Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures has been operating for more than 75 years and specializes in wildlife conservation and educating the public about Australian wildlife.
Located on the tropical north Queensland coast between Cairns and Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures offers visitors a chance to see crocodiles in their native environment and attend a range of wildlife presentations to learn about the reptiles.
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures features a man-made lagoon and more than 7,000 native trees. The site was originally mined for tin and had been left in a degraded state. It has been transformed into a sanctuary for local Australian wildlife.
Hartley’s is an eco-friendly company that practises water and energy conservation, waste treatment and soil conservation. A visit to Hartley’s creek crocodile farm, located on the Captain Cook Highway 40 kms from Cairns, is a must-do when visiting the region. There is a range of day tours available if you don’t have your own transport.
Crocodiles at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
As the name suggestions, the main attraction is the crocodiles. Hartley’s has both saltwater and freshwater crocodiles. Saltwater crocodiles are the largest living reptile in the world and have jaw muscles that are strong enough to crush bone.
Hartley’s is a working crocodile farm and produces crocodile skin and meat for export. Take a tour of Hartley’s crocodile farm while visiting and learn why farming is the best way to harvest skins and meat without upsetting the eco balance.
You can take a boat cruise on Hartley’s lagoon or go to the crocodile attack show. Here you can learn how to avoid an attack in the wild with a crocodile and safety tips for camping in the tropics. Professional keepers demonstrate the death rolls and head shakes, and hand feed the crocodiles while you watch from a specially designed safe amphitheatre!
The star attraction of the show is Charlie, a crocodile estimated to be between 70 and 80 years old. Crocodiles can live up to 120 years old in captivity, so Charlie should be around for awhile yet!
Other Wildlife at Hartley’s
There is a range of wildlife presentations that are both educational and entertaining at different times throughout the day. See a snake show that has some of the deadliest snakes in the world, cassowary and koala feeding, dingoes, wallabies, turtles and more.
For a unique souvenir to show your friends back home, get your photo taken with a baby crocodile or python if you dare! You can also purchase genuine crocodile leather goods in the souvenir shop and other Australian keepsakes.
Once you have had enough crocodiles and animals for the day, head over to Lilies restaurant which overlooks Hartley’s lagoon. Enjoy a light snack, some Australian beer and wine, or dine on crocodile meat, an Australian delicacy.