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Kuranda Koala Gardens

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| Clifton Beach, Kuranda, Queensland QLD 4879, Australia
+61 7 4093 9953
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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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| Clifton Beach, Kuranda, Queensland QLD 4879, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you didn’t already know, koalas appear to sleep most of the time, clinging adorably to their trees. You can pay extra for a photo opp/holding session. The little park provides free pellets to hand-feed the wallabies and roos but when we were there the...More

Thank vinfan
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Many thanks for your comments and feedback. It is our obligation to feed our animals and food is put out for them in the morning and the afternoons. They have a varied diet for their health and wellbeing. Like everything to do with animals, you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this place. It is a small enclosed area in Kuranda where they have some mammals that I had never seen this up close. Koalas, wombats, and some small wallabees where you can get near them, feed some and take many photos. To...More

Thank finesilver
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so very much fine silver for this great comments. You have explained our experience very well as we are not trying to compete with larger Zoos. They have their place but here we are focussed on the up close experience and just to mention...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Has a nice collection of Australian marsupials: kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, possum, gliders, and of course koalas. Also some reptiles. Fun to have picture taken with a koala. A nice place to see many Australian mammals up close. You can feed the wallabies, but they weren't...More

Thank gatorben
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your excellent feedback. Glad you enjoyed.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't realize that you can't hold kolas at all the parks. It is only legal in Queensland. So, it was worth it to hold the kola for a picture. The kangas were lazy. Barely interested in food, because everyone was feeding them. But, you...More

Thank Jana S
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Jana. Glad you enjoyed your experience. Australian fauna has adapted to our climatic conditions over missions of years. They are not 'lazy' just efficient with their energy. They move around in the early mornings and later in the afternoons when they do most of...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wanted to see and hold a Koala since arriving in Australia and this place was awesome in the way they did it! When I went, it was $22.00 extra. You get a cute little Koala keychain that you get to keep and also a...More

Thank 294tammyj
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks once again for your excellent feedback Tammy and lovely to see that you understand why we have a specific technique for holding the Koalas.

Reviewed 13 November 2017

Unfortunately I cannot think of much to say about this place. The entrance fee is very expensive considering what it is, and I think it should be advertised much clearer what a small sanctuary this is. You can literally walk around the whole thing in...More

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your comments Bluebell. The brochure and all our advertising material is very clear about what we have on display. Like all attractions you get out of them what you put in. Without going into an essay, this park does not hold itself out...More

Reviewed 13 November 2017

If you want to hold a koala, this is your place for sure. For sure, it's pricey and it is a "tourist" thing but it is funny and cute. Overall the park is small but some other animals are worth to see: crocs (although not...More

1  Thank Aleph_999
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks Aleph. Hope you enjoyed your entire Kuranda experience.

Reviewed 3 November 2017

Have to pay extra to hold a koala + admission. The price does not suit the attraction. Save your money.More

Thank Kerry F
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2017

Thanks so much Kerry. At this attraction we have Koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, Quokkas, wombats, a Noctarium displaying one of Australia's rarest species the Greater Bilby, plus the equally rare Mahogany Gliders, the only pair of Northern Bettongs on display in captivity in North Queensland, Possums,...More

Reviewed 26 October 2017

Do yo want to get up close with Aussie Fauna? How about having a koala cuddle? Well this is the place to visit. The staff are very helpful and you get some awesome photos. I enjoyed the whole presentation of the place and would recommend...More

Thank Andrew P
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Great to hear that you enjoyed the whole park Andrew. That is great to hear.

Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

When my husband and I were planning our trip to Australia we knew we had to do the Koala cuddle experience. Kurranda koala gardens did not disappoint!!! We are glad we spent the extra money for the experience. The photographer also took pictures using our...More

Thank Tammie K
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

How delightful that you chose us for your all important Koala holding experience. Not many places can now reliably offer this. And aren't the Koala Joey's cute?

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Response from SandraLivingstone | Reviewed this property |
I was with a few families and we just arrived and paid. I was the only one who wanted to hold the koala so we walked around and saw everything and came back at the time given. There wasn't a long wait and the entire group... More
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