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Wildlife Attractions, Tours & Tropical Zoo

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

Book  Cairns Wildlife Dome NowCairns 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

Book  Hartleys Crocodile Adventure Park NowThis 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

Book  Rainforestation Nature Park NowAt 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

Book  Australian Butterfly Sanctuary NowOne 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

Book  Kuranda Koala Gardens NowPerhaps 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

Book  Kuranda Wildlife Experience Combo NowThree 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

14-Day Cape York Camping Tour

14-Day Cape York Camping Tour

More InfoCockatours is operated by Rossy, a local who has lived in Cape York for several years, and has ran ecology projects in the Cape for several years. Rossy's background in ecology, his passion for sharing history and his connections with Indigenous groups in Cape York present experiences and opportunities hard to come by elsewhere. As Cockatours is owner-operated, we have the flexibility to make spontaneous decisions for the best and there's always a small touch of adventure along the way somewhere. Most importantly, Rossy is compassionate and respectful and loves sharing his knowledge and the experience with everyone on board. We become a family on tour!

 

Great Barrier Reef 45min Scenic Flight

Great Barrier Reef 45min Scenic Flight

More InfoGlide over Coral Islands such as Green Island, Arlington Reef, Michaelmas Cay and Vlasoff Cay and Koala Reef on this 45min Great Barrier Reef scenic flight departing from Cairns. Enjoy unobstructed views with guaranteed window seats as you take in the stunning scenery with your professional pilot, an experience not to be missed.

 

All About The Falls

All About The Falls

More InfoChozen Travelz is breaking the mould in the tourism industry, with its Scenic Events! They are a brand new concept everybody should try! Also, the cheapest, exclusively for backpackers day trip in Cairns.

 

Kuranda Guided Interpretive Rainforest Walk Including Refreshments

Kuranda Guided Interpretive Rainforest Walk Including Refreshments

More InfoHop aboard the Kuranda Riverboat and cross the Barron River to a secluded rainforest clearing where you will be taken on an interpretive walk through a section of beautiful tropical rainforest. With a guide, walk along an established forest trail, and see the variety of rainforest trees, vines, lianas, and ferns. Keep your eyes open for native wildlife as well, such as a cassowary.  After the walk, tea/coffee and cake is provided in a covered outdoor tea room. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.

 

Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns

Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns

More InfoTravel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation; through some of the oldest rainforest in the world.
Enjoy a guided rainforest walk through Mossman Gorge, a cruise on the Daintree River, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach. Stop at the Daintree Ice Cream Company for a refreshing fruit ice cream before returning home.

 

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.

 

Full-Day Tour from Cairns: Atherton Tablelands and Waterfalls

Full-Day Tour from Cairns: Atherton Tablelands and Waterfalls

More InfoTake a full, 11-hour day tour, and explore the very best of North Queensland. From lush tropical rain-forests and cascading waterfalls, to natural rock-slides and hidden waterfall caves. Filled with fun, full of laughter and music with just the right amount of interesting local commentary. Your guide is the most knowledgeable and passionate in the region. Morning, afternoon tea and lunch is included along with loads of games and puzzles to keep you entertained on the bus.
This is a group tour with a maximum of 27 people per bus.

 

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

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

More InfoTravel 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 and Cape Tribulation Rainforest

Daintree and Cape Tribulation Rainforest

More InfoThe only place on Earth where 2 World Heritage listed areas kiss - The Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef meet at Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest - The oldest Rainforest on the Planet.

 

Zootastic Experience at Hartley's Crocodile Adventure from Cairns or Palm Cove

Zootastic Experience at Hartley's Crocodile Adventure from Cairns or Palm Cove

More InfoLearn all about five Australian native animals by joining Zootastic at Hartley's Crocodile Adventure as an exciting addition to your half or full day visit to Hartley's. There's time for taking photos and hearing about the habits of each of the animals during your visit. You will even receive a complimentary souvenir photo from the day. The Zootastic experience is interactive, informative, and and most of all, fun.

