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Darwin: Jumping Crocodile Cruise

1. Darwin: Jumping Crocodile Cruise

How close are you willing to get to some of nature’s most aggressive and dangerous reptiles as they leap out of the Australian Northern Territory waterways to grab a little snack? Feel your heart beating as you see the biggest reptile in the world and oldest creature to walk the planet since the time of dinosaurs from the safety of an Adelaide River boat cruise. Stand in awe of these prehistoric beasts, which can grow up to 6 meters in length — the size of a small bus — and can weigh up to 1,000 kilograms. Don’t worry, you’re in the safe hands of highly trained guides who will ensure the safety of both the crocodiles and passengers at all times while feeding the crocodiles buffalo meat. See firsthand the powerful and spectacular hunting techniques of saltwater crocodiles.

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Darwin: Premium Litchfield Regional Small Group Day Tour

2. Darwin: Premium Litchfield Regional Small Group Day Tour

Your day begins around 07:30, with pick-ups in the city at your accommodation doorstep before heading out for an early morning dip and morning tea in the refreshing crystal clear waters of Berry Springs. Paddle around and watch the many fish, look for turtles, or sit casually under the waterfall - it's your difficult decision to make! Having set the tone for the day, you will leave Berry Springs and re-join the Stuart Highway on your journey to Batchelor Town. Along the way, get to know the landscape and history of the Top End as your local guide lets you in on the past and present before arriving at Batchelor Town. Here we take the time to enjoy the Batchelor Museum which showcases many personal stories of the people and events which shaped the Northern Territory and Australia as a whole. It is also the perfect spot to sit and enjoy a gourmet lunch in peace and quiet in an exclusive lunch spot. After lunch you will enter Litchfield National Park and begin to discover why this is the most popular park in the Territory. Full of places to visit, the list includes the iconic Cathedral and Magnetic Termite mounds, Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls, and Tabletop Wetland. There is ample opportunity here to go for a stroll along the rainforest shaded creeks, or just sit and relax. If bush survival is of interest to you, you can be shown some of the native plants and their uses.

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Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

3. Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

Today starts with a pick-up from your Darwin accommodation at around 9:00 AM. Listen to interesting commentary about the region from your knowledgeable guide as you make your way to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. Originally set up as a large scale rice growing project in the 1950s, this location is now a haven for many varieties of birds that you'll get a chance to admire. A short drive from there takes you to the “Window on the Wetlands” Information Centre, where you can enjoy a hands-on display explaining the wetlands and get a fantastic view over the Adelaide River floodplains from their upper viewing deck. Your highlight for the day is an amazing 2.5-hour cruise on the wetlands! See an abundance of birds, crocodiles and wildlife in their natural habitat on the Mary River Wetlands. Home to a huge variety of animals, birdlife and also boasting the largest concentration of Saltwater Crocodiles in the world, these pristine wetlands are a nature lover's paradise. Participants generally see about 30 different species of birds on these cruises! Enjoy a delicious cold lunch on the wetlands, surrounded by nature at its best, as you get up close and personal with plenty of local wildlife. Lunches are healthy and consist of individual pre-packed fresh salads with dressings. There will also be a selection of cold sliced meats and bread so you can make sandwiches if you wish. From here it is just under a 90-minute drive to return you to your Darwin accommodation at around 5:00 PM.

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From Darwin: Litchfield National Park Full Day Tour

4. From Darwin: Litchfield National Park Full Day Tour

Join a group tour perfect for families, groups, and adventure-seekers alike and spend a full day exploring the Litchfield National Park in an air-conditioned minibus. Leave Darwin's heat behind as you make your way to the cooler climes of the park.    Enjoy your journey into the Litchfield National Park with a professional guide who will lead you to 3-4 of the most amazing spots in and around the park, including the incredible, century-old Magnetic Termite Mounds, and Litchfield's natural plunge pools where you can hop in to cool off. Watch magnificent saltwater crocodiles jump high in the air to grab food during an optional Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the famous Adelaide River. Alternatively, visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Center where you can learn all about the wetland protected area and its incredible flora and fauna. Hear stories and information about the region's formation, history, animals, and ancient inhabitants. After arriving at each destination or overlook, you will have plenty of time to explore and capture memories in photographs.

