Wildlife Zoos & Animal Attractions in Cairns, Australia

Cairns & Port Douglas in Far North Queensland Australia has a number of exciting boutique wildlife zoos, theme parks and animal attractions scattered throughout the region from Cairns to the Daintree Cape Tribulation Rainforest all with a distinct Tropical North Queensland theme for tourists to come and see the animals up close.

You will not only see a huge range of endangered animals from around the world but you will also see our very own highly endangered indigenous tropical animals of Cairns such as the pre-historic Southern Cassowary Bird, the endangered Lumholtz's and Bennett's Tree Kangaroos and Green Possums. Some other animals you will only meet in Tropical North Queensland are cute Mahogany Gliders, ferocious predatory Saltwater Crocodiles and colourful birds 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.

For some real animal interaction for the family and animal lovers you can enjoy, Lunch with Lorikeets or Breakfast with the Crocs. If you are feeling brave enough you can even have your photograph taken feeding a massive crocodile, sashaying a black headed python snake around your neck, holding a baby crocodile who’s jaws are held shut with just a piece of sticky tape or you can actually get up close, hold and cuddle a cute fur ball called the Koala, probably the most famous and most popular animals in all of the wildlife parks in Cairns, Port Douglas and Tropical North Queensland. 

Wildlife Zoos & Animal Attractions in Cairns, Australia

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 and Tropical North Queensland Wildlife Zoo.  Cairns is also 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 Boyd’s 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 habits of the wildlife animals on display.

A Little Tip: As you are in the tropics and it can get very hot during the middle of the day we recommend you make your animal zoo visits either early morning for breakfast with the animals or late in the afternoon, evening as the animals are more likely to be out and about and actively looking for food and a bit of play time e as it is a lot cooler during these times on a gorgeous tropical Cairns day.

Dining With The Animals In Cairns

In the mornings you can have breakfast with the Crocs at Hartley's Crocodile Adventure or Breakfast with the Birds at the Wildlife Habitat in Port DouglasLunch with lorikeets at The Wildlife Habitat or breakfast at Daintree Wild or stay the night in the B&B zoo farm stay accommodation and listen to all of the animal’s calls in the night.

A Little Tip: If you wish to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with the animals please ensure you pre-book a table to ensure there are available times to suit your arrival. The same applies to overnight accommodation at the Daintree Wild Zoo B&B    

Many of the Cairns wild life attractions cater to different themes so check the lists below to see which animal attractions catch your family’s 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

Cold Blooded Bities - Cairns Reptiles

Cute, Furry Cairns Creatures - Mammals

Group Bookings, Incentive Groups, 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@cairnsconferencespecialists.com.au  detailing  you're group requirements or if you prefer please call us on (07 ) 4059 5959 so you may speak to one of our conference group specialists. 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 or Port Douglas Wildlife 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 or a coach transfer. 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 animal parks are smaller boutique specialty zoos where people can spend two or more hours in with the interactive animal shows being run and repeated thru the day to ensure you do not miss anything.

Please take a peek at the Tour Tab above to see the list of tour companies that will take you and your family to the wildlife parks of Cairns Tropical North Queensland as part of their sightseeing tours and activities below.

International Coaches has put together a flexible Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Rail package due to the overwhelming number of visitors who wish to experience the regions wildlife attractions of Kuranda and Cairns combined with the Skyrail Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway all in just one day. Free entry to the top three wildlife attractions in Kuranda is now included in your ticket; Birdworld, The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala Gardens. This tour package is an outstanding and comprehensive tour of the most popular tourist attractions in Kuranda and a great value combination day tour.

Your 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 Kuranda Train and Skyrail are the top tourist attractions 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.

Jump on board the afternoon 2 hour Cairns Harbour Cruise with 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, it’s buzzing with wildlife; salt water crocodiles, birds and over 70 species of fish below the water’s surface.

Visitors enjoy Cairns Crocodile Explorer Harbour Cruises for its relaxed and informative tour of the inlet, with many historic and interesting tales of sea life in early Cairns. Sit back relax with a nice cup of tea or a cold refreshment and listen to the tales and history of the Trinity Inlet as told by the boats skipper.

Daily cruises departing in the afternoons at 1.30pm, Cairns Crocodile Explorer Harbour Cruises from the Cairns Marlin Marina Jetty in Spence Street.

