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Full Day Tour of Kuranda Rainforest with Australian Butterfly Sanctuary Visit

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Explore the rainforest village of Kuranda and visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and marvel at over 1,500 different species of butterflies.

  • Encounter native wildlife and flora up close and personal with the Kuranda tour
  • Have a complete Pamagirri aboriginal experience as you witness Pamagirri Aboriginal dancers perform
  • Enter a butterfly haven at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary


Tropical North Queensland rainforest is to experience nature at its finest! Rail, gondolas and amphibious army ducks all come together to enable you to appreciate the compelling enchantment of the rainforest.

Discover the green forests, aboriginals, and animals of Kuranda. Rainforestation Nature Park will surely stun you with the beauty of the lush tropical environment and carry on to the Kuranda Village in a rainforest.

Indulge in a tropical BBQ buffet for lunch before continuing on to touring the world heritage rainforest in a 6 wheel drive amphibious Army Duck. Witness the Pamagirri Aboriginal dancers perform in the rainforest amphitheater. The Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway all work together to enable you to appreciate the compelling enchantment of the rainforest by giving you the views from above the forest canopy. Encounter native wildlife up close and see kangaroos, wombats, koalas and crocodiles at the Koala & Wildlife Park.

Marvel at over 1,500 different species of butterflies, including the iconic Kuranda, electric blue Ulysses, and majestic fluoro green and yellow Cairns Birdwing at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary located in the Kuranda Village.

Butterfly Sanctuary Operating Hours

  • Daily at 09:45 to 16:00, except Christmas day

  • Anzac Day open from 13:00 to 16:00 only

Please Note

  • Children 3 years old and below are free of charge.

  • Family packages are for 2 adults and 2 children.

  • Pickup times to be confirmed upon booking.

  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway will be closed due to the maintenance programs on the following 2017 dates:

  • Skyrail: 24, 25 & 26 March; 8 May to 4 June

  • Kuranda Scenic Trail: 20 & 21 April; 8, 9, 15 & 16 June; 12 & 13 October; 13, 14, 20 & 21 November; 4 & 5 December


  • Kuranda Scenic Railway transport

  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway transport

  • BBQ buffet lunch
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Duration: 10 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Kuranda Scenic Railway transport / Skyrail Rainforest Cableway transport / BBQ buffet lunch
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  • 07:30

    Pick-up from Select Hotels in Cairns

  • 08:50

    Kuranda Village

    Escape the bustling metro and make your way to the quaint village of Kuranda. Ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway over pristine rainforest and enjoy beautiful views of the rainforest meters above the forest canopy.

  • 11:00

    Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

    Get up close and personal with over 2000 different species of butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest butterfly aviary and exhibit in the Southern hemisphere.

  • Rainforestation Nature Park and Lunch

    Visit the Rainforestation Nature Park, a 40-hectare World Heritage Site set in a lush tropical environment and home to a variety of Australia's local wildlife. Then, enjoy a BBQ Buffet Lunch at Rainforestation Nature Park's very own restaurant.

  • Army Duck Ride Through the Rainforest

    Traverse through the World Heritage-listed rainforest of Kuranda on a 6-wheel amphibious World War 2 Army Duck. Gain insight into rainforest ecology as you get up close and personal with its many unique inhabitants including butterflies, water dragons, pythons, turtles and eels.

  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Performance

    Get to know the world's longest-living culture through a performance of the Pamagirri Aboriginal dancers in the rainforest amphitheater. Then, experience the Dreamtime Walk before visiting the Tropical Fruit Orchard where you can read about each fruit and plant.

  • Koala and Wildlife Park

    Get up close and personal with native wildlife including kangaroos, dingoes, koalas, crocodiles and much more at the Koala and Wildlife Park. You may even hand-feed a kangaroo or have your photo taken with a koala or crocodile at an additional cost.

  • 15:45

    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (40 min)

    Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and enjoy majestic views of the region as you journey above Barron Gorge National Park.

  • 17:30

    Drop-off at Select Hotels in Cairns

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Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Bottled water

  • Printed VELTRA voucher

  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Hat

  • Camera

  • Sunscreen

Requirement(s) - Others
  • Please call the activity provider 24 hours before your activity to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

Additional Note(s)
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway will be closed due to the maintenance programs on the following 2018 dates: May 10, 11 , 24, 25, 31 June 1,14, 15 October 15 & 16 November 8 & 9 December 6 & 7 An alternative itinerary will be offered for the above closed out dates.

  • Itineraries may operate in reverse or in a different sequence.

  • Transfers not available from private residences (including AirBnB properties) – guests will need to meet at Skyrail Smithfield Terminal, or make their own way to another pickup location.

  • Please arrive at your hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to the start time.

  • Children three (3) years old and under are free, but will need to sit on a parent or guardian's lap if there are no available seats.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 1 business days of your activity (after 07:30:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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