The Rainforest Habitat is a wildlife park set on eight acres in Port Douglas, north Queensland. The park features three different environmental habitats: rainforest, wetlands, and grasslands.
The Rainforest area represents the Wet Tropics with boardwalks on they forest floor along the forest floor. This area exhibits native rainforest species such as the Southern Cassowary, Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo, Boyd’s Forest Dragon and Eclectus parrots.
The Wetlands area has a large number of water birds that feed on fish and invertebrates in the waterways and surrounding vegetation. Visitors can walk through the wetlands on boardwalks. The park restaurant is in the Wetlands area. The park’s Breakfast with the Birds and Lunch with the Lorikeets are very popular with visitors. There are a fair number of bird species that can be seen at this relatively small park. See the Rainforest Habitat List of Animal Species for more information about bird and animal species at the park.
At the Grasslands exhibit, visitors can hand feed kangaroos and wallabies with food purchased from the gift shop. The park features a number of kangaroo and wallaby species including Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Parma Wallabies, Agile Wallabies and Pademelons. The Habitat is one of the few parks in Australia to display the endangered Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo. From the boardwalks that overlook the lagoons, visitors can see both Estuarine (Saltwater) crocodiles and Freshwater crocodiles. There are also various lizards and snakes on display.
During the day there are Koala and Reptile (Crocodile and Snake) presentations that allow guests to see and touch animals up close. Free guided tours are available throughout the day, where experienced guides take visitors round the park. There are separate tours for the Wetlands, Rainforest and Grasslands areas.
The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary runs educational programs promoting awareness of native wildlife, environmental and conservation issues. Each year the Habitat Wildlife Care Centre cares for over 300 sick, injured or orphaned animals brought in by the local community. Animals are released back to the wild where possible, but some with debilitating injuries stay at the park.
The Rainforest Habitat is located 6km from the centre of Port Douglas, 50 minutes drive north of Cairns along the scenic Captain Cook Highway. The park open from 8am to 4pm every day except Christmas Day. Entry tickets are valid for 3 consecutive days including the day of purchase.