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WILD LIFE Hamilton Island
Resort Drive
Hamilton Island
QLD 4803

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Open daily 8am - 5pm
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Get to Know Our Animals

The residents of WILD LIFE Hamilton Island are true Aussie characters and there's no better way to meet them than catching a daily tour or two!

Say hello to our animals Freddie the talking cockatoo and our resident koalas. We also have many other incredible Aussie animals including dingoes, cassowary, bettongs, pademelons, kangaroos, crocodiles and other reptiles. We often have new arrivals so there's always something new to see!


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Undoubtedly one of Australia’s most iconic animals, WILD LIFE Hamilton Island has been home to these fabulous, fluffy, captivating creatures for many years and has bred a number of generations through successful breeding programs. Every koala is known by name, and each has their own little personality and unique traits, something our animal care team love to share with guests who visit our attraction.

Fun Facts

  • Scientific Name: Phascolarctos cinereus
  • Koalas sleep for up to 20 hours per day
  • WILD LIFE Hamilton Island is one of the only places in Australia where you can cuddle a koala
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Eastern Grey Roos

There are thought to be more kangaroos in Australia today than there was when Europeans first arrived in nearly 220 years ago. This is due to the clearing of native forests for farming, which in turn, encouraged grassland growth complimented by more available man-made water sources. These are some other macropod species have flourished so much that they have reached pest levels. The control of dingoes, the kangaroos number one predator, has also contributed to the kangaroo population explosion.

Fun Facts

  • Scientific Name: Macropus giganteaus
  • Eastern Grey Roos are the most commonly encountered kangaroos species in Australia
  • They are commonly found across the entire eastern-third of the country

Saltwater Crocodiles

Many large saltwater crocodiles in Queensland were eradicated or removed from the wild due to conflict with humans, either through safety concerns or livestock predation.

Fun Facts

  • Scientific Name: Crocodylus porosus
  • Saltwater crocodiles can grow over 6 metres in length and weigh up to a tonne
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Dingoes are native to Australia and are found nowhere else on Earth. They are Australia’s largest predator, but domesticated ones, such as ours, are affectionate and real characters.

Fun Facts

  • Scientific Name: Canis lupus dingo
  • Also known as ‘warrigals’
  • Australia’s largest predator
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Southern Cassowaries

These incredible, prehistoric-looking birds are under threat in the wild due to habitat loss, road accidents and attacks by domestic dogs. Our registered WILD LIFE Conservation Fund collects donations to fund some of the most deserving and hardworking conservation organisations to support the incredible work they do to re-establish cassowary habitats and create public awareness for these awesome birds.


  • Scientific Name: Casuarius casuarius
  • The Southern Cassowary is one of three species of cassowary, and the only one native to Australia
  • It has a notorious reputation as the world’s deadliest bird, but is, itself, endangered
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While these birds can be incredibly smart, mastering the English language, they do have a very cheeky side and enjoy stealing belongings from guess and visitors...

Fun Facts

  • Scientific Name: Cacatua galerita
  • Known for their ability to master the English vocabulary
  • Feeding the birds does more harm to them than good