NT Crocs – Up Close and Personal 2014
In August 2014 the Swan and McDonald families went on a tour of the Adelaide River in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia. The weather is beautiful this time of year at the end of the Dry Season and before the humidity of the “Build Up’ at the start of the Wet Season.
The adventure we selected is Hunter Safaris “One Day Wildlife, Leisure and Fishing Tour” which is a fully accredited owner operator business. It includes an engrossing boat trip up the river viewing wildlife, including up close and personal contact with wild saltwater crocodiles, lunch at a bush camp and an entertaining visit to Kai Hansen’s Goat Island Lodge.
The tour starts with a 9 am pick up at Howard Springs in Darwin’s rural area by Harry Bowman. On the way we stop at the Window on the Wetlands. The country at this time of year is quite dry but there’s still plenty of water around to hold plenty of wildlife, including some buffalo grazing in the distance.
Harry guides us into our seats on his 6 metre shaded boat for the 35 km upstream trip. The trip is nothing short of interesting, pushing in towards riverbanks or up creeks to investigate and get a closer look at the wildlife, as the photos will show below.
Along the way we see numerous crocodiles, wild buffalo, kangaroos, jabiru, sea eagles, brolgas and a wide variety of other birds including the colourful rainbow bee eater. The crocodiles are either sunning themselves on the banks, slithering into the water, swimming ominously on the surface or actually approaching and coming right up to the boat.
Incidentally, both Harry and Kai appeared in this year’s NT News Top 50 of interesting characters.