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Friday, September 25, 2015

Barron Falls, Kuranda, North Queensland

25th September 2015

Barron Falls is three and a half kilometers drive from the mountain village of Kuranda near Cairns, North Queensland.  The lookout and rainforest scenery are breathtaking.

While driving up the winding roads to the falls, we were lucky enough to see a Ulysses Butterfly (papilo ulysses).  The endangered Cassowary calls this spectacular area home and  there is plenty of informative signage for visitors to ensure they take care when driving.

The Din Din Barron Falls Lookout Walk was only 1.2kms long and was a "luxury bushwalk", on a suspended boardwalk, well above the forest floor,winding through the spectacular rainforest canopy.  We visited in the late afternoon and it wasn't the best time of day to see wildlife, however we were lucky to see a pair of Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt) scratching around in their large mount of a nest within the forest.  The kids noticed plenty of Green Tree Ant's (Oecophylla smaragdina) wandering along the hand rails of the boardwalk, and we observed their large nests made from leaves in the nearby trees. Little birds could be heard up in the tops of the canopy, and the Australian Brush Turkeys were plentiful and friendly.

We would highly recommend a visit to Barron Falls, my photos taken late in the day, really do not do this beautiful landscape justice.

J & B

Barron Falls view from the first elevated platform on the scenic walk.
Cassowary crossing signage at Barron Falls, Kuranda, North Qld. 

Barron Falls Lookout Entry Signage. 



View of Barron Falls, from the Din Din Barron Falls Lookout, late afternoon, 25/0915

C & K, taking in the view from the Din Din Barron Falls Lookout 

Beautiful trees at the railway end of the canopy walk to Barron Falls. 

Checking out cool things in the rainforest canopy at Baron Falls.

Pair of Orange-footed Scrubfowl at their nest at Barron Falls, which proved very difficult to photograph,. 25/09/15

Orange-footed Scrubfowl at the nest mound, Barron Falls.

Green Tree Ants on the handrail of the Barron Falls boardwalk.

One of the many leaf nests of the Green Tree Ants at Baron Falls. 

Friendly Scrub Turkey who wanted to come home with us, at Barron Falls. 

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