Situated just one hour north of Cairns on one of the most magnificent coastal drives you will ever take is the beautiful town of Port Douglas. As you turn off the highway to enter the picturesque port the Wildlife Habitat is nestled amongst the trees just off the highway - and what a hidden treasure it is!
8 acres of stunning rainforest scenery are home to an abundance of Aussie flora and fauna - the Habitat's slogan is 'We put you in the zoo' and this is exactly what happens - from the minute you enter you are met face to face by local birds, wallabies, kangaroos, emus, lizards and more, thankfully the crocs are kept behind a safe enclosure, but the general layout of the park is a 'wildlife immersion exhibit' - meaning that it's a totally interactive experience where you can mingle with the wildlife in their natural environment.
There is a boardwalk and paths through the park that you can use to self guide throughout the day, bags of food can be bought for a few dollars at the entrance to get up close and personal with the friendly, furry residents, or you can choose to join one of the many guided tours or presentations happening throughout the day, ranging from Wetlands and Rainforest feeding tours, behind the scenes wildlife care tour, python, crocodile and koala presentations. You can pay an extra fee and have a cuddle with a koala and receive a souvenir photo, we did this and had a cuddle with Samson, well recommended! For the more adventurous you can 'cuddle' a python or other reptiles too.
Another option for an additional fee is to breakfast or lunch with the animals (that's with the animals not on the animals!) - a delicious tropical buffet is served surrounded by the amazing locals.
The Wildlife Habitat is open daily, every day except Christmas day, between 8am and 5pm. Entry for an adult is $33 and you receive free re-entry for the next 3 days. If you are staying a few days in Port Douglas or Cairns then a multi park pass is well recommended, for $80 you can visit the Wildlife Habitat, Cairns Wildlife Dome, Rainforestation Nature Park and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, a saving of $34! And you can also feel good that the fee you pay on the door goes towards the Habitat's Wildlife Rescue Program. Each year the park helps treat sick, injured and orphaned animals brought in by the local community.