Kuranda Koala Gardens Tours

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When compared to bustling, coastal Cairns, the village of Kuranda is truly a magical getaway into the forest. At the small but popular Kuranda Koala Gardens, you can infuse your day trip from Cairns to Kuranda with a wildlife adventure, where you can walk through the snake house, observe wombats and ‘roos, and perhaps catch a glimpse of toothy, freshwater crocodiles as they cruise the Kuranda waters. Although Viator tours do not include this activity, visitors can also spend a few seconds holding a koala for an additional fee of $20.
 
Insider Tip: Crowds tend to be lighter in the morning and the animals are usually more active.

Practical Info

The Kuranda Koala Gardens is located by the Kuranda Heritage Markets, about a ten-minute walk from Kuranda village, or a 40-minute drive northwest from Cairns. You can also reach the gardens by Skyrail or the Kuranda Railway. A free shuttle bus operates between the Skyrail station and gardens, and buses depart every 15 minutes between 10:30am and 3pm. The gardens are open every day from 9am to 4pm, and admission costs $18 for adults and $9 for children.

Koala encounters are supervised by park staff, and comply with the Australian Government’s Code of Practice. You are welcome to bring your own camera for photos, but you only have a couple of seconds to snap a pic with a koala.
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Address: Heritage Markets/ 2-4 Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda QLD 4881, Australia
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Hours: 9am–4pm daily
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Admission: Adult: $18, Child: $9
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Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets

Visit two of the most popular wildlife venues in the Cairns area with this combo admission to the Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld. Aussie animals are renowned for various reasons—from adorable (koalas) to elusive (wombats). You’ll have the chance to see an array of wildlife. Some activities are an additional fee.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kuranda Rainforest on a full-day tour from Cairns. Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Kuranda where you first visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest flight aviary in Australia. Tour the Rainforestation Nature Park in an amphibious Army Duck vehicle, then see koalas, dingoes and more at the Koala and Wildlife Park. Take a dreamtime walk with a Pamagirri guide for the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, then feast on an Australian barbecue buffet lunch. Finally, return to Cairns on the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Skip the Line: Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Journey to the rain forest village of Kuranda via two unique transit options on this memorable full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Skip the line and enjoy Gold Class service aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, winding through lush mountain passes and waterfall gorges along the way. In the opposite direction, glide above the treetops in a gondola and soak up spectacular views of the mountains and coastline on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. In Kuranda, enjoy leisure time to explore the heritage markets, learn about aboriginal culture or interact with native wildlife.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

Explore the lush beauty, amazing wildlife and rich heritage of Tropical North Queensland on this customizable full-day trip to Kuranda from Cairns. Travel to this enchanting rain forest village aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, and choose from a variety of activities including visits to the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Rainforestation Nature Park. Hang out with koalas and exotic birds, browse local markets and opt to include a delicious buffet lunch. At the end of the day, glide through the treetops back to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns

Take a day trip from Cairns to Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and return via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Alternatively, make the 1-way journey by railway and return by skyrail. Enjoy a tranquil ride as you soar above the rainforest canopy, with views from Cairns all the way to the Great Barrier Reef, and spend free time in Kuranda Village. If you wish, upgrade your transport with admission to the Rainforestation Nature Park or Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park — the latter option with or without lunch.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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