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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
More than 1,500 tropical butterflies—from the electric blue Ulysses to the green and yellow Cairns Birdwing—call this world-class aviary home. Stationed in the heart of the Kuranda rainforest, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary has been impressing visitors with both its whimsical nature and state-of-the-art laboratory since it first opened in 1987.

Interested travelers can follow free 30-minute tours that include up-close looks at the caterpillar breeding nursery. Here, you can see newly born butterflies before they’re released into the aviary and learn about the stages of development that lead to the birth of these fanciful creatures.

The sanctuary’s laboratory is another popular stop that showcases efforts to keep the aviary well stocked. While just two percent of eggs survive in the wild, more than 80 percent mature here thanks to lab experts. Catch a peek at the hard-working scientists who keep this facility thriving.

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The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is located in the center of Kuranda at 8 Rob Veivers Drive about a half hour from Cairns. It’s open daily from 9:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. with free guided tours.
Address: 8 Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda, Queensland 4881, Australia
Hours: Open daily 9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: Adult: AU$19.00, Child: Adult: AU$9.50
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