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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.

John M

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!

Michael W

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

Andrew H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

This was a very fun night. Good food and drinks. Also got to hold a koala bear for and extra $18 which my wife loved! Make sure you remind them that you have unlimited drinks if it's included in your package as they don't offer that with every one

Verne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

Dinner was very good. Had a good mix of other tour folks and it helped make the night even better. Loved the free pickup/drop off from the hotel. Lots of interaction with animals including the opportunity to hold a Koala and pet Kangaroos. If you like zoo's and want to see the animals up close, this is definitely the tour for you.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2012

AWESOME well worth $

Michele United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2012

A really enjoyable evening. Staff were very helpful. The buffet food was very nice. A must see when in the Cairns area.

Gail K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

Great night - food was lovely, staff were friendly and helpful, animals were lovely (some not so lovely!! e.g. snakes) entertainment was great fun - very glad I went - not to be missed!!!

Heath A USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2012

Was fun and the staff was amazing! Being able to hold a koala and pet kangaroos was exactly was I was hoping for. This is a fun tour for all ages.

Liana C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2012

enjoyable night with food and drinks a plenty and the staff very knowledgeable and committed and highly recommend a must do with lots of hands on encounters

Howard Gray United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2011

Checking the itinerary it might seem that this could turn out a little disappointing.

However the sheer level of professionalism, enthusiasm, and pure comittment by the staff to make sure you "enjoyed" your night made this for me one of the highlights of my extremely enjoyable stay in Cairns.

* Food was great (chicken especially!)
* Drinks were freeflowing
* Staff knew their stuff and responded well to awkward customers like myself who wanted to know "more about the animals"

Go with the flow and enjoy the night :).

kellythepea USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2011

Super fun night at the Cairns Zoo! I got to hold a koala, hand feed kangaroos and see a bunch of other cool Australian animals. Dinner was good, and it was really nice that drinks were included in the price.

Marjorie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2011

Had a great Aussie night, great Aussie BBQ food, enjoyed the torch tour of the night animals, Great concert at the end.

Joyce G Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2010

my husband is very hard to please, but this night zoo safari was the best thing ever, a real aussie fun night out, the staff couldnt do enough to make us all feel welcome. The food was great, plenty to drink and a very informative night just loved it! Thanks Viator

Sharon W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2010

Excellent. This was the best part of the trip. The food was excellent, the entertainment was fun, the tour was informative and the entire night was really well organised!!

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