Butterfly Garden

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Sign at the entrance to the butterfly garden.

Of all the things I saw and did in Australia, the two best things were the Great Barrier Reef and the Butterfly Garden.

Cairns Birdwing butterfly on a

My YouTube Channel has the best of the Great Barrier Reef stuff, because video comes out better than pictures in water full of sediment.

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Butterflies feeding at a sugar-water feeder.

However, the pictures from the butterfly garden are better than the video, so I wanted to do an entire post just to show off the butterfly pictures.

Overview of the garden.

The butterfly garden in Kuranda has a building full of caterpillars, so you can see what the juvenile butterflies look like.

Two Chocolate Argus butterflies getting friendly.

The main building is the garden, which is full of all kinds of amazing flowers and water features.

Common Eggfly on a leaf.

Now, I know butterflies are not everyone’s thing. I am sure most people would have been more excited by the markets and the shopping opportunities.

Cruiser butterfly on a leaf.

However, I like watching butterflies. You can just sit down and watch them flutter around. If you hold very still, one might even land on you.

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Blue Banded Eggfly on a leaf.

When I traveled with the Renaissance Festival (way back in my early twenties) there was a butterfly garden at one of the fairs in Texas. I used to love to sit in there and watch the butterflies.

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Case of butterflies in the gift shop.

If I ever have a back yard again, I hope to fill it with flowers so I can attract butterflies to my yard. Of course, I won’t catch them and pin them under glass like the gift shop, because that is horrifying.


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Monarch butterfly display between the garden and the gift shop.


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Kuranda Sign

There is a village up in the rain forest called Kuranda. You can get there by bus, but savvy people know that the best way to go is either the train, or the “Sky Rail.”

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Skyrail Building

Thankfully, I went with my friend Melissa, and she knew all the best things to do. I am so grateful for her!

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Mel in the Skyrail

So, we took the Sky Rail there, and it offered places to get off and walk in the rain forest, as well as amazing views from within the cable cars.

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Skyrail End in Kuranda

When we got there, we went to a wildlife park with koala bears and kangaroos, which was cool.


Then, we went to a butterfly garden, which was even better. (I love butterflies!)

Butterfly from the butterfly garden

And, I tried a kangaroo steak, which was way better than a kangaroo burger.

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Kangaroo Steak

Finally, we took the train back to Cairns.

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Train through the mountains

The train ride was amazing, and we even stopped to see the waterfall!

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Waterfall and clouds

It was a really good day, and I loved the rain forest.

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View of rainforest