Growing up in Cairns when I was really young, I have some vivid memories of Hartley’s Crocodile Farm, which has now been renamed Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure. Hartley’s has operated a commercial crocodile farm since 1989. Estuarine Crocodiles bred on the premises are raised for their skins and meat. Your crocodile purse comes has to come from somewhere right? …well I don’t have one, but you know what I mean.
As well as the farm, there are some other interesting parts of the park. If you’ve never been up and close to an active crocodile, it’s a very educational and fear inducing experience. I think Matt had his doubts when I said we should go, but he came along anyways.
First up we asserted ourselves on the food chain by ordering a crocodile burger. When in Rome, right?
Next we walked through the park, as well as seeing a crocodile education show. That’s when you really learn about the strength and ferocity of the crocodile. Matt was amazed, as was I.
As always, it’s up to the individual to decide whether they can ethically visit somewhere like this. The farm side of the park is optional, so you can still learn all about the crocodile without supporting the farm.