wildlife parks are popular with international travellers.
the famous heritage
and rainforest markets,
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
And you can learn about some of Australia's dangerous animals at
Kuranda Venomous Animals
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
- it's the only one of its kind in
Queensland means insects grow extra large, and
Australia's largest and most amazing butterflies are found
sanctuary is the only place in Australia where you get this close to
Cairns Birdwing and Ulysses Butterflies, as well as Hercules Moths and
is a fantastic bird aviary where you walk inside and have birds flying
right next to you.
exotic species like macaws and conures as
well as Australian birds including Cape York/north Queensland
endemics like cassowaries
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.
freshwater crocodiles, but for the salties you have
to go to
of Venomous Animals
(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
can hang around your neck.
great photo to take back home.
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.
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.
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
It's an aviary you walk in, so you
get very close to them.
There is information, feeding stations and a laboratory.
There are a few species of large moths and butterflies, including the largest ones in Australia.
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
But they definitely have Cairns
Birdwings - the female is Australia's largest butterfly.
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).
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.
And one main thing was that there
are so many of them!
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.
also has a small zoo of venomous animals.
It is a
away from the markets
and the other
and it is also
different. It is
small, inside a dark
room and there are not altogether so many
poisonous animals to see.
are five species of Australia's poisonous
snakes, and information on
some other small dangerous creatures, but that's all when it comes to
are some harmless ones - the
most popular being the large olive
which you can hold and put
around your neck for a photo.
You also get a bit of a "tour" - a talk about some of the animals.
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:
The centre is a little further down the street.
There is information and a donation box,
... there are the bats in a cage,
... and during the time they are open they make themselves available to
talk to you.
You cannot touch but you can watch the feeding and the bats close-by.
And you can learn a lot about the four species of flying foxes found in
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
There is a walk around a
pond where you can see the birds flying around.
And there is a feeding
platform where the birds come around.
Some of the most
impressive exotic birds and the South American macaws.
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You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you
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at least 30 guaranteed FREE
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how to deal with the national
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