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 Wildlife Dome

Cairns Wildlife Dome

Book 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.

 

Cairns Zoo

Cairns Zoo

Book Cairns 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.

 

Hartleys Crocodile Adventure Park

Hartleys Crocodile Adventure Park

Book 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

Rainforestation Nature Park

Book 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

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Book 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.

 

Australian Muster Experience

Australian Muster Experience

Book Australian Muster Experience A whip cracking great show at the Daintree Station! From the moment you arrive, the Aussie Outback experience begins. Explore the rambling Station building and stockyards, then the AME Stockmans Lunch Muster Show transports you to another time and place where bush legends were made! Grab a seat for our famous Aussie BBQ and soak up the Outback stories from our Stockmen and women with a coldie or two - and the kids will love it too! Transfers available and many optional extras to make your day!

 

Birdworld Kuranda

Birdworld Kuranda

Book Birdworld KurandaOver 500 birds call Birdworld home making it the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia. Walk through the park which has been designed so that you can view these magnificent birds in their natural habitats. There's rumbling waterfalls and massive lakes that are home for the waterbirds and rainforest canopy for those that live high up in the tree tops. You can even see the endangered Cassowary which is an opportunity not to be missed. Because there are no fences or walls you might even get very lucky with a close encounter from one of the birds which makes for a great photo op!

 

Kuranda Koala Gardens

Kuranda Koala Gardens

Book 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

Kuranda Wildlife Experience Combo

Book 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

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

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

More InfoTake a day trip from Cairns along one of Australia's most scenic coastal roads to Daintree National Park. Along the way you'll visit Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Walk through Mossman George National Park, , take a cruise on the Daintree River then explore Cape Tribulation on a guided rainforest walk.

 

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

More InfoIt'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.

 

Daintree and Cape Tribulation 4WD Tour from Cairns

Daintree and Cape Tribulation 4WD Tour from Cairns

More InfoExplore the Daintree National Park, one of the world's oldest rainforests, the tour includes a guided board walk through dense rainforest, a trip up the Rainforest Canopy Tower, a walk along the pristine white sands of Cape Tribulation Beach and a wildlife-spotting cruise along the Daintree River, keep your eyes peeled for the elusive saltwater crocodile.

 

Cairns Tropical Zoo Morning Tour including Breakfast

Cairns Tropical Zoo Morning Tour including Breakfast

More InfoTreat 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.

 

Full-day Horse Riding and ATV Tour from Cairns

Full-day Horse Riding and ATV Tour from Cairns

More InfoEnjoy 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.

 

Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip

 Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip

More InfoZipline 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.

 

Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

More InfoExplore 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.

 

Horse Riding Tour from Cairns

Horse Riding Tour from Cairns

More InfoExplore 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!

 

Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park

Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park

More InfoExplore 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.

 

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 InfoExplore 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.

 

Cairns Tropical Zoo Wildlife Encounter

Cairns Tropical Zoo Wildlife Encounter

More InfoDiscover 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.

 

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!

 

Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Eco-Tour

Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Eco-Tour

More InfoHear 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.

 

Atherton Tablelands, Paronella Park and Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit Eco-Tour

Atherton Tablelands, Paronella Park and Millaa Millaa Waterfall Circuit Eco-Tour

More InfoDiscover 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.

 

MaMu, Misty Mountains and Wooroonooran National Park Full-Day Tour

MaMu, Misty Mountains and Wooroonooran National Park Full-Day Tour

More InfoVisit 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.

 

Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

Atherton Tablelands Rainforest Wildlife Tour by Night

More InfoSee 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.