Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

5 hours Cairns, Australia

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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.
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Stop At: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Captain Cook Highway, Wangetti, Queensland 4877 Australia

Located north of Cairns, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the best place to see crocodiles and Australian wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. Walk along the 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 times.)

Watch the notorious ‘head shake’ and ‘death roll’ at the Crocodile Attack educational show, see some of the world’s most venomous snakes, and help feed the koala’s and cassowaries.

Shows & Feeding times conducted by the parks qualified keepers.
• 2.00pm Snake Show
• 2.30pm Wetlands Cruise
• 3.00pm Crocodile Attack Show
• 4.15pm Cassowary feeding with a keeper
• 4.30pm Koala feeding with a keeper

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is a long time accredited member of Ecotourism Australia and is the only wildlife park in Australia to be located within and surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage listed forest.

Duration: 3 hours


  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat cruise
  • Wildlife Shows
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines


  • Photos holding animals at own expense
  • Food and drinks
  • NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.
  • Not available from Port Douglas.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup available from selected hotels in Cairns and Northern Beaches - please contact the operator after booking to confirm your pickup location and time. Please be ready 10 minutes prior to your confirmed pickup time.

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms


29 Reviews

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Wietske O November 2019

I absolutely loved it! Such a beautiful and clean place. Amazing shows, who line up really good with one another. Loved the boat cruise!! But the best thing by far was The Attack Show! Such a cool croc and amazing, ballsy, trainer! He made me laugh so hard! And all I can think of now when I see a Cassowary is a Emu doing drag... Thank you so much for making me laughing my tits off!

Tracy D July 2019

Traveled with our 15 year old. The croc and snake show were awesome! The presenters had such great sense of humors and really gave the crowd and informational and entertaining presentation. The bus was comfortable and not too long of a drive from Cairns. You drive right past the Sky Tram so if you do this one yourself, plan a stop at the Sky Tram. There is no water at Hartley's so bring your own or you will buying plastic bottles. They serve crocodile, which I recommend trying. The tour bus gets you there just in time for the farm tour, followed by the snake presentation, the river boat cruise at 2pm and the croc presentation. We loved this property and it was informational to learn about the farming of crocodiles to supply croc leather for handbag goods - which has eliminated croc poaching. If you have a problem with animals being farmed for their skin, then you might now like this place.

Sandy T June 2016

Loved every minute of this excellent well presented tour. Very informative and lots of fun. Buffet meal was lovely too.

Gary H April 2016

this was a great afternoon, and the driver Rick was excellent a great person of information and funny.

well done

Stephanie D 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.

Janine T 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.

Stephanie C June 2014

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

Susan 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.

Zenon A May 2012

Good shows! Need more time to enjoy!

B C November 2011

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

HIEN V September 2011

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

Nadezhda N 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 July 2010

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

Jeff S March 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.

Anonymous March 2008

We did a half day, which was really worth doing. There was a lot to see: a great crocodile attack show, snake show, animal feeding, and more. There were huge crocodiles there, and also other animals to see like koalas, cassowaries, snakes, and lizards.

gooner January 2015

Great experiance, very informative, good value for money.

Joerg R July 2014

Very informative and excellently presented. Great with small children

SIMON C September 2013

I had a fantastic day here, but be under no illusions this is a farm for the purpose of breeding crocodiles for skin and meat, so if that offends you don't go. (But please do, you'll have a great day). It is not a zoo per say, but having said that it does also form the function of a zoo away from the meat production. There are also some excellent opportunities to photograph some 'wildlife' which visits or lives in and around the park, for example I took (for me) some great shots of Nankeen Night Herons. The shots of the crocs were outstanding too, both esturine and freshwater. In relatively safe and 'natural' conditions. I learnt loads too, about breeding, temperature affecting gender and so on. I missed the boat (timed) because I too busy talking to the Cassowaries, no problem, they just put me on the next boat. There was so much to do here, its not just crocs, although there were some monsters, there's koalas, birds, snakes, a lovely black headed python, beautiful frogs, roos (and loads more too) and a nice cafe for an ice cream or a cup of tea. I went off away from the crowd and did my own thing, watching the big male crocodiles having a spat, sorting out breeding rights. It was really nice, not to busy. They had some staged shows too, which the kids loved. I liked them too, with a Steve Irwin (rest his soul) type patter. It was such good value for money, I wish I could have spent longer here. From a wildlife perspective I was like a kid in a candy shop, with wild birds, rainbow lorikeets, and welcome swallow swooping in. The lady on reception was nice too, and we had a short chat about frogs. I did an expedition to Rio Mazan in Ecuador to help with frog study in the 80's. Hartley's was well organised (if a little contrived, like many of the Australian events I've been on), but I enjoyed it. I would go again, and so should you too.

Melissa G March 2013

Pretty awesome. The guides there were knowledgable, friendly and funny. It was crazy watching the aligator attack show.

David P February 2011

My very full half-day trip to Hartley's. The crocodile feeding on the riverboat tour was excellent, as was the attack show. The tour of the crocodile farm was interesting if a little short. And Hartley's also has a number of other animals on site, including koalas, cassowaries and exotic birds. I would strongly recommend visiting this place if you have a spare half day in Cairns

Suzy D August 2010

Great guide who really made the tour fun. Great shows and lots to see

Shirley S February 2009

The silence and stealth of the crocks was scary.

margaret c August 2013

the shows are very good! good day out

Catherine November 2011

Thought this was a great day. It was a great croc attack show when one of the handlers get into the pen to show you the head shake and death roll

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