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

Cairns CBD

  • Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome

Port Douglas

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

Kuranda

  • Australian Venom Zoo
  • Birdworld
  • Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Koala Gardens
  • BatReach Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Rainforestation Nature Park

Daintree Rainforest

  • Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary (Daintree Wild Zoo)

Green Island

Tropical North Queensland Animals on Extinction List

Indigenous animals that we may never have seen nor ever heard or read about are vital to the health and management of our surrounding environment in ways we probably have never taken the time to even think about. They go about their daily and night time rituals of gardening and distributing seeds and cleaning our waterways and keeping the eco balance in order. The Cycle of Life – The Food Chain. Without these animals humans would not be able to survive on this planet!

No wonder Sir David Attenborough thinks The Great Barrier Reef "is surely the world’s most incredible environment", he also said about the Daintree & Cape Tribulation Rainforest "People think the Amazon is a great place for jungles. But the north of Queensland is fantastic, and very few people go there".

Some Of The Highly Endangered Animal Species of Tropical North Queensland Australia

The spotted-tailed quoll or tiger quoll (a carnivorous marsupial), Spectacled Flying Fox, a huge amount of various frog species, the Northern Bettong (a potoroid marsupial), Water Mouse, Bridled Nailtailed Wallaby, Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat, Mahogany Glider, Northern Bettong, Southern Spotted Tailed Quoll, Greater Bilby, Julie Creek Dunnart (a marsupial), Dugong, Blue Whale, and many species of sea turtle.

Donate Today: You can help to save these animals (which are also vital to human survival) and the rainforests for future generations by donating to Rainforest Rescue, Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Seashepherd, Greenpeace.

Some of the reasons animals of Tropical North Queensland Australia are on the endangerment of extinction list are due to loss of habitat thru the introduction of non-indigenous grasses and aquatic plants, the introduction of cane toads, feral pigs, die back of trees by root fungus, loss of terrestrial climatic habitat caused by anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases, domestic animals such as cats, dogs, fish, sheep, cattle and of course human invasion of habitats with rainforest destruction, the use of chemicals in farming, poaching and illegal trade.

Animals abound at the Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome in Queensland Australia

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Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome
  • Departs From: Cairns
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    Sunday to Friday: 9:00am to 6:15pm (last entry 5:00pm)

    Saturday: 9:00am to 8:00pm

Located in the heart of Cairns with daily wildlife shows for the whole family. Why not try the optional activity like Zoom, Pirate Climb and High Ropes course - some adventure for the whole family!

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Breakfast with the Birds or Lunch with Lorikeets at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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Breakfast with the Birds | The Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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    Breakfast is between 8:00am and 10:30am, please allow 3 hours to include some time in the park

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See the huge range of native Australian wildlife at the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas Queensland Australia

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The Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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Lunch with Lorikeets in Port Douglas Queensland Australia

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Lunch with the Lorikeets | The Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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    Lunch is between 12:00pm and 2:00pm, please allow 3 hours to include some time in the park

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Hartleys Crocodile Adventures
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See the rangers hand feed the giant pre-historic crocodiles at Rainforestation Nature Park in Kuranda

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Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park | Big Australian Wildlife Package | RF
  • Departs From: Cairns
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    8.5 hours (approx)

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Free Time In Kuranda | 1 Day Trip To Kuranda And Rainforestation | Departs Cairns Daily

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Kuranda Coach Tour | Wildlife | Aboriginal Culture | TW | R1B-RIBL/434-434L
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    8.25 hours (approx)

(1) Coach up the mountain and coach down the mountain perfect for those guests scared of heights. (Guests self driving from Cairns Northern Beaches can be met at Freshwater Train Station) (2) Visit to Rainforestation Nature Park (3) 30 minute Aboriginal cultural tour (4) 45 min to 1 hour Amphibious army duck tour (5) Choice of afternoon in Kuranda (No Free Entry to Butterfly Sanctuary) or stay at Rainforestation Nature Park and upgrade to lunch and other park activities.

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There Are More Than 2,000 Butterflies At The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary | Coach Day Trip To Kuranda From Cairns

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Kuranda Coach Tour | Wildlife Park | Butterfly Sanctuary | Aboriginal Culture, | TW | RBB/434B
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    8.25 hours (approx)

Kuranda tours & attractions (1) Coach ride up the Kuranda mountain range from Cairns hotels and resorts around 8.30am (self drivers in northern beaches can be collected from Freshwater Train Station) (2) Return coach back down the mountain range. (3) Visit Rainforestation Nature Park (4) 30 minute Aboriginal Cultural tour (5) Amphibious Army Duck Tour (6) Choice of bus trip to Kuranda Village to see Butterfly Sanctuary and spend time in Kuranda Village (7) Optional lunch at Rainforestation Nature Park instead of Kuranda visit.

