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“I got to hold a Koala” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kuranda Koala Gardens

Kuranda Koala Gardens
| Clifton Beach, Kuranda, Queensland QLD 4879, Australia
61 7 4093 9953
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Owner description: Kuranda Koala Gardens is situated in the heart of Kuranda and gives you the opportunity to see some of Australia's most unique wildlife up close.We have a variety of wildlife for you to see including:-Koalas: Lots of opportunity to observe our koalas doing what they do best - eating, sleeping and looking adorable. Fossil evidence shows that koalas originally lived in rainforest environments. As Australia became drier, they adapted to eat Eucalypt leaves, which replaced much of the country's rainforests.Koala Photos: Take the opportunity to 'Cuddle a Koala' and receive a great souvenir digital photo (extra cost). Kuranda Koala Gardens is one of only a handful of places in the world where you can actually cuddle a koala. Our adherence to a strict "Government Code Of Practice" ensures the health and wellbeing of our furry friends.Freshwater Crocodiles: Another Australian native - perhaps not as endearing as the Koala but a fascinating part of the eco system, is the Freshwater Crocodile. This is one of the two Australian saurians - the other being the Saltwater Crocodile. The Saltie does not function well in the cooler climes of the mountain regions but is on display at Cairns Tropical Zoo and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.Kangaroos & Wallabies: Australia has a large variety of these macropods and you will see swamp wallabies, parma wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos and red legged pademelons amongst others. Snakes: Australia is home to many snakes, both deadly and harmless. Enjoy a unique 'up close' experience with pythons when you enter their domain in Australia's first 'Walk Through Snake House'.Wombats: This quaint marsupial is an Australian favourite. They are often playful and quick to learn. However, as they sleep quite a lot, their intelligence is often underestimated! They lay claim to being the world's largest burrowing animal and can dig up to two metres of burrow in one night.Lizards, Monitors and other Reptiles: Australia is home to an amazing selection of reptiles and there are lots on display. See Dragons and Monitors with their long forked tongues, and much more. Many of these creatures have great camouflage techniques - see what you can spot in their enclosure!Kuranda Koala Gardens is part of the Freeman Family owned and operated Wildlife Tropical North Queensland Group. Other wildlife experiences under this banner include Cairns Night Zoo, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Cairns Tropical Zoo.
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“I got to hold a Koala”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

After seeing this opportunity, my mom and I knew we HAD to hold a Koala while we were in Australia. They are very adorable animals and so symbolic of the country. They have strict rules about how long they are allowed to be handled. Our Koala's name was Tam. It was a separate $18A cost in addition to the entry fee to get your picture taken with the Koala. They give you a 8X10 photo they take but will also take lots of pictures for you with your own camera/phone. I felt it was worth it to me. We also fed and pet some Kangaroos and Wallabies. They also have some Wombats, turtles, snakes, and lizards. I truly enjoyed my visit there. There is a nice market after you leave with a variety of t-shirts, souvenirs, etc. Touristy, but I was a tourist. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would recommend it to anyone.

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“Kuranda Koala Gardens should be on your list of "must sees"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

This is a place the whole family can enjoy. You'll enjoy feeding and petting the wallabies and the kangaroos and holding the koala bears. This conservation site is very compact, so it won't take long to do the whole thing.

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“Hold a koala, feed a kangaroo!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

What a lovely little mini-zoo! It was $18 I think (for just the Gardens, not the three-park pass), which sounded like a lot at the time, but as I did more tours and sites around Australia, I found that to be rather inexpensive by comparison! To hold a koala it's an extra $18 per person (includes a large photo), but if there's not a big waiting line, they are really cool about letting you take a family photo, use your own camera, do as you like. Only rule is - only the paying person holds the koala, and you have to respect the animal (they were very careful stewards of the little guys). They also have a feeding area you can walk through, great for kids - you can feed kangaroos, wombats and wallabies. This was a great contrast after having seen the Sydney Taronga Zoo a few days prior... don't get me wrong, that's a wonderful zoo, but Kuranda Koala was nice a quiet and a more intimate experience with much more interaction with the animals - a great contrast. They also have crocs, snakes, birds, a history section - it's probably a 1-2 hour stop. It may be less impressive for adults, but if you have young children, you absolutely cannot skip this attraction.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Loved it, a great chance to see all the Australian wildlife close up and you can even cuddle a koala (for a fee)

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“Dreadful Animal Welfare Environment”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is simply a commercial activity and the animals are kept in totally unsuitable environments. Some were showing clear signs of stress. The wombat was in a filthy enclosure with no sign of grass. A koala was being constantly handled by many visitors who were charged for the pleasure. It must have been handled by hundreds of people during the day. Other koalas were sat on tree stumps with no natural food or opportunity for natural activity. It was a poor quality experience, badly maintained with very poor animal welfare. Not a good experience for anyone who has compassion for animals

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Angela F, Manager at Kuranda Koala Gardens, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Thanks David for your review.

Firstly, if you'd spoken our keepers you'd be made aware of the koala handling rules where they are only held for a max of 30 minutes per day. So it is completely incorrect to suggested that an individual koala would be handled by 'hundreds' of people per day.

Clearly you may now know it, but wombats are famous for digging and yes they do get dirty doing this, its completely natural for them and they are nocturnal so Pugley may have been asleep or dozing when you visited. That's what wombat's do.

As for the koala enclosures, all enclosures including ours, have to comply with the Queensland legislation on enclosure design to ensure the highest levels of hygiene for the animals. These enclosures are kept scrupulously clean and they have to be for the health of the animals. Fresh gum leaves are provided to them every morning and afternoon. The husbandry requirements for many Australian species is different to what may take place in Zoo's or sanctuaries elsewhere in the world as they are different and unique. Hence their health and welfare requirements are different. We are a business and it is extremely expensive to care for and provide high quality wildlife care for our animals, but that Sir does not in any way suggest that we are indifferent to the welfare of the wildlife in our care.

Queensland has some of the most demanding wildlife husbandry standards of any location in the world and we comply with and exceed them. Feel free to go to our website and contact us directly to discuss your concerns and we'll be only too happy to go through everything you've raised in minute detail.
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