Northern Territory is famous for 2 things. Its dry season (it’s really dry), and crocodiles! There are more crocodiles in the Northern Territory than anywhere else in the world. Saltwater crocs can be seen in many rivers and billabongs. What can you take away from this? Don’t ever jump into a river if you see no one else is swimming. You’ll never know what’s inside the murky water. ;P
Best Northern Territory Crocodile Jumping Cruise – Fun Facts
- Modern crocodiles have been around for about 100 million years, and their ancestors first appeared about 240 million years ago.
- Crocodiles can live for up to 70 years and can grow to between four and five meters.
- Baby crocrodiles start out weighing just 60 grams, but the largest adult males can reach close to 1,000 kilograms. I know how unbelievable it sounds!
- The average density of crocodiles across tropical Australian rivers is five crocodiles per kilometer, but the Mary River in the Northern Territory can average as many as 20 crocodiles per kilometer. That’s how scary the number is!
In order to make sure we could SAFELY watch crocodiles up close, we decided to go for the famous Crocodile Jumping Cruise at Adelaide River. There are numerous jumping cruise companies for you to choose from. We chose Adelaide River Cruise as it has very good reviews from TripAdvisor and they do considerably small tours. Their boat only carries a maximum of 30 people, which is a good size in my opinion.
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From the cruise, you can literally see “lazy” crocodiles jumping! What motivate them to do so? Food of course! To lure them to our boat, our guide held out a “fishing rod” with a big piece of meat attached at the end. And as crocodiles approached, he lifted the rod from the water, so the meat was dangled in the air. From then, the crocodiles would jump really hard just to get it!
During the 1-hour cruise, we saw more than 15 crocodiles. And one of them was extremely huge. And guess what? It was toothless! It was so old that all the teeth fell out, and it literally swallowed the meat, rather than chewing it.
Check out the video below to see how tall crocodiles can jump. You’ll be amazed!
Are you inspired to go for the cruise? Trust me, you’ll have a lot of fun and enjoy as much I do! If you’ve been to one before, share with us your experience by commenting below and inspire more people to travel longer, better and smarter.
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Best Northern Territory Crocodile Jumping Cruise – Itinerary At A Glance
Adelaide River Cruise (1-hr tour)
- Where to book?
Book online or phone (08) 8983 3224
- How to go?
Take the Stuart Highway out of Darwin and follow signs for Kakadu National Park. Turn left onto the Arnhem Highway (signposted to Kakadu National Park). Turn left at the sign for Fogg Dam (Anzac Parade) and follow the Crocodile Cruise signs.
Adult – $45
Child – $20 (3yrs – 15yrs)
Family Deal (2a + 2ch) – $110
- Cruise Times:
9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Daily from May to November