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Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

From US$ 14.58 per person

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia, home to over 1,500 magnificent tropical butterflies, including the majestic green Cairns Birdwing.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Surround yourself by more than 1500 multi-colored butterflies
  • Explore the biggest butterfly aviary in Australia at your leisure
  • Visit the laboratory and learn about breeding caterpillars
  • Interact with the beautiful butterflies up close and personal
  • Learn about the various species and their breeding cycle from the experts
Full description

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary provides a world-class wildlife experience in the heart of Kuranda. The all-weather experience is home to over 1,500 magnificent tropical butterflies.

All butterflies in the sanctuary are local rainforest species, while the undisputed stars are the fluoro green Cairns Birdwings. Wear something bright (red, white, or hot pink are best) and let these beautiful creatures flutter all over you. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the aviary. Learn to identify each of the butterfly species, as the guides explain a butterfly’s life cycle and its behavior. 

Visit the breeding laboratory, which houses up to 4,000 caterpillars. An opportunity to view first-hand the breeding laboratory through special viewing windows, where you will see the caterpillars in their varying stages of development.

Watch as the laboratory staff collects eggs daily and “hand-raise” the caterpillars right through to the chrysalis stage, until they are released as beautiful butterflies into the sanctuary.

Includes
  • Entry tickets & places visited
    • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary entry ticket

  • Who you’ll be with
    • Host or greeter: English

  • Transport
    • Not included: transport

  • Food & drink
    • Not included: food & drink

  • Equipment
    • Information booklet: Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Russian

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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is located at 8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda QLD 4881. Travel to Kuranda via Skyrail cable car or Kuranda Scenic rail, you can also self drive.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5
  • Service
    5/5

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Our guide was very experienced and gave es multiple details of the life of those beautiful butterflies. We also saw the eggs of the butterfly and saw how she dropped them off on a flower. We visited the breeding room so that we can get a picture of how is a butterfly develops from an egg. It was lovely to spend time in this incredible garden. Please pay attention it is quite humid due to there is a roof protection for keeping the butterflies not to escape. So you need to prepare a bottle of water! Enjoy it!

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February 8, 2020

great experience

January 13, 2023

Bridgette was really good pointing out many bugs, frogs and other wildlife; she really knows her stuff. Highly recommend.

October 27, 2022

Product ID: 68086