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Due to the number of different crocodile species found in the Northern Territory, you will see crocodile warning signs near most bodies of water. Like other locations found in the northern areas of Australia, the Northern Territory is home to some of the biggest, meanest crocs around. For adrenaline junkies, crocodile spotting is just as good as cage diving with sharks or bungee jumping. To book in for the ultimate Aussie adventure, and have your chance to get up close and personal with one of nature’s deadliest predators, ask your travel agent about holiday specials to the Top End today! During your Northern Territory holiday, keep your eyes peeled for some of these local legends.
Throughout the far northern reaches of Australia, there are more than 150, 000 saltwater crocodiles. When travelling in the Northern Territory, you should always be cautious and follow the directions of crocodile warning signs. Saltwater crocodiles have evolved over centuries, outliving dinosaurs and becoming one of the most dangerous predators in the world.
There is nearly a one to one ratio for humans to crocodiles in the Northern Territory, so if you choose to explore the Kakadu National Park or wander the banks of the Mary River, you are sure to come across one of nature’s most intriguing, prehistoric creatures. Saltwater crocodiles can grow up to a staggering 7 metres in length, however most are around 4 or 5 metres, and can live for more than 70 years. Australian saltwater crocodiles also have a reputation for being the largest reptile in the world, when comparing mass, enabling them to be an incredibly dangerous predator. While the diet of a saltwater croc mainly consists of fish, small reptiles, turtles and birds, they are highly capable of stalking and killing much larger prey.
More than 100, 000 freshwater crocodiles call the rivers of Northern Australia home. The Mary River has the highest density of freshwater crocodiles in Australia, accommodating around 15 crocodiles per kilometre, smashing the national average of around 5 crocodiles per kilometre, for freshwater breeds. Australian freshwater crocodiles are commonly found in the more mainland areas of rivers and billabongs and tend to steer clear of tidal breaks, as they are no competition for the aggressive and territorial saltwater crocodiles. As previously mentioned in this article, you should always obey the instructions of croc safety signs. Due to the high ratio of crocodiles living in the Northern Territory, you should always proceed with extreme caution when travelling the waterways.
If you do decide that you’d like to get up close and personal with one of nature’s most deadly predators, book in with a professional tour guide or check out the world famous Crocosaurus Cove, located right in the heart of Darwin.
The Mary River is home to some of the most spectacular wildlife found in the Top End of Australia. Never ending wetlands and waterways provide a haven for an abundance of bird species, crocodiles and the world’s best barramundi. When visiting the Northern Territory, be sure to experience the wonders of the Mary River.
- Flowing through the Northern Territory, the Mary River travels along the Arnhem Highway and connects with the Adelaide River at the Adelaide & Mary River Flood Plains.
Mary River National Park
- Consisting of a number of small reserve areas, the Mary River National Park aims at protecting selected areas of the Mary River, abundant in native wildlife.
Adelaide & Mary River Flood Plains
- The most southern section of the Mary River occurs at the adjoining of the Adelaide & Mary River Flood Plains, roughly 50 kilometres east of Darwin.
- Many believe that the vast wetlands of the Mary River are some of the most beautiful in Australia. The wetlands are made up of a system of lagoons, canals and billabongs, which run in both a southerly and northerly direction along the Arnhem Highway.
- Some of the best barramundi the world can be found swimming in the streams of the Mary River, so for the ultimate relaxing afternoon, grab your rod and head out to the banks.
Stay & Play
- When visiting the Mary River, one day is never enough. The Mary River Wilderness Retreat and Caravan Park provides the perfect accommodation, for travellers who simply can’t bear to leave the beauty of this natural habitat.
- Rockhole is one of the most popular starting points for people visiting the Mary River. Rockhole is a gateway to the waterways of the river, with boat ramp access, picnic facilities and toilets. Barramundi is also at its best around the waterways of Rockhole, so be sure to add this destination to your itinerary if you’re an avid fisherman.
- Organising a guided tour is one of the best ways to experience the Mary River. Escape Travel can organise and book your flights and tours, also arranging luxurious accommodation for your stay in the Top End.
- There is a wide range of camping and picnicking areas along the banks of the Mary River, most within close proximity to toilets. A number of boat ramps can also be found along the Mary River, most commonly within the grounds of the Mary River National Park.
