Crocosaurus Cove is a crocodile and reptile tourist attraction in the centre of Darwin just a short walk from the beach and some of the top hotels. The attraction is on two levels with the lower level housing crocodile pens, crocodile nest display, juvenile crocodiles, and the Cage of Death. The Reptile House, theatre food court and café are also on this level. The upper level has more crocodile pens and the turtle sanctuary. The main stars of the attraction are the huge Saltwater Crocodiles, with some of the largest crocodiles in captivity on display. The most famous crocodile on display is “Burt”, from the Crocodile Dundee movie. There is also an unusual large white crocodile called “Snowy”.
If you have always wanted to get into a pool with a crocodile large enough to eat you, then this is the ideal place to do it. You can swim alongside the crocodiles in a pool separated from the crocodile pool by a thick transparent wall. If that is not adventurous enough, you can try “Cage of Death” where you will be lowered in a special hexagonal cylindrical diving cage into one of the crocodile enclosures for a close up encounter with huge salt water crocodiles. The cage does not get fully submerged so you can still come up for air, but is lowered deep enough for you to dive within arm’s length of the crocodiles. (A significant additional charge applies for the Cage of Death experience).
Apart from the crocodiles, there is a very impressive range of other Australian reptiles with over seventy species of reptiles from northern Australia are on display. (Crocosaurus Cove claims to have the largest display of Australian native reptiles anywhere in the world). There are interactive exhibits for children, and they can get close to baby crocodiles in the Croc Kids bubbles. There is also a turtle sanctuary and a two storey tall freshwater aquarium with about fifteen species of fish from the rivers and floodplains of northern Australia, including barramundi. During the day there are a number of talks and presentations including crocodile feeding and reptile feeding.
Facilities at Cove include a licensed café and a souvenir shop selling Northern Territory gifts and souvenirs. You will also see displays of local Northern Territory Aboriginal Art and culture. Crocosaurus Cove has a number of function facilities catering from small groups to cocktail functions for 550 people.
It will take you an hour or two to see everything at Crocosaurus Cove, and you will find it an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours while you are in Darwin. (If you get the chance, you should also try to get out and see the crocodiles in the wild in their natural habitat as well.)
Crocosaurus Cove is located in the heart of Darwin on the corner of Mitchell and Peel Streets. The attraction is open every day from 8am to 8pm.