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Kuranda Koala Gardens

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Address: | Clifton Beach, Kuranda, Queensland QLD 4879, Australia
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+61 7 4093 9953
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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Kuranda Koala Gardens is situated in the heart of Kuranda and gives you the...

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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Cute cuddly Kolas

A small park but great to see Kolas only a few feet away. There is a pay to hold a Kola thing but I don't agree with that. They also have a few roaming Kangaroos and Wallabies... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kuranda Koala Gardens was a nice little attraction; not too small so as to feel like it was a waste of money, and not too big so as to be overcrowded and easy to get lost in. It was also a great opportunity to get a picture with a koala without having to wait in line for hours and hours.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A small park but great to see Kolas only a few feet away. There is a pay to hold a Kola thing but I don't agree with that. They also have a few roaming Kangaroos and Wallabies which you can feed by hand. The whole thing is cute but only takes 20 mins to see. PS - did I mention... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very small but interactive zoo where you can feed and pet kangaroos and wallaby. Features some of the most popular Australian animals including Koala, snakes and rodents.

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Thank Easy2BeGreen
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks so much Easy2BeGreen. A great summary. Plus of course you can actually hold a koala for a photo with us as well. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can't say enough about this place. We opted for just the Koala Gardens for $18AUD and we added the "cuddle a koala" photo option for an additional $20AUD. It was an amazing experience. Staff is professional, the animals are all approachable. You can hold a koala and feed the other animals in the enclosure. There is also a croc exhibit,... More 

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this review

What delightful feedback greedy. Really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with fellow travellers. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We happen to be there in the mid-afternoon. Not the best time for the animals to be frisky(after lunch nap). That being said it is a good way to get to see native animals up close.

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks Ronnie. Hope you enjoyed your visit to Kuranda. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful Australian experience to be able to see and touch local animals. I was able to touch and feed a kangaroo and wallaby and hold a koala and have my picture taken. It was especially nice that they offered for the entire group to get in the picture and they used my camera also. Very nice markets nearby for eating... More 

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks so much Sandra. Looks like you got a lot out of your visit with us. Your recommendation to other travellers is really important to us. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was very excited at the idea of cuddling a real koala and ran suddenly at the entrance as soon as I put a step in Kuranda. I knew entry ticket price was 18$ but, compared to others wildlife sites, is very expensive for what you get: you can visit the whole park in 20mins. You'll find about a dozen... More 

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Traveler Owl. You will see that we always describe our park as a boutique attraction and our brochure includes a map of the park so it is very clear that we have a small area. Yes, many of the other mainly taxpayer or multinational funded attractions in Australia are bigger, but Kuranda is a Village so... More 

Canandaigua, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great little place with about ten Koalas that you can see close up. (For $20 you can get your picture taken holding one) There's also kangaroos and wallabies. If your lucky you can pet one of the kangaroos. They also have many alligators. Small but really fun. Great for kids.

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this review

Much appreciated William and those 'alligators' are actually 'Freshwater Crocodiles'. We also have a range of other wildlife including reptiles, frogs, wombats, quokkas, bibles, bettongs, gliders plus a local history display. Thanks for your delightful feedback that we are a 'great little place'. We also have more koalas but not all are on display at once. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful garden with some native animals you can see and touch...and hold. We paid 56 dollars for entry of 2 adults and a picture with the koala. I thought it was really delightful that the staff did extra effort to make pics with our own mobile phones. It was all very relaxing. I think this is one of the only... More 

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks so much Ozitis for your great feedback. And 'yes' there are only a few places in Australia and more particularly Queensland where you can hold a cuddly koala. Some parks only have a couple of koalas so their 'koala time' is limited therefore always a good tip to call or contact first and make 100% sure it will be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful surroundings. So full with color and all kinds of flowers and butterflies around the gardens. In occasions you can even pick the scent of a flower or two. 😉

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Thank MGBvoyager16
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this review

This is review is very satisfying as our grounds staff have been putting a lot of effort into the gardens with lots more to come. Thanks you soooooo much! :) More 

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