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Kuranda Koala Gardens

#5 of 33 things to do in Kuranda Features Animals
| Clifton Beach, Kuranda, Queensland QLD 4879, Australia
+61 7 4093 9953
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Kuranda Koala Gardens is situated in the heart of Kuranda and gives you the opportunity to see some of Australia's most unique wildlife up close.We have a variety of wildlife for you to see including:-Koalas: Lots of opportunity to observe our koalas doing what they do best - eating, sleeping and looking adorable. Fossil evidence shows that koalas originally lived in rainforest environments. As Australia became drier, they adapted to eat Eucalypt leaves, which replaced much of the country's rainforests.Koala Photos: Take the opportunity to 'Cuddle a Koala' and receive a great souvenir digital photo (extra cost). Kuranda Koala Gardens is one of only a handful of places in the world where you can actually cuddle a koala. Our adherence to a strict "Government Code Of Practice" ensures the health and wellbeing of our furry friends.Freshwater Crocodiles: Another Australian native - perhaps not as endearing as the Koala but a fascinating part of the eco system, is the Freshwater Crocodile. This is one of the two Australian saurians - the other being the Saltwater Crocodile. The Saltie does not function well in the cooler climes of the mountain regions but is on display at Cairns Tropical Zoo and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.Kangaroos & Wallabies: Australia has a large variety of these macropods and you will see swamp wallabies, parma wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos and red legged pademelons amongst others. Snakes: Australia is home to many snakes, both deadly and harmless. Enjoy a unique 'up close' experience with pythons when you enter their domain in Australia's first 'Walk Through Snake House'.Wombats: This quaint marsupial is an Australian favourite. They are often playful and quick to learn. However, as they sleep quite a lot, their intelligence is often underestimated! They lay claim to being the world's largest burrowing animal and can dig up to two metres of burrow in one night.Lizards, Monitors and other Reptiles: Australia is home to an amazing selection of reptiles and there are lots on display. See Dragons and Monitors with their long forked tongues, and much more. Many of these creatures have great camouflage techniques - see what you can spot in their enclosure!Kuranda Koala Gardens is part of the Freeman Family owned and operated Wildlife Tropical North Queensland Group. Other wildlife experiences under this banner include Cairns Night Zoo, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Cairns Tropical Zoo.
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| Clifton Beach, Kuranda, Queensland QLD 4879, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our visit here. This place had a nice variety of animals and the grounds and conditions were extremely clean and well maintained. Really lovely place to visit. Only small, but with the other bits and pieces filling your day at Kuranda, this place...More

Thank coffeegal2
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to see that you really loved Kuranda Koala Gardens, yes it is small as we are essentially land locked, but we make the best of the space that we have to offer the best possible customer experience.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Koala Gardens where you get to "cuddle" a Koala absolutely made the day for my children. Kuranda village is a true tourist location, but the Koala Gardens are like a miniature zoo. You get to see koalas and cuddle them, there are crocodiles, a...More

1  Thank nwillis2
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So wonderful to read your comments. We are finding more and more families are enjoying our park for the reasons you've stated. Yes it is a miniature zoo, because most visitors to Kuranda are on a limited time frame so it enables them to see...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As we made our own way by car to Kuranda we were able to visit first thing in the morning when it was very quiet which was great. We couldn't believe that we were able to get so close to touch and hand feed kangaroos...More

1  Thank mytripUK
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to see that you came by car as it would have enabled you to see lots of other attractions on the Atherton Tablelands hopefully as well. So pleased so see that you noticed how well our animals are cared for and yes, we have...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the whole day in this area, but did enjoy the Koala Gardens. I had been looking forward to the coming here and wasn't disappointed. I loved getting to hold the Koala. Loved the Australian wildlife. Would have liked to have seen a fully...More

1  Thank Tom M
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks Tom. Very pleased to see that we met or hopefully exceeded your expectations. OK, fully grown kangaroos as you might have been expected are the Red Kangaroos of the dry Australian inland. They are literally huge and the males can be quite aggressive...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hurried into line for the koala holding because many buses were in the area. Expensive - it cost almost $50 to get in and then another $25 for one picture. We took a lot of pictures of koalas with our own cameras and posed...More

Thank teachers55
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks teachers55 for your feedback. Our retail admission price is $19.00 so we are not $50.00 to get in for two adults. Kuranda Koala Gardens is in a central location which means that you can get access to this park without a lengthy travel...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Koalas were beautiful. Well worth a visit. we spent a day at Karunda to see everything. I loved the Koalas and the Wallabys

Thank loco
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much Loco. I think you visited our Birdworld and enjoyed that too. Very appreciative of you taking time to put up comments on both parks.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You get to see some Koala and kangaroo up closed. Even feed a few animals. Photo holding the Koala was expensive I thought at $22, but hey, it's Australia right? Can't miss the opportunity. Overall short walk thru attraction.

1  Thank Matt H
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much Matt for your lovely feedback.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was WAY TOO EXPENSIVE for what we were given. Holding a koala sounds so much better than it actually is. When I held a koala, it was asleep and didn't move. For the photo opportunity, the koala appeared drugged or completely out of it....More

Thank Marie57894
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks Marie. It is fascinating to read your comments as many of your 'issues' could have been addressed with a simple discussion with one of our wildlife keepers who are present at the park. Koalas are a rare species of marsupial that has evolved...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with our 19 month old and a 19 year old uk cousin who had never seen koalas or Australian animals. This for both of them was amazing! They both had the time of their lives. We still enjoyed ourselves but have seen many...More

1  Thank constancekf
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Why thank so much Constance. You've basically summaries in your review the whole objective of our Kuranda Koala Gardens experience. It is a compact attraction and does not take much time to see so many iconic Aussie animals conveniently right in the Village of Kuranda....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i wasnt really blown away by this one, had a few interesting things to see but it was more like a petting zoo without the patting apart from a few wallabies reallyMore

Thank Michelle A
Angela F, Director of Sales at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for your feedback Michelle. Like every attraction you get the most out of it by what you put in in terms of actually finding out what is going on. Kuranda Koala Gardens is now home to some very rare and special Aussie animals...More

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Response from SandraLivingstone | Reviewed this property |
I was with a few families and we just arrived and paid. I was the only one who wanted to hold the koala so we walked around and saw everything and came back at the time given. There wasn't a long wait and the entire group... More
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