Cairns in Far North Queensland has a reputation as being one of the wildlife encounter capitals of Australia. With its location between two of the world's most beautiful land and sea sanctuaries, there are a number of amazing and truly spectacular wildlife experiences that you can take part in. You can choose from meeting cuddly koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, exotic fish, endangered bird species and colourful butterflies, to the more dangerous animals like crocodiles and snakes.
Here's our guide to best wildlife encounters in Cairns and Far North Queensland.
Cairns Wildlife Dome
A spectacular all-weather wildlife exhibit in the centre of Cairns, is enclosed by a 20 metre high glass dome on top of Cairns’ iconic Reef Hotel Casino. Stroll through the tropical rainforest environment watching birds such as parrots, cockatoos, lorikeets, doves and rosellas fly freely around you! Get up close to cute rainforest animals as they roam freely through their enclosures.
Complimentary guided tours and animal presentations take place throughout the day, providing an interactive learning experience about rainforest wildlife and superb photo opportunities. Wildlife entry is $24 per person (does not include ZOOM ride) For tickets visit our Tours Booking Page.
Hartleys Crocodile Adventure
An innovative approach to viewing and interacting with wildlife, enabling visitors to become immersed in a natural environment with safety, with a series of timber boardwalks providing elevated viewing of wildlife as visitors journey through a range of natural habitats. Participate in feeding a giant estuarine crocodile as part of an exclusive morning guided tour with an experienced Hartley's crocodile keeper - if you dare! Admission is $39 Adult, $19.50 Children. The crocodile feeding experience costs $130 per person. Book HERE
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is located just 100 metres off the Captain Cook Highway at Wangetti on the spectacular scenic drive between Cairns and Port Douglas, 40 kilometres (40 minutes) north of Cairns.
Great Barrier Reef Cruise
There are numerous day trips out to the reef to either snorkel, scuba dive or view marine life from the safety of a glass bottom boat. Select from one of many on Bellevue At Trinity Beach Tour Booking Page or ask our friendly reception staff for assistance with planning and booking a reef cruise.
There are tropical island day trips where you get to snorkel and explore an abundance of marine life, sailing cruises, fast speed boats out to the outer reefs, cruises to dive pontoons and cays or scuba diving boats.
Rainforestation Nature Park
The Koala and Wildlife Park located in Kuranda lets you experience native Australian animals including crocodiles, wombats, dingoes, snakes, lizards, frogs, and the cassowary. Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, observe the tiger quoll, or have your photo taken cuddling a cute koala, or holding a small crocodile (optional extra). This is an all-weather attraction that also offers the Army Duck Rainforest tour on land and water and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. Admission is $50 Adult, $25 Children. For more information and bookings visit Rainforestation Nature Park
Daintree River Cruise
See rare wildlife including Estuarine crocodiles, birds, frogs, snakes, butterflies, lizards, goannas, and insects at one of the most densely populated mangrove estuaries in the world. A Daintree River 1 or 1.5 hour cruise is an excellent way to get an overview of the wildlife and rainforest that make this river so special. Cost $30 Adult, $15 Children. Includes cruise and morning or afternoon tea. Visit Daintree River Cruise Centre for bookings and more information. Located on the Mossman to Daintree Road, Daintree.
Atherton Tablelands Rainforest by Night
See Australia's unique animals and birds in their natural environment on a rainforest wildlife-spotting tour in the Atherton Tablelands. Led by an expert nature guide, your small-group nocturnal tour visits a number of locations including lush tropical rainforest and a volcanic crater lake. See kangaroos, lizards and possums by day, and search for the elusive platypus after sundown. Tours cost $199 Adult, $175 Children with Wait-A-While Rainforest Tours.
You will find a huge array of different wildlife encounter experiences and tours to select from direct with us. To pre-book any of these tours visit Bellevue At Trinity Beach Tours Page or ask our friendly reception staff to make arrangements for you.
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