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Helicopter tour over the Top End
Crocodile jumping out of the water at Adelaide River
Crocodiles in mud on river bank

Adelaide River

If you’re looking for a day trip from Darwin to see crocodiles in the wild – the Adelaide River is the spot for you.

The Adelaide River snakes its way south from the Van Diemen Gulf, through Djukbinj National Park, and past the Adelaide River township on the Stuart Highway.

The Adelaide River is best known for its popular ‘jumping crocodile’ cruises, run by several operators. The crocodile cruises are located about one-hour’s drive south of Darwin along the Arnhem Highway – situated between Fogg Dam and the Adelaide River itself. These jumping crocodile cruises are a fantastic way to see crocodiles in the wild, up close and personal, as they leap from the water for a bite to eat.

Viewing platforms and walking paths at nearby Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve also provide visitors with an excellent opportunity to see birdlife, and maybe even spot a crocodile if you’re lucky!

For a 360-degree view over the Adelaide River floodplains like no other, visit Window on the Wetlands – a cultural experience and café that is perfect for breaking up the drive to Kakadu.

The Adelaide River is also a popular fishing location, where many avid anglers target Barramundi. The river is home to a massive and varied population of Top End wildlife, birds and fish.


  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Fishing


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