Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Kuranda

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Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Wear bright colors to entice butterflies to land on you at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, situated in the heart of the city. This popular aviary is home to more than 1,500 tropical butterflies indigenous to Australia. Its impressive collection has it earned a spot in the Guinness Book of Records as the country's largest butterfly exhibit. The sanctuary rears only butterflies native to Australia, and the adjoining lab breeds about 30,000 caterpillars each year. Many visitors use a local trick of smearing honey on their hands to attract butterflies and then quickly snap photos before they take flight again. You can do that, or simply take a long walk along the sanctuary's many walkways, surrounded by flowers, trees, and hundreds of colorful insects. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Kuranda holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Absolutely loved this place! Such an unexpected delight - informative, friendly staff and so many butterflies in a natural environment, My 10 yr old granddaughter loved the experience too and was...  more »
  • We arrived at Kuranda and weren’t really into the tourism shopping and found this. At first I thought “$20!!!” But then I loved it. Slow down, take your time and embrace the nature. Your inner...  more »
  • Excellent site to visit. Large array of butterflies and an active breeding program. Could have spent hours there as it was a beautiful and lovely setting. Kids loved it as well. Do yourself a favour and buy a combined ticket to enter Bird World just next door as they are both terrific venues. World class effort.
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary has been part of coming to Cairns and Kuranda for many years. It is a very simple, perfect way to show our native butterflies so well. It’s not fancy, over done, rather, it is a perfect environment for humans to interact with butterflies. The effort and manner they go to ensuring we can enjoy nature is the best. No visit to the area of Cairns is complete without going to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

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