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Kuranda | Hartley’s Crocodile Park | Package from Port Douglas | BRTT
  • Departs From: Port Douglas Accommodation
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    9 hours (approx.)

(1.) Coach pick up from Port Douglas holiday accommodation (2.) Arrive at Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Park (3.) Upgrade options to cuddle a koala, hand feed crocodiles bookable inside the park (4.) Choice of Skyrail & Kuranda train returns or just the train or just Skyrail (5.) Choice to upgrade to Gold Class train or Skyrail Diamond View glass floor gondola

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Photo With A Koala At Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Kuranda Skyrail & Train With Hartley's Crocodile Adventures | TH
  • Departs From: Cairns & Northern Beaches
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    10 hours approx

A full-day tour including an incredible journey to and from Kuranda aboard two of Cairns’ most iconic experiences: Kuranda Secnic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. You’ll then visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, where you’ll learn about this prehistoric predator and many well-known Australian animals.

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Hand feed a man eating crocodile at Hartleys Adventure Park

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Crocodile | Kuranda Tour | Scenic Rail | Skyrail | Hartley’s Crocodile Park | VDT-VKHC
  • Departs From: Cairns
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    9-10 hours approx

(1.) Free Kuranda Boarding Pass 10% discount Birdworld, Koala Gardens, & Butterfly Sanctuary. (2.) Coach pick up from accommodation Cairns & Northern Beaches (3.) Skip the queue ticket for Kuranda Scenic Rail. Pre-allocated seating and carriage with host. Please note optional upgrade to Gold Class carriage is available (4.) 1 hour to explore Kuranda Village (5.) Skip the queue tickets for Skyrail Rainforest gondola ride down the mountain. Please note optional upgrade to Diamond View glass floor gondola available (6.) Coach transfer to Hartley's Crocodile Nature Park. (7.) Return coach transfers back to holiday accommodation

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Hand feed a man eating crocodile at Hartleys Adventure Park

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Crocodile | Kuranda Tour | Scenic Rail | Skyrail | Hartley’s Crocodile Park | VDT-VKHC
  • Departs From: Cairns
  • Duration:

    9-10 hours approx

Cairns wildlife Combo $$$ Saver Deal to visit Kuranda via Skyrail and the Kuranda Scenic Railway to explore the markets, shops, zoos and attractions then spend the afternoon at Hartley's Crocodile Park and watch all the animal shows and get up close with some wildlife

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Crocodiles at Rainforestation Adventure Park Kuranda

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Kuranda Day Tour | Train | Nature Park | Skyrail | 3 In 1 Day Tour | VDT-VQRS
  • Departs From: Cairns and Cairns Beaches
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    9.5 hours approx.

(1.) Free Kuranda Boarding Pass 10% discount Birdworld, Koala Gardens, & Butterfly Sanctuary. Coach transfers from Cairns & Northern Beaches holiday accommodation (2.) Skip the queue tickets for pre-allocated seating and carriage on the famous Kuranda Scenic train (Gold Class upgrade optional) (3.) You have almost 2.5 hours to explore the village and markets and enjoy lunch as leisure. (4.) Coach pick up and transfer to Rainforestation Nature Park (5.) ride the amphibious army ducks thru the rainforests and waterways (6.) W atch the Aboriginal cultural show (7.) Take a tour thru the native Australian animal park enclosures (8.) Optional upgrades to Cuddle a Koala or a Crocodile (9.) Coach transfer to Skyrail rainforest cableway (optional upgrade to Diamond View glass floor gondolas) This is a great value 3 tours in 1 day combo tour package.

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Rainforestation Up Close & Personal With Wildlife

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Kuranda Village, Scenic Train, Skyrail and Rainforestation | TH
  • Departs From: Cairns & Northern Beaches
  • Duration:

    10 hours approx.

A full-day tour combining a visit to Kuranda (limited time only, 30 minutes), the ‘Village in the Rainforest’, with Rainforestation Nature Park. Travel to and from your Tablelands’ destinations aboard two of Cairns’ most iconic experiences: the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Train.

