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  • Location:Cairns or Palm Cove, Australia
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Cairns Tropical Zoo Morning Tour including Breakfast

Spend a delightful morning at the Cairns Tropical Zoo, beginning with a delicious breakfast on the deck of the Koala Cafe. Enjoy your meal with a view of a nearby lake teeming with ducks, pelicans and Komodo dragons while a friendly zookeeper introduces you to a koala and other resident critters. Enjoy several hours of leisure time at the acclaimed zoo, where you can get an up-close encounter with Australia’s amazing wildlife through feedings, demonstrations and the popular koala cuddle experience!


  • Get up-close to Australian wildlife on this morning tour of Cairns Tropical Zoo
  • Informative and friendly presentations by the wildlife keeper
  • Hand feed the kangaroos and see other wildlife including dingoes, monkeys, birds , reptiles and more!
  • Opportunity to cuddle a koala (additional cost payable direct)
  • Includes breakfast at the Koala cafe
  • Pickup and drop-off from centrally located Cairns and Palm Cove hotels (if option selected)

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What You Can Expect

Cairns Tropical Zoo Morning Tour including Breakfast

Komodo Dragon - Cairns Tropical Zoo

The award-winning Cairns Tropical Zoo has been educating visitors about Australia’s wildlife since 1980. Begin your day at the North Queensland attraction with pickup at your Cairns or Palm Cove hotel (if option selected) and a full breakfast on the lovely deck of the Koala Café. Enjoy views of a neighboring lake that’s home to pelicans, ducks, turtles and Komodo dragons while you dine. Chat with a strolling wildlife keeper, who will introduce you to a koala, python or other zoo residents and answer any questions you have.

After breakfast, enjoy free time to explore the zoo’s exhibits on your own. Encounter many species native to Australia’s rain forests, waters, outback and bush, and learn about the animals you see through a schedule of live demonstrations, including kangaroo and pelican feedings, a free-fight bird show and a slithering snake presentation. For truly unique encounter, purchase a koala cuddle experience where you can snuggle one of the adorable fur balls and take home a keepsake photo (own expense, payable direct).

At the end of your visit, climb back aboard the coach midday and relax on the return drive to your hotel. See Itinerary below for a sample breakfast menu and presentation schedule.


Sample Breakfast Menu
  • Fruit juice, fresh fruit salad and choice of cereals
  • Hot Aussie breakfast


  • Delicious Belgian waffles with fruit, ice cream and Tablelands fresh cream
  • Tea and coffee, toast and spreads

Morning Presentation Schedule (subject to change)

9:30 am: Cuddle a Koala Photo Opportunity (additional cost)
9:30 am: Pelican Feeding
10:00 am: Free-Flight Bird Show
11:00 am: Reptiles Alive
11:30 am: Cuddle a Koala Photo Opportunity (additional cost)

Customer Reviews

Janet C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was absolutely amazing!!! Had a great breakfast and enjoyed taking pics with koala on tree next to table. Went right after to hold koala and get picture taken for 20.00..Zoo was great many different animals to see. I so recommend this tour if you want to see animals...


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Being a koala addict, I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Breakfast was very good, with the bonus of having koalas nearby to charm us. Got to hold a koala at the koala exhibit! The other areas of the zoo were also enjoyable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Do reccomend it!

rails Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Nice drive from Cairns especially when a rainstorm is around( spectacular) Free birdshow at zoo well run,the different species of birds performing quite clever tricks and well trained by the handlers.

wally s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

different and interesting staff excellent especially "cyclone anne" who went out of her way to help me after i injured myself the day before at Kuranda all the animals were interesting being different to other zoos

Robert James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

One of the most enyjoyable days of our trip well worth it.

Angiebramwell Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

We arrived at the zoo with 3 kids expecting to have a wait, we were quickly checked in and seated in the restaurant for breakfast within minutes, the table was already set up for us with a high chair. The food was excellent, the children were welcome, the zoo was beautiful lots of shade, lots of paths to walk on, hardly any stairs. They even had prams to hire. Very good day out.

christine c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

you can't hold koalas in sydney area, so Cairns was great for this! absolutely loved seeing native animals, especially the cassowary! we thought a half day was plenty to see the zoo; definitely catch the bird show!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

We had breakfast with a Koala and a Cockatoo!! The food was lovely and fresh and the staff were more than accommodating. The animals were varied so we got to see not only the natives but some of the exotics. The zoo looks a little old and a little run down but it is very clean and the shows they put on for the tourists are a lot of fun. Our kids loved feeding the kangaroos and patting them so that was a buzz.. Great day out for all ages!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

We enjoyed the morning breakfast with the Koala's, they were a pleasure to see, and the food buffet, was also very good, the folks there were very friendly as well, I would recommend this highly, the bird show was awesome to see also. thanks so much.

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