Cairns Night Zoo, Palm Cove

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Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Informative, welcoming, and above all entertaining, Cairns Night Zoo serves as a safe, excellent way to experience the nocturnal world of the Australian outback. The zoo offers you the chance to have direct contact with some of the country’s indigenous species, such as kangaroos and koalas, and also provides food, drink, and local guides in order to make the experience an enjoyable one. Plan to see Cairns Night Zoo and other attractions that appeal to you using our Palm Cove itinerary planner.
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  • The night begins by sitting down to a buffet style meal which was delicious and plentiful, and complimentary drinks, then you split into groups for the tour. Theres obviously only the nocturnal...  more »
  • What a great night, I wish I'd done this ages ago. Started the night with a meal, very relaxed with live music playing. Escorted tour around the zoo getting up close and personal to the night...  more »
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  • Easily accessed via local bus (Palm Grove); though crossing highway for return bus is dangerous! Zoo is small but packed with great variety and very friendly staff. Their experience is obvious as the activities are spaced out so you don't feel rushed. We availed of snake show, koala hugging, crocodile feeding, koala/wombat lecture, kangaroo feeding, and the most amazing bird show (important: no sudden movements; mind that child!). The koala hugging is special because this is not available in other Australian states. Cairns Tropical Zoo participates in a careness scheme that makes it possible, ensuring the koalas are not overworked. The zoo charges a fair price for their official of you and a koala, with a complimentary additional photo taken with your mobile. It is the cutest image ever. Food services are adequate, but could be better offering, quality and pricing. But sadly we learned that Cairns Tropical Zoo is set for closure in 2016, as no one has come forward to purchase it as an ongoing concern. Will probably mean relocation to owner's other parks in Kuranda and/or other zoos. So come here while you can!
  • The best place to get close to Australian animals -- yes, better than Sydney zoo! If you want to feed a kangaroo or pet a nice, friendly koala in a friendly, informal setting -- this is the place. Lots of koalas (that are active within meters from you -- not at a distance), kangaroos and wallaby pretty much roam the territory, crocodiles within a few meters from you -- all very well done with a good price and friendly personnel on top of it.

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