Tropical North Queensland is a region rich with wildlife and rare species. If you’re lucky you’ll spot endangered cassowary birds walking around the Daintree Rainforest, large spider-webs with their inquisitive 8-legged inhabitants lurking at freshwater swimming holes or neon green tree frogs relaxing on your window. Seeing wildlife in their natural habitat is always exciting but if you prefer to check out them out at your own pace, then Tropical North Queensland has several fantastic zoos to WOW you.
Cairns Tropical Zoo at Palm Cove is one of those places and it will leave lasting memories for all animal lovers.
From the carpark, it’s hard to tell what’s behind the painted walls but once you have passed the entrance you quickly realize that there is a whole new world waiting – I would actually recommend spending at least a couple of hours or more if time permits.
Children will be mesmerized by what’s available to discover and adults will welcome the shady trees and fantastic displays.
Of course, all the favourites are available but if there is one display that attracts a lot of attention, it’s the koala house! Who hasn’t dreamt of being able to hold one of those furry guys? Once in your arms, you will not want to hand it back!
We also hear a lot about those those dinosaur-like crocodiles or “salties” in Tropical North Queensland. Although we are told a great deal about how big they are, seeing one in the “flesh” is another experience altogether. The massive reptiles love to soak up the sun and if you come at the right time, you might enjoy one of the feeding sessions, certainly impressive!
At Cairns Tropical Zoo, those tamed Eastern Grey “roos” leisurely roam in their walk-through enclosure and guests are permitted to hand-feed them. Another not-to-be-missed experience.
And then, to all the bird lovers out there, large walk-through aviaries are another highlight to the park. Cheeky kookaburras, shy and sleepy owls, chatty cockatoos, you take your pick! They are all here. Colourful lorikeets will also allow for fabulous shots.
Ultimately, Cairns Tropical Zoo is more than a mere zoo; it is an award-winning sanctuary dedicated to providing the best care to wildlife. It even has established its own trust; the North Queensland Wildlife Trust.
So, are you ready to experience Tropical North Queensland’s precious wildlife?