Darwin in northern Australia has a multitude of natural and wildlife wonders to explore. Here, it’s all about marine life – fascinating fish and of course, the curious crocodiles. Hop in your Darwin Airport car rental from Hertz and head for one of these attractions to get up close and personal with the local critters. Plus, for Northern Territorians, you can get an annual pass that gives you unlimited entry to these attractions for just a one-off cost.
Right smack bang in the middle of town you will come across Crocosaurus Cove – home to the Top End’s most iconic reptiles. Here is the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles and some of the largest saltwater crocodiles on earth,There are almost 200 crocs here, and 70 reptile species. As well as the 200,000 litre aquarium and reptile house, there is a turtle sanctuary, display and museum.
At this modern facility with knowledgeable staff you can get right up close to the crocs. Try to make time to plan out your visit in advance, and leave time to fit in everything you want to do. Throughout the day there are scheduled activities: demonstrations, feedings and hands-on sessions. Watching the reptiles eat is a star event – holding and feeding baby crocs is a never to be forgotten experience. However, it is the Cage of Death, Australia’s only crocodile dive, that has put Crocosaurus Cove on the map. This enables you to spend 15 minutes in the enclosure with one of these massive reptiles.
Also in the heart of Darwin, Aquascene is a wildlife sanctuary for fish lovers. Wild local fish flock to the shores through the tropical waters of Darwin’s Doctors Gully, to be fed by delighted tourists. Toss in bread from the safety of the viewing platform or steps, or wade into the water and feel them tickle your feet. You’ll see everything from mullet to cod, bream to milkfish, fantail ray to catfish and more.
Crocodylus Park, the brainchild of a world-renowned crocodile biologist,is home to more than 1000 crocs of all ages – as well as other reptiles, birds, even cats and primates. See saltwater and freshwater crocs, American alligators. The park is also a centre for research and education – just 15 minutes from the city. It includes a comprehensive crocodile museum with everything you could possibly hope to know about these creatures.