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  • Location:Cairns, Australia
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Be dazzled by more than 1,500 tropical jewel-colored butterflies at the Australia Butterfly Sanctuary. Located in the heart of Kuranda, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary in Australia. Wander through the landscaped gardens that replicate the natural rainforest environment as hundreds of butterflies float around you. Complimentary tours take place through the day and a 'Behind-the-Scenes' Laboratory Tour is also included with entry.


  • See more than 1,500 butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Visit the laboratory and learn about the breeding cycle
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Free guided tours daily

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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Wander the tropical rainforest aviary where jewel-colored butterflies float in the air. See the magnificent electric blue Ulysses butterfly, or the fluorescent green and yellow Cairns birdwing. The sanctuary is home to more than 1,500 butterflies that have all been hand reared on the premises.

Visit the laboratory and learn about the breeding cycle, see how the butterfly eggs are collected and cleaned, and then hand raised into caterpillars before turning into beautiful butterflies. The museum displays many different species from around the world. Don’t forget to see the moth exhibit, home to the Hercules moth with a wing span reaching up to 14 inches (36 cm).


Upgrade to the 4 Park Pass for unlimited fun at 4 top attractions: Save over 20% on the single entry price by combining your visit to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary with the following attractions.

: Explore 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’ drive 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 Tours with Tropical Fruit Orchard, Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, and the Koala and Wildlife Park.

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas: Get up close to Australian native flora and fauna at Wildlife Habitat located just outside of Port Douglas. There are three different environments to explore – the Wetlands, Rainforest and Grasslands, each with unique habitats.

Cairns Wildlife Dome: Discover the sights and sounds of the rainforest right in the heart of Cairns at the Cairns Wildlife Dome. See native birds fly freely around you in the glass- enclosed rooftop dome, get eye to eye with Goliath the saltwater crocodile, and meet the reptiles, wallabies and koalas.

Please note: You do not need to visit all the attractions in the one day. Entry for subsequent attractions is valid for one month from the date of entry for the first attraction.

Customer Reviews

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We purchased the 4-park pass and others who do so should be aware that the parks are not co-located. Rainforest Station and the Butterfly Sanctuary are close together in Kuranda while the Wildlife Habitat is about an hour north of Cairns and the wildlife dome is on top of the Reef Casino in downtown Cairns. That said, all the parks were clean and the critters appeared to be well cared for.
The aborigine exhibitions and duck boat ride at Rainforest Station were well worth the price.
At the butterfly sanctuary, the butterflies were quite beautiful, swirling around visitors in swarms and readily landing on bright clothing. There's a little café next door that serves an excellent aussie burger.
The wildlife habitat was fairly large - My wife and I spent 4 or 5 hours there.

Deborah S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

that was truly an amazing experience

Zachary W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

Awesome opportunity to see loads of beautiful butterflies in a natural habitat, as well as seeing larvae and learning cool stuff. Unlimited great photos!

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