5 Animal Interactions In Tropical North Queensland To Add To Your Bucket List

With the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef just a stone’s throw away, it should come as no surprise that Tropical North Queensland is a flora and fauna haven.

But if you’re looking for an animal experience that is extra special, there’s several wildlife parks in the area that have got you covered.

From scaly to furry (and everything in between), here’s 5 animal interactions in Tropical North Queensland to add to your bucket list.


1. Hand Feed Wallabies and Kangaroos




It doesn’t get more Aussie than a kangaroo, and whether you’re from Australia or overseas, there’s something just irresistible about these bouncy marsupials.

Head into Wildlife Habitat’s Savannah Habitat (link to wildlifehabitat.com.au) and meet an abundance of macropod mates, including Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Agile Wallabies and Pademelons.
Grab a bag of roo food, with all proceeds going to our Tropical Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and hand feed these iconic animals.

If you are in Cairns, you can also hand-feed wallabies and Kangaroos at Rainforestation Nature Park in Kuranda. Why not take an Army Duck tour through the rainforest whilst you are there?

2. Cuddle a Koala



Cuddling a Koala is an experience so amazing, that we almost cannot bear it!

Queensland is one of the only states in which you can hold a koala and have a souvenir photo taken.

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome in Cairns City and Rainforestation Nature Park in Kuranda all offer this experience.


3. Be surrounded by 1500 free flying butterflies



If you’re a fan of everything fairytale, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (link to australianbutterflies.com) is a must-visit for you!

Located in the heart of Kuranda Village, this lush rainforest aviary is actually the largest butterfly flight aviary in the Southern Hemisphere.

With 1500 free-flying colourful residents, including the electric blue Ulysses and the giant Cairns Birdwing, it’s an experience not to miss.


4. Meet Injured and Orphaned Native Wildlife



Australian Native Wildlife is truly special, and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas’s on-site Tropical Animal Rehabilitation Centre is dedicated to helping native wildlife.
The non-profit centre cares for injured, orphaned, displaced or sick native wildlife.

You can visit the centre and meet some of the residents on Wildlife Habitat’s Your Wildlife Habitat private tour. (link to https://www.wildlifehabitat.com.au/port-douglas-experiences/your-private-wildlife-tour/).


5. Zipline Over a Crocodile



Just in case the world’s largest living reptile isn’t terrifying enough, Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome (link to cairnszoom.com.au) has a crocodile experience that will take you to dizzying new heights!

Located in Cairns city centre on the top of the Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome is the world’s first high ropes course in an immersion wildlife exhibit.
The park is also home to a 4.5 metre Estaurine Crocodile called Goliath.

Enjoy a high ropes adventure on the Mid-ZOOM and Hi-ZOOM and enjoy the grand finale of a zipline over Goliath!


Let’s Go!

Ready to enjoy the best wildlife experiences in Tropical North Queensland?  The CaPTA Group Annual Pass includes unlimited entry to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome, Rainforestation Nature Park and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary for the whole year!

Purchase online here