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Wildlife Parks (Zoos)

Where to meet wildlife of the tropics

Tropical North Queensland is one of the best places in Australia for ticking a whole lot of animal encounters off your wish list, from cuddling a koala to getting close – but not too close – to a saltwater crocodile.

Start at Kuranda Koala Gardens, where you can snap a shot of yourself holding a furry friend: a guaranteed Insta-hit. Stop in at the nearby Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, home to more than 2000 eye-catching butterflies, and Birdworld Kuranda, where the inhabitants include macaws, galahs and lorikeets. Then there is Rainforestation Nature Park, where you’ll find kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and saltwater and freshwater crocodiles.

In Port Douglas’ Wildlife Habitat, you can feed a kangaroo, enjoy Breakfast with the Birds, or jump in the water and come eye to eye with a saltwater crocodile on Swim With The Salties. Other great options include the Cairns Wildlife Dome, a 20m-high glass dome on top of the casino where you will find everything from turtles to parrots and pythons, and Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, where more than 2km of boardwalks take you past a range of animal habitats, home to everything from crocodiles to cassowaries.

Endangered Southern Cassowary at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

Wallaby at Rainforestation Nature Park

Spectacular feeding displays at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Rainbow Lorikeets at Birdworld

Animal attractions

Meet koalas, kangaroos and several less cuddly species at these wildlife parks.

lorikeet at birdworld in kuranda
Cairns & Northern Beaches
A wildlife warrior’s 3 day guide to the tropics

Love animals? Love nature? Love khaki? If you answered yes, this guide has your name written all over it, and we’re calling you a wildlife warrior from now on. Trek to the tropics for three days of nature in the north with this itinerary.

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5 places to spot animals in Kuranda

Kuranda, the picturesque village on the Atherton Tablelands, is home to many of our tropical wild friends, so where better to go animal-spotting than at one of Kuranda’s many wildlife gardens and sanctuaries.

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
5 things you didn’t know about crocodiles

They may have a reputation as one of the planet’s most powerful creatures, but crocodiles are equally as fascinating as they are fearsome.

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lumholtzs tree kangaroo
Wet Tropics Rainforest
Endemic species of the Wet Tropics to tick off your list

The Wet Tropics is a living museum, home to a myriad of animals; furry, feathery and scaly, some of which can be found no where else on the planet. Here’s the endemic species that you can only see in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest.

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kids playing at ellis beach
Port Douglas
Why Port Douglas is the perfect spot for a family holiday

Port Douglas is the perfect getaway for kids and parents alike, with everything from adrenaline-filled rainforest adventures and awe-inspiring wildlife tours to top-end eateries and bustling local markets.

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crocodile jump hartleys
Port Douglas
Things to do with little travellers at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

When you want to see Australian natives up close, it pays to visit an animal sanctuary who have perfected up close and personal experiences for more than eight decades, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.  

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ideas for rainy day activities in cairns
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Ideas for a rainy day in Cairns with kids

Kids restless and suffering cabin fever? Let them release that pent-up energy by ziplining over a crocodile, exploring underwater coral gardens or venturing through the Southern Hemisphere’s largest butterfly sanctuary.

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family at kuranda markets
Guide to Kuranda Markets

The bumper sticker catchphrase ‘Magic Happens’ was surely created after a visit to the picturesque village of Kuranda, a rainforest township where the outside world seemingly does not exist.

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