Kuranda Koala Gardens
Kuranda Koala Gardens
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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Matt O
Seventeen Seventy, Australia4 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Couples
Great place. Not huge but doesn't need to be. Hugged a koala and fed some roos! Lots of different animals to see so I'd recommend a visit.
Birds and butterflies also worth a visit. Combine it with the train ride if you have time.
Written 27 November 2023
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MikeFo
Brighton, UK1,049 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Well laid out park with a variety of local wildlife, a chance to get up close to different varieties of kangaroos, some birds and a few others, booking koala visit. Nice cafe too.
Written 26 November 2023
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TammyF55
Stoney Creek, Canada21 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Friends
Loved the opportunity to cuddle a Koala and to see wolloby, wombats and the other marsupials up close. The village is also worth the time to explore
Written 13 November 2023
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Lisa L
Melbourne, Australia281 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
We went to both Birdworld and Koala Gardens. Was a little disappointed in Koala Gardens as you would expect it to be full of Koalas. Unfortunately its not, you do see around 7 Koalas in various exhibits which are very cute. There is a lot of other animals which makes it more than a Koala Garden and probably needs re-naming. They have wallabies, kangaroos, crocodiles, snakes, lizards and a few other animals.
There is more emphasis on getting your photo taken with a Koala, which I believe you really need to book as early as you can.
Even though I was a bit disappointed, this exhibit is still worth a visit.
We also went into Bird world, which was really fun. Having all the birds free to fly and poop on you. The macaws, cassowary, lorikeets, ducks, and so many more to see and let settle on your arm, head. Don't worry if you don't have seed for them, look around in the feeders and grab a handful. Probably much preferred the bird world to Koala garden as it stayed true to its name.
Highly recommended while your at Kuranda.
Written 7 September 2023
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travelingnurse07
Orlando, FL317 contributions
Loved this place! Koalas, wallabies and other wildlife. I also held a koala and got a photo- this is an additional expense.
Written 2 September 2023
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Oponz
Auckland Central, New Zealand139 contributions
This place was not for us.
Watching the koala holding was not a nice experience, with a little koala being passed from person to person for about 20 minutes. She was then put into an enclosure and then before she had even settled she was taken by a keeper to do another round of photo's (seem to be every half hour). It was the same koala which does not seem to meet guidelines. It is not allowed in most states. Sad to see.

People also ask - Is it OK to hold a koala?
No. In the Australian State of New South Wales, as with most other States, it is illegal for any zoo or sanctuary to allow a visitor to hold a koala. Only trained accredited rangers are allowed to hold a koala. This is a sensible law as it protects koalas from being stressed because a human wants to give it a hug.

Written 19 August 2023
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Angela F
Thanks for your feedback but you're information is incorrect. We were involved with the original Koala holding code of practice in Queensland and comply strictly to it. If you'd like to provide further details on your precise date of visit etc to me at feedback@crocodileadventures.com I'll get all the correct information to you to put our side of this story and set the record straight.
Written 26 November 2023
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Shelby N
Perth, Australia51 contributions
A great wildlife experience and good interactive animal encounters. The animal enclosures were all decent sized (particularly the freshwater crocodiles) and easy to navigate around the zoo.
Written 25 July 2023
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Angela F
We appreciate your positive feedback. Thank so much.
Written 26 November 2023
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Family Adventures
Geelong, Australia200 contributions
Although small, the parked offered beautiful surroundings and many animals to see. We enjoyed the kangaroo feeding and koala holding experience. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Kuranda. We recommend getting the combined ticket with Birdworld and the Butterfly Sanctuary for best value and to make the most of the day
Written 4 July 2023
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Angela F
Great tips there. We see you enjoyed our Kuranda Wildlife Experience pass which we highly recommend too.
Written 26 November 2023
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Questovia
Wells, ME1,170 contributions
Feb. 2023 • Friends
This was a pretty decent park, but we had previously had an awesome experience with the koalas and didn't find this to be as special. They are still delightful to see no matter what, and they did have some other native animals as well. It is clean but just didn't seem anything more than average.
Written 28 May 2023
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Angela F
Many thanks for your feedback. We are actually more than average as we specialize in rare and endangered species such as bilbies, quokkas, gliders and bettongs. It is always about the time you take and what you make of the opportunity.
Written 26 November 2023
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JennyQld2019
Toowoomba, Australia1 contribution
Apr. 2023 • Solo
Loved being able to see the koalas up so close. Had never fed birds and they were intriguing to watch eat. Very clean in both places
Written 5 May 2023
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Angela F
Thanks for your great feedback.
Written 26 November 2023
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Kuranda Koala Gardens admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost AU$21.15, while a popular guided tour starts around AU$37.27 per person.

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