Seeing the ancient beasts of Australia is an essential activity on any traveller’s bucket list.

The Saltwater Crocodiles are the closest thing to a modern-day dinosaur, millions of years old and remains one of the top predators of the country’s waters.

About the Saltwater Crocodiles

Listed as the largest species of reptile in the world, stretching up to 7 meters and weighing an around 1000 kilograms. They are some of the best hunters in existence, being at the top of the food chain and catching a number of animals from small fish to even large cattle. Camouflaging themselves in the muddy waters of Australia, the crocodiles can remain completely still until suddenly bursting from the water to catch their prey, with the crocs reaching speeds of up to 10km per hour. Their mouths are regarded as some of the strongest jaws in the animal kingdom, being designed for gripping and locking onto their prey easily. For all these reasons, seeing a Saltwater Crocodile catch their prey and feed is a marvellous sight to see in person. However, feeding them on your own is similar to a death sentence. As these creatures are dangerous to not just other animals, but to humans, with an estimated 2 deaths a year caused by Australia’s crocodiles.

How to feed them

The only safe way to feed these ancient creatures is through the professional tour companies located in Darwin. Any feeding of the crocs yourself is strictly not recommended.

Why you shouldn’t feed them yourself

Crocodiles have always been a threat to humans, with tourists and locals facing crocodile attacks throughout hundreds of years. It is so much that there is an average of two fatal occurrences per year. Attacks mostly occur when humans are nearby or within croc-infested waters. Due to the risk, Australia has very strict guidelines when crocodiles are involved, with signs, laws, and informational brochures handed out to all visitors. Simply standing near the croc-infested waters can lead to an attack, so feeding them yourself is sure to cause a disaster.

Activities you can Join

  • Jumping Croc Cruise at Adelaide River

    The Adelaide River is home to thousands of crocs, and the Jumping Crocodile Tour offers you a safe and picture-perfect way to see them! Setting off along the river, the small boat cruises down, with the guide pointing out the crocs and the facts about the. As you voyage further down, you even get a chance to feed these creatures, with the professional guides luring the crocs with a tasty piece of raw meat on an extended stick. As the stick is a few metres above the water, the crocs need to fully jump out from the water’s surface to snag it-giving you a full frontage view of these ancient reptiles!

  • Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove

    If you aren’t satisfied with just a cruise, why not hop in a croc invested pool for an exhilarating (but safe) experience? Located Darwin, Crocosaurus Cove is an attraction dedicated to showcasing the magnificent saltwater crocodiles at the largest display of Australia reptiles in the world. Travellers can get the closest they can ever get to crocs without the chance of injury when they hop in the Cage of Death. A secure glass enclosure tube, that slowly submerges into the crocodile’s enclosures as the guides feed the crocs nearby. See the crocs swam around you with an only clear glass wall separating you!

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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