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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! 

 

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Cairns Wildlife Attractions

Cairns Tropical Zoo

Read More About Cairns Tropical ZooBuy tickets to the award-winning Cairns Tropical Zoo here and SAVE while seeing some of tropical North QLD's most famous mammals, birds and reptiles up close. Boasting one of the largest and comprehensive collections of wildlife in Australia, Cairns Zoo is a must-visit for anyone taking a trip to Cairns and its surrounds. All the essential Aussie wildlife favourites are here; with entry to Cairns Zoo you'll be able to come face to face with the likes of Koalas, Dingoes, Wombats, Cockatoos, fresh and salt water Crocodiles and much, much more.

Cairns Wildlife Dome

Read More About Cairns Wildlife DomeCairns Wildlife Dome in your Zoo in the City! One of the leading zoos in Australia, Cairns Wildlife Dome is a spectacular all-weather wildlife exhibit enclosed by a 20 metre high glass dome on top of Cairns’ iconic Reef Hotel Casino. Immerse yourself in a tropical rainforest environment watching birds such as parrots, cockatoos, lorikeets, doves and rosellas fly freely around you! Get up close to cute rainforest animals as they roam freely through their enclosures.

Hartleys Crocodile Adventure Park

Read More About Hartleys Crocodile Adventure ParkThis half day tour from Cairns will take you to the popular Hartleys Crocodile Adventures park - the best place to see crocodiles in tropical North QLD! This highly regarded wildlife park features not just the largest collection of crocodiles in captivity in Queensland, but also a huge array other animals such as snakes, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and much more - the majority of which you'll be able to touch for yourself. This tour will take you directly from your Cairns accommodation to the park.

Rainforestation Nature Park

Read More About Rainforestation Nature ParkAt the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park, you'll get to experience indigenous culture, Australian native wildlife and World Heritage listed rainforest all on one site. The Koala & Wildlife Park lets you experience native Australian animals including crocodiles, wombats, dingoes, snakes, lizards, frogs, and the cassowary. Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, observe the tiger quoll, or have your photo taken cuddling a cute koala, or holding a small crocodile (optional extra).

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Read More About Australian Butterfly SanctuaryOne would think it wasn't possible to view over 1500 spectacular species of tropical butterflies in just 20 minutes but the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary offers guests just that. Walk through the biggest free flying butterfly enclosure and gaze upon the rainbow of colours these creatures make. The icon of the town is the Ulysses Butterfly which is a brilliant electric blue and make sure you also find the fluoro green and yellow of the Cairns Birdwing.

Kuranda Koala Gardens

Read More About Kuranda Koala GardensPerhaps Australia's most iconic animal, the koalas are at their best at Koala Gardens in the heart of Kuranda - the combination of animals and environment make for a great day out for both adults and families with kids alike!

Kuranda Wildlife Experience Combo

Read More About Kuranda Wildlife Experience ComboThree enjoyable Cairns wildlife attractions for one low price - what's not to love? Visit all three of Koala Gardens, Birdworld Kuranda and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary for one of the most comprehensive and best value wildlife experiences available in tropical north QLD.


Wildlife Experiences & Tours

Cairns Tropical Zoo Morning Tour including Breakfast

Cairns Tropical Zoo Morning Tour including Breakfast

More Info Treat yourself to a morning at Cairns Tropical Zoo and enjoy a fully cooked breakfast at the Koala Cafe. The animals enjoy their breakfast 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.

 

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

More Info 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.

 

Cairns Tropical Zoo Wildlife Encounter

Cairns Tropical Zoo Wildlife Encounter

More Info 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.

 

Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns

Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns

More Info Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation; through some of the oldest rainforest in the world.
Enjoy an included cruise on the Daintree River, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach. Listen to commentary by your guide on a tour of the Mossman Gorge Centre and enjoy afternoon tea before returning home.

 

Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

More Info 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.

 

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

More Info Travel from Cairns or Port Douglas along one of Australia's most scenic coastal roads to Cape Tribulation in World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. Along the way, visit Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Mossman George, the Daintree River and more. Gaze across the Coral Sea to the inner Great Barrier Reef when you stop at Mt Alexandra Lookout, and enjoy a refreshing lunch and optional swim at Cape Tribulation Beach. See wildlife such as koalas, kangaroos, cassowaries and crocodiles as you explore the natural beauty of the Wet Tropics of Queensland.

 

Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip

 Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip

More Info 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 tropical picnic lunch in the 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 and cruise along the Daintree River.

 

2-Day Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest Small-Group Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas

2-Day Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest Small-Group Tour from Cairns or Port Douglas

More Info 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.

 

Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park

Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park

More Info 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.

 

Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets

Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets

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Combine two of Kuranda’s most popular wildlife experiences with visits to both the Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld. Encounter Australia’s weird and wonderful animals as you cuddle a koala, feed a wallaby and take a walk through the python house at the Kuranda Koala Gardens, then enter a rainforest habitat at Birdworld to hand-feed lorikeets and cockatoos. It’s a great way to spend a family-friendly day in the Cairns area!

 

Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

More Info See Australia's unique animals and birds in their natural environment on a rainforest wildlife-spotting tour in the Atherton Tablelands. Led by an expert nature guide, your small-group nocturnal tour visits a number of locations including lush tropical rainforest and a volcanic crater lake. See kangaroos, lizards and possums by day, and search for the elusive platypus after sundown. Enjoy afternoon tea at Lake Barrine and dinner at a country restaurant, then go spotlighting for owls, bats and tree kangaroos by starlight on this fascinating nocturnal wildlife tour.

 

Kuranda Rainforest Night Adventure Tour by Hummer

 Kuranda Rainforest Night Adventure Tour by Hummer

More InfoSpend an exciting evening on a four-wheel drive night tour in the World Heritage-listed Kuranda Rainforest. You’ll experience life in the Australian outback with a campfire and barbecue followed by an adrenaline-pumping tour of the rainforest in the most powerful and safest off-road vehicle ever built–the Hummer. After exploring the rainforest, you’ll cross the Atherton Tablelands to Granite Gorge where you’ll see wild kangaroos in a nature park, and maybe even give them a snack! Small group tour limited to 20 people ensures personal attention from your expert guide.