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Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Boat & Walking Tour
- Wildlife discovery: Take a walk on the wild side as you trek through more than 1.3 miles of boardwalks and pathways, discovering wildlife at every turn.
- Cassowary walk: Find out which indigenous plants are crucial to the survival of these beautiful flightless birds and why they're so important to our rainforests.
- Hartley's Lagoon: Visit the number-one place to spot crocs as you skim the waters of our coastal melaleuca habitat keeping watch for tropical birds and wildlife.
- Macalister Education Centre: Get a peek into the biodiversity of the local environment as you enjoy live exhibits, display panels, and touch tables.
About this Cairns Tour
Every aspect of Hartley's Crocodile Adventure has been carefully planned and flawlessly executed. From the construction of its buildings to its low-energy lighting and everything in between, nothing was left to chance when it came to designing a facility that was both visitor- and environmentally friendly.
As you enter the wildlife park, you'll be taken in by a kaleidoscope of colors and the beauty of its many plants and species. Walk at your own leisure along the pathways and boardwalks as you peer into the lives of reptiles, birds, koalas, and of course, crocodiles.
Your day could be as structured or relaxed as you want. Every hour offers different tours and shows, including the Crocodile Farm Tour, which will give you an appreciation of what it takes to operate a crocodile farm and its contribution to conserving these endangered predators.
You can't miss the heaviest native land animal, the cassowary, standing anywhere from five to six-and-a-half feet in height and averaging 130 pounds. Their diet consists of whole fruits, and lots of them, that drop from trees. As they pass through the forest, they spread the excreted seeds here, there, and everywhere, making them the biggest contributors of seed dispersal and germination and the growth of new trees in the forest. Isn't that handy?
And speaking of eating, the Crocodile Feeding Show is a fan favorite that lets you watch both Estuarine and Freshwater crocs being hand fed. Whatever your itinerary, you'll end your day with a better understanding of why Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is an award-winning ecotourism attraction.
Are those crocodile tears?
When a person is "crying crocodile tears," it means they are insincere in their sadness or remorse. Many crocodiles shed tears when they're eating prey. So the question arises, do these crocs feel guilty for their actions? The answer is definitely not. Glands in a crocodile secrete fluids behind their third eyelid (yes, you read that right). When eating, they swallow too much air and it forces tears to flow involuntarily. Guess they are cold-blooded after all.
Please make your own way to Hartley's Crocodile Adventure.
Take extra precautions to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Even on cloudy days, the UV is stronger than you may think.
This tour is suitable for travelers with limited mobility, able to get on and off a boat without assistance or with the aid of a traveling companion. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Wilderness/Wildlife, Family Friendly, Boat Tour
48-seat Climate-controlled Motorcoach
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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