The first thing that comes to mind in association with Darwin are the native crocodiles that seem to thrive in this hot and desert-like place. That’s why visiting the crocodiles was the first item on our itinerary once we arrived in Darwin.
Crocosaurus Cove – Must Visit Attraction in Darwin
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Crocosaurus Cove is located in the heart of Darwin city, about a 5-10 minutes walk from Hilton Darwin where we stayed. Tickets are available online or directly at its counter, for a jaw-dropping price of AUD $35 per adult – pretty expensive for an attraction of such a small scale.
One of the first things that you’ll see once inside the Crocosaurus Cove was this giant tank which was really the underside of the pond where the large adult crocodiles lived. We soon realized that this must be the basement of the cove.
If you are lucky enough, you’ll find some crocodiles lying just on the tank surface – giving us an awesome and up-close view of the underbelly of the crocodile – something that we’ve never had the chance to see before!
I’ve often wondered what the crocodiles look like below the water surface, and now I’ve got my answer. One thing for sure – if I am out swimming, I definitely won’t want to see such a nightmarish scene before me in the water.
Cage of Death
One of the most interesting highlights of the Crocosaurus Cove was the Cage of Death, said to be Australia’s only crocodile dive. Visitors get to be as near to the crocs as possible while they are safely tucked behind the security of a fully-enclosed glass cage.
The Cage of Death, as seen from the underwater aquarium. With the perspective provided by a human being in the cage, the croc does look to be terribly large and imposing!
From above the water surface, we soon found out what it means to get into the Cage of Death.
The two brave dudes who are embarking on their Cage of Death experience. The glass cage designed for a maximum of 2 persons is operated by an over-head monorail overhead the crocodile pen and would have the visitors suspended above the crocs before being lowered into the pen to get an up close and personal look at these amazing creatures.
There are several crocodile pens at the Crocosaurus Cove for the Cage of Death experience. These dudes are going to have a face-to-face encounter with Axel the crocodile, who is 5.1 metres and weighs more than 900kg. The safety glass had better be fool-proof!
While visitors are in the cage, the crocodile handlers made sure that there was a feeding session to encourage movement of the croc towards the cage for a face-to-face encounter.
Axel being lured by food to the cage where the visitors can watch him eat.
I bet you can count the number of teeth these crocs have while watching them chomp down their food. One thing which cannot be captured by a photograph was the loud chomping sound a crocodile makes when he brings those powerful jaws together.
Priced at AUD$170 per single cage (inclusive of entry fees), or AUD$130 for a double cage (also inclusive of entry fees), the Cage of Death does not come cheap for a 15-min quick thrill, but I suppose there’s hardly anywhere else in the world which provides such a unique experience.
Meet the Baby Crocodiles
The Crocosaurus Cove also runs a breeding programme at its premises. The result are these cute little ones – literally hundreds of them kept in the same enclosure.
Cute at this stage, terrifying when they become an adult.
These head capsules allow visitors to poke their head into the enclosure and watch the baby crocs closely!
Meet the Reptiles
Other than the crocs, the Crocosaurus Cove also has a large collection of other reptiles and has the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles.
The snakes – so many different types of them and some of them the deadliest in the planet.
The different species of lizards and geckos….
My favourite has got to be the turtles!
If you love turtles as I do, then you must head to the turtle sanctuary which houses turtle species such as Red & Yellow Face Turtles, Snapping Turtles and the Pig Nosed Turtles.
Turtle feeding and presentation takes place only once a day at 1:30 pm.
Specimens being passed around…
You want to hold a Baby Croc?
At the Crocosaurus Cove, visitors will get a chance to hold a baby crocodile (don’t worry, they are very small and completely safe) and have a photograph taken with them for a small fee.
World of Crocs Museum
At the musuem, have a up-close look at specimens (thank God they are only specimens) of the various variety of crocodiles and aligators and marvel at their scaled bodies and webbed feet.
Big Croc Feed Show
My favourite show of the day, although I really do not envy the 2 handlers standing there.
The admissions tickets are admittedly very expensive, but we spent a memorable half day here at the Crocosaurus Cove, learning and seeing stuff that we will likely not be able to experience elsewhere. We say, definately go to the Crocosaurus Cove if you happen to be in Darwin.
We recommend that you buy your tickets before you go to Darwin.
Join us next as we explore Litchfield National Park.