The jumping crocodiles were actually so much more thrilling then I was expecting. I came over the Easter weekend and they were open for business! Make a booking ahead of time and be prepared for a hot steamy day out on the water. I was there during high tide and there were still plenty of crocs to see. I have been told that during low tide you can see the crocs laying in the mud and they slide into the water when they hear the boats coming.
My top 5 things:
1. The massive crocs - you get so close to the crocs and they are huge. One of them was 4-5m long and a monster. He swam right next to me several times. They also don’t have a lot of protection on the sides of the boat which sets off the adrenaline. Rest assured, the team said nobody has ever had an incident on the cruise.
2. The staff - really nice and relaxed Aussies who actually provide a fair bit of interesting information about these creatures. I love crocs so I was happy to hear what they had to say.
3. The view - the boat cruises down Adelaide river and it’s nice to see a relaxed part of Australia without high rises in the background. Darwin is quite special in that way. Plus the drive out to the tour passes the wetlands and you see lots of birds in there. If you’re lucky you’ll spot some crocs.
4. The firehawks - these birds(3 varieties) are regularly spotted along the tour and they are special as they spread fires to lure out their pray. You might even see one get eaten by a croc!
5. The treatment of the animals - I don’t enjoy animals being tortured for human enjoyment and I didn’t get that vibe from the tour at all. They often just give the food to the crocs and don’t force them to do anything. The crocs know there’s free food up for grabs and it’s of no danger to them. If anything, it feels like the free food distracts them from the humans hanging out in the boat.
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