5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

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  • Location:Cairns, Australia
  • Duration:60 minutes (approx.)

Cairns Tropical Zoo Wildlife Encounter

Discover tropical Australia’s unique wildlife on a guided tour of Cairns Tropical Zoo. On this professionally led, interactive tour of the zoo’s top five animal encounters, you’ll get to feed and hold cuddly koalas and and pat a wombat or hand feed friendly lemurs. You’ll also have the opportunity to hold a crocodile or lizard if you’re feeling brave! The special one-hour experience includes zoo admission and a souvenir photo of your koala-cuddling encounter. Add round-trip transfers from Cairns, Palm Cove or Northern Beaches hotels for extra convenience, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this intimate small-group tour, limited to just four people.


  • Wildlife encounter at Cairns Tropical Zoo
  • Get up close with native wildlife including koalas, crocodiles, snakes, lizards and either lemurs or wombats
  • Receive a complimentary souvenir photo while cuddling a Koala
  • Learn about these wild animals from your informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of four people ensures a more personalized experience
  • Round-trip transfers from Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches hotels and resorts are available

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What You Can Expect

Cairns Tropical Zoo Wildlife Encounter

Cairns Tropical Zoo Wildlife Encounter

Meet your guide at Cairns Tropical Zoo if you self-drive, or be picked up from your hotel in Cairns, Palm Cove or Northern Beaches if you add a round-trip transfer.

Once at the zoo, your friendly guide will lead you on an intimate, unique tour of the zoo’s five most popular wildlife encounters.

One of the zoo’s star attractions is its koalas, and you’ll get to feed and hold these cute marsupials on this special hour-long tour, and have your photo taken cuddling a koala. You’ll feed exotic cassowaries and other tropical native birds and either hand-feed stripy lemurs or encounter sleepy wombats.Hold an alligator, snake or lizard if you dare and dangle dinner from a pole for a big crocodile.

Animal-lovers will adore this up-close wildlife encounter, and with just four participants on the tour, you’ll enjoy extra attention from your knowledgeable wildlife guide.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was so much more than I expected! Loved the one-on-one with a zoo staff member and of course, the up close and personal interactions and photos with so many different animals, especially those unique to Australia.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Loved this would do it again learned a lot and got to hold animals that I will never have an opportunity to hold again. Such a neat experience our guide was friendly and informative great experience. The zoo is small so you can see it all in about 2 hours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was well worth the money, and I would recommend it to everyone visiting Cairns! It was a unique experience I've never seen anywhere else! Alex, the zookeeper, was friendly and very informative. I got a ton of great photos!

In addition to holding a koala, I also fed a lemur, a crocodile, and a cassowary. I also held a baby alligator and had a Burmese python around my neck. Despite being afraid of snakes, I loved it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

I loved this experience! It was well organised and lots of fun. I tried so many things I never thought I would like have a snake around my neck, feed a crocodile and hold an alligator and the zoo staff were brilliant. There was never any pressure to do anything and the personalised tour is definitely the way to go to get the most out of your zoo encounter in a short space of time.

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2013

Was okay. I thought it was a bit overpriced for what you got.

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