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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

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What You Can Expect

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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.


Customer Reviews

Dodi Violy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

a beautiful experience

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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.

Deborah S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

that was truly an amazing experience

Zachary W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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!

Mrs N M S

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Very pleasant and interesting attraction for all ages.

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