About Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruises
More than 40 years ago now, the Australian Saltwater Crocodile was facing extinction. Crocodiles had been extensively hunted by European settlers for more than 50 years due to the value of their skin. The number of wild crocodiles was estimated to be as low as 3000 by the early 1970’s.
As a result of pressure from conservation groups , croc hunting was eventually banned in the early 70’s and croc numbers have now recovered to sustainable numbers. As an alternative to hunting, a Crocodile Hunter named Stephan, started the Original Jumping Crocodile Cruise to earn a living, here on the Adelaide River, Northern Territory. Today he has retired but still drops in from time to time, ensuring his knowledge is passed on.
At Spectacular Crocodile Cruises we take guests on a river cruise and educate them on Croc biology, territorial habits – and their value to the ecosystem.
"Laid back, professional and knowledgeable."
The Crocs are wild and the behaviours, we ask are based on natural hunting techniques used for catching birds and flying foxes. The crocodiles on our piece of river know the sound and sight of our tour boats and know what to expect. We treat each crocodile with the respect they deserve, and do our best to ensure they are not teased or tormented, but instead rewarded for their interactions
The crocodile is a cold blooded animal, they bask in the sun during the cooler months of June, July, and early August. Most of the time it's warm, Crocodiles are buried in the mud, under the trees in the shade.
All our staff are avid wildlife guides – they know the Crocs by name – and personality. We welcome guests from all over the world to join us to meet these remarkable creatures that we share planet earth with.