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Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is one of the longest continually operating tourist attractions in Australia. The business began in 1934 as a road house for weary motorists.

Legend has it the original owner Pop Evans entertained motorists by feeding Charlie the crocodile while scones cooked in the wood stove.  Pop was the first person in Australia to perform crocodile shows for the public.  Eight decades later, Hartley’s world-famous Crocodile Attack Show is as popular as ever.

In 2002 the attraction moved to a new site, redefining the wildlife park experience by offering soft adventure and quality learning activities in a truly natural environment.

Nestled in the picturesque Wangetti Valley 45 minutes north of Cairns and 20 minutes south of Port Douglas, our iconic attraction is surrounded by World Heritage listed National Park.

Our daily presentations strike a perfect balance between entertainment and education, open daily from 8.30 – 5.00 pm.

During their visit, guests can participate in a wide range of activities then relax on a cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to explore the natural habitat of the legendary Saltwater Crocodile.

There are also interactive behind the scene tours which have to be pre-booked 24 hours in advance, Big Croc Feed, Zootastic 5, Reptastic 5 or Breakfast with the Koalas.

In between the many options on offer, visitors can enjoy a meal or snack at Lilies Bistro overlooking Hartley’s Lagoon.

This venue is ideal for breakfast, lunch or a quiet drink in the afternoon.

The attraction has recently undergone a major upgrade with new infrastructure and wildlife displays, some featuring exotic animals.

Explore the Gondwana Gateway, Gallery of Living Art, Tropical Free Flight Aviary, Predator Aviary and the new Adventure playground for the kids ‘Slither and Slides’

You may wish to have a photo with a Koala or Baby Croc or Python pre-booking are recommended.

Hartley’s is accredited by Ecotourism Australia and the Zoological Association of Australasia. In 2017, Hartley’s won Silver at the Queensland Tourism Awards, adding to the many other awards for architecture, sustainability and tourism.

More than 2500 metres of timber board walks and pathways take you on a journey through eucalypt woodlands, notophyll rainforest and wetlands, discovering an authentic wildlife experience.


Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is open from 8.30am through to 5.00pm every day, except Christmas Day and one day in June due to the closure of the Captain Cook Highway for Cairns Iron Man event. ANZAC Day trading is subject to state government approval.

Free Wi-Fi is available

  • Adults: $41.00
  • Children*: $20.50
  • Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): $102.50
  • prices valid to 31st March 2021

*Children (4 to 15 years) must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is required to actively supervise the children in their care. It is our strict policy that unaccompanied children will be refused entry. Vouchers, coupons or annual passes are also subject to set conditions.


The admission price includes access to the wildlife displays and natural areas, all wildlife presentations, at least one boat ride on Hartley’s Lagoon, various self-guided walks and free wildlife information sheets. In the event of adverse weather conditions or operational requirements, we reserve our right to restrict access to some areas and amend boat cruise times to ensure visitor safety.

COVID safe plan and rules apply, please check at admissions.


hartleys brochure






07 4055 3576


Captain Cook Highway
Wangetti Qld 4877