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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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Rocco was charming

One of the only places you can see a koala bear up close. You can hold them and have a quick snuggle and get your picture taken with him. I was worried that we may stress the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Moose Jaw, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's illegal in most places in Australia to cuddle a koala, so we made sure to take advantage of this while we were in the Cairns area. The Koala Gardens is about twenty or thirty minutes from Cairns by car, in a complex that also houses a bird sanctuary. You can see the whole koala park in under an hour;... More 

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Stone Harbor, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Koala Gardens may be small but they pack a mean punch. I was on the fence about holding a koala because of the issue of humanity. After speaking with some locals on the issue, I decided to go forth. After seeing the passion of the staff and how well cared for the koalas were, I feel that koala cuddling... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was seriously tied as my favorite thing to do in all of Australia besides the GBR...getting to feed the kangaroos and hold a koala was such a dream! Although they literally only give you about 5 seconds to hold the koala while they take your picture, I would do it again for the $20. If only they could extend... More 

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Moose Jaw, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the only places you can see a koala bear up close. You can hold them and have a quick snuggle and get your picture taken with him. I was worried that we may stress the koala bear but he seemed to be okay and generally laid back about the whole ordeal. If you want to see other Australian... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed it here. Obviously you could pay extra to have a photo with a koala. But there was also an opportunity to feed the kangaroos and the wallabies. It doesn't take long to get around but my kids loved it. We got the joint pass with birdworld. Which was worth doing together.

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

Thanks so much for this lovely feedback Shannon and kids seem to really enjoy, especially our new Nocturnal Wonders display. More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife Linda wanted to hold a Koala and this place did the business. She was delighted. The rest of the place is pretty good and you can get up close with Wallabies and other animals. The crocs are pretty inactive but still interesting. It is a short experience and possibly a bit pricey but Linda's smile cuddling the Koala... More 

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

Thanks for bringing Linda along Ian. Happy to share with you the costs of running a park with holding koalas. It is astronomical as you need 500+ trees to be maintained per koala and they are incredibly fussy about what they eat. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Many reviewers give a low rating because this is a pretty small zoo and they expected something more grand. Expect the zoo to be small and you'll be quite impressed. Yes, it is a draw because you have a rare opportunity to hold a koala, albeit only briefly. And you will pay a premium to do so-again, reset your expectations... More 

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

Thanks so much. Yes we are small and we have no area to grow to now, so we do the very best with the space we have. More 

Polmont, Scotland, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had time to spare so went in to see animals. It's so small you can be round it very quickly. I went round twice and was still out in less than half hour. I felt really sorry for koalas being used for tourist photos as they were passed from one person to the next. They say they stick to... More 

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

Thanks Mandy for your feedback. You are correct we do comply with animal welfare guidelines. You can see the animals in the noctarium, you just need to be a little patient and look. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time at the Koala Gardens. We got to hold Lilly who was cute and cuddly. The staff are friendly and helpful

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

Thanks so much Rebekah. Your recommendations are important for us. More 

Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are only a few places in the world you are able to hold a Koala Bear and this is one of them. If you are an animal lover and want this experience then this is the place you must go. It is a small place, however you can have personal interactions with the animals including small kangaroos. I would... More 

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

A lovely positive review Jan. Thanks so much. More 

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