A day drive into the area to the south east of Darwin. It includes
numerous wildlife encounters, such as the Crocodylus Park and Zoo, the
Adelaide River floodplain and the jumping crocodiles of the Adelaide
Proceed out of Darwin via Stuart Highway. At Winnellie you
will pass the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, which houses a
comprehensive display of aircraft, including a giant B-52 bomber.
Crocodylus Park and Zoo (Phone (08) 8922 4500), which specialises in
displaying crocodiles, is situated on McMillan's Road at Knuckeys
Lagoon near Casuarina. The Park is opposite the entrance to the
Berrimah Police Centre overlooking Holmes Jungle Nature Reserve.
Near McMinns Lagoon, take the Arnhem Highway turnoff
towards Humpty Doo. Before reaching the Adelaide River, you will see
the turnoff to Fogg Dam. Built for a failed rice growing scheme in the
1950s, the low dam wall, which can be negotiated either in a vehicle or
on foot, passes through the middle of a wetlands area that teems with
wildlife. Observation points assist in viewing the wildlife.
Back on the highway on Beatrice Hill is Window To The
Wetlands, a display and information centre which explains all about the
wetlands and the flora and fauna that live there. Before the Adelaide
River crossing are a number of cruise operators who take guests up and
down the river to see Saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat.
The crocs put on a spectacular display by jumping right out of the
water to take meat from poles dangled over the side of the cruise
vessels (Phone: 08 8988 8144).