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  • Location:Cairns, Northern Beaches or Palm Cove area
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

Explore Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, an award-winning eco-tourism attraction located between Cairns and Port Douglas. Cruise the wetlands to see crocodiles lazing on the riverbanks and witness the stealth and power of these prehistoric animals at the Crocodile Attack show. This innovative wildlife park has five distinct zones, showcasing Australian wildlife in their natural environment. Enjoy guided walks, keeper-talks, animal shows and a behind-the-scenes look at crocodile farming.


  • Spend the afternoon at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
  • Hartley Crocodile Adventures is a great place to see crocodiles while staying in Cairns or Palm Cove
  • Explore the five different zones within the park each with their own unique animals
  • Take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife on our melaleuca wetland.
  • See the mighty 'death roll' during the Crocodile Attack show
  • Help feed the koala's and cassowaries

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What You Can Expect

Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Located just 25 miles (40 km) north of Cairns and 15.5 miles (25 km) south of Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is a great place to see crocodiles and Australian wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. Walk along the 1.3 miles (2.1 km) of timber boardwalks and pathways, through woodlands and rainforest to see an array of tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna.

Start your adventure with a boat cruise exploring the Melaleuca wetlands, home to the estuarine (saltwater) crocodile. Then, explore the different zones of the park at your leisure. There are entertaining and educational wildlife presentations to enjoy each day. (See below for show and feeding times.)

Watch the notorious ‘head shake’ and ‘death roll’ at the Crocodile Attack Show, see some of the world’s most venomous snakes, and help feed the koala’s and cassowaries. You'll even have the opportunity to have your photo taken with a crocodile!

Hartley’s Lagoon

Take a scenic cruise along the wetlands to spot crocodiles and other bird, and wildlife of the coastal melaleuca habitat. The purpose built boat has raised seating so you won’t miss out on the view. During the cruise commentary is provided by the drivers, highlighting not only the behaviour of the crocodiles but all the other plants and animals that share their home.

Cassowary Walk
The Cassowary is native to the tropical rainforests of Australia. Learn about these magnificent and unique flightless birds, and help their keeper feed them. This zone features not only these amazing birds but also has information on their origins and their close relatives.

Wildilfe Discovery Trail
Wander along the Wildlife Discovery Trail boardwalks and see two species of crocodile, the Estuarine (saltie) and the freshwater and be amazed at the size and power of the big male crocs. You’ll see all sorts of other animals and plants that share the crocodile’s world, from brilliant birds, flashing fish, lazy lizards and timid turtles - all of which are found locally in the wild alongside the crocs.

Crocodile Farm
Take a guided walk through Hartley’s crocodile farm and learn how crocodiles are raised for their skins and meat. You will learn how it all works, and gain insight on how the sustainable commercial use of wildlife contributes to wildlife and habitat conservation.

Gondwana Gateway
Learn what makes Australia’s animals some of the most intriguing and unique in the world as you wander the Gondwana Gateway. The interpretive signage alongside each exhibit, will guide you to put each animal into is evolutionary context.

Shows & Feeding times

  • 2.00pm Snake Show
  • 2.30pm Wetlands Cruise
  • 3.00pm Crocodile Attack Show
  • 3.45pm Crocodile photo opportunity (own expense)
  • 4.15pm Cassowary feeding
  • 4.30pm Koala feeding


Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our entire family really enjoyed this adventure. It was very well organized, moving us as a group from one show to the next. We learned so much about the crocodiles! Don't miss the area with the roos and wallabies that are so tame- a fun place for the kids to pet a kangaroo!
This half day tour was the perfect thing to do with all ages! It never felt crowded and the pick up/drop off from the hotel was perfect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

I absolutely loved this tour. The staff were friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. There was plenty of time to see exhibits and I highly recommend the boat trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Fantastic setting with excellent knowledgeable staff with a good sense of humour. Lots to see in beautiful surroundings.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Brilliant tour , well organized. The bus driver was very good and interactive with the children and others. You don't miss a thing and its was a great tour, you come away with a better understand of Australia's wildlife.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Good shows! Need more time to enjoy!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

Brilliant place with very friendly staff. I had a terrific time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

Very well organized afternoon. The boat tour and the crocodile attack show were fun, scary and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

Very nice and safe contact to awesome reptiles - Hartley's crew are wonderful cheerful people with a fantastic sence of humour! I've enjoyed this adventure a lot!

Sharon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

Really enjoyed this. The snake and crocodile shows were a must. A half day trip is definitely enough to fit everything in.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

Hartley's is a nice place to see Australian wildlife. It was well worth the half day and a great tour for someone arriving in Cairns early in the day and wanting to jump right in. All other tours began too early in the day before my 9 am arrival. The driver was very nice and quite knowledgeable about the habitat and local fauna.
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