Far North Queensland
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures: Entrance Ticket

1. Hartley's Crocodile Adventures: Entrance Ticket

Get up close and personal with Australia's native and exotic wildlife at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, a wildlife sanctuary and ecotourism park located between Cairns and Port Douglas at Wangetti. Upon arrival at the park, you will be allocated a time for a boat tour during which you will be able to see crocodiles being pole fed. During your visit to the park, learn more about crocodiles and snakes with daily talks and shows, including a tour of the crocodile farm, a crocodile attack show, and a venomous snake demonstration. In between shows, feel free to explore the 2500 meters of boardwalks and pathways winding through melaleuca wetlands, eucalypt woodland, and riverine rainforest, enjoying a wide variety of native and exotic animals. No doubt after all the walking you'll be hungry for the range of snacks and meals available at the onsite bistro. After the shows, explore the wildlife exhibits at your own pace. See Komodo dragons, alligators, cassowaries, wombats, koalas, emus, lizards, quolls, kangaroos, and wallabies. In the Gallery of Living Art, meet tropical and predatory birds in a walk-through aviary, then enter the reptile room to admire exotic reptiles. Finish the day with a selfie with the koalas, crocs, or pythons for a memorable souvenir of your day out.

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Cairns Aquarium General Admission Ticket

2. Cairns Aquarium General Admission Ticket

Cairns Aquarium is Australia’s newest and most spectacular aquarium. It is the only aquarium in the world to exclusively showcase the stunning aquatic wildlife from tropical North Queensland’s two World Heritage-listed areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Experience the spectacular diversity of the region without the need to get wet or even leave the city. Travel through ten amazing North Queensland ecosystems from the world’s most ancient rainforest to the world’s largest coral reef to discover 71 different exhibits showcasing the extremely rare and incredibly unique species of this region. See a panorama of wildlife and marine fish that create an underwater world filled with a kaleidoscope of colour. Enjoy daily talks and presentations by knowledgeable and entertaining educators, marvel at the animal feeding sessions and get a hands-on experience at the marine and reptile touch tanks. Complete your day at Cairns Aquarium with breakfast, lunch or dinner at Aqualuna restaurant.

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Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures Visit with Transfer

3. Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures Visit with Transfer

This half-day experience begins with pickup from your Cairns hotel at 11:30 AM. Sit back and relax onboard as you soak up the beautiful views along the Captain Cook Highway to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. During the drive, listen to your driver’s fascinating commentary. Arrive at the park and enjoy free time to explore at your own leisure. Stroll along its many boardwalks and pathways, through woodlands and rainforest. Watch the mesmerizing snake show and crocodile attack show, and learn about these impressive animals. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab lunch at the onsite cafe (not included). Later, discover more about Australia’s wildlife on the wetlands cruise. At the end of an epic afternoon, relax on the return journey to your hotel.

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures: Breakfast with Koalas

4. Hartley's Crocodile Adventures: Breakfast with Koalas

Start your day right with a cooked breakfast and get up close and personal with the koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, a wildlife sanctuary and ecotourism park located between Cairns and Port Douglas at Wangetti. Enjoy your breakfast relaxing on the deck overlooking the lagoon. Feast on scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, sausages, and toast washed down with fruit juice, tea, or coffee. As you eat, a wildlife keeper will introduce you to one of the park's koalas. Feel free to pet the koala and ask any questions you may have. After breakfast, spend the rest of the day exploring the park at your leisure. Learn more about the crocodiles and snakes with talks and shows, see native and exotic wildlife such as emus, lizards, kangaroos, and wallabies, and even get to see crocodiles being pole fed during a boat cruise on the lagoon.

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Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour of the Aquarium with Dinner

5. Cairns: Guided Twilight Tour of the Aquarium with Dinner

Witness the setting of the sun on Tropical North Queensland’s mountain ranges and experience how steamy rainforests and shallow reef lagoons begin to stir with life. Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects, and nocturnal fish sense the onset of dusk and emerge from their day time lairs.  Get an insight into the unique changes of the region’s nocturnal creatures as they move in the shadows.  Complete your evening at Dundee’s Restaurant with a perfectly matched dining experience while you enjoy a stunning sea life backdrop.

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Cairns: Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

6. Cairns: Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome, the world’s first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife exhibit, is an all-weather experience in the Cairns CBD. Experience adventure on the Mid-ZOOM or Hi-ZOOM courses, consisting of 65 elements including crossings, tunnels, a climbing wall, cargo nets, and three ziplines at various heights and lengths, including one directly over Goliath, a 4.5-meter saltwater crocodile, or try the new Pirate Climb and Commando Climb challenges. Get your heart racing with the PowerJump – a free-fall adventure with a 13 meter drop – or try the new Pirate Climb and Commando Climb challenges. Internal elevated walkways offer you a unique birds-eye view of the layout of the Dome, then step outside the glass walls (and your comfort zone) to try the external DomeClimb. Offering spectacular views of the city, the Coral Sea, and the surrounding landscapes, it’s an experience not to be missed. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the wildlife exhibit including our small bird aviary and reptile enclosures as tropical birds fly above your head through the Dome. Wildlife presentations, including crocodiles, snakes, birds, koalas and other mammals, are held regularly throughout the day and offer an educational insight into some of Australia’s most well-known animals.

