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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.
Dinner was very good. Taking a picture with a koala was the highlight!
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.
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
Amazing to see the animals in the dark. Added a spook factor having to use the flashlights in the zoo.
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!
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.
Amazing night, good food, fed kangaroos and has a musical finale
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
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.
A really enjoyable evening. Staff were very helpful. The buffet food was very nice. A must see when in the Cairns area.
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!!!
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.
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
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 :).
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.
Had a great Aussie night, great Aussie BBQ food, enjoyed the torch tour of the night animals, Great concert at the end.
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
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!!
Guides were awesome, very knowledgable and friendly. Food was great and plenty of it! Good selection of animals. Well worth a visit!
Excellent! The best part of my trip! And the crocs here are heaps bigger than the Crocodile Farm tour ones! Great people too - excellent characters - made the night fun.
John or Jihad J
An absolute brilliant night! Great set up, great hospitality, educational, great atmosphere, the tucker was scrumptious and tasty, the people were great to mix and mingle with and the animals were amazing and beautiful. Lastly, the entertainment is a must!