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Cairns Tropical Zoo
Cairns Tropical Zoo
Cairns Tropical Zoo
Cairns Tropical Zoo
Map of Cairns Tropical Zoo
Captain Cook Highway
Palm Cove
Queensland 4879 Australia

Cairns Tropical Zoo
Palm Cove, Cairns Area

07 4055 3669


The award winning Cairns Tropical Zoo is located on the Captain Cook Highway at Palm Cove, just 20 minutes north of Cairns. The zoo is six hectares of tropically landscaped gardens featuring a natural habitat displaying Australia's unique animals and some international exotic animals. During the day visitors have the opportunity to 'Cuddle a Koala', a large python, or a small crocodile (extra cost applies and includes a top quality souvenir digital photograph). This is a great place to get close to the animals during the fantastic wildlife presentations which are all included in the entry price. Hand feed kangaroos and wallabies and visit one of Australia's best reptile displays.

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The daily program features entertaining and educational presentations. Enjoy the only Snake Show that features the world's most venomous snake; be amazed at the keeper 'hand feeding' giant saltwater crocodiles, and see Queensland's first Free Flight Bird Show featuring many species of birds including eagles.

The Zootastic 5 experience is their small group exciting interactive tour. Feed, pat, hold and take photos with five favourites. This includes a souvenir photo with a koala. Minimum age 10 years. Must be booked the day prior.

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Property Details


  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • Access Without Assistance for the Disabled
    Non-assisted Access
  • Cafe
  • Car park
    Car park
  • First Aid Equipment
    First Aid Equipment
  • Parking for the Disabled
    Disabled Parking
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Birdwatching
  • Walking

Open Times

Note: Open daily from 0830 to 1600. Closed Christmas Day and adjusted opening times on Anzac Day 1330 - 1600

Other Information

Children are welcome. Entertaining and informative opportunity for them to get close to kangaroos, ducks, snakes, and crocodiles, wombats, dingoes, birds and more - all in safety for both animals and children. Children must be accompanied by parent/guardian/responsible adult at all times.

Disabled/wheelchair access to all areas of the zoo. Disabled Toilets.

Entity Facilities

Two licensed cafes - The Koala Cafe and The Outback Cafe - on site. The Koala Cafe is ideal for independent travellers and small groups. The menu is delicious and varied. The Koala Cafe seats 120 people in a delightful setting. The Outback Cafe is ideal for large groups enjoying their 'Big Aussie Barbecue'.

Entity Restrictions

Their only restriction is that visitors must not jeopardise the health and welfare of the animals in any way by unauthorised feeding or handling. Visitors so doing will be removed forthwith (or fed to the crocodiles).

General Comments

There are many informative presentations on Australian wildlife. Cairns Tropical Zoo offers the chance for visitors to cuddle a koala. You can also hand feed a kangaroo and other wild life at the Zoo.

The Koala Cafe is also on-site. Enjoy a delicious breakfast on the deck - and watch koalas enjoying theirs (different menu - different tables!). The Koala Cafe is ideal for individual visitors and groups. It is licensed and presents a very tasty selection of snacks, breakfast and lunch menus.

For larger groups they can also cater for you in their 'Outback Restaurant' - ideal for groups of 100.

Sorry no pets allowed as they do not mix with the native animals.

How To Get There

Cairns Tropical Zoo is on the left hand side of Captain Cook Highway, Palm Cove when visitors are heading north. It is 22 kilometres from Cairns City Centre heading north along Sheridan Street (which becomes the Captain Cook Highway), it is one kilometre from Palm Cove resorts and 35 kilometres south of Port Douglas. Transfers are provided by several local tour operators. The local '1X' bus service from Cairns stops right at the front door too.

Tariff Text

One price applies all year round. Prices for groups, families, concessions and students are available on application.

Entry Costs

EntryCostValid From 
Adult$33.00   18 Apr - 18 Apr    
(Aged 4-15)
$16.50   18 Apr - 18 Apr   Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Family$82.50   18 Apr - 18 Apr    

* 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.