Australian Crocodile Tours, Adventures, Cruises, Crocodile Farms, Tourist Centers
Australian Crocodile Adventures, Displays, Parks Farms and Tours
Australia is a fabulous place to see both freshwater and saltwater crocodiles in the wild and in various Crocodile Farm and Tourist Centres. Wild saltwater crocodiles occur all across northern Australia. They were once extensively hunted for meat and skins, but crocodiles are now totally protected. Visitors can see crocodiles in the wild on one of the range of crocodile tours and adventures that operate in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. Crocodiles are a major tourist attraction in Australia.
The best time to see crocodiles in the wild is during the winter / dry season when the water is colder and the crocodiles tend to leave the water and lie on the banks of the rivers and estuaries to sun themselves.
You can join crocodile cruises, tours, adventures and visit crocodile visitor centrers and farms to see these magnificent ancient reptiles 'up-close and personal'. One of the most famous adventures is the renowned Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the Adelaide River, near Darwin.
Crocodiles in the Wild and on Display
One of the most famous adventures is the renowned Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the Adelaide River, near Darwin. Here wild crocodiles leap out of the water to take bait held on long poles a meter or so above the water. With the help of experienced guides you will learn all about these magnificent creatures, their life style and behaviour. You can watch wild crocodiles cruise around the river and jump high in the air from the safety of the tour boat. Each tour is a unique wildlife experience, with many other birds and animals on display including Kingfishers, Sea Eagles, Black Kites, Magpie Geese, Brolgas and other visiting bird species often seen along the banks of the river, which is quite close to Darwin.
Many of the commercial crocodile farms in Queensland and Northern Territory that produce meat and skins, also have special tourist facilities where you can seen penned crocodiles in farms. Many of these farms have huge crocodiles kept as breeding stock, or captured from the wild in public places and removed because of the dangers to the public. There are also specialist crocodile information centres and displays in zoos and wildlife parks.
One the most popular tourist facilities is the famous Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, located between Cairns and Port Douglas in tropical north Queensland. This includes an adventure boat cruise through the wetlands and grounds of the park where you can see these fascinating ancient creatures being fed from poles. You can also see the endangered Cassowary, a flightless Australian relative of the Emu, being hand fed. Visitors can also walks across the floating pontoons bridge to see the freshwater crocodile lagoon, and also see the wide range of tropical fauna exhibitions. Hartley's Centre is renowned for its educational and informative wildlife shows including snake show, koala feeding, Cassowary feeding, crocodile shows, wetland wildlife displays and much more.
The Crocoseum at the famous Australia Zoo is the realisation of one of late Steve Irwin's lifelong ambitions. Australia Zoo is the Home of the world famous Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, who featured in many documentaries and television programs shown all around the world. Unfortunately Steve was killed by a sting ray when filming one of his adventures in Queensland.
Steve strived to develop facilities for Australia Zoo visitors to see crocodiles swimming in a unique environment with crystal clear ponds, and to provide an action-packed crocodile show full of discovery, thrills and adventure. This concept was to teach the public by demonstrating how crocodiles live and behave in the wild. Steve's dream has been achieved at Australia Zoo which has fabulous displays and shows.
The Darwin Crocodile Farm tourist facility includes a unique string of billabongs planted with spectacular native shrubs and trees which attracts large number and varieties of freshwater turtles, fish, native birds, water monitors and lots of other reptile species are regularly seen by visitors to the gardens. This crocodile farm has become a very popular tourist attraction where visitors can see fabulous displays of both the smaller freshwater Johnstone Crocodile and the large Saltwater Crocodiles as well as the fauna in the beautiful natural environment.
© 2010 Dr. John Anderson
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