Far North Queensland since the 1990’s. His passion for the area was inspired by the rich history and many points of interest concentrated in the region and felt a strong desire to share this with others. Gary is heavily involved with tourism development and even co-hosted an episode of the popular travel show 'The Great Outdoors’ with Tom Williams showing the limestone caves of Chillagoe located 200kms west of Cairns. After being away for 5 years, Gary has now returned to the area that he holds so dear to his heart to share his knowledge and experience with those who wish to have a Fair Dinkum Ozzy experience.

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