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Cairns Tropical Zoo

Largest wildlife attraction in Cairns
  • Interactive wildlife presentations
  • Daily displays
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Cairns Tropical Zoo  
FROM $34 per adult
Breakfast Time at Zoo  
FROM $55 per adult
Australian Wildlife Experience  
FROM $62 per adult

Cairns Tropical Zoo Info

Cairns Tropical Zoo is the largest and most diverse wildlife attraction in Tropical North Queensland.

Set amidst six hectares of tropically landscaped gardens, this locally owned and operated zoo is home to hundreds of native and exotic species, many of which are indigenous to our northern wet tropics.

As you meander through the Zoo’s award winning tropical gardens, discover fascinating and rare animals both from Australia and other regions of the world such as Nepalese Red Pandas and Ring-tailed Lemurs. You can feed a kangaroo, see giant crocodiles and enjoy great wildlife presentations and tours. There’s also an opportunity for a 'cuddle a Koala' photo opportunity at an additional cost. 

Zoo Opening Times:

  • 8:30am to 4.00pm daily (closed Christmas Day)

General Admission
Includes all wildlife shows and presentations plus free return entry for two days following date of original visit. (Not transferrable and ID required)

Morning:

  • 9:00am - Kangaroo feeding - (all day)
    Enjoy a talk by a Wildlife Keeper as they feed a mob of tame Kangaroos their breakfast. Learn about the survival instincts of Australia’s best known animal.
  • 9:30am - Pelican Feeding
    Australia’s Pelican has the largest bill of any bird. Their diet consists of fish, crustaceans and tadpoles. Help the Keeper feed these charismatic characters. Be on time - they eat quickly!
  • 9:30am - Cuddle a Koala photo opportunity (extra cost)
    Cuddle a Koala and receive a fabulous souvenir photo.
  • 10:00am - Free Flight Bird Show
    This is Queensland’s original free flight bird show. Watch the birds doing what comes naturally, flying free! See birds of all shapes, colours and sizes, including Australia’s most powerful aerial hunter, the impressive Wedge-tail Eagle.
  • 11:00am - Snakes Alive
    Love them or loathe them, most people are fascinated by Snakes, and Australia has more than its share of the world’s most Venomous Reptiles. During this presentation you’ll have the opportunity to pat a Python.
  • 11:30am - Wildlife Photo opportunity (extra cost)
    Cuddle a Koala, a baby Crocodile, or a Boa Constrictor or Python and receive a souvenir photo.

Afternoon:

  • 1:00pm - More on Marsupials
    Learn about the iconic Koala and how it survives exclusively on a diet of eucalyptus. Meet their closest relative, the Wombat. Hear more intriguing marsupial facts.
  • 1:30pm - Wildlife Photo Opportunity (extra cost)
    Cuddle a Koala, a baby Crocodile, or a Boa Constrictor or Python and receive a souvenir photo.
  • 2:00pm - Crocodile Action!
    Estuarine (or Saltwater) Crocodiles are our own living dinosaurs that inhabit the waters of northern Australia. The keepers hand feed these giants and talk about their habitat and reputation as an opportunistic hunter. You will also see their smaller relatives, the Freshwater Crocodiles.
  • 3:00pm - Free Flight Birds
    This is Queensland’s original free flight bird show. Watch the birds doing what comes naturally, flying free! See birds of all shapes, colours and sizes, including Australia’s most powerful aerial hunter, the impressive Wedge-tail Eagle.
  • 4:00pm - Zoo Closes

Breakfast Time at the Zoo:


8:30am - 9:30am - Breakfast is served on the deck of the Koala Café.

Breakfast includes:
  • Choice of fruit juice, fresh fruit salad, choice of cereals
  • Tea, coffee, toast and spreads.
  • Full Aussie Cooked Breakfast
    OR
  • Delicious Belgian Waffles with fruit, ice cream and Tablelands fresh cream.

During Breakfast a wildlife keeper will bring a koala to the deck area. There’s also other wildlife on display. It’s a great opportunity to get up close to the animals and to talk with the keeper about anything wild!
After breakfast you are welcome to stay all day and enjoy the presentations.


Great Australian Wildlife Experience:
Admission to Cairns Tropical Zoo AND Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Use this great two attraction pass over a 3 day period (Self drive only).


Getting There: Cairns Tropical Zoo is just 20 minutes drive north of Cairns, and 35 minutes south of Port Douglas at Palm Cove on the Captain Cook Highway. Drive yourself (ample free parking), take a tour, or take the local ‘Sunbus’ that stops right at the front door.

Transfer times: (charges apply)

  • Cairns and Trinity Beach: 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm.  Returns: 12noon, 1:45pm, 4pm
  • Palm Cove: 9am, 11am, 1pm.  Returns: 1pm, 4pm