The tropical climate of the Northern Territory makes Darwin the perfect backdrop for the resident saltwater crocodiles. In fact, this part of Australia is home to more crocodiles than anywhere else in the world, so it’s well worth a visit if you want to learn more about these magnificent, prehistoric creatures.
The Saltwater Crocodile
Salties, as they are locally known, are the largest species of reptile in the world and have sat at the very top of the food chain for over 100 million years. They can grow to an impressive seven metres long and can easily weigh more than 1,000 kg, though the average size of a fully-grown male in the Northern Territory is around five metres long.
There are around 200,000 saltwater crocodiles in Australia, with the vast majority of them calling the Top End and Darwin home.
Where to See the Saltwater Crocodiles of Darwin
There are plenty of places to spot crocs throughout Darwin and its surrounds. Here are some of the best.
1. Crocosaurus Cove
Actually located in Darwin, this attraction is dedicated to the magnificent saltwater crocodile and is home to the largest display of Australia reptiles in the world.
2. Crocodylus Park
Set just outside of Darwin’s city centre, Crocodylus Park is home to more than 10,000 crocodiles. As well as seeing these creatures up close, you can also browse the on-site museum that boasts numerous displays where you can learn all about the behaviour, habitat, and lifestyle of these creatures.
3. Territory Wildlife Park
You can find this attraction around an hour outside of Darwin. Whilst there, you can wander around the displays that feature wildlife and ecology from the Top End, including creatures found in different habitats, from the escarpment zones right through to the lush mangroves that flank the coast.
4. Jumping Crocodile Tours
Set on the picturesque backdrop of the Adelaide River, the Jumping Crocodile Tours give you a chance to get to know these creatures in a unique and memorable way. You’ll travel along the river on a boat, stopping along the way to feed the resident crocs who jump out of the water on demand.
Getting to know the saltwater crocodiles of the Northern Territory is a must-do if you’re in the area. At multiple different venues, you can see the creatures in their natural environment, learn more about their fascinating lifestyles, and get up close and personal unlike anywhere else in the world.