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Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

7. Cairns: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary provides a world-class wildlife experience in the heart of Kuranda. The all-weather experience is home to over 1,500 magnificent tropical butterflies. All butterflies in the sanctuary are local rainforest species, while the undisputed stars are the fluoro green Cairns Birdwings. Wear something bright (red, white, or hot pink are best) and let these beautiful creatures flutter all over you. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the aviary. Learn to identify each of the butterfly species, as the guides explain a butterfly’s life cycle and its behavior.  Entry also includes a self-guided food plant walk, which educates about the food plants grown on-site that are used to feed the caterpillars.  Visit the breeding laboratory, which houses up to 4,000 caterpillars. An opportunity to view first-hand the breeding laboratory through special viewing windows, where you will see the caterpillars in their varying stages of development. Watch as the laboratory staff collects eggs daily and “hand-raise” the caterpillars right through to the chrysalis stage, until they are released as beautiful butterflies into the sanctuary.

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Kuranda: Koalas, Birds and Butterflies Experience

8. Kuranda: Koalas, Birds and Butterflies Experience

Experience an unforgettable day with fantastic wildlife such as koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, rare birds, and colorful butterflies, as you enjoy access to three wonderful attractions. Find yourself among kangaroos and wallabies roaming around a free-range enclosure at Kuranda Koala Gardens, and take the opportunity to hand-feed them yourself! Marvel at the spectacle of tropical birds flying through their natural rainforest habitat at Birdworld, home to some of Australia's most precious bird species. Enjoy the magic of over 1500 magnificent butterflies fluttering above you in the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Learn fascinating information about the wildlife as you benefit from a guided tour at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and a complimentary bird spotter's guide at Birdworld.

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Cairns: Aquarium Visit and City Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

9. Cairns: Aquarium Visit and City Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Start your day with a self-guided tour through the aquarium and explore the ecosystems and habitats of Tropical North Queensland. Complete your experience with a 2-course lunch at Dundee’s Restaurant with a stunning sea life backdrop before being collected from the aquarium for your afternoon guided sightseeing tour of Cairns. Discover Cairns in air-conditioned comfort with your local guide as you explore the city’s rich history. Get glimpses of its cultural heritage and iconic landmarks. Marvel at the world’s largest themed stained glass windows at Saint Monica’s Cathedral. Enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of the Cairns Museum with free re-entry included. Afterward, indulge in a delicious afternoon Devonshire tea before visiting the Cairns Botanical Gardens. Take delight in the stunning city and mountain views before visiting Lower Barron Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Also visit stunning Palm Cove, one of Cairns' Northern Beaches.

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Cairns: 4 Attraction 7-Day Pass

10. Cairns: 4 Attraction 7-Day Pass

This 4 park package includes one-time admission to each of the following parks; Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Rainforestation Nature Park and Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome. Get up close and personal with a range of iconic Australian animals at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Hand-feed wallabies and kangaroos, see the endangered cassowary and walk the world’s first Predator Plank over Estuarine Crocodile filled waters. Explore the Southern Hemisphere’s largest butterfly flight aviary at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. See the vibrant Cairns Birdwing Butterfly and join a guided aviary and laboratory tour to learn about butterflies and their life cycles. Enjoy an action-packed smorgasbord of activities at Rainforestation Nature Park. Explore the rainforest on land and in water on an authentic World War 2 Army Duck. Learn about Indigenous culture on the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and enjoy a dance show, spear-throwing presentation, didgeridoo presentation and learn how to throw a boomerang. Meet Australian animals including dingoes,tree kangaroos and Tasmanian devils in the Koala & Wildlife Park. At Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome, meet adorable Aussie animals. Enjoy a range of presentations throughout the day, including the crocodile show with Goliath, the 4.5 meter Estuarine Crocodile.

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What people are saying about Far North Queensland

Overall rating

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based on 1 reviews

It was fantastic not having to share the aquarium with lots of people, because it was an after hours tour I highly recommend this. All the ladies at the Aquarium were super friendly and helpful from the moment we walked in. Our guide Bec was the most enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate about the environment and you could tell how much she loved these sea creatures from her in depth explanations. We loved it so much we went back and explored the aquarium the next day to take more photos of the beautiful animals. The aquarium was impeccably clean.

From the minute we arrived we were made to feel welcome. We booked the private breakfast package and the breakfast supplied was fantastic. Having a Koala join us privately for breakfast was a fantastic way to finish off the morning. All staff were very friendly and happy to help were needed.

What an amazing experience, breakfast was delicious and Valentin did what koalas do best nothing the whole team at Hartleys are happy and very friendly

Great day It was a fantastic time The breakfast with the koala was unreal for the missus Plus the feeding of the crocodile fantastic

Excellent and informative talks by staff and fabulous displays. Worth a visit