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Kuranda, Australia
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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Overview

Surround yourself by more than 1,500 multicolored butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda. The biggest butterfly aviary in the country, this delightful attraction is home to landscaped gardens that mimic the butterflies’ natural rainforest habitats. Explore at your leisure while they fly all around you, or take advantage of complimentary tours during the day, including a behind-the-scenes lab tour. When booking, you have the option to upgrade to the 4 Park Pass for entry to three more Cairns-area attractions.
  • See more than 1,500 butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Visit the laboratory and learn about the breeding cycle
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Free guided tours daily
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Free guided tours daily
Free behind the scenes laboratory tour
Free Guided Foodplant Walk
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Time

Buttterfly Sanctuary
4/1/2021 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:09:45 AM - 04:00 PM
4/1/2022 - 3/31/2023
Monday - Sunday:09:45 AM - 04:00 PM
4 Park Package
4/1/2021 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:09:45 AM - 04:00 PM
4/1/2022 - 3/31/2023
Monday - Sunday:09:45 AM - 04:00 PM

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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, 8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda QLD 4881, Australia
Your admission to Kuranda’s Australian Butterfly Sanctuary opens your eyes to a tropical world of butterflies, where more than 1,500 of these colorful creatures float around you while you walk through the rainforest environment inside the free-flight aviary. Spot the fluorescent yellow and green Cairns birdwing, and check out the moth exhibit for a look at a Hercules moth, whose wingspan can reach a whopping 14 inches (36 cm).

Included with your admission is access to the laboratory, where you can learn about the breeding cycle and discover how eggs are collected and hand-raised while they become caterpillars, who, of course, eventually turn into butterflies. See species from around the world at the museum.

When booking, you have the option to upgrade to the 4 Park Pass for combo admission to three more area attractions: Rainforestation, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and the Cairns Wildlife Dome.
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Wander the tropical rainforest aviary where jewel-coloured butterflies float in the air. See the fluorescent green and yellow Cairns birdwing, the vibrant Blue Eggfly and more! The sanctuary is home to more than 1,500 butterflies that have all been hand reared on the premises. Visit the laboratory and learn about the breeding cycle, see how the butterfly eggs are collected and cleaned, and then hand raised into caterpillars before turning into beautiful butterflies. The museum displays many different species from around the world. Don’t forget to see the moth exhibit, home to the Hercules moth with a wing span reaching up to 14 inches (36 cm).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Tropic Wings Cairns Tours
Wander the tropical rainforest aviary where jewel-coloured butterflies float in the air. See the fluorescent green and yellow Cairns birdwing, the vibrant Blue Eggfly and more! The sanctuary is home to more than 1,500 butterflies that have all been hand reared on the premises. Visit the laboratory and learn about the breeding cycle, see how the butterfly eggs are collected and cleaned, and then hand raised into caterpillars before turning into beautiful butterflies. The museum displays many different species from around the world. Don’t forget to see the moth exhibit, home to the Hercules moth with a wing span reaching up to 14 inches (36 cm).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gray Line Australia - Cairns
Wander the tropical rainforest aviary where jewel-coloured butterflies float in the air. See the fluorescent green and yellow Cairns birdwing, the vibrant Blue Eggfly and more! The sanctuary is home to more than 1,500 butterflies that have all been hand reared on the premises. Visit the laboratory and learn about the breeding cycle, see how the butterfly eggs are collected and cleaned, and then hand raised into caterpillars before turning into beautiful butterflies. The museum displays many different species from around the world. Don’t forget to see the moth exhibit, home to the Hercules moth with a wing span reaching up to 14 inches (36 cm).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Sanctuary closes at 4pm
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Tropic Wings & Gray Line Cairns
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Lots of Butterflies
Paradise699811
, Nov 2019
This was a well maintained, wonderful environment to see and interact with several species of butterflies.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Very pleasant and interesting...
MrsNM_S
, May 2016
Very pleasant and interesting attraction for all ages.
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We purchased the 4-park pass and...
Michael S
, Dec 2015
We purchased the 4-park pass and others who do so should be aware that the parks are not co-located. Rainforest Station and the Butterfly Sanctuary are close together in Kuranda while the Wildlife Habitat is about an hour north of Cairns and the wildlife dome is on top of the Reef Casino in downtown Cairns. That said, all the parks were clean and the critters appeared to be well cared for. The aborigine exhibitions and duck boat ride at Rainforest Station were well worth the price. At the butterfly sanctuary, the butterflies were quite beautiful, swirling around visitors in swarms and readily landing on bright clothing. There's a little café next door that serves an excellent aussie burger. The wildlife habitat was fairly large - My wife and I spent 4 or 5 hours there.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Awesome opportunity to see loads of...
Zachary W
, Dec 2012
Awesome opportunity to see loads of beautiful butterflies in a natural habitat, as well as seeing larvae and learning cool stuff. Unlimited great photos!

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