Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest Butterfly exhibit in Australia.

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is a must-do when visiting North Queensland, a World Class wildlife experience and the largest exhibition of butterflies in Australia.

This Butterfly Sanctuary includes a  laboratory that breeds around 30,000 caterpillars each year to ensure that we will always have butterflies in our gardens.

Open daily with over1500 free-flying butterflies from a variety of species.  Wear white, pink or red to attract the butterflies to interact with you.   While in this fantastic attraction, you can interact with spectacular butterflies.    Inside this attraction is a garden filled with butterfly-friendly plants.

Once you arrive at this all-weather attraction, butterflies may land on you when you wander through the beautiful Rainforest Gardens.

During your visit, you can learn about a butterfly’s life.

About the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

This butterfly sanctuary is home to over 1,500 brilliant tropical butterflies, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere!

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary replicates the butterfly’s natural Rainforest environment.  As you wander through the aviary,  enjoy close-up encounters with these beautiful butterflies.

Visitors to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary can enjoy the butterfly museum, with a display of 584 butterfly and moth species showcasing species from all over the World.

Included in the 30 minutes guided tour is an informative, educational experience.  That explains the life of a butterfly.  While you are there, you may visit the breeding laboratory.

Discover the best ways to attract butterflies into your garden.    There are a lot of butterflies and moths only found in the tropical rainforest of North Queensland.  This fantastic exhibition is in the ideal location in North Queensland.

Fun Facts

Cairns Birdwing is Australia’s giant butterfly.  A wingspan in females can be 5.9 inches.

Discover the World’s giant moth, the Hercules Moth.  Found only in North Queensland and New Guinea.    The Hercules Moth features in the Guinness Book of records with a wingspan of 36 centimetres.

During your visit, see the beautiful Ulysses Butterfly.  With its magnificent iridescent blue and a wingspan of 10.5 centimetres.  This butterfly is a large swallowtail butterfly and a must-see during your visit.

While visiting, learn about the butterfly’s life cycle and other interesting facts about butterflies.  Then pop into the breeding room to see how a butterfly develops from an egg and how butterfly eggs are conveniently dropped on flowers.

There is also a kids-friendly fairy garden for children to explore.

Host an Event at the Australian butterfly sanctuary

This great location is ideal for weddings, corporate events and parties.


Visitors will find the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary a short walk from the Kuranda Scenic Railway Station and Kuranda Markets.

More fun things to do in Cairns

  • Largest butterfly flight aviary in Australia.
  • Over 1,500 butterflies including Ulysses and Cairns Birdwing


Included in your Butterfly experience

  • Starting with FREE guided tours included in the cost of your admission. Next, learn about the butterfly’s life cycle and elaborate courtship rituals.
  • Then see the world the way a butterfly does in the UV light display!
  • Entrance into the Laboratory.  Learn all about caterpillars as you see them in their various stages of development.
  • Use the sanctuary’s state of the art microscope. Next, Using the lens, you will see the intricate details of the butterfly’s anatomy.  The microscope is easy to operate for all ages!
  • Entrance into the educational exhibits.  Then watch the Cairns Birdwing emerging video, and the silk moth Caterpillars live display.
  • Entry into the butterfly museum. View 584 different butterfly species from around the world!
  • Be sure to wear your brightest pink or red shirt to attract the butterflies!
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Hat and water

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is located at 8 Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda Village.

Self Drivers

Start travelling North from Cairns along the Captain Cook Highway and crossing over the Barron River.

Next, continue through roundabouts past Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

Then at the Smithfield roundabout, veer left to the Kuranda Range along the Kennedy Highway.

Along the way, stop off for great views and photo opportunities at the Henry Ross lookout.

After continuing passing over the Barron River Bridge and turning left following the Kuranda Village signs.

Then take a left-hand turn into Rob Vievers Drive and arrive at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

Train and Skyrail

Choose the free shuttle or a leisurely walk when you arrive on the  Kuranda Skyrail or the Kuranda Train.




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