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Kuranda Roots Festival, 2013

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by Katy Holliday (subscribe)
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Groove the roots and move your boots

There are only two more days to jump on this literal bandwagon, folks. Hurry, get aboard! This roots n reggae loving, dread thumping festival showcases a stellar line-up this year to celebrate its first decade of success. Expect to see the formidable Nicky Bomba, gorgeous Bobby Alu (seriously, gorgeous), Oka, The Rusty Datsuns, Siskin River, Pacha Mamma, ska act Mungo's Hi Fi, Old Man River and much more. Hit the link to get the full line up.

To mark ten years of music in the rainforest, there will be a special Indigenous Cultural Celebration 'Garrandjirrin' to embrace people from all walks of life coming together. This will be emphasised through traditional song and dance mixed with contemporary theatre. It's bound to be impressive.

This nature lovin' festival runs for three fun-filled days. When you're not shaking your tail-feather, explore your way through the famous Kuranda markets, digest delicious world cuisines, get in on the epic storytelling sessions and other workshops that abound the grounds, make some art, appreciate some art, or run away and join the circus.

Kuranda Roots Festival is one of Australia's hidden gems of little festivals that each year seems to host some of the best in Australian local talent. Add to that, the mixture of rainforest, hippy vibes and an entirely relaxed atmosphere and you have yourself the perfect long weekend away. I hope you have your annual leave approved.

Kuranda Roots Festival is located at the Billabong - a twenty minute drive from Cairns. Cairns has a well connected airport so it's time to book your last minute flights. There will be shuttle buses provided to and from the festival through Chakana Travel at a cost of $5.00 each way. Other options include the skyrail over the Baron Gorge or the Kuranda Scenic Rail. Festival tickets start from as little as $20 a day and an adult season with camping is from $115. You can book online at Rudekat Records.

No trip to Kuranda would be complete without a boarded walk through the rainforest to see the phenomenal view of the Baron Falls. Or why not hop on a horse and gallop through the rugged countryside?

If your boss put a bullet hole through your plans and stopped you from catching the next plane into Cairns then "don't worry, be happy" and start getting ready for Kuranda Roots Festival, 2014.
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Why? To be a groovey, earth lovin', tune muncher
Where: Kuranda Billabong
Cost: $20 - $125
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