Things to Do Kuranda

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The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in the Southern Hemisphere.

Located in the heart of Kuranda, only a short walk from Skyrail and the Kuranda Scenic Railway station, our sanctuary is home to over 2000 butterflies from a variety of species.

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A message from the team at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary! #GOQUEENSLAND ... See MoreSee Less

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Geoffrey William MartinOk yes go Queensland. Woohoo

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Slow motion videos show how beautiful butterflies really are! 😍 #australianbutterflysanctuary ... See MoreSee Less

This one patch of sunlight within our aviary attracted heaps of butterflies! Can you count how many there is? ... See MoreSee Less

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Everyone is familiar with the Monarch or Wanderer Butterfly. Although native to North America, these butterflies are found on every continent on earth. They are most famous for their huge migration from Canada to Mexico. One thing you may not know though, is that no single butterfly can complete the trip. Their wings are simply too fragile. So how did they manage to colonise Australia?

It has been said that the swan plant (Gomphocarpus fruticosa) may have been accidentally introduced as contaminants in regularly traded goods between South Africa and Australia, or deliberately imported for the ‘silk cotton’ contained in the seed pods that was used in hat making. Another idea is that The North American Milkweed (Aslepia curassavica) was brought over by miners during the Australian gold rush (1850’s) in their pillows. The fluffy seed pods were a common filling in pillows and possibly germinated when the pillows were thrown away. #australianbutterflysanctuary
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Fun Fact Friday!

Did you know butterflies drink tears? Butterflies drink nectar from flowers but also need other salts and minerals that they get from muddy puddles, animal faeces, urine, sweat and tears. Tears don’t just have salt they also have protein. In fact, tears have 200 times more protein than the same amount of sweat.
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