The Crocs of the Adelaide River in the Top End love a good feed. Ever wondered what it’s like to have a 5-meter croc virtually eat out of your hand? The species used to be protected, the belief was that they were facing extinction.
This was more than 30 years ago, and today the crocs are the kings of the waterways of the Northern Territory. The Adelaide River is renowned for its Jumping Croc tours.
These wild creatures have been working with the tour operators for many, many years and when they see a boat they kind of expect to be fed, and they’ll put on a show to do so, year round.
The thing is, you won’t really see these creatures any other way, they’re stealthy and although there are some 80,000 saltwater crocodiles in the waterways of the Top End the best way to see them is definitely on a Jumping Croc Tour. So jump aboard a river cruiser with an experienced Croc Hunter and his crew and embark on a thrilling adventure.
You’ll definitely want to bring your camera for that chance of a perfect snapshot. With their powerful muscular tails, a saltwater crocodile, or ‘jumper’ as they’re affectionately known by the crew, can launch itself out of the water by nearly it’s entire length to snag one of the meat treats that the experienced Croc Hunters dangle enticingly above the water for your viewing pleasure/terror.
Of course, it’s completely safe. Many boats have a layer of thick glass and a second level above and most tours cater to kids as well. Rates range from 35-70 dollars on average for a cruise of an hour (kids are cheaper).
You’re spoilt for choice, with tour operations leaving from the banks of the Adelaide river around an hours drive on the Arnhem Highway out of Darwin.
Tours operate at specific times throughout the day depending on operator and bookings are essential.