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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  • Exactly what you would expect, lots of different butterflies landing on you and huge Goliath moths. Seemed a little disorganized at front counter but they were busy with ticket selling and shop... 
    Exactly what you would expect, lots of different butterflies landing on you and huge Goliath moths. Seemed a little disorganized at front counter but they were busy with ticket selling and shop...  more »
  • Personally have gone to better ones, as this sanctuary doe not have many variety of butterflies and place was really warm and stuffy. 
    Personally have gone to better ones, as this sanctuary doe not have many variety of butterflies and place was really warm and stuffy.  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful. I've never seen so many butterflies in the same place. I enjoyed being able to look at the laboratory. Was a bit concerned by the people I saw trying to touch butterflies. Saw one kid actually touching a butterfly's wing. Also saw a blue butterfly that looked like it had a damaged wing (see photo) May need a greater staff presence inside to prevent that.
  • Great experience, lovely staff and so awesome to see so many butterflies and the way they are bred! Was hard to catch a picture of the famous birdwing butterfly but definitely worth the trip! Also great being able to learn more about butterflies as you walk around even if you are just by yourself!

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