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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Kuranda
(4.3/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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. Take a look at our Kuranda family vacation planner to schedule your visit to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • A must see to visit, very informative & interesting. The staff are very friendly & know so much about the Butterfly, I learnt a lot that I never knew, would recommend this to people of all ages! Loved...  more »
  • We had a family visit to the Butterfly Sanctuary this week. My 2 daughters took their children. It was a great experience. So many beautiful butterflies, many landing on us for photo opportunities. A ...  more »
  • We all loved the visit to the sanctuary and the interaction with the butterflies. Waiting for the tour was fantastic, as we learnt a lot about how the butterflies are bred and all about the sanctuary....  more »
  • Magical. Definitely come early and avoid all of the crowds. The staff are friendly and polite. Whilst the Ulysess butterflies are currently sick (07/2016), the other butterflies are still very pretty and worth a visit. It is best to patiently wait for the best shots and do NOT wear bugspray.
  • Beautiful! Great value, family friendly, very informative tour. Lots of Butterflies. Unfortunately no Ulysses Butterfly when we visited (but saw some outside in Kuranda).
  • A magical experience. You learn a LOT of butterfly related trivia while visiting this place. The staff was really nice and helpful.
  • Well worth a visit if you're in Kuranda. Wear bright colours such as red or orange to increase your chances of a butterfly landing on your shoulder for a photo. As well as the butterfly sanctuary, there is a breeding laboratory you can view and see caterpillars at varying stages of development.
  • Lots of beautiful butterflies and interesting facts as well as butterfly tales posted around the walkway.