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.
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 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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