Australian Butterfly Sanctuary


Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia – an all-weather experience in the heart of Kuranda.

Home to over 1500 magnificent tropical butterflies, you’ll be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of these elusive wonders of nature as you wander through the aviary’s rainforest gardens.

All butterflies are local rainforest species, including the electric blue Ulysses and the majestic green and yellow Cairns Birdwing butterflies.

Guided aviary tours detailing a butterfly’s life cycle and behaviour are available at no extra cost throughout the day. Be sure to wear something bright (we recommend red, white or hot pink) and let these beautiful and colourful creatures flutter all over you as you wander through!

After walking through the aviary, your guide will take you to the breeding laboratory, which houses up to 4,000 caterpillars.

This interesting and 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.

All of our butterflies are hand reared on the premises. To continuously stock the butterfly sanctuary, the laboratory staff collect and clean eggs, “hand-raising” the caterpillars right through to the chrysalis stage, until they are released as butterflies into the sanctuary. Then after your tour, see butterflies from around the world in the museum exhibit.

The following tours include the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary:

  PackagesTour CodePrice
  Rainforestation with ButterfliesRBB$98Book Now
  Grand Kuranda Experience (Ex Cairns)CKBB$245Book Now
  Grand Kuranda Experience (Ex Beaches)BKBB$265Book Now
  Grand Kuranda Experience (Ex Port Douglas)PKBB$279Book Now
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