From the breath-taking Great Barrier Reef to the sensational sandy beaches in Port Douglas, there is no doubt that Cairns is a touristic c...

Top 4 Nature Parks Near Cairns

By December 19, 2020

 From the breath-taking Great Barrier Reef to the sensational sandy beaches in Port Douglas, there is no doubt that Cairns is a touristic centre when visiting Australia and a great starting point if you wish to explore Australia’s wildlife. A memorable and interactive way of meeting Australia’s animals up close, is undoubtedly one of Australia’s nature parks and there are several to choose from near Cairns! Here are the top 4 nature parks to look out for near close to the city: 

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

Home to Australia's iconic species such as koalas, possums, wallabies and crocodiles, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas boasts the largest number of macropods (big-footed mammals) in the whole of Queensland! The ideal place to visit Australian mammals  mammals, including kangaroos, wallabies and bettongs, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas also offers the opportunity to meet crocodiles, water dragons and a colourful array of birds. An eco certified wildlife sanctuary, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas is committed to protecting and preserving Australia’s wildlife and offers educational experiences. Located just down the road from Cairns in Port Douglas, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas is easy to reach by both car and public transport.

Rainforestation Nature Park

Venture deep into the magical Kuranda rainforest and come face to face with koalas, wallabies, lizards and more at the Rainforestation Nature Park! A multi-purpose park featuring aboriginal experiences and the legendary Army Duck Tour, the Koala and Wildlife Park is undoubtedly a focal point of the park, offering the unforgettable experience of hand-feeding wallabies and kangaroos! You can reach Rainforestation Nature park by car or shuttle bus from the Kuranda Village close to Cairns. 

Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome 

If you don’t fancy moving far from Cairns to experience Australia’s wildlife, then you can discover wildlife in the city itself! Situated in the centre of Cairns, Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome is home to an impressive selection of Australian wildlife, offering the once-in-a-lifetime experience of taking a photo with a friendly koala which the kids will remember forever! Yet the fun does not stop there - this incredible park also features challenge courses of varying difficulties, making it a unique, non-stop day out all in one dome! 

Kuranda Koala Gardens 

As  the name suggests, Kuranda Koala Gardens provides the ultimate experience of meeting these curious creatures up close! A boutique nature park, Kuranda Koala Gardens offers educational tours including fascinating day-time and nocturnal tours, which involve spotting the animals which hide in the depths of the Kuranda Rainforest. Easy to get to from Cairns by both public transport and by car, Kuranda Koala Gardens is a must-visit for any koala lovers!  

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