"Adelaide River: Jumping Crocs!" Jumping Crocodile Cruise Tip by xuessium
Jumping Crocodile Cruise, Darwin: 11 reviews and 35 photos
I came to Adelaide River via a 1-day tour with "Litchfield Dreams". This small group 12-pax day tour (7am-7pm) consisted of visits to the Adelaide River and Litchfield National Park. Cost of day-tour was A$99 (circa 2003).
Adelaide River is one of the most crocodile infested rivers in Darwin. Most folks came here for the jumping crocs...yes, you've read right....jumping handbags!
Upon arriving at the shed for the river cruise and after a morning top-up of tea/coffee and cakes, it was time to seek out leaping handbags. This part of the tour is handled by another company: Jumping Crocodile Cruise.
The cruise took about 1.5 hours. Along the way, seekers sought out the sun-bathing crocs along the muddy/swampy edges of the river. In fact, some of the crocs became so familiar that they were given nicknames.
Once a good location had been decided, staff then proceeded to hang chunks of meat via a long pole near the water to draw the crocs and once the crocs came reasonably near, the meat was then raised to induce the crocs to leap out of the water (hence, the "jump') to grab the morsel of food. For a frenzy 20 minutes or so, crocs were literally leaping around us. Folks staying in the lower deck would get to see the body of the crocs REAL close whilst folks on the upper deck would be busy clicking away trying to capture shots from a vantage point.
And there are quite a number of giant and powerful handbags out there. You wouldn't want to be in the waters with them.
Some folks criticised the circus-like atmosphere of this tour. Wild crocs were never meant to be fed thisaway and never meant to be leaping, had been the opposing arguments. While I do not totally disagree with them, the tour did allow me to see these giant reptiles up close in the wild. You don't get to do this everyday.
The cruise also provides a good opportunity to take a good look at the wetlands/mangrove swamps of Darwin and aside from crocs, chances to see other indigenious creatures such as kites.
Address: Adelaide River
Phone: (08) 8978 9077
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