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Hartley's Lagoon
Hartley's Lagoon Crocodile Cruise

Wildlife Discovery Trail
Wildlife & Crocodiles Discovery Trail

Gondwana Gateway
Gondwana Gateway

Cassowary Walk
Cassowary Wildlife Walk

Crocodile Farm
Hartley's Creek Crocodile Farm Tour

Explore The Park

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is an award-winning ecotourism accredited attraction that has been carefully created on a 10 hectare World Heritage location. After many years of habitat restoration it is now a true sanctuary, with over 2100m of boardwalks and pathways that allow you to discover the five distinct zones of this innovative wildlife park.

A multi-faceted eco-adventure facility, most areas of Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures can be explored independently, while others require special transport and/or staff supervision for safety reasons.

Hartley's Lagoon - Our No. 1 croc spotting spot! Tour the wetlands on a boat cruise and watch crocodiles, birds and the wildlife of the coastal melaleuca habitat.

Cassowary Walk - Introduce yourself to our beautiful flightless emblems, the Cassowaries, and discover why they are so important to our rainforests.

Wildlife Discovery Trail - Meet freshwater crocs, turtles and lizards and go through our tropical walk-through bird aviary. Visit the Macalister Education Centre for an insight into the local environment.

Crocodile Farm - We operate a commercial crocodile farm here at Hartley's. Take a farm tour to learn how it works and to gain an insight into how crocodile farming contributes to conservation.

Gondwana Gateway - Our newest attraction is best described as the 'bridge between two worlds'. The displays and interpretative signage explain how isolation and adaption shaped our unique fauna.

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures was created as a showcase for ecotourism and environmental sustainability. Every aspect of its design, construction and operations is centered on the philosophy of sustainable use and positive environmental impacts.

The award winning buildings on the site were designed to blend seamlessly into the landscape. Water use is minimised by extensive recycling and rainwater capture facilities, while energy consumption is also reduced through innovative use of design and materials as well as low energy lighting.

The wildlife is displayed in enclosures and landscapes that have been carefully designed so that the visitors have the perception of them being ‘in the wild’ but with the safety of the most modern enclosure structures.

Gondwana Gateway Hartley's Lagoon Crocodile Farm Wildlife Discovery Trail Cassowary Walk

Gondwana Gateway Hartley's Lagoon Crocodile Farm Wildlife Discovery Trail Cassowary Walk

Self-Guided Walks

Plant Discovery Guide: Northern Australia is one of the richest botanical treasure troves in the world. This self guided walk introduces you to some of our local plants. Some are ancient dinosaur food, some are valuable to aboriginal people and some have developed extraordinary relationships with other plants and animals.

Cassowary Garden: Another self guided walk introducing visitors to some rainforest plants that are vital for the cassowary’s survival.

Audio Boxes: During your explorations at Hartley’s you may encounter some green, square audio tour boxes outside selected displays. Simply turn the handle and, while turning, press the buttons for some surprising facts and stories.

MacAlister Education Centre

For many years, tourists visiting North Queensland could be forgiven for thinking that there were only two places to visit - the reef and the rainforest. The vast majority of northern Australia consists of seasonally dry savannah woodland. In recognition of the need to promote appreciation of the dry tropical savannah woodland surrounding the Hartley’s creek region, the MacAlister Education Centre was opened in 2004.

Its aim is to provide a window into the biodiversity of the savannah woodlands surrounding the park. It does this through interpretive display panels, touch tables and live exhibits, featuring some of the smaller and less well known animals that live here. Snakes, fish, bugs and other minibeasts are sure to enthrall inquisitive minds - young and old. Come in and stay a while.

Open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, discover the World Heritage landscape, history and flora and fauna surrounding Hartley's.


  • Personalised guided talk with a senior Crocodile Handler
  • Learn interesting facts on both Freshwater and Estuarine Crocodiles
  • Meet and hold a juvenile Estuarine Crocodile
  • Receive a souvenir digital photo holding a juvenile crocodile
  • Receive a certificate signed by the Crocodile Handler
  • Allow at least 45 minutes for the activity
  • Free bottle of chilled water

The Big Croc Experience is available 7 days at 10.30 am or 1.00 pm, and is limited to a maximum of 4 adults. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.

Only available to persons 16 years and over, children and non-participating adults may accompany group at no extra charge (standard admission rates apply).

Bookings are essential and require at least 24 hours notice.

Cost is $135 per person self-drive, $158 per person including transfers from Palm Cove, or $172 per person including transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches, or $166 per person including transfers from Port Douglas.

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