Cairns & Far North Queensland

You'll need a full day to properly explore this enormous complex, divided into three sections: a koala & wildlife park, the interactive Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, and a river & rainforest tour aboard the amphibious Army Duck boat-truck.

The park is 3km east of Kuranda. Shuttles (return adult/child $12.50/6.25) run every half-hour between the park and Kuranda village.

Rainforestation is included in the Capta 4 Park Pass (www.capta.com.au), which offers discounted entry to four Far North Queensland attractions.

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Nearby Cairns & Far North Queensland attractions

1. Doongal Ark Gallery

0.78 MILES

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

2. BatReach

0.86 MILES

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

3. Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets


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…

4. Heritage Markets

0.91 MILES

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…

5. Birdworld

0.93 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.

6. Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

0.94 MILES

Australia's largest butterfly aviary has more than 2000 tropical butterflies. Guided tours (included with admission) run for 30 minutes, and take in the…

7. Kuranda Koala Gardens

0.94 MILES

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

8. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

3.76 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…