An up close and personal with your favorite animal
A leisurely afternoon was spent at the Crocodylus Park on a beautiful July day in Darwin.
We began by exploring the showroom, positioned in a gorgeous tropical setting. The showroom and cafe’ offer a huge range of crocodile related products, from fashionable belts and bags to burgers and BBQ packs!!
The owner/biologist Professor Grahame Webb and his fabulous team briefed us about the important work the park carries out. Grahame has been studying crocodiles since 1970 and plays a huge part in the conversation and management of wildlife and is considered a leading authority on crocodilian research. The research component of the park has helped protect the species world wide. Crocodylus Park
The large range of unique animals and birds within the tropical lush, landscaped park is incredible. Walking along the boardwalk above the crocodile enclosures we could examine these astonishing creatures with their prehistoric features, at close range. We noticed their beady eyes watching our every move. They also house alligators, as well as Australian and New Guinea freshwater crocodiles.
The charismatic ostriches, full of personality, were cheekily poking their heads up and over the wire fence to say hello. There are also emus, burdekin ducks, curlews and iguanas.
The meerkats were mesmerizing. These guys were busy taking it in turns to stand guard, constantly communicating with each other, darting back and forth. You could watch them all day.
The monkeys were extremely cute, and energetic!! The fascinating little marmosets were definitely a highlight and hand feeding them comes highly recommended. They took such delight in selecting and crunching their dinner (tasty meal worms), with their tiny little fingers.
Then there was the lions……WOW the lions! For instance, their beauty is breathtaking. Witnessing them being hand fed (which you can do for an extra cost on visiting). Magnificent creatures that I felt like cuddling, because I love cats. The strength and prowess of the lioness in particular. To see these animals, (well all the animals really), in such close proximity is a real treat.
The flat bottom boat was the final adventure for the day. We were taken down to the man made river/lake to feed the dozens of crocodiles that live within. They were fed off the side of the boat, therefore we were able to watch them stalking their prey before leaping out of the water to engulf it with gusto, and then shrink away beneath the murky waters. Above all, the staff were super informative about all things crocodile and were more than happy to answer every question being thrown at them.
Great place to take the kids and learn about our wildlife and view them at such a close range.
We also have the pleasure of an occasional visit from the Crocodylus staff for a show and tell of their smaller occupants.
In addition, if you are staying with us at Hidden Valley Holiday Park you get a 10% discount.