animals, zoos & wildlife - activities & tours
Learn more about the Cairns region’s wildlife at one of the many award-winning animal attractions in the area. Cairns is home to fantastic zoos and animal attractions where visitors can get up close and personal with everything from koalas and cane toads to crocodiles and lions.
If you are only visiting for a short time, pop up to the Cairns Wildlife Dome at the Reef Hotel Casino on Cairns Esplanade. Here you can take a guided walk of Australian flora and fauna – right in the centre of the city.
Those on a longer trip can visit a number of interesting attractions including Cairns Tropical Zoo with its fantastic night tour of nocturnal animals and fun cane toad races for the kids.
Or visit the Atherton Tableland from the Kuranda Range and see the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and catch a glimpse of the African savannah at the Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve – lions and tigers, oh my.
For a typically tropical experience, head north on the Captain Cook Highway to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures where visitors can watch live crocodile feeding shows.
Keep going north and you will reach the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary at Port Douglas where you can have breakfast with the birds.
If animals are your thing, the Cairns region has something for everyone to enjoy. There are dedicated venues and also tours designed to spot Cairns wildlife in the great outdoors.
Almost all Cairns attractions are accessible to those with mobility issues and most venues have family passes that include two adults and two kids.
There are a number of Cairns tours available that will take in two or more attractions in one day.
There are Full Day Tours, Half Day Tours and more extreme packages that travel to Cape York and Cooktown for Birdwatching Tours.
Australia Butterfly Sanctuary
Rob Vievers Dr
P: 61 7 4093 7575
Kuranda Heritage Markets, Rob Vievers Dr
P: 61 7 4093 9188
Cairns Night Zoo
Cairns Tropical Zoo, Cook Highway
P: 61 7 4055 3669
Cairns Tropical Zoo
Captain Cook Highway
P: 61 7 4055 3669
Cairns Wildlife Dome
The Reef Hotel Casino, 35-41 Wharf St
P: 61 7 4031 7250
Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve
Kennedy Highway, 9kms west of Kuranda
P: 61 7 4093 7777
Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary
P: 61 7 4098 7272
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Hartley's Creek, Captain Cook Highway (35mins north of Cairns
P: 61 7 4055 3576
Johnstone River Crocodile Farm
Flying Fish Rd
P: 61 7 4061 1121
P: 61 7 4098 0070
Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary
Port Douglas Rd
P: 61 7 4099 3235
Tropical Horizons Tours
65 Greenbank Road
P: +61 7 4058 1244
Turtle Rescue Expeditions
Join an expedition with Aboriginal Rangers and researchers as they endeavor to reverse the damage done to nesting sea turtles
P: 61 7 4069 7266