4.5 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

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

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

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 under the southern skies, then enjoy live music and entertainment around the campfire.


  • 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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What You Can Expect

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

This thoroughly "Aussie" night begins with a hearty barbecue dinner of steak, chicken, prawns and salads, including juice and soft drinks throughout the evening. After feasting on dinner, you'll join your intrepid guide to see what some Australians get up to after dark! Supplied with your own flashlight, you'll be led into the darkness to meet Australia's creatures of the night. You'll see crocodile eyes glow in the torchlight, learn how owls hunt, touch a possum and pat a koala. On clear nights the guides will take you star gazing to see the Southern Cross, Big Dipper and other well-known constellations.

You'll also join the Zoo's resident swagman and tame kangaroos for traditional billy tea and bush damper around the campfire, and enjoy great Aussie live entertainment. This fabulous fun night out is one to remember!


THE DINNER MENU (subject to change at any time)

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
  • Fine sliced red and green coleslaw


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

Customer Reviews

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.

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.

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

One of the great experiences and highlights of our trip. The zoo was terrific and the dinner was wonderful. This is a must do adventure!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Having been wanting to do a night zoo since arriving in Australia we left it to the last few days of our three week trip and went to the Cairns zoo. We arrived around 6.45 pm for drinks and sat at our table chatting to some of the guys who worked there. At 7pm the food was ready.........a BBQ type meal (in door) with plenty of meat for the meat eaters and good veggie alternative for the others. Lots of salad and all excellent. The food was accompanied by the resident singer, very nice! After lots of food and drinks we set off on the night tour. This was fantastic. Seeing lots of animals at close quarters including a rare sooty owl. Afterwards we went through the reptile house which was far more active than you see in the day time. On then to see the crocs! Look out for the very large one, about 5m in length!! Then our favourite part, walking into a paddock with fire burning away and bush tea and cake! All this a the most impressive line up of kangaroos! All waiting for us to feed them including one with a joey in the pouch. Great fun, they're really friendly and love being stroked. After a while here we headed off to another area for more drinks, music and dancing.
This evening was the highlight of our trip. Great fun, very informative and very friendly staff who make sure you have a great time even if it is pouring with rain!! Can't recommend it enough.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Amazing night, good food, fed kangaroos and has a musical finale

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