Cairns Wildlife Dome

Cairns City, QLD

Where are we going?

Cairns Wildlife Dome
35/41 Wharf St
Cairns City QLD 4870

07 4031 7250

What is there to do?

Get lost in the rainforest at Cairns Wildlife Dome! It's a fantastic, fun and educational all-weather wildlife exhibit all encased in a 20m high glass dome on the rooftop of the famous Reef Hotel Casino, right in the centre of Cairns.

Families can become completely immersed in a realistic rainforest environment where you are surrounded by incredible wildlife. Parrots, lorikeets, cockatoos, and other Wet Tropics bird soar freely around you.  You even have the opportunity to encounter the free-roaming rainforest wallabies, curlews (do you know that they might be!?), as well as bettongs, kookaburras, frogs, turtles, pythons, crocodiles...the list goes on!

Because education is so important in the conservation of our worlds rain-forests, the centre offer free guided tours and animal presentations which take place throughout the day. These give kids an invaluable interactive learning experience about the various rainforest wildlife, and also gives you get photo opportunities!

The Wildlife Dome is an immersion exhibit, and this means that the birds (as well as most of the other animals) can roam free just as they would in the wild. They aren't confined to small cages, and instead can fly as they wish in the large aviary enclosure.  This is great for both them, and YOU because it means you get more interaction with them and the environment!

Want to feel what it's like to be up in the trees with the birds? Head to the Challenge Course which is set at different heights within the Dome, so that you can the birds can really interact, because you'll be up in the leaves with them!

It's an exhilarating experience where you can learn, interact and appreciate the native fauna.

Let's get wild! 

How much does it cost?

Adults: $24 entry only. $40 with a photo

Children: Ages 4 - 14: $12 entry only. $28 with a photo


Need a little extra help?

There is wheelchair access and ramps are provided to get to, and within, the dome. There are hand rails for visually impaired guests on the boardwalks.


When can we go?

9am - 6pm. Shuts 5:30pm on public holidays.

Daily except Christmas Day


Any top tips?

The Mid Course, at an easier level of difficulty is suitable for beginners, young people and as an introduction for the Hi-Zoom. Reaching no more than 3 metre in height, the mid-course is more suitable for participants afraid of heights. 1 Adult is required to supervise every 2 children between the heights of 120cm and 140 cm. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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