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.
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.
- Litchfield National Park
- Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre
- Darwin Cruise Port
- Darwin Waterfront Precint
- Crocosaurus Cove
- Lyons Cottage
- Magnetic Termite Mounds
- Parliament House
- Bicentennial Park
- Charles Darwin National Park
- Myilly Point Heritage Precinct
- George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
- Cullen Bay
- Mindil Beach