Sorrel inside the skyrail.
The Red Peak.
Sorrel shows us the Barron Gorge from the Kuranda Skyrail. It's easy to see why it was voted Australia's number-one tourist attraction of 1999.
The rail, which is privately owned, crosses the Barron Gorge National Park, and its owners waited seven-and-a-half years before the project went through legislation. They wanted to show one of Australia's great natural treasures to visitors, but were fully aware of the importance of protecting it.
Thirty-six 10m by 10m clearings were made for the towers. Plants that were removed during construction were put in a national park nursery and replanted as close as possible to their original growing place.
The trip takes about one-and-a-half hours, including two station stops along the way. You can start at Kuranda Station or Caravonica Station. From Carvonica to Red Peak, the first station, takes about 10 minutes, and on the way you can see views of Cairns, the Barron River Delta and Green Island, 27km from Cairns.
The first leg ascends the McAllister Range, the top end of the Great Dividing Range, over an open eucalypt forest that changes into dense tropical rainforest.
The Red Peak stop is about 20 minutes. You can take the boardwalk to the site of an 1800s timber cutters' camp. A guide will explain which plant species are which, and their importance to Aborigines for medicines and face paints.
The next station is Barron Falls, about 15 minutes away. Underneath the gondola are the Barron Falls and a forest thick with acacia and melaluca. The falls are quite spectacular in the wet season, but even in the dry season, when they flow to about a quarter of their capacity, they are still a wonderful sight.
The Barron Gorge National Park covers about 2820 hectares and is Queensland's most visited park. It holds thousands of species of rainforest trees and is home to populations of cassowaries, musky tree rat kangaroos and a fascinating variety of birdlife and butterflies.