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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  • We had a concession entry to the sanctuary and while I enjoyed it I wouldn't wanted to have paid any more for the experience. We learnt a little bit about butterflies reading the information boards... 
    We had a concession entry to the sanctuary and while I enjoyed it I wouldn't wanted to have paid any more for the experience. We learnt a little bit about butterflies reading the information boards...  more »
  • I had hoped to see a lot more Butterlies here, and more variety. I think the attraction is too expensive for what they have to offer. In fact we saw several brightly colored, just as interesting ones....  more
    I had hoped to see a lot more Butterlies here, and more variety. I think the attraction is too expensive for what they have to offer. In fact we saw several brightly colored, just as interesting ones....  more »
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  • Definitely a great experience for kids of any age! Personally, I never knew so many types of butterflies until visited Australian Butterfly Santuary. Would recommend to persons of any age - quite an engaging experience. Fiona from reception/ front desk was extremely helpful.
  • Last time I came here was 5 years ago. And 5 years before that. I come to Kuranda specially for this. It is gorgeous. This time I had the pleasure to talk to Jim for a while, and it made my day to meet such nice, inspiring and knowledgeable people. all the best to this beautiful place

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