While we were in the far north of the Northern Territory we got a recommendation from a friend of Jon to go on a jumping crocodile cruise in Litchfield National Park, and our thoughts was: «WHAT!?! JUMPING crocodiles? That sounds like an awesome idea». But we had already been to Litchfield and next on our list was Kakadu National Park, so we did some research and found The Original JUMPING Crocodile Cruise which was on our way to Kakadu NP.
We made a call and as we were only a short hour away we could join the second cruise for the day.
We arrived the place, not hard to spot as the first thing you see is a HUGE crocodile standing on his tale (obviously not a real one), then you find this cozy place by the river; a nice coffee shop and a souvenir shop. They got cappuccinos, sandwiches, hot pies, sausage rolls, cold beer, wine, soft drinks and ice creams. We bought ice cream to cool down while we were waiting, and half an hour later we were boarding the vessel and found us a place to sit for the next hour exploring the river and hopefully get to see some wild dangerous saltwater crocodiles in the murky waters of the Adelaide River.
Saltwater crocodiles are by far the most dangerous animals in Australia; they are huge, aggressive and territorial. The males can reach a length of up to 6 or 7 meters and weight up to 1000 kilos… Every year crocodiles kill on average one to two people!
We were cruising down the river for a few minutes before the skipper Rod stopped the boat and revved the engine, and suddenly there were some movement in the water away from were we sat, and it didn’t take too long before we spotted our first wild crocodile. And after that they just kept on coming… At one point we were surrounded by 3-4 crocs, all wanting a piece of meat. Somehow it’s a bit frightening as you never know what can happen; we’re speaking of wild dangerous animals, we were sitting/standing in a low open boat and at this boat trip you can see how high a croc actually can jump, that’s quite startling. But it’s pretty safe as long as you keep your arms (and the rest of the body) inside the boat – don’t stretch out an arm to take a picture or lean over to look for the crocodile.
It wasn’t just the crocodiles who was hungry…
It was an awesome hour of cruising down the river watching crocs surrounding our boat, and some of them put on a little show for us in exchange of some pork meat. Rod the skipper was a humorous guy with interesting stories to tell and lots of knowledge. He also knows all the crocs in the river, so if you want to know which crocodile you’re looking at, then just ask and he will tell you the name.
The one hour long cruise was 45AUD (25$ for children) and worth every penny! We’re so glad we took this trip and so happy everything worked out even we were quite spontaneous; at one moment we were in Darwin wondering what to do, the next one we found ourselves in Adelaide River surrounded by “salties”. But that’s the freedom we love about traveling in a campervan…