World of wildlife awaits at Hart­ley’s

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - HOLIDAY FUN -

Hart­ley’s Croc­o­dile Ad­ven­tures is a multi-award win­ning ma­jor at­trac­tion that is part of the Wildlife Trop­i­cal North Queens­land group of un­equalled wildlife tourism ex­pe­ri­ences. Lo­cated in the Wangetti val­ley on the coastal drive be­tween Palm Cove and Port Dou­glas in the Wet Trop­i­cal World Her­itage Area, this Eco­tourism Ac­cred­ited na­ture based at­trac­tion has un­der­gone a multi-mil­lion dol­lar up­grade and ex­panded in or­der to ab­sorb the ma­jor­ity of the highly prized na­tive and ex­otic wildlife col­lec­tion from Cairns Trop­i­cal Zoo.

The at­trac­tion opened in 2002 but the Hart­ley’s busi­ness has ac­tu­ally been op­er­at­ing since open­ing in 1934 at its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion on the banks of Hart­ley’s Creek.

This makes it one of the long­est con­tin­u­ously op­er­at­ing wildlife at­trac­tions in Aus­tralia and is owned and op­er­ated by Peter and An­gela Free­man, part of the pi­o­neer­ing tourism fam­ily that was re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing the first Koalas to the Trop­i­cal North and many other species.

Our fa­mous croc­o­dile feed­ing shows take place in our newly ex­panded ‘Croc­o­dile Feed­ing Arena’ in the morn­ing and the Croc­o­dile At­tack Show in the af­ter­noon.

These venues can also be used for spe­cial evening events.

Hart­ley’s is now the only at­trac­tion in North­ern Aus­tralia to present a Snake Show in­clud­ing ven­omous and amaz­ing ex­otic rep­tiles. It is also the only wildlife at­trac­tion in North­ern Aus­tralia to present a Croc­o­dile Farm Tour.

But Hart­ley’s is not just known for its rep­tiles, it also has an ex­cel­lent col­lec­tion of Aus­tralian mar­su­pi­als in­clud­ing Koalas, wom­bats, glid­ers, bet­tongs, wal­la­bies, quolls and more.

In ad­di­tion there are the Cas­sowary Feed­ing, Koala and Wal­laby Feed­ing pre­sen­ta­tions. Hart­ley’s is also now the only at­trac­tion in North­ern Aus­tralia to have a Ko­modo dragon on pub­lic dis­play.

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