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Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens

Kuranda Koala Gardens

9am–4pm daily
Heritage Markets/ 2-4 Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda, Australia, QLD 4881

The Basics

Tours of Kuranda Koala Gardens are self-guided, so you can observe animals in environments that mimic their natural habitats at your own pace. Watch kangaroos and wallabies lounging on the grass or see more scaly specimens in Australia’s only walk-through snake house. The gardens are included as a stop on many day trips to Kuranda from Cairns, which typically also include a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

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Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skip the Line Kuranda Scenic Railway Gold Class and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
star-4.5
$162.47 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Gold class all the way.
The service was Impeccable, comfort of the chairs and been able to take great photos of the falls with plenty of room, and views were Spectacular. Thank you for making our trip memorable.
Susan_T, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairns & the Tropical North

star-5
Amazing time
Kate_C, Sep 2021
Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets
Kids had an awesome experience. Staff were very friendly and helpful will definitely be back to visit
star-5
Good experience
Beverly_Y, Jun 2021
Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets
We went when it was pouring down rain, but still a good experience. We got to feed the kangaroos which was daunting but they’re actually really friendly. Kuranda village also has lots of great things to see and do after.
star-4
Birds and Koalas
Paradise699811, Nov 2019
Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets
The bird Sanctuary was splendid. There were birds of various species flying around in a wonderful free environment and tons of interaction with many of them. The koala area or zoo was limited.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • If you also plan to visit Kuranda’s Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, get a discount on all three attractions with a combo pass.

  • Koala encounters are supervised by trained park staff and comply with the Australian Government’s Code of Practice—these are available as a separate experience that’s not sold by Viator.

  • Allow about an hour to see everything at the gardens.

  • Though steep in parts, Kuranda Koala Gardens are accessible to travelers using both wheelchairs and strollers.

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How to Get There

Kuranda Koala Gardens are located by the Kuranda Heritage Markets, a 10-minute walk from Kuranda village or a 40-minute drive northwest from Cairns. You can also reach the gardens by Skyrail or the Kuranda Railway. A free shuttle bus operates between the Skyrail station and the gardens, and generally departs every 15 minutes throughout the day.

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When to Get There

The gardens are open daily from morning until early evening. In the morning, crowds tend to be lighter and the animals are usually more active.

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Things to Do in Kuranda

When compared to bustling Cairns, the historic village of Kuranda feels like a laid-back tropical escape. Getting there is half the fun, as the Kuranda Scenic Railway—built in the 19th century—chugs above UNESCO-listed rain forest gorges and cascading waterfalls. Alternatively, enjoy bird’s-eye views on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Once you arrive at the station, take a walk on the wild side at the Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld; shop for handmade goods at heritage markets; or learn about the original guardians of the land at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

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