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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
+61 7 4093 9953
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Reviewed yesterday

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.

Thank peonyrose
Reviewed yesterday

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
Reviewed 2 days 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 2 days 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 4 days 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 2 days 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

Reviewed 5 days ago

You can get upclose to some native Australian animals or watch from a distance if you wish. A nice little park, good use of space. You have the option to feed some kangaroos, wallabies and pademelons if you wish. Great for kids. Consider combining your...More

Thank tristaniopsissam
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Very refreshing to read your very positive review. Thanks for your comments regarding our use of space which we have done our very best for what is allocated and available to us.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you can't get to Hartley's and can only get to Kuranda is worth it. Koala photos and some very listless kangaroos. Lots of koalas to see. Very good but if you want to see a lot go to Hartleys Crocodile Park

Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for this review. We also own the Hartley's Crocodile Park so can't disagree with you. Both parks are designed for different circumstances and some people go to both.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Underwhelmed by this place. Pay to get in, then pay again to hold a koala for $22. The rest of the wildlife was mediocre, a couple of wallabies and kangaroos, nothing you can’t see at any other Australian wildlife park. The snakes were the best...More

1  Thank Andrew Z
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks Andrew.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are a few crocs and kangaroos to see, and of course some koalas. For an additional price, you may hold one for 10 seconds. My wife, naturally, enjoyed that very much. But trust me, if you also visit other places in Oz, you get...More

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

Thanks for your comments. I think with respect you are being a little unfair. We have wombats, gliders, bibles, bettongs, possums and a range of other wildlife plus reptiles. In addition, if you'd made the time you could have enjoyed a guided tour including glider...More

Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Reasonably priced visit to see various Australian animals- not just koalas. Wallabies roaming around to get up close to and feed. Had a photo taken holding a koala - you had to pay extra for this but they let you take other photos on your...More

Thank Bernie S
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

Glad you enjoyed Bernie and noticed that we certainly have a wide range of Australian wildlife.

Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Kids had a great time with the wonderful Koalas. The animals are gentle and such a wonderful experience to pet and cuddle with.

Thank Krish C
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Many thanks Krish.

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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