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The Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

The award-winning Wildlife Habitat is Australia’s leading environmental Wildlife experience, providing visitors with a chance to observe up close a huge range of flora and fauna.

Situated at Port Douglas, Tropical North Queensland, Wildlife Habitat was constructed in 1988 on 8 acres (2 hectares) of land that has been recreated to provide a window into our natural environment.

With an Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation, The Wildlife Habitat is committed to conservation via its Wildlife Rescue program, ensuring that injured, orphaned, or sick animals are looked after in a professional and caring manner.

The Wildlife Habitat is a Wildlife immersion exhibit - an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in a spacious and natural setting. Visitors wander along elevated boardwalks, observing up close a huge range of flora and fauna as birds fly and roam freely.

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The original Breakfast with the Birds is a visitor must do.  Guests are immersed within the Wetlands environment whilst enjoying the cacophony of sounds and colours of Wildlife as they wander freely amongst the guests.  Guests are treated to one of Queensland’s best tropical breakfast buffets.  Breakfast with the Birds includes fresh tropical and exotic fruit platters, cereals and freshly baked pastries.  While the BBQ Chef prepares eggs, guests can choose from a selection of hot buffet items.

Breakfast with the Birds

8.00am – 10.30am

The sumptuous Lunch with the Lorikeets offers an extensive buffet where guests can help themselves.  The lunch menu includes tasty homemade soup, sausages, bbq steaks and smokey BBQ chicken, pasta, salads, a selection of cheeses and a wide range of tempting tropical fruits.  Tea and coffee are included, and vegetarians are well catered for. 
As well as lorikeets, visitors can expect to meet cockatoos, curlews, parrots, herons and a host of other birdlife.

Lunch with the Lorikeets

12:00pm – 2:00pm


The Wildlife Habitat is a partner with The Wet Tropics Management Authority in the goal of rainforest conservation and education.  Park Signage imparts information about the biodiversity of The Wet Tropics, its rare and threatened species and the importance of maintaining their habitat.  Our accredited Wet Tropics Information Centre provides information and advice to visitors about the activities of the area and the importance of the Wet Tropics region. We provide maps, brochures, information on the local region and tour bookings for visitors to the area.

Each year The Wildlife Habitat cares for sick, injured or orphaned animals brought into the Habitat by the local community.The Habitat uses funds raised from donations and park entries to operate their Wildlife rescue programme which includes a dedicated Wildlife care centre.


Informative guided tours are available to guests, and provide a valuable insight to behavioural characteristics of species, their interaction and their role within the environment. Enthusiastic tour guides are trained in all facets of biological systems and processes, and contribute to the Wildlife Habitat's Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation.

The Koala Habitat is an open-air exhibit that provides visitors with an eye level view of this spectacular marsupial.  Meandering through this enclosure, guests can watch as they feed, climb and of course, sleep!

For a close encounter, guests can visit the experiential enclosure to touch and photograph these captivating creatures.


To enhance guests experience and learning, an educational and animal presentation area has been developed in The Wetlands.  Here visitors are given the opportunity for an intimate learning experience with
pythons, freshwater crocodiles and an array of friendly birds.

  The Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas offers a 4 Park Pass including Cairns Wildlife Dome in Cairns, and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Rainforestation Nature Park in Kuranda.
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Highlights of our ecosystems

The Rainforest leads guests through a lush, tranquil environment where native species such as the endemic Boyd’s Forest Dragon, Eclectus Parrots and the endangered Southern Cassowary can be viewed in a natural setting. A meandering walkway allows the visitor to experience different levels of the rainforest and the varied microenvironments encapsulated within. At ground level displays of fish and amphibians are illuminated providing a glimpse of these cryptic creatures whilst high in the canopy exquisitely coloured pigeons and parrots perch amongst the foliage and fruits.

In the Wetlands an array of wading birds can be viewed foraging for fish and crustaceans in waterways that wind beneath boardwalks and beside pathways.
The Wetlands exhibit is considered unique, in that it allows a glimpse of a significant ecosystem to unfold.  This area depicts the amazing diversity of our natural wetlands that are important fringing areas and provide a link to many ecosystems. Here a host of macropods, fruit bats, black necked storks and a multitude of bird species can be found.

The Grasslands is an open-air exhibit that portrays both inland and coastal plains.  Here guests are enticed to interact with a range of macropods from the statuesque Eastern Grey Kangaroo to the petite Parma Wallaby.  The billabong is home to turtles, frogs and a range of waterfowl while also attracting a host of native bird varieties. Over forty species have been recorded utilising the exhibit as a refuge for breeding. Boardwalks overlook lagoons where both Estuarine and Freshwater crocodiles lurk beneath the murky waters or bask on the sunlit banks. A feature to this area is the Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo, a rare tree-climbing kangaroo found only in the rainforests of The Wet Tropics.

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