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“Tourist trap”

Marineland Crocodile Park
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Owner description: Marineland Melanesia Crocodile HabitatSituated on beautiful Green Island off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Home to Cassius - largest captive croc in the world at nearly 5.5 metres. Set on 3/4 acre garden setting with over 60 crocodiles, sea turtles, tropical fish aquariums, and museum of primitive art and marine artefacts. See our crocodile feeding shows at 10.30 and 1.30 daily, and have your photo taken holding a baby crocodile. Ask about our family rates.At our entrance you will find our gift shop, with a fantastic range - and the best prices. Souvenirs, T-shirts, beach clothing, towels, sunscreen, shells, coral, gemstones and jewellery. We make beautiful gemstone and coral jewellery here in our shop as well - take home something unique to Green island.
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Only recommended if you've got small children to entertain. Fish are kept in tiny tanks. Felt sorry for poor Cassius the croc, who lives in a fetid pool scarcely larger than he is. Animal welfare standards have risen in the past 50 years; unfortunately, this place seems outdated to the point of unintentional cruelty.

Thank LadyDiazepam
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bucaneer3, Owner at Marineland Crocodile Park, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2012

Please rest assured that all the pools have a lot to offer a crocodile - they are all filled with guppies and small fish, as well as water foliage to maintain a balanced ecosystem, and while they may not look desirable to a human, they are ideally suited to a crocodile's predatorial nature - to hide and wait for prey - to see and not be seen. We do rely on rainwater for our fresh water supply and as October/November is our dry season, we annually use this time for the annual clean and paint job - what a shame you didn't notice this work currently being carried out on each of the croc pools in turn - the process takes about 6-8 weeks to complete and by the time the wet season starts, each pool will be ready for the oversupply of freshwater that becomes available to them then. Most of the crocs are also living as mated pairs, resulting in annual breeding which can only occur when an animal's environment is suited to them.
With regard to the tanks for the fish, possibly you were expecting the all-inclusive walk through tanks that one now sees at Sydney Aquarium and similar locations. While we cannot develop our facility in this way, we do believe our aquariums and the marine life we maintain in them are in an extremely fortuitous position. All our aquariums are on a constant cycle feed of Green Island's saltwater - it is pumped up continuously into the tanks and reef pools and then naturally feeds back into the ocean. We are in a unique situation here and the success of our aquariums reflects this. We do have some very successful breeding occuring amongst certain species of fish, coral and anemones and this is only possible when all is right in their environment, and they are 'happy'.
I hope I have allayed some of your concerns regarding the welfare of our animals. All comments are appreciated and valued.

As a private family business here at Green Island for 40 years, with 3 generations of family involved in the business, no government funding or any financial connections with any of the boat companies servicing the island, or with the Green Island Resort, the title "tourist trap" seems unwarranted.

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Marineland Melanesia was a nice way to spend an hour during our visit to Green Island. They do two shows per day where they feed the crocodiles and provide some pretty interesting information about the area and the wildlife. The same family has run Marineland Melanesia for a very long time. The entry fee is workthwhile to support the work they're doing.

Thank KJ74Sydney
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Wow, I was totally blown away by our day out at Marineland Melanesia on Green Island, what an awesome place! I have lived in Cairns/Port Douglas for quite a few years and wasn't aware of this fascinating place right on my doorstep! It is more than just an everyday crocodile enclosure, the home of the 18ft croc Cassius, he is huge! And other very large crocodiles too, one of the females was pregnant at the time we visited. Billy gave us a great show of feeding the crocodiles and we had our photo taken with the 3 year old baby Cuddles. It was sooo interesting to read all the stories of how the crocodiles were captured and see all the tribal carvings and artifacts, you can see all the love and passion that has gone into creating this wonderful world. I loved seeing all the coral, fish, crayfish and turtles, the gift shop had some great gifts which included semi precious stone jewellery and some amazingly different crystals. I can very much recommend visiting, you will have the best day and it will far exceed your expectations - Deb J

Thank Deb J
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Visiting Green Island in July 2012 my first stop was to see the Majestic Cassius. I was not disappointed he is a powerful, huge crocodile you have to see him live to appreciate how big he really is. Marineland Melanesia Show was conducted by a very knowledgeable guy called Billy. Billy was very informative and answered many questions happily and professionally. The family park is a real credit to them as not only are there various sea creatures and crocodiles, Georges collection of his trips to islands over the years are really worth seeing.Take the time to see and read everything on display.
I will definitely return again.

1  Thank julie h
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

My husband and I recently stayed overnight at Green Island and whilst we were there we paid Marineland Melaneisa a visit. It was less than $20.00 to go in, which we thought was great value and a really interesting place! Obviously the crocs are the main attraction, with it being home to Cassius, the largest crocodile in captivity, but there are heaps of other interesting facets including the huge collection of wood carvings and artefacts from PNG and surrounding islands and a gallery about all of the croc attacks in recent years. There were also some turtles, fish, lobsters and other animals to see.

The crocs themselves were monster sized! being an unusually cold day in May, they were not keen on getting out of the water, but the feedings were still entertaining to watch and the guide was great. I must say, I was petfiried at the sight of Cassius. His head alone was the size of my car! (maybe a slight exaggeration but not far off!) hard to see just how big this croc was being underwater, but seeing his eyes poke out of the water was a truly amazing (and frightening) experience.

An interesting place and a must see while on Green Island. Seeing Cassius alone was well worth the entry fee!

Thank kylieboo28
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