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Wildlife Zoos & Animal Attractions in Cairns, Australia

Cairns Far North Queensland Australia has a number of exciting boutique wildlife zoos and animal attractions scattered throughout the region from Innisfail to the Daintree Cape Tribulation Rainforest, all with a distinct tropical north Queensland theme.

You'll see a huge range of animals from around the world along with the indigenous tropical animals of Cairns such as the highly endangered pre-historic Southern Cassowary, the endangered Lumholtz's and Bennett's Tree Kangaroos, Possums and Gliders, and ferocious Saltwater Crocodiles and cuddly Koalas as well as shy nocturnal animals that you would normally never get to see unless you visit a zoo or wild life attractions such as those in Cairns Queensland Australia at night.

Cairns Animal Antics

Did you know Cairns is home to 13 Mammal species which are found nowhere else in the world? Have you ever seen a Green Possum or a Kangaroo climb a tree? Well you can in a Cairns Wildlife Zoo Cairns is home to Australia's largest snake, the Scrub Python with specimens being found up to 8.5 metres long and YES Dragons do still exist here in Cairns in the form of the YES also Endangered Species of Boyds Primeval looking Forest Dragon but fear not we will not have to worry about Dragons too much longer if humans continue with their wasteful way of life and destroy rainforests and animal habitats.

All of the Cairns animal theme parks have an entry fee, however some can have multi pass tickets which will get you into a number of the animal attractions and parks at a discounted price. All the Cairns animal attraction theme parks are family friendly and will be adored by children and adults alike. The best time for the Family to visit these wildlife parks is when the animal shows are on so the kids can learn all about the wildlife animals on display. The early morning and later in the afternoon is also a great time to visit as the animals are more likely to be active as it is a lot cooler at this time on a gorgeous tropical Cairns day.

Dining With The Animals In Cairns

In the mornings you can have breakfast with Koalas next to a lagoon full of other animals at the Cairns Tropical Zoo, breakfast with the birds at the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas breakfast with lions at Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve and at night you can have dinner at the night zoo or dinner with wild beasts at Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve and Australia's largest pride of lions all around you.

Cairns Wildlife Parks by Theme

Many of the Cairns wild life attractions cater to different themes, check the lists below to see which animal attractions catch your families attention. Some Cairns wildlife attractions are listed in a number of categories as they have a variety of different animals.

Flights of Fantasy — Cairns Birds & Butterflies

Male Eclectus Parrot at Cairns Dome

  • Birdworld
  • Cairns Night Zoo
  • Cairns Tropical Zoo
  • Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • The Aviary Kuranda
  • Cairns Wildlife Dome
  • Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve
  • Cold Blooded Bities — Cairns Reptiles

  • Cairns Night Zoo
  • Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
  • Cairns Crocodile Farm
  • Johnstone River Crocodile Farm
  • Marineland Melanesia
  • Rainforestation Nature Park Kuranda
  • Cuddling a Koala
  • Australian Venom Zoo
  • Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cute, Furry Cairns Creatures — Mammals

    Cuddling a Koala

  • Cairns Night Zoo
  • Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
  • Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
  • Rainforestation Nature Park Kuranda
  • Cairns Wildlife Dome
  • Kuranda Koala Gardens
  • Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve
  • Group Bookings, Cairns Conference Enquiries

    If you have any questions about booking an incentive, conference or school group to hold a function or special event dinner at any of the wildlife parks on this page or if you have some other specific requests, please Contact us at info@ciaspecialists.com explaining what you're after. Please include any information that will help us assist you to put the conference event together, including the number of conference delegates or members in your group or the ages of your children and we will help you choose the best Cairns wild life experience for your group.

    Cairns Wildlife Day Tour Bookings

    While all of the wildlife parks in Cairns allow walk in visitors and charge an entry fee, most parks are in out of the way locations which don't allow easy access without a rent a car. For this reason, there are many day tour operators in Cairns who package entry to many of the wildlife parks as part of their full day or half day tours.

    This is great because many of the parks are smaller boutique specialty zoos which people can only really spend an hour or two in, rather than be a full day experience like traditional zoos in big city locations.

    We have compiled a list of tour companies who will take you and your family to the wildlife parks of Cairns Tropical North Queensland as part of their itinerary below.

    Skyrail & Kuranda Wildlife Experience

    Skyrail has put together a special package due to the overwhelming number of visitors who want to experience the wildlife attractions of Kuranda, and also the Skyrail Cableway. Entry to the top three wildlife attractions in Kuranda in included in your ticket; Birdworld, The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala Gardens. This tour package is also available with a Kuranda Scenic Railway trip, making it an outstanding and comprehensive tour of the most popular attractions in Kuranda.

    Skyrail passing over the rainforest

    Your return Skyrail experience will take approximately 1½ hours one way, and your Kuranda Scenic Railway 1¾ hours. Skyrail can commence or conclude at either the Caravonica or Kuranda, and the Kuranda Scenic Railway can commence or conclude at Cairns Central Station, Freshwater Station or Kuranda Station depending on your preferred direction of travel and location.

    Booking in advance is required as the train is a tourist attraction and tickets are via pre-purchase only. Both attractions frequently book out during peak season and school holidays. Prices are per person; families please review the child policy also.

    Cairns Crocodile Explorer

    Board the MV Crocodile Explorer and experience a calm water cruise along the Trinity Inlet, Cairns' wild mangrove-lined waterway and busy boat harbour. Trinity Inlet, like many mangrove ecosystems, is buzzing with wildlife; salt water crocodiles, birds and over 70 species of fish.

    Cairns Crocodile Explorer

    Visitors enjoy Cairns Crocodile Explorer Cruises for it's relaxed and informative tour of the inlet, with many historic and interesting tales of sea life in early Cairns. After cruising along the inlet, the tour stops at Cairns Crocodile Farm to journey through the fully operational farm.

    Departing twice a day, Cairns Crocodile Explorer Cruises is the only company to access Cairns Crocodile Farm, which means if you're interested in seeing how crocodiles are farmed for their skin and meat, this is the best way you can see it and you can also pick up some unique pieces of fashion such as belts, wallets, handbags and bracelets.

    Cairns Wildlife Parks by Location

    The wildlife centres of Cairns North Queensland are somewhat scattered, so here's the lowdown on what's where.

    Cairns CBD

  • Cairns Wildlife Dome
  • Palm Cove

  • Cairns Night Zoo
  • Cairns Tropical Zoo
  • Port Douglas

  • Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (mid way between Palm Cove and Port Douglas)
  • Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
  • Kuranda

  • Australian Venom Zoo
  • Birdworld
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • The Aviary Kuranda
  • Koala Gardens
  • Bat Reach Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve
  • Daintree Rainforest

  • Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Innisfail

  • Johnstone River Crocodile Farm
  • Green Island

  • Marineland Melanesia
  • Gordonvale

  • Cairns Crocodile Farm
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