An eco-adventure for all ages, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures gives you the chance to get up close to those smiling crocodiles. It’s an informative and educational day where you will learn about many species native to Australia.
Take a cruise on the lagoon and see the crocodiles in surroundings that mimic their natural habitat, they’ll be lazing in the sun, building nests and swimming in the water alongside you. There is also a commercial crocodile farm where you can find out about the sustainable practices of cultivating crocs.
There are also areas where you a free to explore and discover the native wildlife of the wetlands for yourself; bright birds, tremulous turtles and lounging lizards are all part of the crocodile’s world.
The Gondwana Gateway gives you an insight into the evolution of Australia’s unique wildlife while the Snake Show at 2pm introduces you to some of her less friendly inhabitants. Another highlight is watching the cassowaries feed and finding out about these rainforest birds and how they have evolved throughout the millennia.
Hartley’s is just off the Captain Cook Highway 7mi (10km) north of Palm Cove. Tourist buses make the journey from Cairns and some stop in Palm Cove.