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 exhibit is a nice activity. Unfortunately the Ulysses are down in numbers and there were only a couple of Birdwings. Still a great family experience.  more »
  • A little drizzly cold day to visit. To locate the Ulisses waited for about two hours. Valet, even today I haven't seen, and said, is desperately looking for not found. Mooncraft was away again, more stuff going on I saw just one dog and hear what I saw today, but cold and then close wings, taking a break from. I think closing wings and Brown so hard to find, and was told. Once and still the top or bottom to ask told than on the back, also looked a bit. After all did not find unfortunately. It is good to go because it was seen, however, there are a lot of other beautiful butterfly. Ulisses aimed at better is recommended that hot on warm days, weather permitting, will be visiting.
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  • Well layed out park, good for those with kids, if staying in Kuranda try and visit early to avoid the crowds  more »
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  • Very interesting for a family day out. Free guided tour available. Lots of beautiful butterflies and a look at the laboratory. Small gift shop, lots of other local attractions to see.
  • We went on a pretty packed Wednesday while visiting Kuranda, and my wife and I were quite a bit undecided about which activity package would work best. The woman at the counter walked through her options and helped me come to a solution that gave us the chance to have a leisurely time there, which was impressive. At home in the US, I feel like I would have been upsold, so props to her there. Then, we went into the Sanctuary. There was a free tour, and our wonderful guide had a real passion for butterflies and a great sense of humor. It's not a huge facility, but it was much more interesting to learn about what they do and about butterflies rather than just standing about and waiting for a butterfly to alight on you. All in all, we had a nice leisurely time in the Sanctuary, saw some awesome butterflies, and had a few land on us as well. Most of the photos are in my bigger camera or I would attach them here. Kudos to the staff for their dedication!
  • Small but nice butterfly sanctuary. We visited half an hour before it closed & enjoyed having the place to ourselves to watch & photograph the butterflies ☺ They kindly gave us a voucher to return for free to have a longer time there too. Lovely friendly staff.
  • It is what it suggests. And it's done well. Large butterfly aviary with lots of colorful butterflies to enjoy. Wear bright-colored clothes if you want them to land on you. Up to an hour's worth of entertainment here. It's a nice way to add some variety to your day.
  • Great staff and so lovely to see the famous Ulysses butterflies back in the main house. We had a great time this past weekend. Annual pass is excellent value for money too.

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