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Kuranda Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia. It is a great outing for a sunny day when the butterflies are at their most active. Kids will love seeing the butterflies everywhere around them, and older kids will enjoy seeing the cocoons and moths too.
This outing takes about an hour or so, and locals' cards are available for free return visits for one year after your initial visit.
Situated next to the Kuranda markets, The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is home to over 1500 magnificent tropical butterflies that are hand reared on the premises.
All are local rainforest species, including an iconic Kuranda butterfly, the electric blue Ulysses Butterfly, and the majestic fluoro green and yellow Cairns Birdwing.
The aviary, set in the midst of Kuranda rainforest, was opened in 1987 and has been visited by over a million people since. Guided tours through the aviary and laboratory are conducted throughout the day, detailing a butterfly's life cycle and behaviour.
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is included in several Kuranda tours with other Kuranda attractions, such as the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, and other Kuranda zoos such as Rainforestation Nature Park.
Where: 8 Rob Veivers Drive (view map)
When: Open daily 9:45am - 4pm (closed dec 25)
Price: $9.00 per child & $18.00 per adult
Website: (visit website)
Author: SK and www.australianbutterflies.com
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