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Darwin: 1-Hour Bombing of Darwin Cruise

5. Darwin: 1-Hour Bombing of Darwin Cruise

This one-hour Bombing of Darwin cruise departs Stokes Hill Wharf at 11:00 AM. After leaving the wharf, you will uncover the historic Stokes Hill and Fort Hill wharf areas, the Pearling Luggers, wreck sites of the SS Neptuna and USS Peary, the old flying boat base at Doctors Gully, and HMAS Coonawarra, before eventually arriving at Cullen Bay. With real-time commentary from local guides, this cruise takes in Darwin Harbour’s World War II history. For an immersive experience select to try the Darwin Bombing virtual reality experience. You will later be free to disembark at Cullen Bay to join the hop-on hop-off bus, or stay aboard and return to Stokes Hill Wharf at 12:15 PM.

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Darwin: Harbor Highlights Cruise

6. Darwin: Harbor Highlights Cruise

Immerse yourself in the history, habitat and modern-day intrigue of Darwin, a tropical city nestled at the top of Australia. Enjoy a 1-hour interactive cruise through the largest natural harbor in the Southern Hemisphere and be stimulated by contemporary stories as well as those from times gone by. Board your vessel at Stokes Hill Wharf, one of Darwin's iconic historical locations, and enjoy vistas of Darwin's Waterfront Precinct from Kitchener Bay. Transit between Stokes Hill and Fort Hill Wharfs, and then allow your local crew to use the tide, the wind and the season to select a route to maximize your Darwin Harbor experience. Cruise past Fisherman's Wharf into a mangrove waterway to explore this intriguing environment, home to a wonderful pristine eco-system. Your Captain will then turn up the speed to take you out into the harbor proper, where you will hear stories of WW2, Cyclone Tracy, Darwin's Naval history and the buildings of the Darwin City Seascape. Return to Stokes Hill Wharf 1 hour later.

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Northern Territory: Corroboree Billabong Nature Cruises

7. Northern Territory: Corroboree Billabong Nature Cruises

Corroboree Billabong is part of the beautiful Mary River Wetlands, which are teeming with birdlife and also boasts the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. View these prehistoric creatures in their natural environment as they cruise along or bask on the banks of the Billabong. The birdlife at Corroboree Billabong is prolific and you get the opportunity to see a huge variety of species during your cruise. Learn about the wildlife on the Billabong from your experienced, knowledgeable guide who will ensure your cruise is both interesting and informative. The open-air designed vessel allows you to get up close to the animals with plenty of opportunities to take amazing pictures as you cruise around this nature lover’s paradise. This incredible cruise allows you the opportunity to view an abundance of wildlife while cruising around these picturesque wetlands. Your guide’s extensive local knowledge of the region provides you with the opportunity to view salt water crocodiles, fresh water crocodiles, and a good variety of spectacular birdlife in their natural wetland habitats. The guide will also ensure that every guest will have great photo opportunities while viewing the wildlife up close and personal.  Be prepared though, you will probably feel the need to come back again one day.

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What people are saying about Darwin

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Highly recommend!! Evan our guide for the day with Mary River Wetland Cruises could not have been better! He was a wealth of knowledge of everything Darwin including history, wildlife and fantastic recommendations of what to do during our stay. The tour was a lovey day out and a wonderful way to see crocodiles and a bounty of water birds in the Corroboree Billabong and Fogdam wetlands.

What an amazing experience- simple superb. The guide, Evan, so knowledgeable. So much to see; so up close to nature - the crocs, the birds, the flowers. Where else can u eat lunch within 5 metres of a salty (croc) while watching a Jabiru catch a Barra. Lunch was large. Fantastic trip & cannot recommend it highly enough. See nature at its tranquil best.

Comfortable trip, great guide and the billabong birdlife is stunning. Crocs galore! A tasty salad lunch and pickup from your residence were terrific too. Very impressed.

Very well informed tour guide and every thing as expected.

Great tour for whole family with lots of swimming action.