Kuranda is a lovely suburb. We’ve written articles about it before and if you’ve read them, you would know how big a fan we are of the sleepy village in the rainforest. However, living in Kuranda has a very massive drawback. It’s the getting to and from there.
Kennedy Highway (known as the Kuranda Range) is “the route” to get to and from Kuranda if you are in Cairns. One lane up and one lane down. Unfortunately, Kuranda Range is a dangerous, steep, winding beast and is a magnet for constant auto mobile accidents. Cars and trucks are constantly losing control and crashing on this route. Today, the driver of a garbage truck managed to roll the truck, in turn, blocking both lanes going to and from Kuranda. This not only closed access to Kuranda, it closed it for several hours.
This kind of things happens more often than it should. In fact, there are so many issues with this road that it has deterred many residents of Cairns from living in Kuranda. If it’s not the accidents (often caused by wet roads), it’s the never ending roadworks, which can add an additional 30 minutes to your trip. Considering it should only take 30 minutes or less to get to Cairns from the base of the mountain leading up to Kuranda, you’re nearly doubling your trip time.
We’re going to be honest with you folks. Until the safety issues with Kuranda Range are rectified, Kuranda is a write off for many people wanting to work in Cairns and live in Kuranda. It’s unfortunate, however it is the truth. It’s a lovely part of the world, some would say magical, however Kuranda has simply not been provisioned a reliable road for transportation. With regards to standards today, the Kuranda Range is simply not adequate enough for those that require a consistently reliable route to get to and from home.