Terrifying, ancient, and resilient – crocodiles are among the most fascinating animals in the Northern Territory. See them in the wild or leaping for bait on a river cruise, come face-to-face with one through a glass-bottomed tank at a wildlife park or watch feeding time at a crocodile farm.
Crocs in captivity
Head out to Darwin's Crocodylus Park to feed a jumping crocodile or hold a baby croc. The park is home to 10,000 crocodiles ranging from 30cm-5m long and weighing up to half a ton. Wander through the museum to see interesting artefacts, cultural items and displays about the crocodile's biology and killer instinct.
Take a closer look at saltwater crocodiles at Darwin's Crocosaurus Cove. Look into their underwater environment through the walls of aquariums, or from the viewing platforms. If that isn't close enough you can dive with them in the clear-sided 'Cage of Death'.
Call in at the Darwin Crocodile Farm in time to see the afternoon feeding and meet Burt, the crocodile star of Crocodile Dundee, and taste a croc burger.
Places to see crocs in the wild
Most NT rivers average five crocodiles per km, but in Mary River that number climbs to nearly 15 saltwater crocodiles per km. Climb the viewing platform at Shady Camp to look across the floodplain and you are bound to spot a croc.
At Kakadu National Park the Bininj story of the crocodile is painted on the rock wall at Ubirr. Photograph saltwater crocodiles on a Yellow Water Billabong cruise or spotlight crocs by night in the Djarradjin Billabong. Drive to Jabiru and stay in the famous crocodile-shaped hotel.
Join a cruise of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) and look out for the freshwater crocodiles that nest on the riverbanks. The Crocodile Night Adventure cruises the lower Katherine River and includes your guide 'calling the crocs' for photo opportunities.
On a popular Adelaide River Queen cruise you will see jumping crocodiles – huge saltwater crocs that rise vertically from the water to grab the bait dangling at them from the riverboat.
Observe the signs
When it comes to crocodiles, the Northern Territory Government takes your safety seriously, but ultimately how you behave around crocodile habitats is your responsibility.
Always observe crocodile safety signs and assume that they are present, even if you can't see them. With almost as many crocodiles as people in the north, you're sure to come across them in Territory waterways. There are approximately 150,000 saltwater crocodiles and at least 100,000 freshwater crocodiles across northern Australia.
Visit the Parks and Wildlife website for further information: