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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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Butterfly around the Museum without the bleeding also seems to see in the lab. Of course the tour even seen is unlimited. A quiz and kids also enjoyed in some places.
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  • A nice visit worth checking out the butterfly's. Quite warm in there. Need to video them as my pictures not too clear 
  • A wonderful place that is truly surreal to visit. I spent about an hour at the sanctuary after the tour and was lucky enough to have a butterfly chill out on my hand and get some wonderful pics. If yo...  more »
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  • 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.