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Kuranda Koala Gardens

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Address: | Clifton Beach, Kuranda, Queensland QLD 4879, Australia
Phone Number: +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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We got there early and were the first into the park. It is a pretty small look around but they have some good animal interaction. Be prepared to smell pretty bad after holding the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Yes, it's small, but it's really fun to get up close to the animals and learn more about them from the friendly staff. We took the Sky Rail there, and the train back, and it was not crowded. We were the only people there for a good 20 minutes or so. A few people made me nervous how they were... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We got there early and were the first into the park. It is a pretty small look around but they have some good animal interaction. Be prepared to smell pretty bad after holding the koala (bring an extra shirt). There is also a nice market with some good things for tourists as well.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just like the other nearby attractions, it is tiny with a few koalas and kangaroos. No services are available and the park takes less than 10 minutes to see. Very expensive as the other nearby attractions, not worth it. You can see and touch a koala in the zoo, and many other places but here no customer service and just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you really want to interact with the kangaroo and koala. Skip the train. Take the transnorth bus at 0830 and beat the crowd. Got there with nobody else there and played with the kangaroos before the hoards come and try to feed already full kangaroos. Park itself is small but was perfect if you want to see the koala... More 

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

Thanks for your tips. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Is it small ... yes, but you can make the most of it and easily lose an hour here!! It costs $18 dollars to get in and is an additional $20 to hold the Koala ... as you can do this no where else we have been on our travels in Australia I didn't hesitate! The staff are so friendly... More 

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Thank Baz2008KM
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks so much. So glad you got to meet our lovely Rocco. He's a very special little guy and is actually named after one of our former employee's gorgeous little boy. So pleased you've provided such a detailed review. You can always ask on arrival for our special admission and photo package which provides a cost saving. More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The one thing our kids wanted to do was hold a koala. This place certainly fulfills that, but is quite disappointing that you pay $45 to get inside and then an extra $20/person to hold. I could almost justify an extra $10, but $20 extra each is unreasonable. We knew it was small going in, based on other reviews, but... More 

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

Many thanks for your feedback. Your review states that you visited 4 days ago. Yes, the admission price does not include the koala holding photos, but you would have been made aware on admission that there is a special package price for admission and the holding photo. We have to have the rule of one person per koala holding photo... More 

Interlaken, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great to see some of Australia's most emblematic animals in this small park. You can hand-feed the kangaroos (if they come to you :)) Mark gave us great infos about the animals. Downers: Pass the koala photo stand, you hold the koala for about 10 seconds and staff isn't very patient or friendly (even if there is no one else... More 

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Thank poutika26
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. I'd very much like you do email us on admin@koalagardens.com to let us know why you found our staff were not patient as this is something we pride ourselves on. We'll get to the bottom of this one as we need to know to. OK holding the koala. Yes it is a short time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was in 2 minds as to whether to have my pic taken or not with a koala, but after reading that they only 'work' half an hr a day and no more than 3 days I decided to have my pic taken with Lana, the queue was really small so gave it a go, it was lovely, she was... More 

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

Many thanks Jayne for your very kind and positive feedback. Don't fret about the wallabies they have a 'retreat' area that they can go to any time they are not feeling sociable. It is quite warm at the moment as our monsoon rains are just around the corner, they like to pop into the shade to cool down. Very likely... More 

Estero, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction in Kuranda was the highlight of our touring in the area ... interesting and informative. You'll get an opportunity to see and in some cases feed kangaroo, etc. The best part of the experience for my wife and I was to hold a Koala Bear ... a real Kodak Moment! FYI: There are some other wildlife attraction in... More 

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

How delightful to hear that we were the highlight of your touring in our area. And they would have explained to you that the special individual number that you get with your photo enables you to download a hi res copy to share for a small cost that helps to cover the cost of maintaining the server. Thanks so much... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tucked away behind a crafts market Koala Gardens is definitely touristy and it is a small zoo of animals, but I surprisingly really enjoyed myself. From seeing the crocodiles to emus and being able to feed the kangaroos and getting the obligatory koala photo it was great. I held Hazel the koala and she was adorable. Since there was nobody... More 

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Thank AllanH328
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks so much Allen for your delightful feedback to our compact wildlife park in Kuranda village. We hope you also enjoyed seeing our wombats and our new 'Nocturnal Wonders' exhibit with its range of rare and unique species including Bilbies and Mahogany Gliders. And of course when you purchased your koala holding photo you were issued with a special unique... More 

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