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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Kuranda

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
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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  • This is a small place in the Kuranda village, where butterflies are breed and kept. There are lots of butterflies, but variety is not much. Around 5-6 varieties were all that we could identify, though...  read more »
  • Highlight of our visit to Kuranda, butterflies everywhere! There's an information talk for those who want to learn more. Loved the looks of delight on children's faces when they enter and see all the ...  read more »
  • $20 admission is steep for a brief walk with most of these butterflies seen in the bush . Boring and uninformed. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful place to visit in Kuranda. Friendly, peaceful and informative. I would recommend to everyone.
  • Is a wonderland - a dream place, never saw so many butterflies under one roof. Best thing to see is efforts & time spend by the team behind the scen. Extremely knowledgeable staff, passionate about work. Good to have indepth knowledge of butterflies. Robin is the best..
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