Animals,  Attractions,  Indoors

Gold Coast Butterflies Butterfly House

Little minds are mesmerised by brightly coloured, tiny fluttering wings, so what better place for a little outing than the Gold Coast Butterflies Butterfly House!?

We headed to the Butterfly House over the weekend, and what a fun time we had!! You can spend time learning about the plants that provide natural habitats for butterflies and caterpillars, wander around the greenhouse spotting butterflies and even get up close and personal with the different life stages of the butterfly – egg, larva, pupa and adult.

There were a couple of other families there when we visited, mostly with primary school aged children and they were absolutely enthralled with the butterfly facts and could be heard shouting out whenever they found another butterfly hidden away in a flower or vine. Our little one watched curiously as we pointed out a butterfly crawling on the greenhouse wall, and exclaimed when we found one on a flower right beside his face! He got a little excited and grabbed at a leaf at one point, sending a startled butterfly from higher up the bush flitting away to safety – and making us keep a closer eye on wandering toddler limbs!

The day we visited was rainy, and we found out that cool, rainy weather makes the butterflies a little sleepy and quiet. Most of the butterflies were resting on flowers or leaves when we arrived, but as the day warmed up a little and the rain outside stopped a few of the more adventurous butterflies started to flit around the room. There is also a stand covered in fruit which is a regular favourite for the hungry butterflies.

As you leave the enclosure you can also see a range of pinned butterflies, including some that are over 100 years old. It is quite an impressive collection and it is amazing to see how many different varieties and colours of butterflies that exist. The Gold Coast Butterfly House particularly works to increase awareness of the endangered Richmond Birdwing butterfly, and while they don’t have any in the enclosure, they have a Birdwing vine and explain what plants you can add to your garden to help with the conservation of this incredible butterfly.

It was a really lovely outing for our little family. You don’t need a lot of time there depending on age range of your children and the level of interest! We were there for about an hour. The Butterfly House is open the same hours as the market, so we used it as an opportunity to have a quick stroll around the market and check out the baby farm animals while we were there!

Definitely add this to your list of adventures for your little one.

Need to know:

Website: http://www.goldcoastbutterflies.com.au/

Opening hours: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 9am – 3pm

Location: Carrara Markets, enter via gate 2 on Market Street and it’s right there

Admission prices: Children over 2: $7, Concession $8, Adults $10, Family pass (5 people) $30

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