Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Cairns & Far North Queensland

Australia's largest butterfly aviary has more than 2000 tropical butterflies. Guided tours (included with admission) run for 30 minutes, and take in the lab where the butterflies are bred. If you're wearing bright colours, the butterflies will flutter around you like something out of Snow White.

In addition to the Kuranda Wildlife Experience Pass, the park is included in the Capta 4 Park Pass (, which offers discounted entry to four Far North Queensland attractions.

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1. Birdworld

0.01 MILES

Birdworld recreates the rainforest habitats of more than 80 species of free-flying native and exotic birds. Birds swoop and swagger freely around the park.

2. Heritage Markets

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At this touristy market you'll find Australiana souvenirs – think emu oil, kangaroo-skin bow ties and Akubra hats – by the busload. It's also home to…

3. Kuranda Koala Gardens

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This small but sweet park is home to native Aussie animals including wallabies, wombats, reptiles galore and – obviously – koalas. Photos with koalas are…

4. Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets

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Follow the clouds of incense down to these atmospheric village markets. Operating since 1978, they're still the best place to see artists at work and…

5. BatReach

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Visitors are welcome at this rescue and rehabilitation centre for injured and orphaned bats, possums and gliders. Passionate volunteers are more than…

6. Doongal Ark Gallery

0.17 MILES

This unmissable boat-shaped building houses a gorgeous and authentic collection of Indigenous artworks and artefacts by local artists under the Doongal…

7. Rainforestation

0.94 MILES

You'll need a full day to properly explore this enormous complex, divided into three sections: a koala & wildlife park, the interactive Pamagirri…

8. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

4.55 MILES

Managed by the area’s original custodians, this award-winning cultural extravaganza tells the story of creation using giant holograms and actors. There's…