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Cairns Tropical Zoo

Captain Cook Hwy, Palm Cove, Queensland QLD 4879, Australia
61 7 4055 3669
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Ranked #4 of 10 attractions in Palm Cove
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Zoos, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Discover Australia's unique animals through hands-on experience in tropical surroundings.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
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Grenoble, France
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98 reviews 98 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

A small zoo which is ideal for families. The staff are very helpful and friendly and the focus on Australian wildlife is perfect - especially when you come from Europe. The bird show is very good and informative and the opportunity to hold a koala was the highlight for my family. Very enjoyable.

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garden grove, ca
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We booked the Cairns Tropical Zoo Morning Tour including Breakfast. The breakfast was a bit "underwhelming" but we had so much fun with the visiting koala and his wonderful handler Dave that we totally didn't care about the average buffet breakfast. We spent the rest of the morning enjoying several interactive programs including the Free Flight Bird Show, The Exotic... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Get here early to be a part of the Pelican feeding, take part in the kangaroo feeding. The zoo is a great place to watch some of the Australian native animals in their natural surrounding. The bird flight show is something else ! Watch out for the wedge tail eagle. Highly recommended .

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leicester, UK
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A nice small zoo, but with a good selection animals, mostly native to Australia. You can see most of the zoo in a couple of hours. Feed some kangaroos, and watch the free flight bird show! Excellent. They have a small café in the property, although I found this to be a little expensive, to be honest. Other than that... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

liked everything about it, a great variety of animals and reptiles and staffed by very friendly and helpful employees.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I love going to zoos but this one is very very sad to go to most of the animals don't have enough water to drink and the kangaroos look very unhappy I have seen kangaroos out west of qld more happy then these kangaroos there's only a dried up stream with a little bit of water under the rocks and... More

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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111 reviews 111 reviews
68 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

My wife and I really enjoyed this relatively small zoo. We went there for a breakfast special event. Afterward, we each had an opportunity to hold a koala and have our photo with them. They are such amazing little creatures. This was one of the highlights of visiting Cairns. We also spent time with many kangaroos including a feeding session... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

While only being a small zoo, we were pleasantly surprised at the amount of animals and things to do. The enclosures were well maintained and the animals looked very happy. The staff were friendly and loved to answer any questions we had. Overall a great zoo and would recommend to others

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Golden, Colorado
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Saw most of the native Australian animals - koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, crocodiles. In spite of the heat, the animals were fairly active. We were there in the afternoon and saw the marsupial talk, the crocodile feeding, and the bird show. All were very interesting. We were allowed to pet the koala's back - but there were only about 8... More

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San Francisco, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The zoo is comparatively small and a bit of a hike to get to (we didn't have a rental car and ended up taking the bus), but the experience of cuddling a koala and feeding tons of lounging kangaroos is priceless! Still can't get over how much koalas smell like eucalyptus :) Other than the Great Barrier Reef, we thought... More

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