The Jumping Crocodile Cruise of Darwin

Northern Australia is a haven of animal life, and its most popular creatures have been a huge part of the landscape for thousands and thousands of years. Here, there are more than 80,000 saltwater crocodiles that bask, hunt, and play in the meandering waterways of this part of the country.

If you’re in the area, checking out these prehistoric beauties is an absolute must, and they continue to be a hugely popular attraction in and around Darwin.

There are a number of jumping crocodile cruises in the area, which give visitors the chance to get away from city life and discover the unique wildlife of the region. As you go, you’ll get to watch these incredible creatures as they hunt and relax in the shallow waters just outside of Darwin itself.

Perhaps the best part is how close you can get to the crocs – in a safe way, of course. The cruises give you the chance to watch as they jump out the water just metres away and tuck into a tasty treat the local guides have brought for them.

When they’re not laying low in the water or jumping for food, you can quietly watch them relax in shady spots or stroll along the banks of the picturesque river.

With so many crocs in the area, you’ll get to meet and greet a few of the favourites. All of the jumping crocodiles in the area are well-known to the local guides and are used to boats of visitors coming to see them each day to watch an incredible nature show.

And whatever you do, don’t forget your camera! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and you’ll want to get some snaps to remember it for years to come.

The History of Saltwater Crocs in the Region

In 1971, the population of crocodiles in Darwin and its surrounds were dangerously close to extinction. Back then, they were declared a highly-protected species and conservation efforts began to repopulate the species.

Now, there are more saltwater crocodiles in this part of Australia than there have ever been before in the Northern Territory, with many of the rivers and waterways heavily populated with the creatures. This gives visitors ample opportunity to catch a glimpse of them in their natural habitat and learn about their behaviour and history.

The majority of jumping crocodile cruises are set on the waters of the Adelaide River, which is one of the region’s best-loved natural spots. Found an hour outside of Darwin and off the Arnhem Highway, it’s the perfect place to take a pitstop before reaching the famous Kakadu National Park.

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