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“A different kind of zoo....”
Review of Cairns Night Zoo - CLOSED

Cairns Night Zoo
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Owner description: We have a long standing reputation for offering our guests a great Australian night out! You get the opportunity to experience nocturnal wildlife in the tropics at Cairns' one and only Night Zoo.Our guides will greet you at 7.00pm sharp at the Night Zoo entrance and escort you to our famous Aussie BBQ. Enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner of steak, sausages and seafood with fresh garden salads followed by a dessert. Relax with a drink from our licensed bar.After dinner, our guides will provide you with a torch and lead you into the darkness to meet the creatures of the night. Learn how owls hunt, touch a possum and pat a koala. On clear nights our guides will take you star gazing. See the Southern Cross, the Big Dipper and other well known constellations.Follow our guides as they lead you safely through the crocodiles' lair. See the croc eyes glow in your torchlight.In the Aussie bush, there's always a chance you will cross paths with a "Swaggie" (an original Australian bushman). Join our hospitable Swaggie and enjoy billy tea and damper with him by the campfire. His friends, the kangaroos, will come down to say G'day and maybe even share a bite to eat!After complimentary cold beer or wine, join in the fun as our guides teach you some famous Aussie Bush Dances. Dance and sing along - it's more fun than you can imagine!
Reviewed August 3, 2008

This place was great. Upon arrival, we were fed dinner and drinks (which were included, all you can drink..and they kept pouring..). The dinner was nothing special and there were a lot of pushy people there (and they weren't australians!). The staff was really nice and fun!
After dinner, we were ushered off into the night zoo, after taking our torches (flashlights). Upon our first stop, we actually ran into a death adder (one of the deadliest snakes) which wasn't part of the zoo and was just slithering along. Some of the stupid tourists hovered over it taking pictures, not caring that it was a deadly snake. ..that was a little annoying.

We went around and got to see all of the nocturnal animals, even petting the koalas and watching a demonstration of a crocodile being fed.

Afterwards, they led us to the kangaroo area, where we were fed damper bread (which is a kind of sweet sticky bread) and billy tea, while walking around with the kangaroos. This was the part of the tour that really aggravated me because some of these tourists just have no respect for animals, as they were taking pictures of the kangaroos with their flashes, which nearly blinded the kangaroos..and they were out of control. The staff should really advise people not to do this if they really care about the animals.

So afterwards, we went back to the front area and there was a little sing-along to some favorite australia songs, like waltzing matilda. The guitar player/singer was fun...

Then we were ushered out through the gift shop, of course. One of the animal handlers was holding a wombat and we got to pet him. It was one of the animals (besides the kangaroos and koalas) that I couldn't wait to see up close and personal and he was so cute! Of course, once again, the stupid tourists were pushing and shoving to get closeup.

Overall, this tour is great...unfortunately, there's no accounting for some of the obnoxious people that were there!

3  Thank altermood
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Reviewed June 1, 2008

This is a fantastic idea. In honesty, we thought it was better than Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo!

The atmosphere is totally different to visiting a zoo in the day. Upon arrival we were given a drink or two and made to feel really welcome. The buffet was plentiful with freshly cooked meats and tasty salads. You can help yourself more than once. We never felt ignored and drinks were regularly topped up.

The sights and sounds as you walk around are amazing. You are given a torch and can pretty much shine it anywhere where it doesn't harm a creature.

Later on in the tour you can drink a cup of traditional "Billy" tea with kangaroos all around you. We were also lucky enough to pet a koala bear.

To end the evening, we had a "traditional" sing song and a bit of a dance round to Waltzing Matilda. Children will love the trip, as they are included in the activities.

This is a must-do in Cairns. We loved our time at the zoo. There's nothing else like it!

1  Thank CockneyBrum
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Reviewed July 9, 2006

We arrived to this zoo on our scheduled time.
When it came to getting our meal. There was no salad left and no steak. You have to book for the night zoo so this should not of been a problem.
The dancing at the end of the zoo tour was over before you could blink an eye.
The zoo it's self was worth seeing and the staff warm and friendly.
But be quick in the queue if you want to eat.

1  Thank jids
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Reviewed March 11, 2006

we had pre booked this trip and would you believe it we had the tail end of a cyclone,-rain like you have never seen before (even in the uk).
So we rang ahead to see if the evening would be cancelled, and were told it would go ahead as usual.
And what a night it was!-when you arrive there is a really good all you can eat buffet, with LOTS and LOTS of alcohol (they keep filling your glass when you're not looking, honestly! well that was my excuse anyway).
Then we went on a tour of the zoo, armed with brolly and torch,and it actually stopped raining for a while.
Then we met the "swaggie" and had billy tea and damper (which the kangaroos robbed from us ).
Then it was silly dancing and singing time, and after all that alcohol, EVERYONE joined in !
All in all an excellent evening , well worth the money.10 out of 10 :D

7  Thank Stay6094
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