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Camping Near Crocodiles

Updated on October 30, 2015

Camping in the Kimberley

Are you keen to go camping up in the Kimberley or Kakadu National Park in Western Australia but worried about the vast number of crocodiles that are around these days ?

Fortunately most you see are freshwater crocodiles like the one that surprised me while kayaking yesterday around a small island out from Kimberleyland Caravan Park in Kununurra , he had been basking in the sun then slipped into the water right by me !I am sure if they were salties we wouldn't be allowed to camp this close to the waters edge !

We sit looking at the water of an evening watching everyone look for the crocodile I have a picture of in the water further down the page !

As long as you follow the signs you see near any water you come across you will be safe !

However as we travel further afield there will be more salties ( Saltwater crocodiles ) so I am doing this hub as a reminder to myself & others who love swimming to BEWARE OF CROCODILES!

As much as I love swimming I stay away from the water when there are crocodile signs however so many tourists & locals still go in the water & that is where their trip ends sadly.

Crocs in the Kimberley


Salt Water Crocodile

Take Notice Of Signs

Town Beach Broome WA
Town Beach Broome WA

Crocodile Rules for safety

Make sure you observe the rules when in crocodile country.

If there is a sign saying no swimming then DON"T SWIM as there is no sign for them not to attack us !

Camp at least 50 meters away from the waters edge and even more if you want to really relax at night.

When out in a boat keep all parts of the body you treasure inside the boat, well inside the boat .

Keep your children with you at all times and keep watching them.

Don't stand with your back to the water - Ever .

If you are going fishing everyday for a few days keep changing the place you fish from daily as they are watching & will attack if you are regularly in one spot .

Stay away from the waters edge at night Well away !.

Be careful when getting in & out of your boat on the waters edge .

Never feed a crocodile even if there isn't a sign.. It is using common sense.

Don't clean fish you have caught near the waters edge as this will attract them to you .

Kimberley WA

kimberley WA:
Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia

get directions

We are in Kununurra now then will be heading to explore Katherine & up to Darwin, Kakadu National Park etc,I have never been to the Northern Terri

Don't get too close !
Don't get too close !
Looks Peaceful yet there are crocodiles here
Looks Peaceful yet there are crocodiles here

Follow Warnings on Signs

Watch out for beady eyes !

Saltwater crocodiles are very conservative with their energy, and they stalk their prey, hide under water and wait.and watch .A crocodile you can see is less dangerous than one you can't see so be aware - Never stand on what you think looks like a floating log ! Next time you look that log can be nowhere to be seen .

If you see sliding marks leading into the water then stay well back from the waters edge as there is someone possible licking his lips thinking it is dinner time.

However it is a beautiful place to visit and awesome to see these animals in the wild so have a great time and enjoy crocodiles in their natural habitat.

Crocodile Attacks

  • On February 8, 2009, 5-year-old Jeremy Doble was attacked by a crocodile in FNQ on the Daintree River where I have been on a river cruise.. Police confirmed that human remains found in a saltwater crocodile caught nearby were those of the boy.
  • As we travel toward Darwin I will be very careful as there have been a few attacks there such as In March 2009, an 11-year-old Briony Goodsell was killed by a saltie in the Black Jungle Swamp in the outskirts of rural Darwin, Australia.
  • In April 2009, a 20-year-old local man was taken by a crocodile while the man was swimming with his brother at night in the Daly River about 150 km south of Darwin, Australia
  • A young guy age 22, was killed after wading into the Finniss River, 80 km from Darwin, Australia and an 8-year-old girl was killed by a 5-metre crocodile near the Northern Territory coastal community of Maningrida, Australia.
  • There have been more attacks here and overseas yet many tourists visit each year and those that follow the rules get to carry on with their journey.
  • a 23 year old German tourist is taken in Kakadu National Park when swimming in a billabong at night time. Don't swim in still and deep waters, don't swim in unknown waters, be particularly careful at night time. The waterhole was known to be crocodile infested..
  • .Belgian tourist is bitten on the leg after wading into the water at Cape Tribulation, to attract a crocodile closer, so he can take a better picture. How stupid can you get???
  • If you suddenly stop hearing from me ................................. !

Dinner Time !

Water Snakes

Ivanhoe Crossing Kununurra

Ivanhoe Crossing. You can't eliminate all risk from your life, and sitting below Ivanhoe is a reasonably safe thing to do. At least as safe as hitting a highway in your car.   Anyway, Kerry reported that he was in chest deep water. The croc swam up t
Ivanhoe Crossing. You can't eliminate all risk from your life, and sitting below Ivanhoe is a reasonably safe thing to do. At least as safe as hitting a highway in your car. Anyway, Kerry reported that he was in chest deep water. The croc swam up t


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    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Southern Spain

      Mel Carriere ,Thanks for the visit ! We loved seeing the crocodiles in the wild but from a big distance !

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      Mel Carriere 

      3 years ago from San Diego California

      I have heard of the legendary man eating crocs of Australia, and you wouldn't have to tell me twice to get out of the water. I don't much lament adults who ignore the signs as much as I do the children whose parents should be controlling them better. Great hub!

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      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent article. Having lived in gator country, I'm cautious around large reptiles. Your salties are far more formidable than the largest of our FL gators.

