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

Cairns Tropical Zoo Wildlife Encounter

Get up-close and personal with Australia’s amazing wildlife on this small-group tour of Cairns Tropical Zoo, limited to four people. Join a professional zookeeper on a guided tour of zoo’s five most popular animal encounters. Cuddle a koala, pet a lemur or wombat, and feed exotic birds. If you dare, hold a snake and feed a snapping crocodile from a pole! The hour-long experience includes zoo admission and a keepsake photo of your koala snuggle. Hotel pickup and drop-off is available. 


  • 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

The acclaimed Cairns Tropical Zoo offers unique opportunities to interact with some of Australia’s most fascinating creatures. Make your own way to the zoo, or enjoy pickup from your Cairns, Palm Cove or Northern Beaches hotel for added convenience (if option selected at booking).

When you arrive in the morning, join a professional zookeeper on a personalized, small-group tour of the zoo’s top animal encounters. At the top of most visitors’ lists is the chance to feed and cuddle an adorable koala. Pose for pictures with one of the beloved marsupials and receive a free keepsake photo to take home. You’ll also feed blue-headed cassowaries and other exotic birds and interact with either lemurs or wombats. 

If you’re feeling brave, you can also hold a slithering snake, scaly lizard or baby alligator, and watch a massive croc’s snapping jaws in action when you feed it from a pole.

At the end of your 1-hour guided tour, enjoy free time to explore the zoo on your own if you wish. If you selected the transfer option, relax on the return drive to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Holly W

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.

Mary W

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!

Helen L

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.

Nina K

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2013

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

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