Hartley’s is the original Australian croc show and quite possibly the best. Its fantastic natural setting is a 2-hectare (5-acre) lagoon surrounded by melaluca (Paperbark) and bloodwood trees that are home to 23 estuarine crocs. The best time to visit is for the 3pm “croc attack” show, when you can witness the saltwater crocodile “death roll” during the 45-minute performance. At 11am you can see these monsters being hand-fed or hear an eye-opening talk on the less-aggressive freshwater crocodiles. If you are really brave (braver than me!), you can also have a “Big Croc Experience,” where you get to pole-feed a large crocodile yourself. Available twice a day at 10:30am and 1pm (bookings essential), you’ll be one of six adults (16 and over) to take part in each group (but your friends and family can come along to watch). The cost is $125 per person. There are tours of the croc farm at 10am and 1:30pm; at 2pm there is a snake show; 4:30pm is koala-feeding time. Cassowaries are fed at 9:30am and 4:15pm. There are also croc- and snake-handling opportunities and heaps of other interesting things to see and do.
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Captain Cook Hwy
Our Rating Hours Daily 8:30am–5pm; 1:30pm–5pm Anzac Day (Apr 25) Phone 07/4055 3576 Prices Admission (good for 3 days) A$35 adults, A$18 children 4–15, A$88 families of 4 Web site Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Other (40 km/24 miles north of Cairns; about 100 m off the highway). Closed Christmas Day. Free parking
MapCaptain Cook Hwy Cairns
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