This town in the middle of the rainforest was known by the Djabugay people who lived there, as the "place of the platypus". The first settlers came in 1885 and the railway reached Kurunda in 1891.It became a health resort and was also a very in-place in the 1960s which encouraged a flourishing arts and craft trade to develop. Nowadays it is a lively little market town with some interesting stalls and shops, walks everywhere and the most beautiful butterfly sanctuary. More about that in the next blog. Let me introduce you to a ceramicist who I thought was exceptionally lovely, Mollie Bosworth who has a studio in Kurunda and exhibits her ceramics at one of the shops. Rather than show you countless shops with tat, I thought some pictures of these delicate and creative pots would do better.
We spent happy hours with solutions or types of them and even discovered a delicious french creperie with savoury pancakes just like we used to have them in Signy Centre in Geneva. The time came for us to leave so we headed to the sky rail terminal, jumped on a cable car and enjoyed a panoramic ride over the rainforest canopy, stopping en route to explore walks and vegetation before finally alighting just outside Cairns.