WALK ON THE WILDSIDE
Wildlife HAbitat POrt Douglas
Some see the arrival of children in their lives as the time to start adulting. This is not the blog post for those people.
Jumping on trampolines, patting baby animals, learning new facts about dinosaurs, climbing obstacle courses — these are some of our favourite kidult things to do, so it's simply fortunate that the small people enjoy them as well.
Having fun is serious business, and now thanks to a new wild attraction (on many levels) in Port Douglas, thrill-seeking parents and their offspring have a new place to get their adrenaline fix. And, to put it bluntly, this is not your stock standard school holiday activity.
Australia’s leading wildlife experience, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, has opened the world’s first Predator Plank allowing guests to test their courage as they (*deep breath*) ‘walk the plank’ over a crocodile-filled billabong with only a piece of rope and over 200 000 L of water separating you from the snappy jaws below.
Okay, okay… it’s only 100 000L of water. (*boom tish*). Alright, it’s a little more than naked rope, but walking over is not for the faint hearted, and it’s certainly not recommended to be carrying raw chicken in your back pocket.
Walking gingerly over the billabong, it’s hard to not imagine the ticking of clocks and visions of Captain Hook in the forefront of your mind, especially when Babinda, the 4.2M beast of a giant prehistoric lizard raises his head in anticipation of a mighty good feed. Babinda and his four girlfriends (that cheeky devil) like the tropical sun as much as a good feed, so it’s more than likely you’ll get the chance to see them languishing in the sunshine after their appetites have been sated.
The Predator Plank is Stage One of a much larger nature-based, adventure interaction project designed to offer more to the Wildlife Habitat Experience (so watch this space). Once you’re done cavorting with pirates and crocodiles, be sure to immerse yourself in the Habitat’s lush rainforest environment whilst parrots, cockatoos and other birds native to the Wet Tropics region fly freely around you. Interact with other animals such as wallabies, turtles, pythons, cassowaries, monitor lizards and glider, and in the late afternoon, observe the feeding habits of curlews, frogmouths and kookaburras.
From danger-defying feats to Lunch with the Lorikeets, the Wildlife Habitat is one of those destinations where you'll come together to make memories, make Instagram Stories, make a fool of yourself (in a good way) — and all while making your kids' day.
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas
PO Box 1077, Port Douglas QLD 4877
Open 8am-5pm daily (except Christmas Day)
( Not into crocs? Here’s some of the not scary stuff)