Hartley’s Creek

Hartley’s Creek

Back in about 2000,  when I owned a tourist facility in Chillagoe, West of Cairns, a family often visited to ‘get away from it all.

Hartley's Creek Wildlife Park

As I got to know them better, I came to know them as the owners of the Hartley’s Creek Crocodile Farm. They appeared as unlikely owners of such a facility but the more I got to know them, the more I saw the qualities that made them the success they are today. Back then, Peter and Angela were just beginning work on their new facility ‘Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures’ with their loyal staff doing most of the labour to developed and landscape a new site adjacent to the original “The Hartley’s Creek Zoo”. Peter’s Dad had acquired Hartley’s in 1986 and the family now own most of the wildlife facilities in the Cairns region and I would imagine those young and playful boys (who are now teenagers) would be very entrenched in the business with the same admirable ethics of their parents. Because of my outback skills and knowledge of Australian wildlife I once considered asking to join their team but after visiting Hartley’s Creek, I immediately realised that the staff were exceptionally skilled and didn’t follow through with the request.

Hartley’s Creek today

The multi-award winning Harley’s Creek Crocodile Adventures is not just crocodiles but totally dedicated to all Australian wildlife. Your initial admission charge covers all the displays and presentations that follow on from each other all day in an environment as close as you can get to a natural habitat. Perentie Tours can offer a private charter to visit this wonderful facility.


Hartley's CreekHartley’s Creek Crocodile Adventures began way back in the 30’s as a teahouse and the business had a number of owners. In the 60’s the new owner had compassion for the plight of the crocodile that was being hunted for skin and after learning all he could from those hunters, traveled around remote areas of Cape York collecting specimens to farm for conservation purposes. This had never been done before and in 1974, it led to the recognition that the croc numbers were critically low and it was decided by government to declare them a protected species.

More information can be found at http://www.crocodileadventures.com/

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About Gary Bondeson

Gary has been directly involved in tourism in Far North Queensland since the 1990’s. His passion for the area was inspired by the rich history and many points of interest concentrated in the region and felt a strong desire to share this with others. Gary is heavily involved with tourism development and even co-hosted an episode of the popular travel show 'The Great Outdoors’ with Tom Williams showing the limestone caves of Chillagoe located 200kms west of Cairns. After being away for 5 years, Gary has now returned to the area that he holds so dear to his heart to share his knowledge and experience with those who wish to have a Fair Dinkum Ozzy experience.

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