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Rainforest Lakes by Rainforestation

4.8  ( 4 reviews ) · 1030 KennedyHwy, Kuranda, Queensland (View Map) · Show Phone
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Rainforest Lakes by Rainforestation is a breathtaking Cairns-based wedding venue, offering couples a scenic, fairytale-like location to say ‘I do’. Nestled amongst a beautiful world-heritage listed rainforest, this stunning venue offers numerous ceremony and reception options, tasty drink and dining packages, and many picturesque places for those all-important wedding photos - it's perfect!

 Situated in the picturesque World Heritage Kuranda Rainforest, Rainforest Lakes by Rainforestation is an absolutely stunning wedding venue, with lush rainforest, palm trees and manicured grounds as far as the eye can see. Also on the grounds of this breathtaking, tropical wedding venue are a charming lake with a fountain, fruit orchard with our stylish Founders Pavilion, and several restaurants for you to host your wedding reception.


Wedding receptions at Rainforest Lakes can be held in either the charming pavilion, the large, rustic Outback Restaurant, the light-filled Lakeview Restaurant or the Treehouse Restaurant, complete with a fig tree containing a treehouse - which adds to the rainforest theme perfectly. Whatever your reception location, your guests will be privy to some seriously sumptuous culinary offerings, served in your desired style - be that cocktail style, buffet, alternate drop or feasting style.


The setting of this beautiful, scenic wedding venue is second to none: With palm tree dotted hills, a calming and serene lake, and lush, towering foliage surrounding the property, this high-quality, exquisite venue is a terrific place to marry your beloved.


“Rainforest Lake’s offers a truly exceptional experience, from your introduction to our beautiful estate, through the organisational process to your seamless, stress-free wedding day, that brings all your dreams and visions together.” Rainforest Lakes


What you can expect when working with Rainforest Lakes by Rainforestation for your Cairns wedding:


  • Beautiful venue. There’s no doubt about it, Rainforest Lakes is an absolutely spectacular, stunning wedding venue. With plenty of natural beauty, a private, secluded location, magnificent rainforest views, and a picturesque lake with a magical fountain also on the grounds, this tropical, Cairns-based wedding venue is very easy on the eyes.
  • Ceremony locations. There are a handful of beautiful, versatile ceremony location options to choose from at Rainforest Lakes, with all of these choices able to be dressed up or down. You might like to say ‘I do’ under swaying palm trees, or with the wild rainforest behind you, or even in the fairytale-like Founders Pavilion - the choice is yours!
  • Reception choices. Couples will have the choice between four stylish areas for their wedding reception: Lakeview Restaurant, Outback Restaurant, Treehouse Restaurant and the delightful Founders Pavilion, for more intimate occasions. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with these versatile and romantic venues!
  • Delicious fare. Well, the food at Rainforest lakes is certainly a big highlight! Couples and their loved ones will be served mouthwatering meals and delicious drinks - in your preferred style, of course. You'll just love the extensive range of menu items and flexible catering options.


Here’s what else you need to know about Rainforest Lakes by Rainforestation. 


  • Wedding packages. Rainforest Lakes offers a reception-only package and a full wedding package too, including the ceremony and reception. The convenient reception package includes delectable dining and refreshing drinks, with couples able to have their say in how this is served - whether that’s cocktail style, alternate drop, a shared feast or buffet.
  • Wet weather option. If rain should fall on your wedding day, a wet weather ceremony and reception option can be arranged! So you can rest assured that no matter what the weather has in store for you on your wedding day, you’ll still have a beautifully styled ceremony and dry shoes!
  • Location. Rainforest Lakes is situated in the picturesque World Heritage Kuranda Rainforest in sunny Cairns, so it feels secluded and private. Having said that, it is also close to town, shops and is located roughly half an hour from Cairns airport - perfect for out-of-towners.
  • Terrific service. The team at Rainforest Lakes by Rainforestation are lovely, helpful and oh-so passionate about their jobs! No query is too small for this hardworking bunch, and they'll get back to you in a timely manner, too!



Our ceremony package includes:


  • One hour venue hire
  • 20 chairs
  • Signing table with 2 chairs
  • Set up and pack down
  • Wet weather option
  • An esky filled with ice, drinks and glassware for a wedding party of up to 4 people to sip on while having photos taken within the grounds of Rainforest Lakes


Reception package includes:


  • Choice of buffet menu, alternating drop menu, cocktail menu or feasting menu
  • Venue hire, with multiple sites to choose from
  • Bridal table with skirt, tablecloth and chairs
  • Guest tables with tablecloth and chairs
  • Cake table with knife
  • Easel for seating plan
  • Service staff throughout event
  • Onsite wedding coordinator
  • Lectern


What’s your max capacity for a reception?


