Where to see crocodiles in Darwin
If you want to see the impressive crocodile up close, it’s best to do it somewhere safe.
In Darwin, you can get up close and personal with one of the Territory’s most famous crocodiles, Sweetheart. Now located in the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory at Fannie Bay as a taxidermy attraction, Sweetheart was the inspiration for the horror film, Rogue. In his golden days in the 1970s, Sweetheart was known to stalk fishing boats, attack outboard motors and tip the occupants into the water. Luckily he didn’t hurt anyone, but a 5 metre crocodile chasing your boat is a scary prospect!
Darwin crocodile parks
If you want to see a live crocodile, there are lots of options. Visit Crocodylus Park on the outskirts of Darwin and see a range of animals including more than 1000 resident crocodiles. Check for feeding times to see these beasts in action.
In the centre of Darwin, visit Crocosaurus Cove to see crocodiles of all shapes, sizes and ages in purpose-built aquariums. If you’re feeling brave, you might even try the Cage of Death: a perspex tank that’s lowered into an enclosure of crocs, so you and a friend can see them closer than you ever thought possible. If you’re lucky enough to be in the cage during feeding time, you’ll see their powerful jaws in full force.
Join a crocodile tour in Darwin
If you’re happy to explore further afield, join a day trip to Adelaide River, just an hour from Darwin for the Jumping Crocodile Cruise, or head a little further to the Mary River Wetlands cruise. If it’s more adventure you’re looking for, why not take a scenic flight with Outback Float Planes and airboat ride up Sweets Lagoon, cruise through the wetlands, or swim in their crocodile-safe enclosure.
Where to see crocodiles in Kakadu
If you’re up for getting wet, you can’t beat seeing this cold-blooded hunter in its element at Kakadu National Park. Yellow Water Cruises are provided year-round in the park and offer tourists a peaceful and unique view of one of the world’s largest nature reserves. Watch crocs weave their way through the waters, snapping for bait just a few feet away – we recommend keeping your hands in the boat at all times!
Where to see crocodiles in Katherine
Three hours’ south of Darwin is the town of Katherine, home to the incredible Nitmiluk National Park, housing Katherine Gorge and Katherine River. To experience crocodiles in their natural habitat, book a leisurely cruise down the gorge and spot crocodiles sunning themselves on the rocks. Take a night-time tour along the Katherine River to see those eyes glowing back at you.
Where to see crocodiles in Alice Springs
If you’re heading to Alice Springs, there’s good news. You don’t need to worry about running into our scaly friends in the waterholes. Crocodiles simply don’t live this far south, so it’s safe for you to swim.
You can however see a live crocodile at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. His name is Terry, and he lives in the largest private collection of reptiles in the Northern Territory alongside goannas, thorny devils, lizards, geckos and snakes.