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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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary Reviews
My wife loves butterflys, so this was an obvious choice to visit. So many different species with some spectacular colours. Some even come and land on you which makes a good photo opportunity. more »
We found this a nice place, but kids were not interested, and we were done in 20mins. Overall underwhelming for the cost. We are from Melbourne and the butterfly house at the Melbourne Zoo is a simila... more »
Excellent site to visit. Large array of butterflies and an active breeding program. Could have spent hours there as it was a beautiful and lovely setting. Kids loved it as well. Do yourself a favour and buy a combined ticket to enter Bird World just next door as they are both terrific venues. World class effort.
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary has been part of coming to Cairns and Kuranda for many years. It is a very simple, perfect way to show our native butterflies so well. It’s not fancy, over done, rather, it is a perfect environment for humans to interact with butterflies. The effort and manner they go to ensuring we can enjoy nature is the best. No visit to the area of Cairns is complete without going to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.
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