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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Kuranda holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is such a great place to wander around. It’s a little expensive with a family, but they have to support themselves and are not government funded. Worth a visit.  more »
  • A great place to visit with kids. They were amazed when butterflies actually landed on them. Adults were impressed with the variety, size and vibrant colour of the butterflies. A great family activity...  more »
  • The visit here was steamy to say the least. There were lots of butterflies but the variety of species seemed much more limited than other places I have visited. It was of average size and you really h...  more »
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  • When we arrived in Kuranda by train we decided to go straight to the Butterfly sanctuary and at first I thought we would only be there a short time but upon entering we were instantly captivated by so many beautiful butterflies. We toured the place multiple times because each time we circulated we would see different butterflies. The tour into the caterpillar breeding lab was very interesting. I have included a few of my pretty pictures just to give you a glimpse of what its like. Well worth the money- highly recommend this place!
  • Nice venue. Not as many male Ulysses as I expected. More at home in Cairns. But on a whole. Nice venue, well set out. Loads of butterflies. Amazingly learned butterfly staff. Breeding and nurturing. Great job. Good venue and worth the visit.
  • $20 adult. Is that normal? I don’t think so... it’s nice but definitely not worth of $20.... sad
  • Just amazing. All the colours and the passionate staff giving us information. Most interesting for me is the Hercules Moth.. emerges from the cocoon with no mouth or stomach, just a singular mission for its few remaining days..
  • A nice stop along the way, a little pricey for the experience. Though the butterflies are very pretty and a little shy sometimes

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