Cairns Wildlife Encounters: Up Close with Native Species


Interact with fascinating local wildlife during the current season

1. Kuranda Rainforest Tour

Embark on a scenic tour of the Kuranda Rainforest, home to a diverse range of wildlife species. Enjoy a guided walk through the lush forest, spotting native birds, butterflies, and even rare mammals like the Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo.


2. Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling

Explore the world-famous Great Barrier Reef through an unforgettable snorkeling adventure. Encounter an array of marine species, including colorful fish, turtles, and coral. Immerse yourself in the stunning underwater world of this natural wonder.


3. Daintree Rainforest River Cruise

Cruise along the Daintree River and witness the incredible biodiversity of the Daintree Rainforest. Spot crocodiles, unique bird species, and other fascinating wildlife while enjoying the serenity of the ancient rainforest.


4. Cairns Aquarium

Step into the fascinating underwater world at the Cairns Aquarium. Explore diverse ecosystems, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics. Encounter native marine creatures, such as reef sharks, rays, and a vast array of vibrant fish species.


5. Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Get up close and personal with crocodiles at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Witness awe-inspiring crocodile feeding sessions, take a boat cruise to spot wild crocodiles in their natural habitat, and encounter native animals through guided tours.


6. Rainforestation Nature Park

Experience the wonders of the Rainforestation Nature Park, located in the Kuranda Rainforest. Encounter native wildlife, take a ride on an amphibious army duck, and learn about Aboriginal culture during cultural performances.


7. Mossman Gorge Indigenous Experience

Immerse yourself in the Mossman Gorge Indigenous Experience, where you can join Aboriginal guides on a journey through the rainforest. Learn about local plants, traditional hunting techniques, and the significance of this land to the Kuku Yalanji people.


8. Paronella Park

Visit the enchanting Paronella Park, known for its lush gardens, waterfalls, and historical ruins. Explore the park's wildlife, including turtles and fish, and feel immersed in a fairytale-like setting as you stroll through the beautiful natural surroundings.


9. Cairns Night Zoo

Experience the magic of the Cairns Night Zoo, where you can encounter nocturnal animals in their element. Join a guided tour under the moonlight to see native species, such as sugar gliders, owls, and wallabies, and enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner.


10. Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Step into a world of delicate beauty at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Witness countless species of tropical butterflies amidst lush gardens. Learn about their life cycle, behavior, and the important role they play in the ecosystem.