 

Hartley's Big Crocodile Feeding Experience from Cairns or Palm Cove

Hartley's Big Crocodile Feeding Experience from Cairns or Palm Cove

More InfoExperience an exclusive encounter with one of the biggest reptiles in the world with the big croc feed at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Pole feed a huge crocodile yourself and see the big croc jumping for your bait, an experience you'll never forget. In this exclusive tour, you will enjoy a personalized guided experience with a senior crocodile handler and will learn interesting facts on crocodiles. You will have an opportunity to hold a juvenile estuarine crocodile and receive a complimentary digital photo souvenir of you doing so.

 

Cairns Shore Excursion: Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Day Trip

Cairns Shore Excursion: Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Day Trip

More InfoWhen your cruise ship docks in Cairns, take an opportunity to visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You can see crocodiles, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, cassowaries, and other Australian wildlife icons. Spend a day at Hartley's and enjoy entertaining and educational wildlife presentations throughout the day. This tour is customized for cruise ship passengers. Departure time from Hartley's Crocodile Farm depends on the ship departure time from the port. You will be advised after you have confirmed your ship re-boarding time.

 

Breakfast with the Koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Park from Cairns or Palm Cove

Breakfast with the Koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Park from Cairns or Palm Cove

More InfoStart the day with a hot Aussie breakfast in the company of a cute koala and its keeper departing from Cairns or Palm Cove. See crocodiles up close and take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon where you can witness crocodiles feeding. Get up close to kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, cassowaries, quolls and other iconic Australian wildlife. Enjoy entertaining and educational wildlife presentations throughout the day.

 

Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight from Cairns

Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight from Cairns

More InfoBoard the helicopter and take flight, soaring above the mighty Barron Gorge west of Cairns before tracking north to view the spectacular coastline to Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge. Fly above the Daintree River keeping an eye out for crocodiles before returning south east for aerial views of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef – a sight not to be missed from the air.

 

World Heritage Scenic Flight: Daintree, Cape Tribulation & Great Barrier Reef

World Heritage Scenic Flight: Daintree, Cape Tribulation & Great Barrier Reef

More InfoBe spellbound by the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. Follow the Great Barrier Reef Highway to Mossman Gorge via cascading waterfalls. Fly over the oldest living rainforest in the world, the Daintree. Follow its mighty river out through the mouth of Cape Tribulation, the only place on earth were two World Heritage areas meet! Enjoy breathtaking views of the Great Barrier Reef as we return to Cairns.

 

Wonder of the World - Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flights

Wonder of the World - Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flights

More InfoThe breathtakingly beautiful Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and one of the world's most stunning natural wonders. Take a 30, 45 or 60 minute flight over this spectacular ecosystem and its surrounding landscapes and discover why people travel from all over the world to see it.

 

Lizard Island Helicopter Tour from Cairns Including Snorkling on the Great Barrier Reef and Picnic Lunch

Lizard Island Helicopter Tour from Cairns Including Snorkling on the Great Barrier Reef and Picnic Lunch

More InfoUntouched, unspoilt and truly memorable. Be treated like a VIP as we fly north over Mossman Gorge and the stunning Daintree National Park, the oldest living rainforest on the planet, towards Cape Tribulation. Leave the land behind as we fly out over the Coral Sea to one of the more spectacular parts of the Great Barrier Reef - Lizard Island. Land just in time for morning tea and refreshments before enjoying the activities the island has to offer. Snorkel the fringing coral reefs, lounge on the pristine beaches or take a hike to one of the Island’s many vantage points. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch before the journey home, where striking aerial views of Mackay, Pullen and Undine Reefs will guide you home.

