Kuranda, Village in the Rainforest


Image © Steven Nowakowski

Kuranda, the home to Distil On The Hill, is nestled in the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland. It is a sacred place for First Nations Peoples, with many of Australia’s native bird and butterfly species calling it home. In fact, the Wet Tropics of Queensland site is so diverse in flora and fauna that is has been World Heritage listed for over 30 years. Stretching over some 450 kilometres from end to end, it reaches from Cape Tribulation all the way to Townsville. 

Many of Australia’s unique marsupials and other animals originated in rainforests, with their closest relatives living in the Wet Tropics today. Its diverse plant life includes many species found nowhere else on earth. Distil On The Hill have tapped into the local biodiversity and natural resources to produce some excellent gins showcasing many of their local rainforest flavours and spices. 

If you’ve never been to the area, think sweeping and eccentric forest vistas, epic waterfalls, roaring rivers, rugged gorges and coastal scenery. The common Australian Eucalypt is considered to have evolved from such rainforest stock as the Wet Tropics. When it comes to fauna, although the area covers less than 0.2% of Australia, it homes 30% of marsupials, 60% of bats, 40% of birds, and 60% of butterfly species amongst many others. 

We would like to pay our respects to the First Nation Peoples of the land who have occupied the Wet Tropics dating back roughly 50,000 years, who continue to call this wonderful haven home. 

Image © Steven Nowakowski


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