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Ulysses Butterfly
inside the lab
inside the lab
Map of Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
8 Rob Veivers Drive
Queensland 4881 Australia

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Kuranda, Mareeba Area

07 4093 7575

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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia - an all-weather experience in the heart of Kuranda. Home to over 1,500 magnificent tropical butterflies, you will be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of these elusive wonders of nature as you wander through the aviary's rainforest gardens.

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All butterflies are local rainforest species, including the electric blue Ulysses and the majestic green and yellow Cairns Birdwing butterflies.

Guided aviary tours detailing a butterfly's life cycle and behaviour are available at no extra cost throughout the day. Be sure to wear something bright (we recommend red, white or hot pink) and let these beautiful and colourful creatures flutter all over you as you wander through!

After walking through the aviary, your guide will take you to the breeding laboratory, which houses up to 4,000 caterpillars. This interesting and educational experience provides an opportunity to view at first hand the breeding laboratory through special viewing windows, where you will see the caterpillars in their varying stages of development.

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Property Details


  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • Guide


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Walking

Open Times

9:45am-4:00pm. Closed Christmas Day.

Other Information

Children are welcome.

How To Get There

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is located at 8 Rob Veivers Drive, opposite the Tourist Information Centre in the heart of Kuranda Village. A free shuttle service operates from Kuranda Skyrail Terminal and Scenic Railway Station to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, or it is only a short walk.

Entry Costs

EntryCostValid From 
Adult$19.00   01 Apr - 31 Mar    
(Aged 4-14)
$9.50   01 Apr - 31 Mar    
Family$47.50   01 Apr - 31 Mar   Covers two adults and two children.

* Please note: These rates are indicative based on the minimum and maximum available costs of listed products and services. To obtain a firm price from the provider, please use the contact the operator. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars.