Tamina and Casey Sanderson look up close at the new freshwater crocodiles at Koorana Crocodile Farm, with tour guide Robby McLeod.
Tamina and Casey Sanderson look up close at the new freshwater crocodiles at Koorana Crocodile Farm, with tour guide Robby McLeod. Sharyn Oneill So

Cute crocs worth a smile or two

TAMINA Sanderson, 9 and her sister, Casey, 7, were dubious about getting too close to baby freshwater crocodiles but they admit the newest additions to Koorana Crocodile Farm are super cute.

Visiting the farm near Emu Park yesterday, the Rockhampton girls joined other tourists checking out the 15 baby crocodiles just 24cm long and weighing only 60 grams.

Farm owner John Lever said he was with his grandchildren on New Year’s Eve, taking photos with the eggs.

“One hatched out there and then,” John said, with the rest following on New Year’s Day.

He said another clutch of freshwater crocodiles was due in the next few days.

“The biggest reaction from people is when they learn about parental care of the crocodile, how the parents care for their babies.”

“That’s what makes them dangerous to people.”

Because of the global financial crisis, John said they had expected fewer tourists this year, but were happy to have excellent crowds, averaging 100 to 150 people a day.

“We’ve enjoyed a very healthy two months,” he said.

Capricorn Tourism CEO Mary Carroll said several tourist operators on the Capricorn Coast had reported good visitor numbers, despite wet weather.

She said tourists were coming to the region to enjoy the natural beauty in a relaxed environment.

“It is a very family friendly affordable destination,” Mary said.

“We expect to be busy through to the end of January.”

Koorana Crocodile Farm is open daily, with two 1.5-hour tours starting at 10.30am and 1pm.

The restaurant is also open for lunch from noon to 1pm.



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