It took Ben Dark just one trip to Darwin to decide he wanted to move himself and his family there. It's one of those places that's hard to describe a real assortment of tough, outback life but with lots of style of its own.
Of course, the Northern Territory is known for having more than its fair share of crocodiles, and while most people know to keep their distance, there is always a fascination with the prehistoric creatures.
Well you can get up probably as close as you want with then at Crocosaurus Cove. Enter the world of the Northern Territory saltwater crocodile, some of the largest in captivity, and swim with them. Actually, you'll be in a separate pool alongside their enclosure.
Just two people at a time enter The Cage of Death. The purpose-built acrylic cage is lowered from an overhead monorail into one of the four crocodile enclosures for your dive encounter.
You will see the largest display of Australian reptiles in the world, a two-storey fresh-water aquarium, a turtle sanctuary and local Aboriginal art and culture displays. Be prepared to see little crocs, king-size crocs, white crocs, cute ones, cranky ones and some, as Ben reckons, large enough to have their own postcode. He said if it snaps, crawls, bites or wriggles and lives in the Top End, you will see it at Crocosaurus Cove.
There's plenty of interactive stuff to do children can meet baby crocodiles in the Croc Kids pool.
After all the viewing and swimming, you can relax in the licensed cafe and compare adventures.
Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin.
Crocosaurus Cove entry is $28 for adults and $16 for children. Cage of Death dives are $120 for one or $160 for two. It includes pre-dive safety briefing, swimming goggle hire and underwater action shots are an additional option. It is open every day from 8am to 6pm.
Virgin Blue has flights to Darwin.
One-way fares from:
- Melbourne $159
- Brisbane $199
- Sydney $235
- Canberra $239
- Adelaide $245
- Perth $279
- Hobart $320
Prices correct at April 2, 2009.
For further information
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