Our History

CaPTA stands for Cairns and Port Trips and Attractions (or more affectionately known as Charlie and Pip’s Trips and Attractions) and employs over 200 staff across the group.

The group consists of Rainforestation Nature Park, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome, Jungle Tours & Trekking, Tropic Wings Cairns Tours & Charters, Wildlife Habitat, Careers Training Centre and ABC Sales & Maintenance.

While CaPTA’s business focus is centred around tourism products, the group has expanded into tourism and indigenous training through the Careers Training Centre and more recently into coach chartering, sales and service through ABC Sales & Maintenance.

Rainforestation Nature Park was purchased by Charles & Pip Woodward in 1974. It was initially an orange orchard, named Mountain Grove. After extensive construction, the park was officially opened as a tourist attraction on 29th July 1976, with amphibious Army Duck tours and the Colonial Restaurant. The park now offers three key experiences – the Koala & Wildlife Park, the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and the Army Duck rainforest tours – and will be celebrating its 40th birthday in 2016.

Click here to learn more about Rainforestation Nature Park.