Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, Australia, is renowned as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest in the world. Also known as the Wet Tropics region, these two World Heritage listed sites are home to diverse ecosystems, containing unique and at times endangered wildlife.
As such, the region is also home to the best Australian wildlife parks, sanctuaries, and attractions. Whether you'd like to visit a Cairns zoo, a Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary, or a Port Douglas Wildlife Sanctuary, you will have plenty of opportunities to see iconic Australian animals including the kangaroo, the crocodile, and the koala, or endangered species such as the cassowary.
Cairns attractions also showcase World Heritage Rainforest and indigenous culture in a sensitive and appropriate manner. To find out more about things to do at the region's best parks and attractions, please see individual links below.
Australia’s leading environmental wildlife park, located in Port Douglas on 8 acres that has been recreated to provide a window into our natural environment. Visitors can wander through three different and unique environments that depict numerous species of the surrounding rainforest, wetlands, and grasslands.
The largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia - a quality wildlife park in the heart of Kuranda Village. Situated next to the Kuranda markets, the Sanctuary is home to over 1500 magnificent tropical butterflies including an iconic Kuranda butterfly, the electric blue Ulysses Butterfly, and the majestic fluoro green and yellow Cairns Birdwing.
A spectacular all-weather tropical zoo in the city. This Cairns Park encased by a 20-metre high glass dome on the rooftop of the Reef Hotel Casino, is right in the heart of Cairns. Get up close to cute rainforest wallabies as they roam freely through the Zoo. Experienced Guides provide free Guided Tours, Shows & Presentations
Cairns Wildlife & Attractions