 

Sand Cay Experience: Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight, Gourmet Picnic & Snorkel

Sand Cay Experience: Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight, Gourmet Picnic & Snorkel

More InfoThe Great Barrier is one of the Natural Wonders of the World. It is a once in a lifetime experience for so many people. With that in mind, HeliTours North Queensland offers you the chance to have the Great Barrier Reef all to yourself. Your flight leaves from Cairns Airport and as the shoreline disappears, you are treated to spectacular views of Green Island and Arlington Reef before landing on your own secluded sand cay. Your pilot will set up some sun lounges, provide snorkelling equipment and remain with you while you explore this natural wonder. Refreshments will be waiting for you as you soak up the sun and the tranquillity of Tropical North Queensland. You will return once again over the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns, where you will be transported back to your accommodation.

 

Historic Village Herberton Trip from Cairns with Granite Gorge

Historic Village Herberton Trip from Cairns with Granite Gorge

More InfoEnjoy a day trip from Cairns exploring Paronella Park, the largest open area museum in Queensland, Historic Village Herberton,  Granite Gorge  to see wide wallaby. Start your day at 8am and finish at approximately 6:30pm. Your day trip includes a local expert guide who will ensure you enjoy a fun and relaxed day, all admission fees for different location.

 

Historic Village Herberton Day Trip from Cairns Including Kuranda Village and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Historic Village Herberton Day Trip from Cairns Including Kuranda Village and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

More InfoArrive at Herberton Historical Village at approximately 10am. Explore the Herberton Historic Village collection currently featuring over 50 original out house buildings with intact interior displays, original machinery and vehicles, plus thousands of antique items and period memorabilia. Next, visit Kuranda Village where you can enjoy a rainforest walk and take a scenic view of Barron River. From the art gallery to the different kinds of markets and boutiques there’s something for everyone; vibrant hand crafted silk and cotton clothing, to exclusive jewellery, locally made aboriginal arts and crafts and souvenirs made from crocodile and kangaroo hide. End your day aboard Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed rainforest canopy and deep into the forest.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets

Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets

More InfoCombine 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 including koalas, wallabies and wombats at the Kuranda Koala Gardens, then enter a rainforest habitat at Birdworld to see lorikeets and cockatoos. It’s a great way to spend a family-friendly day in the Cairns area!

 

Kuranda Wildlife Experience

Kuranda Wildlife Experience

More InfoSee Koala's, wombats, see rare and endangered Bilby, Quokka, and much more. Walk in a free flight aviary to see over 60 species of beautiful Australian and exotic tropical birds. See more than 1500 superb tropical butterflies including the spectacular Ulysses butterflies.

 

Kuranda Koala Gardens

Kuranda Koala Gardens

More InfoSee the north's only nocturnal exhibit for night-loving marsupials. See Bilbies, visit our pioneering history exhibits. See Lizards and Crocodiles, Quokkas, and Wombats and most of all see Koalas. Join in the 2.30pm Marsupial presentation.

 

Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns

Atherton Tablelands Rain Forest by Night from Cairns

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 tree kangaroos, lizards and musky rat kangaroo by day, and search for platypus at dusk. Enjoy afternoon tea at Lake Barrine and dinner at a country restaurant, then go spotlighting for possum, bandicoots, 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.

 

Port Douglas and Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Day Trip from Cairns

Port Douglas and Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Day Trip from Cairns

More InfoSpend the morning at Port Douglas and afternoon at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. A combination of relaxation and interaction with wildlife! Pick up in the morning from your hotel in Cairns with entertaining commentary.

 

Full-Day Tour with Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures from Cairns

Full-Day Tour with Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures from Cairns

More InfoEnjoy a day trip of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures with an English speaking guide. Venture into Kuranda, an astounding village in the rainforest, by train. Relax on a scenic ride aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Wander into the markets and shops of Kuranda to take home a souvenir. Witness an array of saltwater crocodiles at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which is the largest zoo and residence for Aussie animals. Enjoy transportation in a comfortable air-conditioning coach with entrance fees and tickets included.