Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Kuranda

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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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  • If you love the mystical nature of butterflies this is something you should do. Walking in a small area full of fluttering butterflies is definitely magical in my experience. We spent more than the re...  more »
  • Very interesting. Laboratory very interesting. Colours of butterflies just beautiful. Very peaceful surroundings. Highly recommend  more »
  • Having seen an exhibition at the Brisbane Museum many years ago on the life and work of Frederick Parkhurst Dodd, affectionately known as the Butterfly man of Kuranda, my wife and I decided to visit t...  more »
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  • This is really great! First, you have all these butterflies surrounding you while you wander around the sanctuary. Second, you get heaps of interesting information about butterflies. Don't miss the laboratory! We went to Yorkeys Knob Tourist Information first and got great vouchers for it! Worth to go there first to get some vouchers or tour booking.
  • I loved it here. It was so relaxing. Rather than walk around the shops of Kuranda, my kids and I spent a couple of hours here relaxing and taking in the beauty.
  • The staff were quite knowledgeable, but the place made me very sad. The beautiful butterflies were fluttering around near the roof trying to escape, but they will never be free. The 'Sanctuary' serves no purpose except to amuse people and make money. It was advertised as the biggest butterfly house in Australia. If this is true, I am very, very sorry for the butterflies in the others, but having been to the one at the Melbourne zoo, I remember it being much bigger than this one. If you care for butterflies, please do not support the 'Butterfly Sanctuary'. The butterflies may be protected from predators, but I would rather risk being eaten than live a miserable life in captivity.
  • Lovely place to check out and being rewarded with a multitude of butterfly verieties and plenty of info to read up on (or ask staff)
  • Beautiful! Butterflies everywhere and even sat on childrens hands. There´s also a very interesting labratory in the back buidling. Great visit! Plus we´ve got a 10 % discount at Cairns Discount Tours!

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