Tropical Far North Queensland by BlossomFlowerGirl

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Tropical Far North Queensland

This is about my holiday from Cairns to
Laura, on the lower Cape York Peninsula from
September 2008 to October 2008. Going from Melbourne to Cairns to Port Douglas, to Cooktown and Laura, Cape Tribulation and all the bits in between, and finally back to Cairns for my flight home.

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11. Kuranda - Gold Class

Sunday 21 September

The Kuranda Scenic Railway offer Gold Class service for those who wish to travel First Class in comfort and luxury and I chose this option for the return journey.

For the extra $43 it was well worth it - no screaming, yelling children running wild, very comfortable club lounge chairs and your own Gold Class attendant serving champagne and other alocoholic beverages, orange juice and plates of delicious finger foods. Stopping at Barron Falls, I went to take my bag with me but the attendant said it was quite safe to leave it on the train - he would be standing guard and nobody travelling on the regular service would be permitted to enter.

Funny thing, the ride going up became boring after a while, but the return journey wasn't boring at all - perhaps the number of champagne glasses consumed had something to do with this...

Gold Class Carriage

The Free Gift

When you travel Gold Class you receive a free gift. It comprises a postcard, badge and biro. The hand towel I saved as a nice momento.


Window View

The Bar

The Blue Engine

The blue engine has been hand-painted with larger than life Murals of Buda-Dji (The Carpet Snake), by local Aboriginal artist George Riley and tells the legend of Buda Dji who carved out the Barron Gorge, and the Barron River. It is part of the storywater dreaming, a legend which is symbolised on locomotive 1771D, the "Spirit of Buda-Dji". It is believed the train follows along the rim of this geological marvel following the path of Buda-Dji.

KSR Gold Class Logo


Glennis said...

The Kuranda rail trip is not to be missed. I also really enjoyed the trip even though I was not in first class I don't think! You look very relaxed.

tim said...

wow, you seems enjoying.. but you took good photos huh.. are you the one who do it?

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