Hanging with Crocodiles

Can you name a famous Australian? Maybe you think of Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine), Keith Urban or the Hemsworth brothers. For me, I think of Steve Irwin. When planning the trip to Australia, I had a goal of going to Steve Irwin’s zoo but unfortunately, the opportunity never arose. If you know anything about Steve Irwin, you know he’s famous for finding and wrestling crocodiles! I didn’t get to wrestle any crocodiles, but I did get to go on a boat tour and see real Australian crocodiles! Here’s a sneak peek at what we got into on our crocodile boat tour.

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Unlike my last post where I went scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef and got to ride in a massive 100-person catamaran with 3 stories, this boat was smaller, more rustic and gave you a true feeling of adventure and a sense of going where you shouldn’t.

 

This boat tour was a pretty good change of scenery, but before we even started the tour and headed down the river, we got a glimpse of what was to come.. Okay not really a glimpse but we got our first look at an actual Australian crocodile and she was beautiful! She was just sitting on the other side of the river, bathing in the sun for all to see. After all, a crocodile doesn’t have many predators. Before the tour started, I didn’t know much about the crocs or that they can reach over 100 years in age! Our guide who has been running the tour for longer than I’ve been alive told us that the crocodile we were seeing was about 35-40 years old, and he also informed us female crocodiles are very territorial and each control a 1km stretch of the river. This was clearly her section.

After seeing this croc, we started going on the real tour, heading down river into the belly of the beast. I have no idea what the name of the river was, all I can tell you is that the river was in the Daintree National Park and was the coolest river I had ever been on.  Australia was turning out to be a place with a lot of the coolest things I’ve ever seen or done. The river was lined with mangrove trees that had huge roots on display with green tree canopies and mountains in the background. If we didn’t even see a crocodile, I wouldn’t have been disappointed. Here are a few of the scenery shots taken on the tour.

We saw a bunch of crocodiles on the tour, ranging in age from young kids to midlife crisis types, each crocodile was in a different spot and they all had unique territories. The whole tour was super relaxed, we’d be floating along in the boat and the guide would yell out “Crocodile ahead.” It was an awesome opportunity to see wild crocodiles just being themselves.

If you’re ever in Daintree National Park (Cape Tribulation) the crocodile tour runs quite a few time during the day and it is plenty of fun! 

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