Where to See Wild Crocodiles in Darwin

By: Douglas Scott

Darwin is situated in the Northern Territory, on the coast of the Timor Sea. It is closer to Jakarta than it is to Sydney. It was named after Charles Darwin.

Saltwater Crocodiles are very common in all waterways surrounding Darwin Australia. Cros are also occasionally found swimming in Darwin Harbour and on local beaches.

Where to See Wild Crocodiles in Darwin, Australia

  • Howard Springs
    Located 35km East of Darwin. This waterhole is crocodile free and is a very popular swimming spot. The city has plenty of beaches but you would be wise to keep out of the water during the wet season because of the deadly box jellyfish.
  • Crocodylus Park
    20mins our of darwin, this is the place in Australia to come face to face with crocodiles. Built upon 30 years of experience in crocodile research and conservation, the park plays host to over a thousand crocodiles from foot long hatchlings to massive adults measuring 16 feet and weighing half a ton. The other wildlife including big cats, primates, birds and other reptiles including hawksbill turtles.
  • Kakadu National Park
    This is Australia's most famous park. Kakadu National Park is home to well over 10,000 crocodiles and east of Darwin. It is an incredible place to see estuarine crocodiles and millions of birds. The wildlife is abundant especially at the end of the dry season when the water levels are low and everyone must live closer together. Taking a cruise in Yellow Waters is a must do. The park is also filled with Aboriginal Rock paintings and Aboriginal history. Local guides explain the art and history of the region.
  • Crocosaurus Cove
    A wildlife park where your can interact with crocodiles.  Located right in the centre of Darwin, here you can take a tour of the park to watch some of the largest crocodiles get fed. There are plenty of underwater viewing opportunities. You can also 'swim with the crocs' in the Cage of Death where you will be lowered into the crocodiles water protected by an enclosure.
  • Adelaide River
    With an estimated four crocodiles per square kilometre on the Adelaide River, this is one of the rivers where feeding crocs is permitted. You will get to see several jumping crocodiles taking your bait. There are a number of short cruises that run an hour tour to feed the crocodile. 

Lastly, you can also visit the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Here you will find the mummified body of Sweetheart. She is the city's most famous crocodile. Measuring an impressive 5.1 metres and weighing 780kg, Sweetheart is a fondly regarded local legend, carefully taxidermied and holding pride of place in the museum.

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