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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary Review

More than 1,500 tropical butterflies—including dozens of the electric-blue Ulysses species and Australia's largest butterfly, the green-and-gold Cairns Birdwing—flutter within a compact rain-forest aviary, alighting on foliage, interpretative signage, and feeding stations. About 24,000 pupae are released into the aviary each year, ensuring the colorful spectacle continues. Free half-hour guided tours of the aviary and caterpillar breeding area are full of fascinating tidbits.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Rob Veivers Dr., Kuranda, Cairns, QLD, 4881 | Map It
  • Phone: 07/4093–7575
  • Cost: A$19 entry and guided tour; A$56 2-park package (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Rainforestation); A$80 4-park package (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Rainforestation, Cairns Dome Zoo, and Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas)
  • Hours: Daily 9:45–4, tours 10:15–3:15
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  • Location: Cairns
Updated: 01-16-2014

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