Behind-the-Scenes Laboratory Tour

After walking through the aviary, we will take you to the breeding laboratory which houses up to 4,000 caterpillars. This interesting and educational experience provides an opportunity to view first hand the breeding laboratory through special viewing windows, where you will see the caterpillars in varying stages of development being fed.

All of our butterflies are reared on the premises. To continuously stock the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the laboratory staff collect eggs daily and “hand-raise” the caterpillars right through to the chrysalis stage, until they are released as butterflies into the Sanctuary.