A picture of the Ulysses Butterfly which you can see at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Are you planning a trip to Cairns, Queensland?  Or perhaps you are visiting the beautiful Kuranda Village that’s surrounded by the world’s oldest living tropical rainforest.  Either way, make it a point to visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary!

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is Australia’s largest butterfly flight aviary & exhibit.  It is Kuranda’s top attraction.  It is home to over 2,000 amazing tropical butterflies.  In fact, every year their lab breeds over 30,000 caterpillars.  They then turn into stunning butterflies!

Visiting the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is fun for the whole family.  You’ll be able to see these butterflies when you walk through the aviary’s rainforest gardens.  You’ll see local rainforest species and native Australian species.


Some of these butterflies include:

Ulysses Butterfly

These butterflies call tropical rainforest climates their home.  You can find them below the rainforest canopy.  You can see them in the Northern islands of Australia, Northern Queensland, and Papua New Guinea.

Cairns Birdwing

The Cairns Birdwing is the biggest Australian butterfly

Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly

The Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly is a native of the east coast of Australia.

Orange Lacewing

These butterflies are natives of the far north of Australia.

Red Lacewing Butterfly

These butterflies are natives of North Queensland, Indonesia & Papua New Guinea.

Cruiser Butterfly

These butterflies are natives of Cape York, Townsville, Yeppoon, and Mackay.

Australian Lurcher Butterfly

These butterflies are natives of the Northern parts of Australia.  You can spot them in northeastern Australia like Mackay and Cooktown.

Common Eggfly Butterfly

You can find the Common Eggfly Butterfly in five different states in Australia.

Educational Experience

In addition to getting to see these amazing butterflies and take photos, visiting here is a great educational experience, too.  You will learn fascinating facts about these beautiful butterflies.  You will learn of legends, myths, and folk stories about the butterflies that call this sanctuary home.

Discount Tickets

Looking for discount admission to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary?  Click here and you can find a discounted ticket.