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Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

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Cairns, Australia
Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour

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See snapping crocs in action on this half-day tour to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Departing from Cairns or Palm Cove, explore the five different zones of this eco-park and working crocodile farm, including a narrated boat tour through a coastal lagoon. Stroll along elevated boardwalks to observe cassowaries, turtles, lizards, and koalas, and admire the mighty stars of the attraction at the thrilling Crocodile Attack Show.
  • Spend the afternoon at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
  • Hartley Crocodile Adventures is a great place to see crocodiles while staying in Cairns or Palm Cove
  • Explore the five different zones within the park each with their own unique animals
  • Take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife on our melaleuca wetland.
  • See the mighty 'death roll' during the Crocodile Attack show
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Boat cruise
Wildlife Shows
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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.

Departure Time

12:00 PM
Situated between Cairns and Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is an award-winning eco-park and working crocodile farm dedicated to educating visitors about local wildlife. Travel by coach to the park after pickup at your Cairns, Palm Cove, or Northern Beaches hotel.

When you arrive, enjoy several hours of free time to explore the park’s five different ecological zones at your leisure. Take a narrated boat tour through wetlands, where you might spot some of the 19 resident saltwater crocodiles lounging in the sun. Stroll along the Cassowary Walk to observe these fascinating flightless birds, and admire an array of other native species like koalas, turtles, snakes, and lizards from a series of elevated boardwalks.

Live shows and feedings throughout the day offer a chance to learn more about Australia’s amazing wildlife. Don’t miss the Crocodile Attack Show, featuring massive crocs snapping food from a pole and showing off their infamous ‘head shake’ and ‘death roll.’ Tour the crocodile farm to learn how these prehistoric creatures are sustainably raised for their meat and skins. 

See Itinerary below for a complete description of park attractions and a show schedule. After hours of exploration, relax on the return drive to your hotel.
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Down Under Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Half-Day Tour.

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, Jul 2021
Everything perfectly organised. Friendly and helpful staff Extremely trained staff 'xx'xxxx''x'xx'xxxxxxxx'xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx'xxxxxx'x'''xx'''xxx'xxxxxxxxxx''xxxxxx'x''xxxxxx'xx'x'xx''xxxx'x'xxxxx''xxxxx
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Lynne, thank you so much for the 5 star review. It means a lot to our staff to be recognised. We would love to have you come out on one of our other trips next time you are visiting the region.
Very good
, Jul 2021
It's was very good out at Hartley's Crocodile only one thing wrong half day was not longer enough be needed a full day there to have a good look around but we enjoy our self their anyway.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for our 5 star review. I agree, there are so many great things to see and do at Hartley's Crocodile Adventure, I am thrilled you had a wonderful experience.
, Jun 2021
The whole tour was amazing, the crew is super nice, fun and professional. Definitely coming back! I would give them 5 starts because I can’t give them 6
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Wonderful review and thank you for our top star rating. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your day on Hartley's Crocodile Adventure tour so much.
Tour too expensive for a bus!
, Apr 2021
Hartleys Crocodile Farm is awesome, but would not recommend the tour if u can drive there, as they charge $60 just for the bus drive up & back!!! Not happy :/
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Linda_O, we offer transfers to Hartleys Crocodile Adventures from Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas in quality built vehicles. We also invest in driver tracking to ensure a quality product is delivered. Self driving is of course and option, however we like to think our experience is quite different. Appreciate your feedback and hope you still enjoyed seeing all of the Crocodiles?
Great but don’t book the bus!
, Jan 2021
We loved the snake show and the croc show, both fun and informative. We also really enjoyed the boat trip although wished it could’ve been a little longer. I would recommend buying directly from Hartleys and getting an Uber as it would’ve been a much cheaper and quicker way of travel. The bus took a long time as there were so many pick ups and worked out more expensive than an Uber or cab
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Hi Katie_W, Glad you enjoyed your time at Hartley's - the croc show is amazing, Hartley's is situated 45kms from Cairns City, our coach service operates in comfortable coaches that are fully air conditioned. Our drivers deliver expert commentary and offer use full insights to the region as you travel the Great Barrier Reef Drive...we see real value in this...
Great experience
, Nov 2019
Hartley s crocodile aventure is a great place to discover snakes, crocodiles and koalas. We fully recommend this park! You could save lot of money if you come to the park by yourself.
, Nov 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!
Best Croc and Snake show ever!
, Jul 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.
Spent about half the tour on the bus...
, Oct 2016
Spent about half the tour on the bus doing pick ups and drop offs. Would have been better to do a morning day trip or just driven there. Felt rushed and kids hungry when we arrived but by the time we had a break for lunch cafe was closing
1 traveler found this review helpful
Loved every minute of this excellent...
, Jun 2016
Loved every minute of this excellent well presented tour. Very informative and lots of fun. Buffet meal was lovely too.

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