Kuranda Wildlife Parks
Along with the famous heritage and rainforest markets, these parks are the town's top attraction.
If you are from overseas and haven't got close to unique Australian animals, you have a chance to do it at Koala Gardens.
And you can learn about some of Australia's dangerous animals at Kuranda Venomous Animals Zoo.
Rainforestation, which is a bit outside the town, is another Kuranda wildlife park that is popular with international travellers.
But even if you are from Australia, it's worth visiting Birdworld and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary - it's the only one of its kind in Australia.
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
The tropical climate of north Queensland means insects grow extra large and Australia's largest and most amazing butterflies are found here. This sanctuary is the only place in Australia where you get this close to Cairns Birdwing and Ulysses Butterflies, as well as Hercules Moths and other giants.
Kuranda Wildlife - Birdworld
This is a fantastic bird aviary where you walk inside and have birds flying right next to you. There are exotic species like macaws and conures as well as Australian birds including Cape York/north Queensland endemics like eclectus parrots and cassowaries.
Here you can have your photo taken with a cuddly koala.. as well as get close to wombats and wallabies, and have a look at some amazing reptiles such as skinks, dragons and monitors. There are also freshwater crocodiles but the larger, dangerous salties are not found here.
Australian Venom Zoo
In this, (rather small), two room display you have five of Australian poisonous snakes and other dangerous creatures along with some harmless ones - like the olive python which you can hang around your neck. Makes a great photo to take back to your home country.
This is a rather touristic place outside the town, and most visited by tourist buses. There is a wildlife park section where you can get close to the usual Australian animals; as well as a rainforest section where you can take a tour with a WWII Army Duck, and watch an Aboriginal Dance Performance.
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