Where to meet wildlife of the tropics
Take a walk on the ‘wild side’ while visiting Tropical North Queensland by surrounding yourself with a variety of wildlife, some friendly and some not-so friendly local native animals.
Step into the beautiful picturesque and tranquil Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, home to the most enchanting fairylike creatures and experience the magic of over 2000 colourful butterflies fluttering around you. Get your hands-on experience at the nearby Kuranda Koala Gardens. Nothing will touch your heart like a personal cuddle from a furry friend or maybe a slithery snake. And of course, a happy snap to show your family and friends. Speaking of pictures, Birdworld Kuranda is a photographer’s dream. Home to over 500 birds, including the colourful rainbow lorikeets, macaws and many more varieties. For a wildlife experience set amongst unique nature, Rainforestation Nature Park is where you’ll find native Australian creatures such crocodiles, dingoes and the endangered Tasmanian devil.
Meet koalas, kangaroos and several less cuddly species at these wildlife parks.
A wildlife warrior’s 3 day guide to the tropics
Love animals? Love nature? Love khaki? If you answered yes, this guide has your name written all over it, and we’re calling you a wildlife warrior from now on. Trek to the tropics for three days of nature in the north with this itinerary.
5 places to spot animals in Kuranda
Kuranda, the picturesque village on the Atherton Tablelands, is home to many of our tropical wild friends, so where better to go animal-spotting than at one of Kuranda’s many wildlife gardens and sanctuaries.
The ultimate Kuranda shopping list
In addition to the bounty of scenery nature has provided, there are plenty of shopping opportunities in the village courtesy of a vibrant arts-and-crafts community and strong Indigenous heritage.
Guide to Kuranda Markets
The bumper sticker catchphrase ‘Magic Happens’ was surely created after a visit to the picturesque village of Kuranda, a rainforest township where the outside world seemingly does not exist.
Explore Wildlife Parks (Zoos)
Rainforestation Nature ParkView product
Australian Butterfly SanctuaryView product
Kuranda Koala GardensView product
Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife DomeView product
Birdworld KurandaView product
Hartley’s Crocodile AdventuresView product
Wildlife HabitatView product
Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, TheView product