Located in the heart of the city, atop The Reef Hotel Casino, is an all-weather wildlife park encased in a 20-metre-high glass dome. Enter, and you’ll be immersed in a rainforest environment. Look up, and you’ll see it’s a wildlife sanctuary with a twist; above is a challenge ropes course of zip lines, tunnels, cargo nets and swings, so you can combine your animal encounters with adrenalin-pumping action.
Home to more than 60 species of animals – including cuddly koalas, cheeky lorikeets, kookaburras, green tree frogs, and a 4.1 metre crocodile known as Goliath – wonder around the park at your leisure. Or drop in on the many fun and informative presentations held throughout the day.
Start your day with the morning feed of the rainforest birds; attend the koala talk to learn about these much-loved marsupials; or discover what makes a crocodile tick at the reptile show. All shows are included in your entry fee.
And remember to have your photo taken with a koala, python or crocodile as a souvenir of the day. Or if you’re brave enough, flash a cheeky grin while zip lining above Goliath!
Immerse yourself in a rainforest environment in the heart of Cairns city. Meet Snowy, the rare white kookaburra; Jo Jo, the sulphur-crested cockatoo; and Goliath the 4.1m estuarine crocodile. Mingle with the inquisitive, free-roaming rainforest wallabies and native birds.
Surrounded my more than 60 species of animals including amphibians, reptiles, mammals and marsupials, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn more about the dome’s inhabitants through a series of shows and presentations.
Remember to have your photo taken with a koala. Look out for the designated photography area next to the reception.
Koala photos are taken on the half hour from 9:30am to 6:30pm. Anyone can hold a koala as long as they are over 120cm tall and follow the wildlife keeper’s instructions. Snake and crocodile photos are taken on the hour between 9.30am to 4:30pm.
As the only wildlife park in the world featuring a challenge ropes course you can be sure this experience will be one of a kind. And there is plenty of action to choose from, depending on your comfort level.
No prior experience is necessary for any of the activities but you may choose to start out with the Mid-ZOOM. And if you fancy yourself a bit of a fitness buff, go for your life and head straight for the Hi-ZOOM. There’s also the option of braving the external perimeter of the dome. You’ll be rewarded with stunning outlooks from the Trinity Inlet right out to the northern beaches.
For those who are a little wary of jumping straight into the Hi-ZOOM challenge, the Mid-ZOOM could be the introduction for you. The course runs 3m above ground level and while it’s slightly easier, it still requires strength and balance and comes with a range of elements that’ll test you, but it’s a great way of familiarising yourself with the different elements. You can expect tunnels, wall-climbs, a cargo net, swings, and a zip line.
The Mid-Zoom is also recommended for younger kids.
For those daredevils who can’t wait to show off their agility, go for the Hi-ZOOM.
If you’re in for adrenalin-pumping action, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll wind your way up the dome to parts of the course that are as high as 20m and you’ll fly down three zip lines, one of which will have you gliding right above Goliath. Remember to smile at this point. If you like the shot you can take it home as a souvenir at an additional cost.
Tethered to the outside of the dome and wearing a harness, you’ll walk around the 60cm wide platform enjoying spectacular views from all angles. Look out to the Trinity Inlet, the mountains to the west, and the beaches to the north. And it’s hands-free, so you’ll be able to take plenty of selfies.
End your Dome Climb with the Power Jump! Attached to a rope you’ll take off from a 13m tall tower inside the Dome. Falling at high speed you’ll end with a soft landing thanks to a fan contraption. Strike a pose on the way down. Or…you could just descend via the staircase.
Easy walking distance to all Cairns CBD accommodation and Cruise Liner Terminal
January - December
Does not opperate Christmas Day
Sunday to Friday: 9:00am to 6:15pm (last entry 5:00pm)
Saturday: 9:00am to 8:00pm
Weight: Up to 120 Kg / 265 Lb
Height: From 120 Cm / 3ft11in
There is an elevator available straight to the Wildlife Dome interior
Ramps and surfaces are throughout the park to allow for wheelchairs
CBD public transport (Sunbus) / Taxi Rank
Use of the goods lift for wheelchairs and pram access
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Cancellations within 24 hours of travel are subject to 100% cancellation fee.