Just wild about self­ies

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Hay­den Smith

A PORT Dou­glas tourism hotspot is among the coun­try’s most sought-af­ter des­ti­na­tions for snap­ping self­ies with oblig­ing an­i­mals.

The Wildlife Habi­tat is one of the best places in Aus­tralia for tourists look­ing to cap­ture an­i­mal self­ies – or “ani­melfies” – ac­cord­ing to travel web­site, Ex­pe­ri­ence Oz.

Narelle Spencer, Wildlife Habi­tat sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, said self­ies had be­come “in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar” among tourists.

“Peo­ple are putting them­selves in their own pho­tos and be­com­ing part of the ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said. “Kan­ga­roos in par­tic­u­lar are a bit of a sucker for food, and they’re more than happy to pose for pho­tos.”

Tourism Trop­i­cal North Queens­land CEO, Alex de Waal, said self­ies were the mod­ern equiv­a­lent of word-of­mouth rec­om­men­da­tions and played an im­por­tant role in the mar­ket­ing of Trop­i­cal North Queens­land.

“We have in­cred­i­ble wildlife from our dual World Her­itage ar­eas of the Great Bar­rier Reef and the Wet Trop­ics rain­for­est which vis­i­tors can get close to,” he said.

Pic­tures: SUP­PLIED

Tourists love snap­ping self­ies at the Port Dou­glas Wildlife Habi­tat.

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