The farm is the largest crocodile farm in Australia, and one of the
largest crocodile farms in the world, housing 36,000 animals. It
operates both as a farm producing skins, meat and other products for
export and as a tourist facility to assist in the protection and
promotion of northern Australia's crocodile population. The farm
includes a visitors' viewing facility, a cafe, picnic area and souvenir
shop. Entry fees apply.
Contact: (08) 8988-1491.
Location: Stuart Hwy, Noonamah, 40 km from Darwin
Croc farms aim to help educate the public about these magnificent
creatures and help enable a more harmonious co-existance and help
visitors from overseas (be them backpackers looking for working holiday
jobs or tourists enjoying a lucury tour of this great country) learn
about these wonderful reptiles. We’ll also help providinbg
information on where to stay including backpacking hostels, hotels and
other accommodation throughout Darwin, the Northern Territory, Nth
Queensland (inc Cairns) and beyond.
Salties, as they are called by Australians, are the largest reptile
in the world when it comes to mass. It is not uncommon for an
Australian Saltwater Crocodile to weight over 1,000 kg. The Australian
Saltwater Crocodile also has the largest recorded length of any
crocodile in the world. Male Salties can reach a length of 6 or 7
meters, although the average length is 5 meters.
The jaw of an Australian Saltwater Crocodile is incredibly strong
and has the ability to exert several tons of pressure during a bite.
Their diet mainly consists of fish, turtles, small reptiles, and birds,
but they are also capable of taking down much bigger prey such as
buffaloes, wild pigs, cattle, and horses. Despite their name the
Australian Saltwater Crocodile can live in several different
environments; they are commonly found in the brackish water near the
coast, but they are equally as comfortable in fresh water or salt
water. Australian Saltwater Crocodiles are by far the most dangerous
animals in Australia. But crocodile attacks can be easily prevented by
following some simple tips.
It is very important to observe crocodile warning signs. If there is
no sign posted do not automatically assume that the area is safe for
wading or swimming. Most crocodile attacks happen in deep, still or
muddy waters- these areas should be avoided. Stay away from the
water’s edge when walking, fishing, or camping. Being near the
water’s edge makes a person an easy target for a crocodile.
Fisherman should not clean their catches near the water, or throw out
fish scaps near the water. Arms and legs should never be dangled off
the edge of a fishing boat.