With a couple of hours to spare in Darwin, we knew exactly what we wanted to do and that was to visit Crocosaurus Cove.
Croc Cove is known as “Darwin’s Ultimate Urban Wildlife Experience” and gives visitors an up-close and personal view of Australia’s iconic Saltwater Crocodiles. Considering our love of animal encounters, a chance to interact with “salties” – the largest of all living reptiles – was an opportunity we couldn’t turn down.
We stepped into Crocosaurus Cove and headed straight for the big crocs, which include the second and third largest saltwater crocodiles in captivity.
Big Croc Feed Experience
Burt is a 5.1 meter crocodile weighing in at over 700 kilograms (16.7 feet/1543 pounds). He’s the oldest and most famous resident at Croc Cove, having starred in the original Crocodile Dundee movie in the 1980’s.
Burt is also one of the grumpiest crocs at Crocosaurus Cove and here we were about to feed him his afternoon snacks.
Under the close supervision of Naomi, one of the expert crocodile handlers, we dangled chicken in front of Burt’s face and allowed this deadly predator to snatch it from our grasp. An exhilarating, albeit somewhat scary experience and our top highlight from Crocosaurus Cove!
Fishing for Crocs
There are nearly 100 hungry juvenile crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove and these little creatures sure can jump, particularly when there’s food involved.
Step out onto the Fishing for Crocs platform and dangle a line – you can get some great photos here. Just remember, don’t have any body parts hanging over the edge of the platform!
Hold a Baby Croc
This is Fluffy, one of the cute baby crocodiles that calls Crocosaurus Cove home.
After feeding the adult and juvenile crocs, we stepped into our very own photo shoot with several pictures taken of us individually and as a couple. For those who are into souvenir photos, it doesn’t get much better than this!
There are more than just crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove – it is also home to the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles. Passionate reptile keeper Phill took us around the reptile enclosure, introducing us to a range of snakes and lizards.
We then had the opportunity to handle a lizard, a goanna and a snake – very cool!
Cage of Death
Photo: Crocosaurus Cove
The Cage of Death is Crocosaurus Cove’s primary attraction, placing you inside an acrylic cage that is lowered directly into one of the crocodile enclosures. Australian Saltwater Crocodiles are territorial and the most aggressive in the world – add in their curiosity and you’re guaranteed an up-close encounter with these massive creatures.
Unfortunately we didn’t have time on this occasion to get inside the cage but we’ll definitely be back to Crocosaurus Cove one day.
And next time we’ll be getting in the Cage of Death!
Would you get in the Cage of Death? Answer in the comments below.
Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin’s ultimate urban wildlife experience, allows visitors a unique, 360 degree, viewing experience of massive saltwater crocodiles, hatchlings and juveniles as well as being home to the “World’s largest display of Australian Reptiles” and the famous “Cage of Death”.
Address: 58 Mitchell Street, Darwin City
This trip was made possible by Tourism NT. As always, all thoughts and opinions shared on this blog post are completely our own.