Insider's Guide to Cairns & the Tropical North

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  • Address: Captain Cook Highway, Palm Cove
  • Hours: Open daily 8:30am - 4pm, closed Dec 25
  • Admission: Adult: AU$32.00 Child: AU$16.00

Meet Australia's weird and wonderful native animals at Cairns Zoo, a spectacular coastal drive from Cairns at Palm Cove.

From crocodiles and alligators to koalas, dingoes and red pandas, all manner of reptiles, birds and mammals, both native and exotic, are on show in this tropical wildlife encounter. Special wildlife presentations include crocodile feeding, koala cuddling, strolling with the wallabies and seeing elusive wombats up-close.

Stay on as night falls, and your visit includes a barbecue dinner at the Cairns Night Zoo and encounters with owls, possums and other nocturnal wildlife.

Practical Info

Cairns Zoo is 20 minutes north of central Cairns, in the beachfront resort town of Palm Cove. It’s 35 minutes south of Port Douglas. If you’re not taking a tour, shuttles run throughout the day from Cairns, and the local bus service stops right outside.

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Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 81 Reviews

It'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 ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.66

Cairns Tropical Zoo Morning Tour including Breakfast

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Treat 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 ...  Read more

Location: Cairns or Palm Cove, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.35

Cairns Tropical Zoo Wildlife Encounter

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Discover 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 ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $90.08

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