7.  Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Our first destination once we reached Kuranda was the Australian Butterfly Sancutary. We’d heard it was pretty spectacular and it clearly didn’t disappoint!

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in the Southern Hemisphere and needs to be seen to be believed.


Home to over 2000 magnificent tropical butterflies, like us you’ll be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of these elusive wonders of nature as you wander through the aviary’s rainforest gardens. The butterflies include local rainforest species, including the electric blue Ulysses and the majestic green & yellow Cairns Birdwing.


If you stand still long enough (or apparently wear white!) they’ll be drawn to you and land on you, staying long enough to capture some incredible photos like we did. The boys had a blast and so did we. I could have spent ages in there just marvelling at their sheer beauty.


The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is open every day except Christmas Day so be sure to pop it on your ‘to do’ list when you get to Kuranda.

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Belinda's a passionate advocate for community and connection. As the founder of the Mum Central Network she’s committed to celebrating the journey that is Australian parenthood. Mum to two cheeky boys, and wife to her superstar husband, they live a busy but crazy lifestyle in Adelaide. Great conversation, close friends and good chocolate are her chosen weapons for daily survival. Oh, and bubbles. Champagne is key.

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