Lifting off from our base at Noonamah, enjoy a 15 minute scenic flight across seasonal wetlands including chance sightings of buffalo, wild pigs and water birds before tracking along a stretch of the mighty Adelaide River in search of GIANT saltwater crocodiles!
Touching down on the banks of the river in the small town of Wak Wak, on the boundary of the Djukbinj National Park, we board an exhilarating and educational 1 hour cruise with the team at Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruises – an iconic Top End activity that simply shouldn’t be missed!
This stretch of the Adelaide River is literally heaving with crocodiles! When combined with sections of the nearby Mary River this region has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles anywhere in the world ranging from 5 up to a staggering 15 crocodiles per kilometre of river – your experienced guide knows many of them by name!
Grab a front row seat as these opportunistic, hyper-carnivorous apex predators demonstrate their explosive power and natural jumping ability – used at other times to capture birds and bats along the riverbanks.
The crocodile’s strong tail propels it out of the water to snare its catch, its jaws snapping shut with nearly 2 tonnes of closing pressure (almost twice that of an American alligator) producing an eerie drum-like sound before swallowing its catch whole and exhaling noisily as it disappears from view.
During the cruise you will also learn about the floodplain ecosystem, its history and other wildlife including white-bellied sea eagles, whistling kites, bull sharks and flying-foxes. The Adelaide River is also habitat for the endangered speartooth shark and critically endangered large tooth sawfish.
FUN FACT: The largest crocodile ever recorded in the Northern Territory was in the 1980s measuring an incredible 6.2 m long and was estimated to weigh well over 1000kg!
This iconic Top End experience concludes with another 15 minute scenic flight back to base.
Camera, sun-smart clothing including hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended).