I’ve often said my house is a bit like a zoo so I knew an attraction that promises ‘To put you in the Zoo’ would be right up our street. Unless they didn’t let us back out at the end of the day (the boys could quite easily be mistaken for monkeys in some of their cheekier moments).
The Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas is an absolutely stunning 45 minute drive from Cairns with lots of beautiful photo opportunities before you even reach your destination.
They are open every day of the year (apart from Christmas Day) and you can easily spend a whole day there. There is so much to see and do that your entry includes a 5 day free re-entry pass so you don’t have to rush your experience.
Cuddle a Koala
We have visited Wildlife Habitat loads and it’s even become our annual family tradition to get a photo with one of their resident koalas. It’s not only furry friends you can get a photo with – they offer Feature Creature souvenir photos with snakes, crocodiles, lizards, frogs birds and even insects too!
You will definitely need to take your own camera as well – the photo opportunities around the zoo are endless. The real attraction and uniqueness of the Wildlife Habitat is that you can get really close to all the animals. You can buy kangaroo and wallaby food on the way in that you can hand feed to the animals as you explore the Savannah Habitat.
Handfeed a Kangaroo
I was really surprised at how gentle the kangaroos were when they took the food out of our hands (the emus were probably at the other end of the scale!)
Plan your day
Each time we have visited – as we have had toddlers with us – we have enjoyed wandering around the zoo with no real schedule. There are 4 immersion areas representing the different North Queensland habitats, on a site spanning over 2 hectares.
The paths are easy to navigate (pushchair and little legs friendly) and there are different boardwalks and enclosures to explore. If you are visiting with older (or no) kids then there are lots of activities organised throughout the day to educate and delight! Included in the entry price are a full daily schedule of presentations, guided walks and interactive experiences – like the Savannah & Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo Tour or the Rainforest & Turtle Feeding Tour. For the full up to date schedule click here. If you visit on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday then you absolutely cannot miss the Crocodile Feeding in the Savannah.
A date with a difference!
If birds are your thing then you can enjoy Breakfast with the Birds, Lunch with the Lorrikeets or a Picnic with the Parrots. For an extra fee you get a delicious meal included surrounded by native bird species.
The Curlew Cafe also serves food and drinks all day and there are always some interesting feathered friends wandering around to say hello. The staff in the cafe are also really lovely – when they heard it was our little guy’s birthday they brought out a cupcake with a candle on for him.
Be a Night Owl
There is also a night tour you can do which gives an amazing insight into some of the park’s nocturnal creatures – but we haven’t tried this yet as it’s not suitable for under 5s.
For older kids ged 8-14 there is a really cool program called Junior Keepers which the Wildlife Habitat run throughout the year during school holidays. The programme incorporates animal feeding, presentation, interaction and projects to assist the keepers in their day to day schedules, giving the young ones participating an insight into the life of a wildlife keeper.
Great for a rainy day
Another great thing about the Wildlife Habitat is that it is all weather – it rained last time we went and it wasn’t a problem at all. We had our raincoats and umbrellas to get around the outdoor areas and there are also lots of covered areas to enjoy.
Fun for all ages!
We’ve taken visiting friends and family to the Wildlife Habitat and it’s always been a hit for all ages. My favourite thing about the park is that you don’t have to constantly tell the kids not to touch. Getting up close to the wildlife is positively encouraged. Apart from with that giant croc of course!
Win Win Win!!!
I’m giving away a family pass to the Wildlife Habitat over on my Facebook page – click here to enter.