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

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

Enjoy a wild Aussie evening at Cairns Night Zoo, surrounded by the nocturnal creatures of the rain forest, bush and outback. Feast on a classic Australian barbecue with beer and wine, and then embark on a guided torchlit tour to spot native wildlife such as kangaroos, crocs, possums and koalas. Take part in some down-under stargazing on clear nights, and let loose with live music and billy tea around a campfire for an unforgettable night!


  • Dinner and torchlit wildlife walk at Cairns Night Zoo
  • Typical Australian barbecue dinner with complimentary welcome drink of beer or wine on arrival
  • Guided wildlife spot-lighting tour
  • Live entertainment and music around the campfire
  • Pickup and drop-off from centrally located Cairns and Palm Cove hotels

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Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

Recreate the experience of an evening bush safari at the Cairns Night Zoo. After pickup at your Cairns or Palm Cove hotel (if option selected), begin with a hearty Aussie barbecue featuring grilled steaks, chicken, sausage and prawns served with salads and your choice of beer or wine. (See Itinerary below for a sample menu.)

After the feast, head off into the darkened zoo habitats armed with a flashlight for some nighttime wildlife spotting. Experience the thrill of seeing a pair of glowing croc eyes peering out in the darkness and shining a torch on other nocturnal creatures like possums and owls. Learn about Australia’s amazing animals with live zookeeper demonstrations, and opt to pose for pictures with a cuddly koala (additional expense). 

Look to the skies on clear nights for guided stargazing, and see if you can spot famous constellations like the Southern Cross and Big Dipper. The night ends on a raucous note with live music and entertainment around a campfire. Savor a traditional bush snack of billy tea and damper bread, and enjoy the company of a pack of tame resident kangaroos. 


Dinner Menu (subject to change)

Friendly chefs cook your BBQ and you can choose any or all from the following menu:

Meat, Chicken, Fish and Seafood

  • Tender lean steak
  • Chicken fillet
  • Grilled Aussie BBQ sausages
  • Local fresh-cooked prawns

Salads and Vegetables

  • Potatoes and seasonal vegetables
  • Fresh-tossed garden salad
  • Mediterranean pasta spiral salad
  • Finely sliced red and green coleslaw


  • Fresh fruit salad and tableland cream and/or
  • Chocolate cake and Pavlova

Customer Reviews

Megan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A great time with lots of access to the animals. The food is great and the drinks are free.

Julie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great staff and dinner. Wonderful experience to be able to get up close and personal with so many animals.

Susan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very good! The people were wonderful, funny and informative. It was a great night out!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely worth doing. I went to many zoos while in Australia, but all were during the day. Night zoo is very different experience. All the creatures that are usually asleep or inactive during the day come to life after dark and it's a great time. If you are considering a koala cuddle and plan to visit other zoos, I would advise against doing it here. It's a 5 second koala cuddle photo, you don't get a lot of interaction time. If you're a koala fan like myself, I would recommend a koala encounter at Australian zoo instead.

Christine V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great people


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Dinner was very good. Taking a picture with a koala was the highlight!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Having the opportunity to see the animals in a nighttime setting was amazing, the animals were very active and the information provided on them and on the zoo was very interesting. Feeding the kangaroos and getting to pose with the Kuala bears was a special treat. They also fed the crocodiles, captivating! The barbecue was prepared while you got an introductory meet and greet with your fellow tourist over some wine and or beer and snacks that were provided. The food was excellent and the entertainment after the tour was fun. The best wildlife experience we had while we in Australia.

Patricia N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Fantastic evening staff excellent and knowledgable. BBQ smashing and free beer. Animals great we got to interact with the kangaroos feeding and petting them. Entertainment after great dining and dancing with group interaction. If you only book one tour make sure it's this one the experience is fantastic

Helen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Amazing to see the animals in the dark. Added a spook factor having to use the flashlights in the zoo.

Efrain R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

It was such a great time and the staff was so friendly.

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