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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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  • It was fantastic to see so many wonderful, colourful butterflys, they also explain things like the laying of eggs and seeing the nursery is a great thing, well worth the visit  more »
  • An active butterfly sanctuary with educational facts throughout. A strolling pathway through gardens with a side exhibit displaying the breeding laboratory of a wide variety of butterflies and moths.  more »
  • Loved this place. It was bigger than I imagined, plenty of different butterflies and a well maintained tropical garden to walk around. If you stand still for long enough they will land on you. But if ...  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.
  • 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!
  • Delightful place to see a variety of native butterflies close-up and personal. Lots of interesting information. Great for children, photographers, nature-lovers and appreciators.
  • This is awesome. I've never seen so many nor had so many land on me!
  • Beautiful butterflies. Really nice staff who are very knowledgeable and informative. The tour is light hearted, but very educational.