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Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

1. Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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.  Entry also includes a self-guided food plant walk, which educates about the food plants grown on-site that are used to feed the caterpillars.  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.

Kuranda Half Day Tour from Cairns

2. Kuranda Half Day Tour from Cairns

Begin the day with hotel pickup in Cairns at 7 AM or soon after. Make your way to the Kuranda Scenic Rail, then board the famous train for an amazing journey along one of the world's most scenic rail routes at 8:50 AM. Sit back and admire the views as you travel through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges. Upon arrival in Kuranda at 10:30 AM, enjoy 1 hour of free time to explore the many and varied shops, as well as the heritage markets which operate daily. Once your hour is up, board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your journey to Caravonica Lakes at 11:30 AM. After boarding, be amazed as you glide silently over the rainforest. There are 2 stations en route where you can alight and enjoy a walk through the rainforest to spectacular lookouts or visit the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Interpretive Center. At 12:40 PM, the coach departs for the return journey to Cairns.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 65 reviews

This is a great tour and the scenery is spectacular . One minor gripe. I know that picking up the group members from various hotels is part of the hassle. We were picked up at 7.10 am for a train that left freshwater at 8.50 am . There was much traffic and we made it with 5 mins to spare. Still it was 1 1/2 hours in the bus I found out later that this train actually departed Cairns station at 8.30 a.m. . Cairns station as about three blocks from where we were staying! It would have been easier to have walked to the station.

Up there with global experiences have a better plan for how we can get quick food and see things of note in the 1.5 hours in Kuranda…maybe a list of restaurants and what they serve. Old people have to eat in middle of day.

Wear something bright and colourful. You might have butterflies stop on you.

The staff were fantastic and the butterflies were just gorgeous ❤

Great excursion. Highly recommend to friends and family