Rainforest Lakes can cater for intimate weddings from 40 adult guests, right up to larger weddings of 220 guests seated with a large dance floor area, in one of our three restaurants.  We can cater for even larger weddings, cocktail style.


Do you have a ceremony only option?


Our ceremony package is best paired with one of our reception options & does not come stand-alone. The Rainforest Lakes ceremony package includes venue hire, 20 chairs and a signing table, among other convenient inclusions.



Hi, I'm Stacy - your friendly Wedding Coordinator at Rainforest Lakes. I'll be with you from start to finish, from your first point of contact for enquiries through to a calm and steady presence on the big day.

Mrs Stacy Curd

Wedding Coordinator

Venue Features

Min 40 / Max 600 Reception guests

Price per head: Low $90 / High $ 110

In-house catering



1030 KennedyHwy, Kuranda, Queensland

Cairns / Port Douglas
Cairns / Port Douglas

Nearby Accommodation


Rainforest Lakes is located at Rainforestation Nature Park, just outside of Kuranda in the Cairns Hinterland region. You can find us on the map at 1030 Kennedy Highway, Kuranda, 4881.

If your guests have their own transportation, driving to Rainforest Lakes is easy. If they're coming from the Tablelands, we're just off the Kennedy Highway on the left before crossing the bridge and joining the Kuranda Range. If they're coming from Cairns, it's a short trip up the Kuranda range and the car park is directly on the right (after the bridge).

Too much of a hassle? You can leave the transportation to us! Our sister company, Tropic Wings, has a fleet of vehicles ranging from a seating capacity from 4 to 57. All coaches are air conditioned for your comfort and are equipped with seat belts; we even have the first emission-free, 100% electric bus in the Australian tourism industry! We also have a selection of limousines if you want to arrive in style.

Since we don't have any close neighbours (we're surrounded by heritatge-listed rainforest), you can keep the party going for as long as you like! Please keep in mind however that there will be late-opening surcharge for any revelry that goes on past midnight.

Absolutely! Your furry friends are welcome to come along and celebrate with you, providing they are leashed at all times and are on their best doggie behaviour. Cute outfits are highly recommended!

Rainforest Lakes is a fully licensed venue and can handle all of your food and beverage needs. From yummy canapes to full meals and a beverage package to suit any budget, we've got you covered!

4 reviews 4.8 Write a Review

April 2023

This is a beautiful location for your wedding, with Rainforest and a lovely fountain. Kate the wedding coordinator is amazing to work with as she is organised and is willing to help with other suppliers. They even have an option to take a picture of the wildlife .

Christine M.

Rainforest Lakes by Rainforestation

We cannot wait to host your beautiful wedding, I am so happy that you are enjoying working with us on the planning experience, who said wedding need to be stressful............ we have an amazing venue and it is indeed an honour to share it with our couples and their guests on your special day.

August 2022

I don’t know if we can find the right words to express our gratitude to you and everyone at Rainforest Lakes for making our wedding day so perfect. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! I honestly thought that planning a wedding would be much more stressful. I think it definitely helped that we chose a venue that offered so much, especially having you as an on-site wedding planner! Also, please send a special thanks to the chef. So many people commented on the quality of the food, it was delicious!


August 2023

Absolutely amazing!!! Great atmosphere and the staff are incredible! Food was delicious too! :-) Jules & Yuvi

Julia D.

September 2021

I highly recommend Rainforest Lakes as a wedding venue, the staff and Kate went above and beyond to make our day as night amazing. They made sure everything was perfect and ran smoothly and even kept the kids entertained. The attention to detail was perfect, styling our ceremony and reception dressing the tables to the lighting ❤️ and it was just beautiful and the food was delicious. Thank you so much to the team at Rainforest Lakes for the amazing night xx

Kirsty V.

Rainforest Lakes by Rainforestation

It was our pleasure to host your beautiful wedding ceremony and reception. You looked absolutely amazing and I can't wait to see your photos from the day. We are so pleased that we could share in your special day with your delightful family and friends. Wishing you both an incredible life of happiness together.

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What are some fun ideas for cocktail hour?

We're hosting our ceremony and reception at one venue and would love some ideas to make our cocktail hour fun and unique. We're planning to head off for photos after the ceremony and would like guests to be entertained during that time!

Rainforest Lakes by Rainforestation

We offer to take guests out on Army Ducks through the rainforest while the bride and groom are getting photos done and then deliver the guests directly to the reception once the tour is completed.  Its a fun idea and guests love it.  Not many can say they arrived to a wedding reception by Army Duck amphibious vehicle.

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