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Cairns, Australia-port

Cairns is the capital of Far North Queensland, and its east coastal cities rest along the Great Barrier Reef. The state of Queensland occupies a vast 667,000 square miles and much of the land remains uninhabited, covered with miles of rainforest where Australian teak, hopp, pine and fig trees abound. Before 1879, when the city of Cairns was established, the only inhabitants of this region were the Aborigines, the culture for which Australia is perhaps best known.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Butterfly Sanctuary & Aussie Wildlife
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Cairns Panorama
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Cairns, Kuranda, Aboriginals & Army Duck
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Skyrail, Kuranda & Cairns
    Light Activity /Walking

Butterfly Sanctuary & Aussie Wildlife

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: CNS-001

Departing by coach from the ship, you'll drive to Kuranda, a small township nestled in the majestic rainforest that borders Cairns. Upon arrival, enjoy a brief orientation tour of this charming village before visiting the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

This aviary is home to over 1,500 magnificent tropical butterflies, all local to the area, including the electric blue Ulysses butterfly. As the butterflies are all rainforest species, the aviary is designed to re-create their natural habitat, complete with a running stream. Here, you will have a chance to learn about the many interesting behavioral patterns and the life cycle of these winsome insects. This includes egg laying, courtship dances, and butterfly battles over territory to name just a few.

Following your time at the Butterfly Sanctuary, you will re-board your coach and proceed to the Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary, which forms part of this vast 100-acre park. Here, you can see koalas, wander amongst free-roaming kangaroos and wallabies, and visit an exciting nocturnal display. The Wildlife Sanctuary also gives visitors the chance to have a keepsake photo taken while holding an adorable koala. This photo is optional and not included in your tour cost.

At the conclusion of your tour, your coach will travel back down the mountain, affording you further scenic views of the Cairns region, the Coral Sea and Green Island before you are returned to the ship.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking and/or standing, and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.