Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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Duration
1 day
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English
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Wheelchair Accessible

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If you wish to include hotel pick-up and drop off, you can include Australian Butterfly Sanctuary into any of the Full-Day tours.

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What You'll Do
  • Guided aviary tours.
  • Laboratory tours.
  • Butterfly myths & legends bridge.
  • Egg laying area.
  • Museum.
  • Gift shop.
Overview
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia, home to over 2,000 magnificent tropical butterflies, including the blue Ulysses and majestic green Cairns Birdwing.
What to Expect
Australian  Butterfly  Sanctuary is  the  largest  butterfly flight aviary and  exhibit in  Australia, and prides itself on providing a world-class wildlife experience in the heart of Kuranda. The all-weather experience is home to over 2,000 magnificent tropical butterflies.

Much care has been taken to create and maintain a natural rainforest environment with special attention given to the needs of the most nervous butterfly, the Ulysses. The combination of a rainforest under-storey and canopy, along with a running stream and waterfalls, results in a natural-looking and feeling rainforest.  

All butterflies in the sanctuary are local rainforest species, and all are hand-reared on the premises. As the word “sanctuary” is incorporated within the sanctuary name, much care has been taken to exhibit only those butterflies that will be able to live out their full life expectancy within the aviary. Dry country butterflies would stress in the environment that has been created, as would migratory butterflies, so these types of butterflies are never displayed.

The undisputed stars of the sanctuary are the electric blue Ulysses butterflies and the fluoro green Cairns Birdwings. Both these and the smaller but equally colorful species in the sanctuary provide visitors with the super experience of being surrounded by these habitually elusive wonders of nature. We recommend that visitors to the sanctuary wear something bright (red, white or hot pink are best) and let these beautiful creatures flutter all over you! 

Our knowledgeable guides offer free 30-minute tours of the aviary throughout the day. Guided groups are kept small (although larger groups can be accommodated) to maximise the experience on the day. Guests can learn to identify each of the butterfly species, as the guides explain a butterfly’s life cycle and its behavior. The tours are friendly and informal tours - the tour guides are experts in informing rather than lecturing.

Visitors to the sanctuary can also enjoy a 30-minute tour of the breeding laboratory, which houses up to 4,000 caterpillars. This educational experience provides an opportunity to view first-hand the breeding laboratory through special viewing windows, where you will see the caterpillars in their varying stages of development.

Watch as the laboratory staff collect eggs daily and “hand-raise” the caterpillars right through to the chrysalis stage, until they are released as beautiful butterflies into the sanctuary.

The tour shows the caterpillars in their varying stages of development, and the guides will explain why caterpillars feel it's necessary to change their skins five times, and how they differ physically to butterflies. Explanations will also be given as to why it's so advantageous for these creatures to transform themselves from caterpillar into butterflies.

Locally owned and operated, and conveniently located next to the village markets, the sanctuary has established itself as a must-see attraction on any trip to Kuranda. 
What's Included
  • Entry including aviary and lab tours
Meeting Point

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is located at 8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda QLD 4881. This is a self-drive experience (Open in Google Maps)

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