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Southern Spain

      Hi Sparkleyfinger , It sure was interesting spending time in Crocodile territory but We did have a healthy fear of them . it is sad when people do get taken by a croc when they ignore the signs and go in for a swim. However the man that got taken last week was in a boat at a park we want to visit. Kakadu National Park.Feel very sorry for the family .

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      Lynsey Harte 

      4 years ago from Glasgow

      I'm not sure I could do this!! Too scary! Brave brave lady!

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks for visiting my site ! There are some amazing animals and I love seeing them in the wild. I hope you get there one day. Keep planning & saving !

    • loki1982 profile image


      4 years ago from Dallas

      Great article! I wish I could photograph Australia. There are so many beautiful creatures there.

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Southern Spain

      We loved our visit to Scotland & was happy to see other wild animals like deer etc rather than crocodiles !

    • sparkleyfinger profile image

      Lynsey Harte 

      5 years ago from Glasgow

      Scarey hub!! Thankfully we don't get crocs in Scotland, but I will keep these handy tips in mind if I am ever in your neck of the woods! :)

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks for the visits - The salties were all behind fences but the freshwater crocs were out at various places we visited . We are going to Kakadu after we leave Canada next year ! I want to see some bears lol!

    • Beth100 profile image


      5 years ago from Canada

      Crocs and sharks -- they own the waters! I love looking at these beautiful creatures. I mean, how can you not love their toothy smile? But, as you said, don't get too close, or Chompers will eat you for a snack!!

      You have taken some wonderful photos of them, and I'm quite shocked that you were that close to them. I wouldn't have the courage to approach them that closely. A grizzly maybe, but not a croc. :D

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Australian police searching for a 7-year-old girl feared taken by a crocodile said finding what appeared to be human remains inside a three-metre reptile was a "heartbreaking" development.

      An extensive search began at first light for the girl who was last seen swimming at the natural pool at an outstation about 340 kilometres (210 miles) east of the city of Darwin on Friday afternoon.

      The girl was swimming with other children and an adult at the time.

      "Witnesses have told police that a crocodile attacked the male adult before pulling the girl under water," Senior Sergeant Shaun Gill said.

      "The crocodile is estimated to be about 2-3 metres (6.6-10 feet) in length."

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      6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Though I've never had to enact anti-croc precautions when camping where I'm from (Canada) and have never been to Australia, I still found this hub very helpful and interesting. I have heard some stats on how many croc attacks kill people and am amazed to hear that some people wade closer to crocs to get pictures and will disregard signs placed out to warn people of definite dangers and crocodile populations in certain areas. Thanks for reminding us to respect warnings about and this creature in general.

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      LoL ! You need to camp right back from the water so the crocodiles don't enter your tent !

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      Jon Green 

      6 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK

      Crocodiles and camping - two words that you don't want to see in the same sentence!

    • MomsTreasureChest profile image


      6 years ago

      Great information and tips! Please follow your advice, we enjoy your hubs!

    • hafeezrm profile image


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Kakadu National Park !!! I have been there. In fact I have extensively toured Australia outsmarting Greyhound-Pioneer Australia by buying an Aussie Pass and covering 12,900 km (

      Of course, you have described in details which reminded me what I missed in my hectic tour.

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      7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      It never fails to amaze me that some people refuse to take any notice of signs or what locals or guides tell you. Trouble is, if a croc does get you, you are very likely to end up dead. I couldn't believe it when I was walking around the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park at Cable Beach and a couple were encouraging their two young boys to muck around with the large, plastic balls the guides use during demonstrations, despite large warning notices not to. They obviously didn't know how fast crocs can move and how high they can jump!

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Southern Spain

      Fortunatly here there are freshwater crocodiles . Where we are going fishing tonight there are Salties. They scare me as they eat you if in the water or they have ripped tents open & grabbed men out of them.

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      Dennis Thorgesen 

      7 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Glad I don't live in your country. In my youth I spent a lot of time alone in the wild. Luckily the biggest thing I had to fear was other humans. Recently I have heard that near the area I lived in the wild there have been Cougars sited. I saw no signs when I was there.

      If there had been I would have known there were there, I was taught to pay close attention to my surroundings, using all my senses, from a very young age.

    • danfresnourban profile image


      7 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Camping with crocks will keep you on your toes huh. About ten years ago I traveled to Florida for a business meeting, I got up early and walked about half a mile to the gym. It was too dark to really see the road, but I found my way over to the gym. After the workout, I left the gym and caught the shuttle bus back to my building. We saw three alligators on the road on the way back, the driver said there are always gators on the roads. I have no idea how I didn't get bitten, just dumb luck I guess.

      I look forward to reading more about camping down under and other travel information

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks !Um well I was using my digital actually & am as close as it looks........... however the salties were at the wildlife park , the freshies were at a Natinal Park in Freedom !

      I will be very very very careful when in saltwater crocodile land tho.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Great informational hub with a lot of important rules to follow. The foolish, dangerous things some people do has always amazed me such as what you wrote here: "Belgian tourist is bitten on the leg after wading into the water at Cape Tribulation, to ATTRACT a crocodile CLOSER, so he can take a better picture. How STUPID can you get???"

      BTW, you got some great close up photos of the crocs-- hope you were using a high powered zoom lens!

      Great hub. Am rating it up, useful, funny and awesome.


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