Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is one of Australia’s premiere crocodile farms, offering a day of fun and educational activities for everyone in the family to enjoy
Hartley’s is an ecotourism experience that aims to raise awareness for the need for crocodile conservation. Therefore, information is a key ingredient of the activities at Hartley’s, whether you undertake a self-guided walk, botanical guided tour or an adventure boat ride.
Depending on the time of day, there are different activities available for you to engage in. Upon arrival, you’re given a map with a list of activities and times, yet reception will often highlight what activities are on at what time, so that you’re able to get the most out of your experience.
Hartley’s most famous attraction is the boat cruise, which runs all day. The boat cruise enables you to explore natural lagoons with a well-informed guide. Crocodile sightings are guaranteed, and there’s even a demonstration of how crocodiles hunt for food.
Other activities include an informative and conservation-heavy crocodile farm tour, an exciting crocodile feeding demonstration, and snake show. But perhaps the most thrilling part of Hartley’s is the wildlife discovery trail, which is a self-guided walk through the wetlands. There, you can see lizards, cassowaries, koalas, a tropical aviary, a turtle pond, water birds, and most importantly, crocodiles. You’re able to walk across bridges that are practically at water level while crocodiles lay mere metres away. It’s both a terrifying and exciting experience.
With a restaurant and snack bar open all day, Hartley’s supplies all the ingredients for a fun, family-friendly day out. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, Hartley’s is worth the 40-minute drive from Cairns. Not only is it educational and informative, but also adventure-filled and fun. For a wildlife experience like no other, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the place to go.
By Rebecca Gillies
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
t: (07) 4055 3576
a: Captain Cook Hwy, Wangetti Beach, QLD