Kuranda Wildlife Parks

Kuranda wildlife parks are popular with international travellers.

Along with the famous heritage and rainforest markets, these parks are the town's top attraction.

If you are from overseas and haven't got close to unique Australian animals, you have a chance to do it at Koala Gardens.

And you can learn about some of Australia's dangerous animals at Kuranda Venomous Animals Zoo.

Rainforestation, which is a bit outside the town, is another Kuranda wildlife park that is popular with international travellers. 

But even if you are from Australia, it's worth visiting Birdworld and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary - it's the only one of its kind in Australia.

kuranda butterfly sanctuary

Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary
The tropical climate of north Queensland means insects grow extra large
, and Australia's largest and most amazing butterflies are found here. 

This sanctuary is the only place in Australia where you get this close to Cairns Birdwing and Ulysses Butterflies, as well as Hercules Moths and other giants.

kuranda birdworld

Kuranda Birdworld
This is a fantastic bird aviary where you walk inside and have birds flying right next to you. 

There are exotic species like macaws and conures as well as Australian birds including Cape York/north Queensland endemics like  cassowaries and eclectus parrots.

kuranda koala gardens

Kuranda Koala Gardens
In the Koala Gardens you can have your photo taken with a koala
, get close to wombats and wallabies, and have a look at some amazing reptiles such as skinks, dragons and monitors. 

There are also freshwater crocodiles, but for the salties you have to go to Rainforestation.

kuranda zoo

Kuranda Zoo of Venomous Animals
In this, (rather small), two room display you have five of Australian poisonous snakes and other dangerous creatures along with some harmless ones - like the olive python which you can hang around your neck. 

Makes a great photo to take back home.

kuranda batreach

Kuranda Batreach
Kuranda Bat Reach is a small place almost next door to the Venom Zoo a bit off the Coondoo Street along the path that leads to the Jungle Walk

It is open less than its opening hours imply - and when they are they put out a sign at the start of the path. Open by donations.


This is a rather touristic place a bit outside the town. 

There is a wildlife park section where you can get close to the usual Australian animals; a rainforest section where you can take a tour with a WWII Army Duck, and an Aboriginal section where you can watch an Aboriginal dance performance.

Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary

Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary is a great place to visit.

It is the largest of its kind in Australia, and with the warm, tropical climate, the butterflies themselves are also Australia's largest.

If you are an Aussie you skip the koala and kangaroo parks, but if you are form the southern parts of Australia, you will still find this park interesting.
   kuranda butterfly sanctuary

It's an aviary you walk in, so you get very close to them.
   butterfly feeding station

There is information, feeding stations and a laboratory.
   butterfly laboratory

There are a few species of large moths and butterflies, including the largest ones in Australia.
   kuranda butterflies

If you are lucky they may have a Hercules moth - Australia's largest (moths and butterflies don't live long so what you see depends on the time of your visit).
   hercules moth

But they definitely have Cairns Birdwings - the female is Australia's largest butterfly.
   cairns birdwing

They are not shy so they will come and sit on you, particularly if you wear white (there is a room where you can see how butterflies see colours).
   cairns birdwing female

There are also the beautiful electric blue Ulysses Butterflies, they are a little harder to take good photos because when they close their wings you don't see the blue colour.
   ulysses butterfly

And one main thing was that there are so many of them!
   ulysses butterflies

I remember this park from years earlier and there were defintely nowhere near as many as when we visited in 2013 when Mum was here.

Kuranda Zoo of Venomous Animals

Kuranda also has a small zoo of venomous animals.

It is a bit away from the markets and the other wildlife parks, and it is also different.

It is small, inside a dark room and there are not altogether so many poisonous animals to see.
   king brown snake

There are five species of Australia's poisonous snakes, and information on some other small dangerous creatures, but that's all when it comes to the 
dangerous animals.
   coastal taipan

Then there are some harmless ones - the most popular being the large olive python which you can hold and put around your neck for a photo.
   inland taipan

You also get a bit of a "tour" - a talk about some of the animals.

Kuranda Batreach

Kuranda Batreach is a small bat resque and rehabilitation centre in the middle of the town.

They have flying foxes, and it's a great place to get close to them.

It is run by volunteers, so the main problem is you'll be very lucky if they are open for the public, but a couple of times a week, mainly mid-morning to lunch time, they are.

You know they are if you see this sign at the start of the Jumrum Jungle Walk:
   kuranda bat reach

The centre is a little further down the street.
   kuranda bat reach

There is information and a donation box,
   kuranda bat reach

... there are the bats in a cage,
   flying foxes

... and during the time they are open they make themselves available to talk to you.
   spectactled flying fox

You cannot touch but you can watch the feeding and the bats close-by.
   feeding flying fox

And you can learn a lot about the four species of flying foxes found in north Queensland.

Kuranda Birdworld

Kuranda Birdworld is a walk-in bird aviary at the Kuranda Heritage Markets.

It is not a bad place to get close to birds, and you can get some good photos.

There are some 
more remarkable Australian birds, as well as some exotic ones.
   kuranda birdworld parrots

There is a walk around a pond where you can see the birds flying around.
   kuranda birdworld walk

And there is a feeding platform where the birds come around.
   kuranda birdworld sun conure

Some of the most impressive exotic birds and the South American macaws.
   kuranda birdworld macaw

And some of the most amazing Australian ones are the rare eclectus parrots.
   eclectus parrot

The males are green and the females red, and they are only found in the rainforest of Cape York peninsula.
   kuranda birdworld eclectus parrot

They will come and sit on your head, shoulder and hands, you can get great photos.

Kuranda Koala Gardens

Kuranda Koala Gardens is where you can see the typical Kuranda wildlife and other Australian animals.

There are freshwater crocodiles,
   freshwater crocodile

... lizards,
   blue tongue lizard

... koalas,
   australian koala

... including cuddly photos,
   koala photo

... wombats,
   australian wombat

... kangaroos (and you can feed them),
   kangaroo feeding

... wallabies and pademelons,

... snakes, turtles and other Kuranda wildlife,
   carpet python

... and some history of Kuranda's railway, forestry and pioneering families.


And finally, things can get even more touristic than koala cuddling.
   aboriginal dancing

At the Kuranda Rainforestation you can also get an Aboriginal cultural experience on top of the Aussie animals.
   aboriginal spear throwing

There are three main things, that you can also do one by one: an animal park, an Aboriginal cultural experience, and a rainforest tour on a WWII army duck.
   australian kangaroos

The animal park has all the popular Australian animals like kangaroos, wallabies, koalas to cuddle, wombats, quolls, lizards and snakes;
   australian dingo

... and as opposed to the park above, also dingoes, cassowaries,
   cassowary bird

... and the deadly saltwater crocodiles.

   australian saltwater crocodile saltwater crocodile

The Aboriginal experience is by the local Pamagirri People, and includes a spear throwing and didgeridoo playing demostration, a dance performance, and you throwing a boomerang.
   boomerang throwing

The rainforest tour takes you with a guide on a Second World War army duck through the beautiful Kuranda rainforest to a lake for a cruise.
   rainforestation army duck

The guide will explain the plants and the rainforest, and there is even a little bit of four wheel driving.
   rainforestation army duck tour

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