Plant Discovery Guide: Northern Australia is one of the richest botanical treasure troves in the world. This self guided walk introduces you to some of our local plants. Some are ancient dinosaur food, some are valuable to aboriginal people and some have developed extraordinary relationships with other plants and animals.
Cassowary Garden: Another self guided walk introducing visitors to some rainforest plants that are vital for the cassowary’s survival.
Audio Boxes: During your explorations at Hartley’s you may encounter some green, square audio tour boxes outside selected displays. Simply turn the handle and, while turning, press the buttons for some surprising facts and stories.
MacAlister Education Centre
For many years, tourists visiting North Queensland could be forgiven for thinking that there were only two places to visit - the reef and the rainforest. The vast majority of northern Australia consists of seasonally dry savannah woodland. In recognition of the need to promote appreciation of the dry tropical savannah woodland surrounding the Hartley’s creek region, the MacAlister Education Centre was opened in 2004.
Its aim is to provide a window into the biodiversity of the savannah woodlands surrounding the park. It does this through interpretive display panels, touch tables and live exhibits, featuring some of the smaller and less well known animals that live here. Snakes, fish, bugs and other minibeasts are sure to enthrall inquisitive minds - young and old. Come in and stay a while.
Open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, discover the World Heritage landscape, history and flora and fauna surrounding Hartley's.