No visit to Cairns is complete without some exposure to regional flora and fauna. The following opportunities are some of the best that the city and the region have to offer. No matter the weather, you’ll be eager and able to explore these wild features of Cairns.
1. Cairns Wildlife Dome
Situated right in the heart of Cairns, this inventive institution features rainforest conditions beneath a 60-foot high glass dome. This dome doubles as both protection from weather outside and regulation for weather conditions inside. Bird feeding shows, snake and crocodile shows, turtle and koala shows, and kookaburra feedings are just some of the opportunities for interacting with animals.
2. Cairns Tropical Zoo
The Cairns Tropical Zoo is the largest such facility in North Queensland. The approximately 15 acre zoo houses saltwater and freshwater reptiles and amphibians, as well as avian such as cockatoos, raptors, parrots, emus, pelicans, finches and other species. Mammals also abound, including many animals native to the area and similar climates, such as lemurs, dingoes, tamarins, red pandas, koalas, kangaroos, and wombats. The daily animal shows put on by the staff are an excellent way for visitors new to the region to learn about indigenous wildlife.
3. Private Wildlife Tours
Numerous private tour operators provide exhaustive exposure to the many natural wonders that exist in Cairns and the surrounding region. Highlights include the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, boating excursions on the Daintree River, swimming in the Mossman Gorge and trips to Cape Tribulation, where one of the oldest rainforests in world meets the Great Barrier Reef.