Sprawling across approximately 15 acres, the Cairns Tropical Zoo is the largest such facility in North Queensland. Home to a wide array of exotic wildlife, the zoo also features a tight schedule of animal shows and presentations, including kangaroo and pelican feeding, koala and snake handling presentations, bird shows, guided walks, and lessons in wildlife photography.
Residents of the zoo include: saltwater and freshwater reptiles and amphibians; avian such as cockatoos, raptors, parrots, emus, pelicans, finches and other species; mammals, including many animals native to the area and similar climates like lemurs, dingoes, tamarins, red pandas, koalas, kangaroos, and wombats.
A number of cafes offer breakfast, snacks and refreshments, and naturally there’s a shop where souvenirs and gifts are for sale.
The zoo offers a number of tour packages that range in duration from several hours to several days. The first involves a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where visitors can learn about the island’s indigenous population. Others include a scenic train ride, a trip up the famous “Skyrail” rainforest cableway, as well as transportation from Cairns or Palm Cove to the zoo and Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure.
The nearby Pacific International Hotel and Kewarra Beach Resort provide overnight accommodations to visitors interested in staying the night in the area. This last feature may come in handy for anyone interested in availing themselves of the zoo’s Wildlife Wedding Chapel. Opened in 1997, the chapel seats up 50 guests and is air-conditioned.