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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Kuranda

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Wear bright colors to entice butterflies to land on you at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, situated in the heart of the city. This popular aviary is home to more than 1,500 tropical butterflies indigenous to Australia. Its impressive collection has it earned a spot in the Guinness Book of Records as the country's largest butterfly exhibit. The sanctuary rears only butterflies native to Australia, and the adjoining lab breeds about 30,000 caterpillars each year. Many visitors use a local trick of smearing honey on their hands to attract butterflies and then quickly snap photos before they take flight again. You can do that, or simply take a long walk along the sanctuary's many walkways, surrounded by flowers, trees, and hundreds of colorful insects. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Kuranda holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The butterfly sanctuary is one of a kind in the world we had a one on one guide tour and was great to learn more and experience these beautiful creatures up-close. 
    The butterfly sanctuary is one of a kind in the world we had a one on one guide tour and was great to learn more and experience these beautiful creatures up-close.  more »
  • I love butterflies and this sanctuary does not disappoint. It is open and has trees, and waterfalls, and bridges and benches. The butterflies are flying everywhere and while I didn't have any land on....  more
    I love butterflies and this sanctuary does not disappoint. It is open and has trees, and waterfalls, and bridges and benches. The butterflies are flying everywhere and while I didn't have any land on....  more »
  • The different types of butterflies in the sanctuary are identified on big boards as you go in, which is helpful. They have a short tour you can take with a guide telling you more about the... 
    The different types of butterflies in the sanctuary are identified on big boards as you go in, which is helpful. They have a short tour you can take with a guide telling you more about the...  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful. I've never seen so many butterflies in the same place. I enjoyed being able to look at the laboratory. Was a bit concerned by the people I saw trying to touch butterflies. Saw one kid actually touching a butterfly's wing. Also saw a blue butterfly that looked like it had a damaged wing (see photo) May need a greater staff presence inside to prevent that.
  • I am terrified of these things, but staff were good for a laugh and very helpful. The enclosure is stunning with a diverse range of plants and feeding stations. Highly reccomend if you're a butterfly person. Take water with you because it is hotter and muggier/more humid than it is outside.
  • Butterflies in all shapes and sizes, all the way from caterpillars to the huge Ulysses! Great being able to see all the butterflies up close. The educational material scattered throughout was helpful and the final few rooms with such a massive collection was amazing. It could have also been the timing (Sunday afternoon) but of all the Kuranda animal attractions, this felt the most cramped of all, with small paths and lots of people. Found ourselves stuck and waiting at some points. It was also a bit confusing as the sanctuary is quite detached from the other two attractions. Birdworld (and all the Kuranda animal attractions) are on the smaller side individually but we found they were the perfect size to experience each without becoming fatigued at any. And it also helps pace out the day, and take breaks. Recommend getting the multipass as it's worth going to all three!
  • Great experience, lovely staff and so awesome to see so many butterflies and the way they are bred! Was hard to catch a picture of the famous birdwing butterfly but definitely worth the trip! Also great being able to learn more about butterflies as you walk around even if you are just by yourself!
  • A cute little butterfly sanctuary where you can walk amongst the butterflies, see them hatching and growing. We enjoyed it, but you won’t need a lot of time here. We spent under an hour so it was quite an expensive little visit for 2 adults and 2 teenagers.

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