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Cuddle a Koala at Rainforestation

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Kuranda | Skyrail | Hartleys Crocodile Adventures | DUT KHC
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Kurandas best tours.Free Kuranda Boarding Pass 10% discount Birdworld, Koala Gardens, & Butterfly Sanctuary, Free Skip the queue tickets (1.) Coach pick up from Cairns & Northern Beaches hotels (2.) Skip the queue tickets with pre-allocated train carriage seats (3.) Approx 50 mins free time to explore Kuranda Village (4.) Board the Skyrail on your skip the queue tickets (5.) Optional choice to upgrade to Diamond View glass bottom gondola (6.) Coach pick up at base to transfer you to Hartley's Crocodile Wildlife Park (7.) Optional upgrades at park to cuddle Koala and other packages (8.) Coach transfer late afternoon back to your hotel accommodation. The tour departs between 7am–8am from your , Cairns or Cairns Beaches accommodation.

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Full Day Rainforestation Tour Departing From Port Douglas | Army Duck Tour

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Kuranda Train, Skyrail & Rainforestation | Return Transfers from Port Douglas | R&RCON | RQRS
  • Departs From: Port Douglas Accommodation
  • Duration:

    Full day, approx 10.5 hours

    Free time in Kuranda 2 hours

You’ll travel to Kuranda aboard a gondola, gliding above the rainforest canopy; venture from land to lake on a World War II army duck; hand-feed wallabies and kangaroos, and learn about indigenous culture. The historic Scenic Railway awaits for the return journey.

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Pat Some Lazy Kangaroos At Kuranda

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The Ultimate Premium Kuranda Tour | DUT
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    1.5 hours Skyrail (including two stop off points)

    1.45 hours Kuranda Scenic Railway - 10 minute stop at Barron Gorge

    (Approx 8 Hours - full day duration)

Kuranda bonus offers Free Kuranda Boarding Pass 10% discount Birdworld, Koala Gardens, & Butterfly Sanctuary. Free skip the queue tickets (1.) A premium quality Kuranda tour with preferential window seating on the Kuranda train. (2.) Hostess guided and premium "Skip the queue tickets" for train and Skyrail (3.) Luxury coach pick ups from Cairns, Northern Beaches & Port Douglas (4.) Lunch inclusion on some tours and others as upgrade option (5.) Some tours Gold Class train carriage upgrade optional some included (6.) Some Diamond View glass floor gondola upgrades optional and some included (7.) Coach transfer to Rainforestation Nature Park (8.) Ride the amphibious army duck thru the river and rainforest (9.) Watch an Aboriginal cultural show (9.) Walk thru the NAtive Australian animal wildlife park (Upgrade option for Koala cuddle photos or crocodile photos (10.) Tour available with multi lingual information

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2 Day Combo Green Island And Rainforest from Cairns

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2 Day Combo | Green Island | Kuranda | Reef N Rainforest | TW | BC2R/446
  • Departs From: Cairns and Northern Beaches
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    Green Island day: 8 hours

    Kuranda day: 9.5 hours

Save $$$$. (Day 1.) Green Island reef trip for snorkelling or glass bottom boat tour, semi-submersible submarine ride, morning tea and lunch (Day 2.) Kuranda Scenic Rail to Kuranda Village (Gold Class upgrade option avail). Transfer to Rainforestation Nature Park. See Aboriginal cultural show. Ride the amphibious army duck thru the rainforest and waterways. Visit the Australian wildlife animals and Koala Park. Choice to upgrade to lunch and spend afternoon at Rainforestation or go to explore Kuranda Village. Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Gondola (Diamond View upgrade option) to the base of the mountain. You have the option to take these swap the tours days in reverse order

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Great Barrier Reef Snorkel | Great Barrier Reef & Kuranda Rainforestation Package Deal

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2 Day Package Tour | Great Barrier Reef | Kuranda & Rainforestation | TW | RM2R/469
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    Day 1: 9 hours (approx)

    Day 2: 9.5 hours (approx)

(Day 1.) Outer Barrier Reef tour to a stable platform pontoon to snorkel & swim. View the reef from a glass bottom boat and take a ride in the semi-submersible submarine to see the marine life and corals. Perfect for non-swimmers. Enjoy morning & afternoon tea and a buffet luncheon. Upgrade to helicopter flights and scuba diving on the tour (Day 2.) Coach pick up from Cairns & Northern Beaches to ride the Kuranda Scenic Train to the mountain village (upgrade to Gold Class option) Short time in Kuranda to visit the Butterfly Sanctuary then off to Rainforestation Nature Park. Lunch in the Park is included. Enjoy the Aboriginal cultural show, See the native Australian animals and even upgrade to have your photo taken cuddling with a Koala Take the coach back to Kuranda to ride the Skyrail rainforest gondola down the mountain (Upgrade to Diamond View glass floor optional). Then coach transfer back to your holiday accommodation

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