Cairns, Australia

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Surround yourself by more than 1,500 multicolored butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda. The biggest butterfly aviary in the country, this delightful attraction is home to landscaped gardens that mimic the butterflies’ natural rainforest habitats. Explore at your leisure while they fly all around you, or take advantage of complimentary tours during the day, including a behind-the-scenes lab tour. When booking, you have the option to upgrade to the 4 Park Pass for entry to three more Cairns-area attractions.
  • See more than 1,500 butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Visit the laboratory and learn about the breeding cycle
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Free guided tours daily
Your admission to Kuranda’s Australian Butterfly Sanctuary opens your eyes to a tropical world of butterflies, where more than 1,500 of these colorful creatures float around you while you walk through the rainforest environment inside the free-flight aviary. Spot the fluorescent yellow and green Cairns birdwing or the electric-blue Ulysses, and check out the moth exhibit for a look at a Hercules moth, whose wingspan can reach a whopping 14 inches (36 cm).

Included with your admission is access to the laboratory, where you can learn about the breeding cycle and discover how eggs are collected and hand-raised while they become caterpillars, who, of course, eventually turn into butterflies. See species from around the world at the museum.

When booking, you have the option to upgrade to the 4 Park Pass for combo admission to three more area attractions: Rainforestation, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and the Cairns Wildlife Dome. See the Itinerary for more details.


4 Park Pass upgrade:
Save more than 20% on the single entry price by combining your visit to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary with the following top attractions.

Explore Australia's World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest at the Rainforestation Nature Park in Kuranda. The park is set on 100 acres (40 hectares) of pristine rainforest within five minutes’ drive of Kuranda village, accessible from Cairns by road or by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or the Kuranda Scenic Railway (transport between Cairns and Kuranda is not included). This eco-friendly Kuranda attraction offers three unique experiences: the Army Duck Rainforest Tours with Tropical Fruit Orchard, Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, and the Koala and Wildlife Park.

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas:
Get up close to Australian native flora and fauna at Wildlife Habitat located just outside of Port Douglas. There are three different environments to explore—the Wetlands, Rainforest and Grasslands, each with unique habitats.

Cairns Wildlife Dome:
Discover the sights and sounds of the rainforest right in the heart of Cairns at the Cairns Wildlife Dome. See native birds fly freely around you in the glass-enclosed rooftop dome, get eye-to-eye with Goliath the saltwater crocodile, and meet reptiles, wallabies and koalas.

Please note:
You do not need to visit all the attractions in one day. Entry for subsequent attractions is valid for one month from the date of entry for the first attraction.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Dec 2017

Must do experience if you are visiting Cairns.

, Jun 2016

Very pleasant and interesting attraction for all ages.

, Mar 2016

a beautiful experience

, Dec 2015

We purchased the 4-park pass and others who do so should be aware that the parks are not co-located. Rainforest Station and the Butterfly Sanctuary are close together in Kuranda while the Wildlife Habitat is about an hour north of Cairns and the wildlife dome is on top of the Reef Casino in downtown Cairns. That said, all the parks were clean and the critters appeared to be well cared for.
The aborigine exhibitions and duck boat ride at Rainforest Station were well worth the price.
At the butterfly sanctuary, the butterflies were quite beautiful, swirling around visitors in swarms and readily landing on bright clothing. There's a little café next door that serves an excellent aussie burger.
The wildlife habitat was fairly large - My wife and I spent 4 or 5 hours there.

, Aug 2013

that was truly an amazing experience

, Dec 2012

Awesome opportunity to see loads of beautiful butterflies in a natural habitat, as well as seeing larvae and learning cool stuff. Unlimited great photos!

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