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“Small area filled with the animals found in Australia”

Kuranda Koala Gardens
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US$25.54*
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Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Admission Tickets
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US$198.74*
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Best of Kuranda Including Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Rainforestation
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US$128.50*
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
Ranked #5 of 34 things to do in Kuranda
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Owner description: Kuranda Koala Gardens is situated in the heart of Kuranda and gives you the opportunity to see some of Australia's most unique wildlife up close.We have a variety of wildlife for you to see including:-Koalas: Lots of opportunity to observe our koalas doing what they do best - eating, sleeping and looking adorable. Fossil evidence shows that koalas originally lived in rainforest environments. As Australia became drier, they adapted to eat Eucalypt leaves, which replaced much of the country's rainforests.Koala Photos: Take the opportunity to 'Cuddle a Koala' and receive a great souvenir digital photo (extra cost). Kuranda Koala Gardens is one of only a handful of places in the world where you can actually cuddle a koala. Our adherence to a strict "Government Code Of Practice" ensures the health and wellbeing of our furry friends.Freshwater Crocodiles: Another Australian native - perhaps not as endearing as the Koala but a fascinating part of the eco system, is the Freshwater Crocodile. This is one of the two Australian saurians - the other being the Saltwater Crocodile. The Saltie does not function well in the cooler climes of the mountain regions but is on display at Cairns Tropical Zoo and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.Kangaroos & Wallabies: Australia has a large variety of these macropods and you will see swamp wallabies, parma wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos and red legged pademelons amongst others. Snakes: Australia is home to many snakes, both deadly and harmless. Enjoy a unique 'up close' experience with pythons when you enter their domain in Australia's first 'Walk Through Snake House'.Wombats: This quaint marsupial is an Australian favourite. They are often playful and quick to learn. However, as they sleep quite a lot, their intelligence is often underestimated! They lay claim to being the world's largest burrowing animal and can dig up to two metres of burrow in one night.Lizards, Monitors and other Reptiles: Australia is home to an amazing selection of reptiles and there are lots on display. See Dragons and Monitors with their long forked tongues, and much more. Many of these creatures have great camouflage techniques - see what you can spot in their enclosure!Kuranda Koala Gardens is part of the Freeman Family owned and operated Wildlife Tropical North Queensland Group. Other wildlife experiences under this banner include Cairns Night Zoo, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Cairns Tropical Zoo.
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Here is a small area where you can spot most of the animals, reptiles and birds found in Australia. Kangaroos roam freely while crocodiles and reptiles are enclosed. We included a buffet lunch in our visit and were sure to participate in the "Cuddle a Koala" photo op!

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Reviewed 14 February 2014

Went to Australia in 2007. What a great trip. Took the scenic railway in Cairns up the mountain to Kuranda. Very neat, and great for kids, they love it. A few stops along the way for picture taking and to view waterfalls etc. Get to the top, and it is a small town, where you can shop, wander, go eat, and check out their small zoo-like areas. Koala's, wallabies, parrots, kangaroos, etc. It was great. I got to hold a Koala and get my picture taken. I loved it. We fed the wallabies by hand, and you get to wander around and pet the kangaroos if you want. Then when you're done, you take a gondola down the mountain overtop of the rainforest. Very cool. There is a large giftshop at the bottom when you get off the gondola, if you want to buy some gifts etc. Enjoyed this tour a lot. :)

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Reviewed 13 February 2014

This is a small gardens which makes it special. You get more time with the animals and a more up close and personal experience. There were no long line ups. It did not feel too commercial. Our kids each got to hold the Koala for a small fee (there were larger fees at other larger sites). They also let the whole family get in and take a picture with our own camera. Most places restrict it to just their camera. They also were very knowledgable. The kids also loved seeing the wombats. wallabies, snakes, crocs, etc. We did the Kuranda Wildlife Experience which allowed us in three attractions... Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Butterfly Sanctuary. All very worthwhile.

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Reviewed 22 January 2014

I travel around Australia and here is the place where I had more fun with the koalas and kangaroo, first because hold a koala in Australia is a major attraction and here is the cheapest place to do it, and second, it's a small place so is not full of people with kids screaming.

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Reviewed 12 January 2014

Fun photo op for young and young at heart. They will take your photo holding a koala and some with your own camera as well for the fee. It will be ready to go when you are. It is a 8 x 10 and the background is lovely. Worth it. Don't miss it when in Kuranda.

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