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24 September, 2021

Pollies in the deepend

THE OFFICIAL Opening of CrocArena at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas was a major success this morning, with Federal Member for Leichhardt the Hon Warren Entsch and Federal Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business the Hon Stuart Robert memorably taking the plunge with a “Swim With The Salties” experience.

By Peter McCullagh

The new facility is a fully covered, all-weather area with seating for around 300 people, allowing for clear elevated viewing of the CrocArena pools.

Also featuring a unique underwater viewing space, CrocArena allows park visitors an opportunity to witness nature’s apex predator, the Estuarine Crocodile, from the perspective of potential prey and stay dry at the same time.

Presentations at CrocArena are included in the park’s general admission price, with the opportunity to “Swim With The Salties” available at an additional cost.

Two huge Crocodiles, Big Al and Digger, have been safely transferred to Wildlife Habitat from Australia Zoo and are ready to sink their teeth into their new role, as stars of the experience, with a third Crocodile, Ton, joining them soon.

The one-of-a-kind attraction has been a long time in the making, initially conceptualised by founder of the CaPTA Group, the late Charles Woodward, prior to his passing over 4 years ago.

Since then, the project took on a life of its own, with many different concepts and challenges, eventually being made possible with funding and support from both federal and state governments.

The Hon Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch was clearly elated with the experience.

“It is a wonderful experience, it is certainly worth taking the opportunity, because you are very close to a very large animal here. Once he settles in, it is going to make it a magnificent attraction here and a great experience” he said.

The opening proceedings also included a message from State Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development, The Hon Michael Healy MP, who was unable to attend. He congratulated the CaPTA Group and all the staff for being successful in securing growing tourism infrastructure grants.

The CrocArena is now open to the public and the “Swim With The Salties” Experience is open for bookings, Locals discount applies. Snap up tickets at

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