Kuranda Koala Gardens Reviews
Cuddle a Koala Dec 28, 2012
We went to Kuranda Koala Gardens when in Kuranda for a few hours from Cairns. The cost into the park is about $18. If you want the 'koala cuddle' where you get to hold a koala it's an extra $16 but they give you a nice souvenir photo as well as allowing you to take photos with your own camera. We bought the pass that enabled us to visit the Koala Gardens and the Bird Park, this cost $88 with two of the photographs.
The park itself is very small. They give you a map to navigate your way around but this is really unnecessary due to it's size. First you see fresh-water crocodiles, then kangaroos that you can get up close to and photograph and rub. The kangaroos didn't seem to have much time or tolerance for the tonnes of people constantly taking their photos. There is kangaroo feed at the gate into their enclosure but they seemed as interested in this as they did with the droves of people traipsing through their home!
They have a snake enclosure too but you couldn't see many snakes as they hide behind their big rocks.
The best and main attraction to going to the park (that, realistically only takes a half an hour to walk around) is holding the koala. You queue up and the handler explains how to hold it properly. They're surprisingly heavy! But very furry and similiar size to a young baby.
Be warned: Children under a certain height will not be allowed hold the koala for the simple reason that the koala will not let the child hold them. They like to feel stable and children of a certain age simply are not strong enough to hold the koala. We saw this happen and the child ended up in tears but the handler did state that she didn't think the child was tall enough and even if the koala did go into her arms he would be awfully uncomfortable.
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A walk Into The Out Back Dec 15, 2010
While visiting Kuranda's Heritage market one can take a detour that will thing you have walked into the bush.
Kuranda Koala's Garden is the top wildlife attraction in Kuranda. This secret garden of delights allows visitors to get up close & personal to some of Australia's unique animals.
As you walk into the Koala garden's you firstly walk past a large selection of fresh water crocodiles on your left. And to the right you walk past lizards, monitors and other reptiles. I especially liked this area having my own lizard, the selection has a vast variety with some excellent species showing their true dinosaur features.
(It made me a little home sick missing my Chinese Water Dragon Waldow).
Next you take the path past the wombats leading towards an open area full of Kangaroo's and Wallaby's with a Koala section. While walking around one is able to feed the Kanga's & Wally's or if you have the money have your photo taken with a Koala.
The area where the Kangaroos & wallaby's run seemed a little small to me however all the animals seemed very happy to hop around, nibbling from peoples hands.Feeding these beautiful animals was such a joy and the little bags of food you could buy was very cheap at $2 per bag.
Once you have finished in this area you then move to the snake and frog house. Another unique opportunity to see Australian wildlife.
The cost for an adult into the park is $18.50 and for a child is $8.25. Next to the Koala Gardens is Bird world & another attraction, The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. A pass to go into these 3 attractions is Adult $44 & child $22.
The cost of this was very worth while.
A note to those wishing to visit the Koala Gardens, the park is very open with little shade so you do get the sun constantly. Please ensure to pack hats, water and sun cream!
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