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Alice in wonderland – Discover a new world in Kuranda!

Alice in Wonderland

Did you ever found yourself wandering around in a place full of magic? The moment when you hold in to asked yourself if magic exist? A place where time stands still and you are surrounded with magical creatures from another world.

Your inner child will start observing this hidden treasure with sparkling eyes – fascinated. If you like to have the same experience like we had, to feel like a wandering Alice in Wonderland than – the Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda is a MUST SEE!

We found this attraction purely by chance in a small village called Kuranda in Australia (Queensland). This moment is one of my favourite memories during my travel and I would like to share this with you!.


Only 30 minuets drive away from Cairns we stopped in a little village called “Kuranda”. We were on the road for quite a long time so we wanted to have a break from driving. We were wandering around as we saw a big sign that said “Butterfly Sanctuary”. We were definitely not ready yet to hit the road.

Our expectations

Behzad and I were not really excited about the opportunity to spend some time in this sanctuary. We already pictured our selves joining a group of elderly people, listening to a guy that is more bored talking about the butterflies than we are with listening to him.


We might get to see some butterflies but only behind a barrier of a glass wall – the rest of the butterflies must be probably hanging dead on some sort as an exhibition. Nevertheless we gave it a try to spend some time together 

But let me tell you, all those prejudice are totally wrong!



A whole new world!

From the time we went into the free flight area we couldn’t believe our own eyes! There were just butterflies everywhere !

In every shape and colour you can imagine. There were so colourful and stunning that I thought there would only live in my dreams like this. The Butterfly Sanctuary is a home for around 2.000 butterflies… A lot isn’t it?


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Before we went in, Behzad attached a tiny blossom on my hat. OMG – how cute from him right? I loved the tiny flower on my hat. But who would have known that this turned out to be the best thing ever?!

The Butterflies were coming immediately to me and tried to get a taste of the tiny flower.

If you goal is to get a great picture with the superstar – the Ulysses Butterfly – just take a blossom from outside with you and attach it somehow to you. Now yo can start with your very own and unforgettable butterfly dating session!




Our impressions!

I think for this attraction our pictures and video will tell you more than words could tell.

Gallery / Gallerie

The legend of the Butterfly!

There are a lot of stories and legends about this beautiful and elegant creatures around. The local people of Australia (The Indigenous People) spread those stories to ever generation in their tribe. Also stories about the butterfly. I chose one that I really liked and I would love to share it with you!.

The Butterfly Twins
In the Dreamtime a woman gave birth to twin girls who were quite ugly but she loved them for their inner beauty.

Unfortunately the rest of the tribe were repulsed by their ugliness and the girls had no friends.
Their mother taught the twins how to make delicious drinks from the nectar of flowers and this was the only reason the tribe let them stay after their mother died.

However being friendless and now with no mother, the twins became miserable und lonely. It was then that the Great All-Father took pity on them and turned them into beautiful butterflies.
The tribe witnessed this transformation and now tried to befriend them,
but the girls flew away.

Even today, if you see a butterfly, you will have very few seconds to appreciate its beauty before it flies away.


Visit Kuranda

The Butterfly Sanctuary is open the whole year, 7 days a week from 9.45am till 4.00pm.

Entry: Adult ($19.50), Child ($9.75), Family – 2 adults with 2 children ($48.75)

Address: 8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda QLD 4881
Phone: (07) 4093 7575

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  • Reply karen278

    ABSOLUTELY wonderful photos and as a fan of butterflies, this is somewhere I would LOVE to go!

    May 11, 2016 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply EG III

    Places like this, which come as unexpected surprises are often the true treasures of travel. Looks like an awesome little place you stumbled upon.

    May 12, 2016 at 9:01 am
  • Reply Rashmi & Chalukya

    Wow these look so mesmerising. Your post reminded us of our visit to a butterfly farm in Malaysia way back in 2009. You cannot just stop wondering at the colors of nature 😉

    May 12, 2016 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Sheri

    I love butterflies so much and I am glad you were able to enjoy the experience. Reminds me of the Butterfly House here in Vienna.

    May 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply Alina Popescu

    Wow,so gorgeous! I’d love to visit a place entirely dedicated to butterflies. My first experience with butterflies flying around me was last summer while visiting and Essex zoo and I got completely hooked (after the fear of hurting them by mistake passed).

    May 13, 2016 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Ann

    I love that it far exceeded your expectations. And thanks for the blossom on the hat tip. There’s a much smaller butterfly sanctuary here that I take my kids to and I’m going to try that.

    May 13, 2016 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Sarah @ Expat of the World

    Great photos- I’ve never seen a butterfly so big before!! There’s something so magical about them, as you say. The price isn’t too bad, either!

    May 14, 2016 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Bernard Tan

    OMG! this is so fun! It is awesome that the butterfly is able to land on your hat! It reminds me of the butterfly garden in Singapore Changi Airport!

    May 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Evanne

    They’re huge! There’s something about butterfly exhibitions. I’ve found they’re rarely overrated!

    May 14, 2016 at 11:48 pm
  • Reply Stacy

    What an unexpected highlight for your travels! I always love it when we wander upon a place, don’t expect it to be much, and it exceeds all our expectations. I can’t even imagine seeing a butterfly that big–let alone one landing on me!

    May 15, 2016 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply jess_friend

    What an excellent find! It’s always when you pull off the main road and do a little exploring that you find the places. Last year my brother and I were road tripping through the states and found an amazing old ghost mining town! The butterfly sanctuary looks amazing and your video certainly convinced me to go! Have you shared your video with the sanctuary? I’m sure they’d love to see it

    May 15, 2016 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Kirnay

    Wow awesome place and photos are incredible. I’ve never seen such a big butterfly before. What a lovely and magical place indeed.

    May 15, 2016 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply sveeteskapes

    Oh my gosh, we were in Australia this Feb/March and Kuranda was one of the places we most definitely wanted to go to but did not have the time for. Thanks for giving me a glimpse and making me realize just how much we missed, ugh! Those butterflies are beautiful.
    xx, Kusum |

    May 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Matthias

    Woow, great pictures of the butterflies! I love the colours and more importantly I love the amazing video you guys made. Keep up the good work and enjoy life 🙂

    May 15, 2016 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Ahammed Bablu

    2000 butterflies? it will be beautiful to see different coloured butterflies every where,And the butterfly story 🙂

    May 15, 2016 at 3:46 pm
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