The Adelaide River snakes its way south from the Van Diemen Gulf, through Djukbinj National Park, to the Adelaide River settlement on the Stuart Highway.
The river is best known for its popular ‘jumping crocodile’ cruises, run by a number of different operators. The crocodile cruises are located about one hour’s drive south of Darwin along the Arnhem Highway - just follow the signs to any of the ‘jumping crocodile’ theme cruises. Watch crocodiles close up as they are encouraged to jump high in the air for their food.
As well as being famous for its jumping crocodiles, the Adelaide River is a popular fishing location where many avid anglers target Barramundi. The river is also home to a massive and varied bird population.
Nearby, the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre provides a 360 degree view of the floodplains of the river. Viewing platforms and walking paths at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve also provide visitors with an excellent opportunity to see birdlife.
On of the highlights of a visit to Adelaide River is the beautifully maintained World War II cemetery which can be easily found in a peaceful location by the banks of the river. Some 434 servicemen and 63 civilians killed in the Top End are buried here. Among the civilians are 9 Post Office workers who were killed on February 19, 1942 during the first of the Japanese air raids on Darwin.
Also of interest to visitors is the Adelaide River Pub set among shady trees and green lawns, it is an ideal lunch destination with the popular house special of barra and chips. The old railway bridge and station (now a museum), which was a major enterprise at the time of completion in 1889, is also worth a visit.