When we plotted out our day trip to the surrounding towns while we were in Cairns last month, one attraction on the map stood out to me- Crocodile Feeding. For some reason the thought of watching these giant reptiles gobble up hunks of meat was very appealing to me.
The sign on the side of the road and the name “Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures” led me to believe we would be pulling up to some shack by a swamp where a toothless local named Hartley would take us out on his boat and show us some crocodiles.
Well, I hate to break it to you but Hartley’s is actually a legit crocodile farm and wildlife park. For $36 you get to see a wide variety of Australian wildlife, including the ever popular kangaroos and koalas (and since you are in Queensland you can cuddle them). Your entry fee also includes a boat tour where a guide feeds the crocs in their habitat. Our guide, Duncan, was highly entertaining albeit slightly innapropriate. He busted out in a impromptu rendition of “All my Exes Live in Texas” for us so he gets a A in my book. According to the Trip Advisor reviews (4.5 stars from over 1,00 reviews) Duncan is a crowd favorite, one person even said they would happily return every 6 months to listen to him.
I really enjoyed the afternoon at the Croc Park even though it wasn’t what I expected. I learned so much about the slightly terrifying but fascinating creature, and all of the employees truly care about crocodiles and are extremely informative. The main thing I learned though… check the signs and don’t swim anywhere near a crocodile.
Sidenote: We did not visit the actual Crocodile Farm so I have no comment or thoughts on that particular subject matter.