Cairns Crocodile Farm is the largest crocdile farm in Australia. It started in 1995. In winter, during the sugar cane harvest, hot water produced by the sugar mill is piped directly into the swimming ponds of the juvenile enclosures. The water raises the body temperature and growth rate of the young crocodiles.
The farm has more than 200 adult wild Australian Estuarine crocodiles. Most have been relocated from areas within Cairns because they posed a threat. They are now used for breeding. The captivity-raised crocodiles are farmed primarily for their meat and skins.