Kuranda, a rural town, is 20 km north-west of Cairns. It is thought that the name was derived from an Aboriginal word describing the flax or stream lily (Helmholtzia acorifolia).

Further Reading: 

Shep Humston, Welcome to Kuranda: the village in the rainforest, 1888-1988, Kuranda, S. Humston, 1988

Alan Hudson, Tracks of triumph: a tribute to the pioneers who built the famous Kuranda scenic railway, Cairns, Cairns Post, 2003


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