Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Attractions Cairns, Australia

Welcome to a world of exotic butterflies. Butterflies are magical creatures of the rainforest, and have enchanted people the world over through the ages. At the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, located in the heart of Kuranda – the village nestled in the rainforest - more than 1,500 colourful tropical butterflies flitter and flutter around their large tropical enclosure in complete safety.

All butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary are denizens of the Tropical North Queensland region, and can be found in the surrounding lush tropical Australian rainforests. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the vibrant electric blue Ulysses butterfly (the unofficial emblem of Tropical North Queensland) and the majestic iridescence of the Cairns Birdwing butterfly.

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary has been in operation for over 20 years and is the largest butterfly flight aviary in Australia. More than one million guests have enjoyed the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary since its inception. Come experience why the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary has been such a long lasting success. The aviary at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary has been designed to recreate the butterfly's natural tropical habitat. Enjoy the tranquility of the flowing fresh water streams, complete with waterfalls and surrounded by exotic tropical plants and flowers. This is the perfect natural haven for the spectacular butterflies.

As you wander along the large paths that snake through the aviary take time to appreciate the vast variety of Lepidoptera (species of butterflies and moths). The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is also home to the world’s largest moth – the Hercules Moth. The Hercules Moth is endemic to Tropical North Queensland Australia and is a majestic creature of the jungle that really has to be seen to be believed! The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is an all weather activity, perfect for rainy days typical of the tropics. For guests that want to gain a greater appreciation for butterflies 30 minute complimentary tours are conducted every 15 minutes, providing visitors with a greater understanding of the butterflies life cycle and behaviour.

The informative tour guides at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary will point out the unique and lesser known butterflies such as the Red lacewing, Glasswing or Orange Cruiser. The tours conclude at the fully air conditioned Butterfly Museum where spectacular butterflies from around the world are displayed. When visiting the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary be sure to bring a camera to capture this magical and memorable experience!

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is an enchanting and memorable holiday experience
and an absolute ‘must do’ on a Tropical North Queensland vacation!


The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is located at 8 Rob Veivers Drive in Kuranda Village, an hour from Cairns City. Kuranda is a unique ‘Village in the Rainforest’ that boasts an excellent range of alfresco eateries, markets and eclectic boutique shopping. Please advise if coach transfers are necessary when booking your Australian Butterfly Sanctuary experience. You can also stay at a Boutique Rainforest Resort in Kuranda

Opening Times

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm daily (with the exception of Christmas Day).

The complimentary guided tours start at 10:15 am and the last tour is at 3:15 pm. For groups of 10 or more bookings are essential.

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Take a comfortable coach ride up the Kuranda Range to Rainforestation Nature Park where you can get up close to iconic Australian animals such as Koalas and Kangaroos. Have your picture taken giving them a cuddle. See Aboriginal dancers telling their traditional stories thru dance. Ride thru the rainforest in an amphibious army duck. Stay for lunch or take the coach to Kuranda Village and explore the markets, shops and wildlife centres. A really great value immersive tour to see all the attractions of Kuranda and Rainforestation Nature Park.

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