Fodor's Expert Review Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Palm Cove Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Hartley's houses thousands of crocodiles as well as koalas, wallabies, quolls, snakes, lizards, southern cassowaries, and tropical birds in natural environs, accessible via boardwalks and boat tours. A lagoon cruise, on which keepers feed big crocs at close range, is included in your entry price. There are daily cassowary, wallaby, quoll, and koala feedings, croc and snake shows, and croc farm tours. Most thrilling is the Big Croc Experience, held daily at 10:30 and 1 (book 24 hours ahead). It's your chance to handle squirming baby crocs and pole-feed gigantic ones, and includes a guided tour and commemorative photo. The Gondwana Grill showcases local delicacies, including crocodile, of course. If you don't feel like driving, Down Under Tours (07/4035–5566), Tropical Horizons Tours (07/4047–9049), and several other operators include Hartley's on their day-tour itineraries.

Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge Tour–Sight Green Flight Centre Family

Quick Facts

Captain Cook Hwy.
Wangetti, Queensland  4879, Australia

07-4055–3576

www.crocodileadventures.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Entry A$36; Croc Encounter A$125, self-drive; 2-park pass to Hartley\'s and Cairns Tropical Zoo A$64

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