Cairns Wildlife Attractions, Tours & Zoos
Cairns is located between two of the world's most beautiful land and sea sanctuaries so there are a number of amazing and truly spectacular Wildlife Experiences that you can take part in. Meet koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, exotic fish, endangered bird species and colourful butterflies.
Start your day with a trip to the Tropical Zoo for breakfast and watch the wildlife frolic in their habitats and then at night visit the Cairns Night Zoo for a BBQ dinner where you can dine with kangaroos under the stars.
While you're up Far North Queensland you must take time to visit with a couple of crocodiles. They're big up here and offer a unique and a little scary croc experience!
Cairns Wildlife Experiences
It's all happening at Cairns Night Zoo when the sun goes down! You'll feast on a typical Australian barbecue, spot wildlife by torchlight, do some stargazing under the southern skies, then enjoy live music and entertainment around the campfire.
Treat yourself to a morning at Cairns Tropical Zoo and enjoy a fully cooked breakfast at the Koala Cafe. The animals enjoy their breakfast in the beside the cafe as you enjoy yours on the deck, overlooking a lake with water-birds, turtles, dragons, pelicans and ducks. Entrance ticket and an interactive morning wildlife program included.
Enjoy a day of nature, horseback riding and ATV quad bike riding on this full-day tour from Cairns, Palm Cove or the Northern Beaches. Perfect if you only have one day for an adventure! Let your skilled guides lead you through pockets of rainforest, mangroves and sugarcane fields by two very different modes of transportation and experience the bush land like you never could imagine.
Zipline through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and get up close to native Australian wildlife on a fun-filled day trip from Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas. After hotel pickup, visit the Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat and see Australian wildlife, such as the endangered cassowary, and enjoy a picnic lunch in Daintree National Park. Then, spend the afternoon soaring over the treetops on a zipline adventure, where you’ll take in views of the rainforest below and out to the Great Barrier Reef.
Explore Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, an award-winning eco-tourism attraction located between Cairns and Port Douglas. Cruise the wetlands to see crocodiles lazing on the riverbanks and witness the stealth and power of these prehistoric animals at the Crocodile Attack show. This innovative wildlife park has five distinct zones, showcasing Australian wildlife in their natural environment. Enjoy guided walks, keeper-talks, animal shows and a behind-the-scenes look at crocodile farming.
Explore sugarcane fields, rainforest and mangroves on a horse-riding tour from Cairns, Palm Cove or the Northern Beaches. Perfect for beginners or experienced riders, your horseback ride will take you through beautiful countryside with a stop for a ‘billy’ tea over a camp fire. Choose from three departures and enjoy a traditional Aussie hot dog lunch!
Zoom through amazing off-road and dirt trails on a guided ATV tour from Cairns, Palm Cove or the Northern Beaches. Your fantastic guide will ensure that you have as much fun as you can handle while riding through pockets of rainforest, sugarcane fields and mangroves. Perfect for beginners or experienced riders!
Cairns Super Saver: Great Barrier Reef Cruise plus Kuranda Scenic Railway plus Cape Tribulation Day Trip
Over three days, experience the best of tropical Far North Queensland! Go diving or snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway and explore the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Combining the Cairns area's most popular attractions, this three-day super saver is perfect for first-time visitors to Queensland, plus represents a savings of 10%. From the coral beauty of the Great Barrier Reef to scenic views from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and encounters with Australian wildlife, this sightseeing package is crammed with fun activities you'll never forget. Special Offer - Save more than 10% on the recommended retail price by booking these three tours together. - Book Now!
Explore Australia's World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest at the Rainforestation Nature Park in Kuranda. The park is set on 100 acres (40 hectares) of pristine rainforest within five minutes of Kuranda village, accessible from Cairns by road or by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or the Kuranda Scenic Railway (transport between Cairns and Kuranda is not included). This eco-friendly Kuranda attraction offers three unique experiences: the Army Duck Rainforest Tour with Tropical Fruit Orchard, Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, and the Koala and Wildlife Park.
Explore Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest on a two-day adventure from Cairns or Port Douglas!. Explore the world’s oldest rainforest in Daintree, and spot crocodiles as you cruise down the Daintree River. One night of accommodation and one lunch are included, and you can upgrade to include a Great Barrier Reef snorkeling safari and Daintree Rainforest zipline tour. Select from four-bed quad or twin-share private cabin accommodation, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group two-day tour, limited to 24 people.
Discover tropical Australia’s unique wildlife on a guided tour of Cairns Tropical Zoo. On this professionally led, interactive tour of the zoo’s top five animal encounters, you’ll get to feed and hold cuddly koalas and and pat a wombat or hand feed friendly lemurs. You’ll also have the opportunity to hold a crocodile or lizard if you’re feeling brave! The special one-hour experience includes zoo admission and a souvenir photo of your koala-cuddling encounter. Add round-trip transfers from Cairns, Palm Cove or Northern Beaches hotels for extra convenience, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this intimate small-group tour, limited to just four people.
Discover the high-elevation landscapes of the Atherton and Southern tablelands on a rainforest and waterfalls excursion from Cairns. Spot rare kangaroos and the shy platypus, see some of Australia’s oldest and tallest trees, and take a morning cruise on tranquil Lake Barrine. Travel along the Waterfall Circuit to swim in Millaa Millaa Falls, and explore the romantic gardens and castle ruins at Paronella Park. With plenty of stops at rainforest lookouts to take in wonderful views across the tablelands, enjoy more personalized attention on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 21 passengers.
Hear Aboriginal legends from the Dreamtime at the new Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre and spot crocodiles on the Daintree River on this full-day tour into the Daintree Rainforest. Take a walk with an indigenous guide at Mossman Gorge, and relax on a one-hour wildlife-watching cruise on the Daintree River. Enjoy a lunch of local barramundi fish and tropical fruit at the Daintree Tea House. This full-day small-group adventure highlights the Dreamtime stories and varied wildlife of the world’s most ancient rainforest, and with numbers limited to 21 passengers you’ll enjoy a more personalized experience.
Visit the World Heritage-listed rainforest on Cairns’ doorstep on a full-day tour to Wooroonooran National Park. Take guided rainforest walks at Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran National Park and Boulders Wilderness Reserve, and look over the forest canopy from the MaMu Rainforest Canopy Walkway. Hear legends of water nymphs and Aboriginal tribes, and cool off with a refreshing swim in a crystal-clear stream. With an Australian-Italian lunch at Innisfail, and a koala encounter at Cairns Tropical Zoo, this wet tropics day trip highlights the flora and fauna, rainforest landscapes and legends of Far North Queensland. Enjoy more personalized attention on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 21 passengers.