Croc cage for the wild at heart
THRILL- SEEKERS could eyeball man-eating crocs while submerged in a cage as part of two major new developments at a Far North tourism hotspot.
can exclusively reveal plans for two new attractions — Crocarena and Zipline Zoo Adventures — to be opened this year at the Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas.
Two new grandstands catering for 300 spectators will be built at the Crocarena, where visitors will watch crocodile feeding from above, below and even while submerged in the water.
In a Queensland first, daredevils will be locked in a cage before coming face to face with the Wildlife Habitat’s two resident saltwater crocs, including a 4.2m reptile named “Babinda”.
Another viewing area will also be built beneath the grandstands.
In a second new development, seven zip lines will be installed throughout the Wildlife Habitat, owned by Far North company The Woodward Family CaPTA Group.
Starting from a 13-metre high tower, the zip line course will also include provisions for abseiling, a rock climbing wall and “Power Jump”. Construction for Crocarena and Zipline Zoo Adventures, estimated to be worth more than $1 million combined, is scheduled to begin in April. Both new attractions are scheduled to open by July.
The CaPTA Group chairman, Charles Woodward, ex- pected the two developments to satisfy the few remaining requirements, including biosecurity and workplace health and safety.
“It’s just a matter of ticking boxes and doing things correctly,” he told “There shouldn’t be any problems.
“For a while we’ve been looking at taking the (Wildlife) Habitat to another level. So we thought, why not send people down in a cage and let them smile at a crocodile?”
Mr Woodward, who first thought of the idea about a year ago, said he would be among the first people to try the new “submersion experience” after it was completed.
“It should be a great adrenaline rush,” he said.
“The amazing thing about crocodiles is the way they can explode into action, especially when they’re feeding.”
Tara Bennett, executive officer of Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree, said the developments would be fantastic for the region.
“I applaud The CaPTA Group for identifying new and exciting ways to engage with Far North wildlife,” she said.
Babinda the croc at Port Douglas' Wildlife Habitat.