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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  • While visiting Kuranda you couldn't not visit this all full of small butterflies and huge, variously colored, easy to photograph even closely, as standing firm you rest quietly in his hand. See also the room where the caterpillars are raised and where, in a particular environment, any stage of growth, until the actual butterfly. To visit
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  • I absolutely LOVED the butterfly sanctuary! My partner and I made a game of the trivia questions around the sanctuary and had a blast. We had a couple of butterflies land on us which was awesome. Woul...  more »
  • We visited during a cruise port stop.. we did a guided tour which was amazing there are some many interesting things to know about butterflies and the guide was friendly and very knowledgable.. the sa...  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!
  • 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.
  • Was very good, the butterflies keep landing on my wife's white top. We enjoyed it.
  • 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.

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