Our mates in Darwin invited us to come on a jumping crocodile cruise on the Adelaide River. The only reasonable thing to do was to accept the invitation.
Adelaide River Cruises is about 70km out of Darwin. The drive took about an hour with the last 15 minutes being good quality dirt road. A ticket aboard the shaded boat costs $35 and it gives you a 1-hour ride on the river with about 30 other people. Go to an early session if you can – there will be more crocs that approach the boat for a feed. And make sure you have your sunnies, a hat and your camera.
Our tour guide, Morgan, was very knowledgeable about crocodiles and knew where to find them. He joined the team 10 years ago – his brother, Harry, started the business about 20 years ago. Plenty of crocodiles came up to our boat to visit us, and many did spectacular vertical jumps out of the water. They were a constant reminder for us to ensure that we kept our limbs inside the boat. The biggest croc we saw was the infamous Brutus. He’s about 100 years old, about 5 metres long and can’t jump very well because he’s missing one of his front legs. He is a really stunning example of how big, powerful and deadly crocs can be.
Even if there hadn’t been any crocodiles, it would have still been peaceful just gliding over the calm river. We saw some huge spider webs and a sea eagle perched high up in a tree. Back on dry land after the cruise, there’s a little shack with various souvenirs you can buy (if that’s your thing). We were happy to get a few great photos of the crocs and enjoyed the soothing cruise on the Adelaide River.
Do we recommend doing a jumping croc cruise, and would we do it again? Hell yeah!