Words by Sybella Salter


From providing the thrill of swimming with saltwater crocodiles, to keeping company with cassowaries and hand feeding adorable eastern grey kangaroos, the award-winning Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas has unrivalled opportunities for travellers to interact, adore and be amazed by Australia’s most iconic wildlife.  The wildlife park’s famous breakfast experience is no exception. A must-do visitor experience for over two decades, to an all new educational and mouth-watering dining event for guests (and wildlife!)

This revamped early morning experience is part of a focused effort by the wildlife park to enable visitors to make valuable conservation connections. Not only will keepers have participants interacting with colourful rainforest birds, but at the end of the iconic breakfast guests can now hand feed koalas, a species recently listed as endangered in Queensland. A new glass edged koala enclosure is the showcase centrepiece of the breakfast space.

By creating extraordinary wildlife interactions, the team at Wildlife Habitat is aiming to inspire travellers to act on conservation in their daily life.

Before the park opening to general public, breakfast arrival is 7.45 am, and diners have a chance to take in a symphony of sounds and vibrant birdlife of the Wetlands habitat as they meander the ‘stork walk’, an all abilities pathway, to Curlew Café. The concept is simple but refreshing. Seating is banqueting style with up to eight on a table, enabling travellers make new friends and exchange holiday tales on the best FNQ experiences. Each booking reservation is provided their own plattered breakfast.  With chef’s mindfulness of food miles, sustainable practice and buying Australian, guests dine on local produce from the surrounding area and food-rich Atherton tablelands. Delights include eggs of the day, seasonal tropical antipasto, seared grill selection, bakery treats, tea, coffee and juice.  Although magicians, chefs are not mind readers, so advising of dietary requirements at your time of reservation is essential.

Reservations are required 24 hours prior to your travel date and seating is limited. To avoid disappointment book online and package up your admission and breakfast. A 5 day re – entry pass is a standard ticket inclusion, and purchasing Breakfast with the Birds will gift you 20% off a wildlife photo. It’s in our nature to be inspired by nature.