Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns Australia, is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia&S217;s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest.
The Skyrail experience, spanning 7.5kms over pristine rainforest, allows you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth.
Gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy in comfortable six-person gondola cabins, the Skyrail journey immerses you in an intimate rainforest experience where you&S217;ll see, hear, smell and become part of the tropical rainforest environment.
Kuranda Scenic Train
This world famous railway experience is a must-do when visiting Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, Australia. You will discover the pioneering history of the tropical north from way back in the late 1800's, be astounded by a magnificent engineering feat and explore some of the great characters involved in the construction of this great railway. Explore the past and enjoy the present on the wonderful Kuranda Scenic Railway.
Hartleys Crocodile Adventures
Enjoy our entertaining and educational wildlife presentations including snakes, cassowaries, koalas, crocodiles, quolls and much more. Take a boat cruise on Hartley&S217;s Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife on our melaleuca wetland. Learn about sustainable use and conservation on our Crocodile Farm tour.
The newly opened Gondwana Gateway is an innovative addition to Hartley&S217;s where you can learn about the evolution of Australian wildlife in a beautiful forest setting surrounded by living descendants of Australia&S217;s ancient past. Enjoy a delicious snack in Lilies Restaurant overlooking Hartley&S217;s Lagoon and find that perfect gift, including crocodile leather products, in the Paperbark Gift Shop.
Afternoon cruises depart at 1.00 pm, 2.30 pm and 4.00 pm. Upon arrival, visitors are issued with a pass indicating their time of departure. During busy periods extra cruises are scheduled. The length of each cruise is approximately 25 minutes and complements all the other daily presentations.
High quality wildlife presentations are a major part of a day at Hartley&S217;s. Research has shown that visitors have a more satisfying experience if all their senses are engaged - sight, hearing, touch and, sometimes, smell! Effective communication means that information, understanding and enjoyment are, or should be, indivisible.
Our staff have a strong commitment to environmental sustainability and habitat conservation and are very good at getting that message across. They will ensure that your time here is not just "a good day out" but a thought provoking, challenging and memorable experience.
A cruise around Hartley&S217;s Lagoon in one of our custom built boats is a highlight of the day and should not be missed! There is nothing anywhere in Australia quite like it. Our two boats were built right here in Cairns to our specifications. They are powered by twin 9.9 hp four stroke outboard motors. Each boat holds 35 passengers and features spectacular viewing through strengthened safety glass.
Every seat&S217;s a winner! Seating is stepped so that passengers on the inside rows can see over the top of those by the window. During the cruise commentary is provided by the drivers, highlighting not only the behaviour of the crocodiles but all the other plants and animals that share their home. Every cruise is different. You might see a majestic Sea Eagle or a jewel-like Azure Kingfisher, a bright eyed Tree Snake or an impossibly delicate wild orchid. One thing remains constant. The crocs are always there - waiting.
- 1.30 Crocodile Farm Tour
If you missed the morning farm tour then here is another chance to learn about the crocodile industry, what&S217;s in it for us and, perhaps more importantly, what&S217;s in it for the wild crocodiles.
- 2.00pm Snake Show
Australia has a reputation for deadly snakes. Some overseas visitors expect to see them on the airport tarmac! How real is their threat? How should you behave around them and what should you do if you are bitten? Our keepers separate the facts from the fallacies. Experience the beauty, mystery and diversity of these elegant Australians.
- 3.00pm Crocodile Attack Show
"The Best Crocodile Show in Australia ". A professional, experienced zookeeper gets into the water with a professional, experienced crocodile! What happens next?
- 4.15 Cassowary Feeding
It takes a lot of fruit to power a 60 kg bird. Having processed their morning feed our rainforest giants are ready for their afternoon one. What is the connection between this bird&S217;s appetite and a 30 metre tree? The answer is sure to surprise you.
- 4.30pm Koala Feeding
Koalas sleep most of the day and prefer to feed in the late afternoon and evening. Feed time is your chance to watch them come alive when presented with fresh gum leaves.