Birdworld Kuranda, A Cairns Family Attraction, Queensland, Australia

Located beneath the rainforest in the heart of Kuranda is Birdworld, one of the largest free-flight aviaries in Australia. Housing the largest number of co-habiting bird species anywhere in the world, Birdworld Kuranda is sure to delight bird enthusiasts, families and nature lovers.

More than 500 birds from around the globe live at the sanctuary, which is a pleasant 30 minute drive from Cairns Tropical North Queensland, and among these are 75 different species of the most spectacular birds, 56 of which are native, living in the safe enclosure, including vibrantly coloured parrots, inquisitive lorikeets and the large elusive cassowary.

Endangered Amazonian Macaws soar over the treetops of the rainforest canopy, with their dazzling blue, gold and scarlet colours enchanting visitors. A photographer's dream and terrific family outing, Birdworld Kuranda allows visitors to get up close and personal with birds of all shapes and sizes, who often find a feathered friend or two nestling on their shoulders as they wander through the lush, tropically landscaped sanctuary.

Birdworld Kuranda

Birdworld Kuranda was designed and built in 1995 in Kuranda, designed to showcase birds in their natural environments without cages, creating a truly interactive and pleasant experience for patrons. It is this interaction and ability that allows visitors to get up close to the birds, which makes Birdworld Kuranda a photographer's paradise, and the perfect family getaway. All birds in the sanctuary fly freely, and hand-feeding is also permitted, with many of the rainforest birds being friendly and eager to receive a snack! Birdworld Kuranda provides bird food for purchase when visitors arrive. All birds have had regular contact with humans, and as a result are very tame.

A tumbling waterfall connects the two lakes that play home to waterbirds such as herons, stilts, ducks, kingfishers, and the unique Australian Black Swan. Visitors can walk along meandering boardwalks throughout the rainforest ambience at Birdworld Kuranda to view the vast array of bird life. Sun Conures, kookaburras, galahs, macaws, and lorikeets also fly above the canopy, and finches can be seen scurrying around the rainforest floor.

Another outstanding Birdworld Kuranda denizen is the endangered avian giant - the Cassowary. Cassowaries which can grow up to an astounding 2 metres in height! There are 25 species of birds in the sanctuary that come from vanishing rainforests around the world, including the Daintree Rainforest from Tropical North Queensland. The opportunity that guests have to befriend these rare animals is truly a unique and charming experience.

The best times to see the birds are usually in the morning (when it is less crowded) or in the afternoon after lunch. Guided tours are given in English at 11:15am daily, and all visitors to the bird sanctuary are given a free copy of a very helpful and informative bird guide, with coloured pictures of birds to help with identification. The sanctuary can provide guided tours for all group bookings, and is a non-smoking facility with wheelchair and disabled access. There is an information centre, picnic area, coach parking, kiosk, and souvenir shop. Birdworld Kuranda can provide guided tours for all group bookings as desired.

Birdworld Kuranda is open from 9.00am to 4.00pm daily, 7 days a week. The sanctuary is nestled within the Heritage Markets and connected by walkways to both the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Koala Gardens, so why not see all wildlife sanctuaries at once?

Getting There

Birdworld Sanctuary is located on Rob Vievers Drive in the Heritage Markets Kuranda. Kuranda is a pleasant 30 minute drive up the Kuranda Range from Cairns, although the most popular way for visitors is via the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cable Way and the Kuranda Scenic Rail

Opening Hours

Birdworld Kuranda is open 7 days a week, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Kuranda tours and discounts, Free Kuranda Boarding Pass 10% discount Birdworld, Koala Gardens, & Butterfly Sanctuary, choose from 3 Fully flexible Kuranda Tour options (1) Book a "Budget Tour" and have a coach pick up from Cairns with various time to choose from. Upgrade options to Gold Class on Train or Diamond View glass bottom gondola on Skyrail. On the return train journey make your own way back to your Cairns accommodation from the Cairns train station. (2) Self-Drive your hire car to either Skyrail or the Kuranda Station and we provide the necessary transfer in between. Upgrade options to Gold class & Diamond View also available and various time options to spend in Kuranda also (3) Transfers/Pick ups and drop offs for the Cairns Northern Beaches guests. Upgrade options also available on Gold class & Diamond View and various departure times to choose from. These 3 tours have the "Skip the Queue" tickets with pre-allocated carriage seating in the train.

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  • Departs From: Cairns and Cairns Northern Beaches
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Budget Kuranda tour with Free Kuranda Boarding Passes 10% discount Birdworld, Koala Gardens, & Butterfly Sanctuary (1.) Multiple choice of times for coach pick ups from Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels. (2.) Multiple choice of hours to spend wandering the beautiful village of Kuranda. (3.) Skip the queue tickets for the train seating and the skyrail (4.) No upgrade options available for this budget tour This is the cheapest best value combo package you will find for a Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Rail tour anywhere. There simply is no better Kuranda tour deal around!

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    1.5 hours (approx) Skyrail (including two stop off points)

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