In the far reaches of Australia’s Northern Territory, the rough and tumble outpost of Darwin is a hotbed of quintessential Australian adventure, and none more so than a cruise on the Adelaide River to see the legendary jumping crocodiles, which can grow upwards of 20 feet long. Salt-water crocodiles are some of the most fearsome and notorious wild animals in the Australian bush, and the Adelaide River literally teems with them—don’t plan to take a swim during a day on the water.

Experienced guides control the experience so you can see these incredible prehistoric reptiles from the comfort and safety of a boat. And while the crocs are certainly the highlight of a trip to the river, you can see plenty of other wildlife along the way, including wild buffalo and white-breasted sea eagles. The Adelaide River is also a hotspot for fishing trips to snag massive, hard-fighting barramundi fish.

Practical Info

The Adelaide River flows through the Harrison Dam Conservation Area on its way to the ocean, and it’s on the edge of the park from which most river tours board and depart. From downtown Darwin, it’s about 40 miles to the southeast, and an hour-long drive each way. 

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Darwin Jumping Crocodiles Cruise on Adelaide River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

Cruise along the Adelaide River and see Jumping Crocodiles Cruise on this exciting tour from Darwin. Observe these primeval saltwater crocodiles close up as ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $74.75

Litchfield Day Tour from Darwin Including Wangi Falls Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a small-group Litchfield National Park day tour from Darwin. Visit the incredible Wangi Falls, Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole where you’ll have a ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.93

Mary River Wetlands Cruise from Darwin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

See the wildlife and waterways of the Top End – the northernmost section of the Northern Territory – on a cruise of the Mary River wetlands from Darwin. ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $91.61

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