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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 4 days 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 2 days 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 1 week ago

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

Thank bluebell1706
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days 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 1 week ago

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

Thank Aleph_999
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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?

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This may have been a bit pricey but I still enjoyed it. It is fun to see the koala's and other animals they have. Also the greenery is pretty.More

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

Thanks so much Peonyrose for your short and very sweet review. Our grounds staff will love your comments about our greenery as they've put in a very special effort after our upgrades to work on enhancing our gardens so great to see that you notice....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is small, but that is great. It means you can see everything without it taking all day. It's one of only a couple places in Australia that you can HOLD a koala. It was an experience of a lifetime! It was something I will...More

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

A beautifully crafted and very thoughtful, informative review Stephanie. All the key concepts of what we do in a couple of sentences and yes we have very strict rules on Koala handling which are all about ensuring the health and welfare of our animals is...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While I was skeptical about this place, my wife insisted on holding a koala, so we went. I was happily surprised - not only was the koala holding a whole lotta fun and cute beyond words, the rest of the animals and text in the...More

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

Thanks so much Paul. Your very positive feedback is really appreciated especially since you were not sure about coming along. Glad we converted you.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Is it me or any single attraction in Cairns area costs a fortune for an average result ? Here s another 50 dollars spent (2 adults , one child ) for a 22 minutes visit with a small number of tiny exhibits in a tiny...More

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

Many thanks for your feedback. We market Kuranda Koala Gardens as a boutique wildlife attraction and are very clear with our brochure information as to exactly what we are. This attraction is conveniently located within the Village of Kuranda so visitors do not have to...More

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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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