Despite the dangerous side of crocodiles, there are lots of interesting things about these animals that attract people to get up close with these ancient reptiles. One best places to do this is in or around Darwin because there are more crocodiles in the Northern Territory than anywhere else in the world!
There are two kinds of crocodiles around Darwin: freshwater 'freshies', which are considered relatively harmless and saltwater 'salties', the largest (can grow up to 6 metres) and the most aggressive of all crocodile species. There are a lot of places around Darwin where you can see a crocodile in a safe environment, either in captivity or in their natural habitat.
Located in the middle of Darwin CBD (on 58 Mitchell Street Darwin), Crocosaurus Cove is a home to celebrity salties crocodile such as Burt (who appeared in Crocodile Dundee) and Kate and Will (the two lucky crocodiles that met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge). If you brave enough, plunge into Crocosaurus Cove Cage of Death and you can swim with these big reptiles. For little ones, they can also swim with a baby crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove. Don't worry, there is thick glass that separates the swimming area and the pond where the baby crocodiles swim. To find more about Crocosaurus Cove, please visit their website.
Crocodylus Park is a wildlife park which is home to more than 10,000 crocodiles. At Crocodylus Park, located on 815 McMillans Road Berrimah Darwin, you will not only see crocodiles up close, but you also can learn more about these creatures, their behaviour, habitat and lifestyle by browsing the on-site museum that boasts numerous displays of crocodiles. Crocodylus Park also offers Croc Boat Cruise, which will allow you to see large Saltwater crocodiles in a natural setting. If you want to know more about Crocodylus Park, please go to this website.
If you prefer to see a crocodile in their natural habitat, Territory Wildlife Park will give you that experience via a tunnel beneath the aquarium, allowing you to view freshwater crocodiles swimming in their natural habitat. After that, you can visit the nearby lagoon where 3.4 meter crocodile will greet you. Please visit this website to find more.
If you willing to see a jumping crocodile, you can make a booking for Jumping Crocodile Tour at Adelaide River on this website. You will travel along the river on a boat and stop along the way to feed the local resident of this river, a freshwater crocodile, which will jump out from the river for food that is dangled overhead. This is the only river where feeding crocodiles is permitted.
But amongst all crocodile around Darwin, there is one famous crocodile off all "Sweetheart". The mummified body of the biggest crocodile in town (5.1m, 780kg) is residing at Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory Darwin. Sweetheart is a fondly regarded local legend, carefully taxidermied and holding pride of the most famous animal in Northern Territory. Please visit Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory Darwin (MAGNT) website for further information.
If you need to report a problem crocodile, you can ring Parks and Wildlife Commission ranger in Darwin on their telephone number 0419 822 859. Be crockwise!