Would you believe us if we said that one of the questions we get asked the most is whether our guests will see a crocodile while they are staying with us?
We love Far North Queensland for the range of animals we get up here, and you sure can see a croc or two while you’re staying with us, but you won’t see them at Wanggulay. You will need to do a half an hour drive, just past Palm Cove, to find Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.
The Crocodile Park is a great place to experience croc’s in close to their natural habitat as well as other native and local animals. Hartley’s is home to both “salties” and “freshies” (salt and freshwater crocs), cassowary, koalas, snakes, lizards, birds and turtles amongst a host of other animals.
If you do head along to the croc park, we absolutely recommend the Lagoon Tour. This is only of the only opportunities you’ll get of interacting with the crocs in their natural habitat and getting to see exactly what they are capable of and what they do with their day.
While at the park, you need to take in the Cassowary Walk. These amazing flightless birds are hard to get close to in the wild, but the self-guided walk allows you to see them in natural habitat and learn about both their birds and their origins. One of the interesting parts of the croc park is the opportunity to do a guided tour of the Crocodile Farm, where you can learn how the farm works and get up and close with a baby crocodile.
There are a host of things happening in the park throughout the day including tours and feedings, and these are a great way to learn more about the animals and their habitat. The park is a great way for the kids to get close to animals they normally only see on TV, and a great way to broaden their knowledge.
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is a great way to spend a day as a family – make sure you take your camera and take the opportunity to get close to some of our favourite animals in the tropics.