One of Green Island’s most unique attractions is indeed Marineland Melanesia. Not only is it home to the largest captive crocodile in Australia, Cassius, it is also home to one of the largest private collections of exotic Melanesian tribal artifacts and aquariums. With twice daily crocodile shows and the chance to hold a baby croc, it’s definitely a family favourite, especially with the children.
Originally built by two partners in the early 1960s, Marineland Melanesia has been proudly owned and operated by the Craig family since 1971. From working in Papua New Guinea, family patriarch George Craig (perhaps one of the original ‘crocodile hunters’) set about bringing to reality an island habitat for huge crocodiles and a magnificent range of carvings and ancient primitive tribal art from the region known as Melanesia.
Cassius – World’s Largest Crocodile in Captivity
Cassius has called Green Island’s Marineland Melanesia home since 1987 when relocated from Australia’s Northern Territory and is estimated to be at least 110 years old! At 5.48 metres long (17ft 11.75inches) he is a reputed man-eater!
Cassius is fed regularly at the crocodile shows and quite often George Craig likes to feed Cassius personally and it’s quite amazing to witness the special connection he has developed with this incredible animal after nearly 30 years of being his caretaker.
Crocodile Shows Twice Daily10:30am and 1:30pm
See huge crocs at feeding time. You will also have the opportunity to hold a real baby crocodile - a fantastic experience and great photo!
|Marineland Melanesia Entry Prices:|
|Child (5 - 14):||$8.50|
|Kids under 5 free with an accompanying adult.|
Prices valid to 31 March 2015.
In between activities on Green Island, like snorkelling or viewing the reef from a glass bottom boat, make sure you take some time to pop in and see this truly unique island attraction!