What time of day is best to see crocodiles?

What time of day is best to see crocodiles?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/03/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

A lot of crocodiles are in the top end of Australia. To see a crocodile is one of the top things to do when you’re in the Northern Territory.

Saltwater crocodiles are one of the deadliest animals in Australia. Crocodiles are at the top of the food chain and will capture anything from small fish to buffaloes. If you’re hoping to see a crocodile during its most active time, you’ll have the most luck in the mornings. A great way to see these large animals in Darwin is on the Jumping Crocodile Cruise. The wet season in Darwin is another great time to see these creatures. Crocodiles love the heat, and the wet season is when it’s very warm in the Northern Territory.

Jumping Crocodile Cruise

The Jumping Crocodile Cruise goes along the Adelaide River in the Northern Territory. Adelaide River is about an hour’s drive from Darwin. Adelaide River has a high number of saltwater and freshwater crocodiles swimming in the river. You can go on the Jumping Crocodile Cruise in the morning or the afternoon. The cruises are an hour long and you will likely see some crocodiles impressively jump out of the water!

What do I see on the Jumping Crocodile Cruise?

On this cruise. you can see anything from crocodiles preying on meals, to some fights, and spotting other wildlife. You might see some bull sharks, sawfish, and birds on the cruise. One of the most popular animals to spot (aside from the crocs) is the white-bellied sea eagle. These eagles are typically high up in the trees or flying high above. But it is almost a guarantee you will see a crocodile leap out of the water when the bait is hanging above them. Are you interested already?

What do you learn when on the cruise?

The tour guides on the Jumping River Cruise are familiar with many of the crocodiles in the river. Some crocodiles are friendlier and some are more of a showoff. You’ll find out their names if they have any and the behaviours they have. Some crocodiles have been in previous fights and have lost part of their snout, tail or leg. If you spot other wildlife on the cruise your tour guide will teach you a bit about them too. Don’t forget to ask any questions when on the cruise!

It’s incredible to see crocodiles in action, jumping for the bait the crew members dangle above them. Though crocodiles can’t actually jump! Crocodiles use the force from their tails to help them leap out of the water. But you’ll learn more about these creatures when on the cruise yourself!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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