Visiting the Mary River
- If you’re planning a visit to the Mary River and the Mary River National Park, be ready to pack your bags during dry season, when conditions are at their best.
Darwin during the wet season
Typically the best time to visit Darwin is during the Dry Season which falls between the months April and September. During this time Darwin comes alive with festivals, markets and outdoor events and there is no risk of tropical cyclones and floods. This is also the peak season for tourism in the Topend and with that come the crowds. During the Dry seasons Darwin's temperatures drop down a comfortable 25 degrees celsius during the day with low humidity.
If you are visiting Darwin during August, you’ll get to experience the Darwin Fringe Festival and the Festival of Darwin. Both are popular amongst locals and are a celebration of art and music. You can also be a part of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards which usually takes place between August-October. Those visiting in June will also get the chance to checkout the Darwin Blues Festival as well as participating in one of the regions most unique events; The Beer Can Regatta. Every year locals build boats out of beer cans and race them down on the beach.
Visitors to Darwin who arrive between the months of October and March will experience the famous wet season. It is at this time that the region experiences high temperatures and humidity. It is also a time of rain, thunder storms and cyclones. A upside to visiting Darwin during this time is reduced prices, Barramundi Fishing, amazing landscape and of course, no tourists.
Wetland Cruise's Corroborree Billabong Boat Cruise
There are a lot of things that draw visitors to the north of Australia, and its not a surprise! Darwin is a melting pot of all things cultural.What to do in Darwin once you get here depends on your personal taste, but visitors quickly find that there is something for everyone.
Wetland Cruises offers scenic boat cruises along one of the Northern Territory's most pristine and untouched wetlands. Here visitors can experience thousands of native birds, crocodiles and marine life in their natural habitat. Only a short drive from Darwin, Corroborree is ideal for day trips and is perfect for nature enthusiasts.
MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
If your travelling with a family, and your wondering what to do in darwin, then the museum is a good option.
The museum houses a large collection
exhibitions showcasing the history of Darwin, natural wonders such as plant and wildlife, aboriginal and southeast asian culture, maritime history as well as various exhibitions that come and go!
Located within Darwin's central business district, Crocosaurus Cove is zoo dedicated to reptiles, and most predominately, the saltwater crocodile.
Here you can get up close and personal with the worlds largest reptile.
Adults: $28 Children: $16 Concession: $22
MINDIL BEACH MARKETS
Operating every Sunday and Thursday, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are a must.
The Markets house over 1200 different menu items, and an extensive array of handmade craft including crocodile products, indigenous art and jewellery. If your thinking about what to do in Darwin, then Mindil beach is one of Darwin's main attractions. Every week a variety of live entertainment is offered including live bands, street performers, cultural dance, acrobatics and fire shows.
If your interested in Marine biology, then Aquascene is a unique experience not to be missed. Here hundreds of Fish visit the shallows of Doctors Gully every hide tide looking for a free meal. You can feed and even touch fish species including milkfish, bream, catfish, mullet and barramundi among others. A family experience not to be missed with Adults and Children alike sharing in the action.
Adults: $8 Children: $5 Concession: $6
DECK CHAIR CINEMA
Run by the Film Society in Darwin, this outdoor cinema, set amoungst a tropical garden runs seven nights a week during the dry season. Screenings include moves from family favourites right through to foreign films. The atmosphere is very laid back and casual.
Cushions are supplied but it is recommend that people bring their own for extra comfort.
INDO PACIFIC MARINE
Another goodie for those wondering what to do in Darwin.
A tour of this exhibit will enlighten you on the amazing natural eco-system of the coral reefs of the Darwin Harbour. Showcasing displays of living coral ecosystems and the diversity of animals associated with coral reefs , such as sea horses, clown fish and butterfly fish.
Close to Darwin's CBD, East Point is a little nature reserve that offers all year round swimming in Lake Alexander, tons of barbecue areas and picnic areas, heaps of military history that stretches back to world war 2 and a small bustling community of remote control plan enthusiasts.
In Darwin there is plenty of attractions for anyone wondering what to do in Darwin.
Everything from nature to modern marvels can be found, and most of it is free. If your coming to Darwin we hope you have a great time and enjoy our lovely city.