Darwin NT – Free Spirit -Adelaide River Jumping Crocs

Darwin NT - Free Spirit -Adalaide River Jumping Crocs

Darwin NT – Free Spirit -Adelaide River Jumping Crocs

Drove from Jabiru through to Darwin – stayed at Free Spirit out near Palmerston.

Packed up at Jabiru – they have a festival on tomorrow and things around here are getting a bit crazy busy – so it’s time to leave.

The drive towards Darwin was nice – we didn’t stop to see anything until getting to the jumping crocodile cruise at Adelaide River.

Drove up to the “window on the wetlands” building – free entry and they have a self guided little display showing different animals and climates around the area. Motion sensing sound and light displays are interesting. Had planned to do the jumping croc cruise out from this place.
Hungry and the cafe there didn’t have a large selection of items – plus nobody there to sell us anything – so we backtracked to the “original” jumping crocodile cruise right on the highway. They had a bigger (pricey!) cafe – looked much more popular.
Grabbed a snack and our tickets – boarded the cruise shortly afterwards.
It was a full house up top of the boat – but just enough so everyone could hang over the side and watch the crocs jump.
Basically they feed the crocs pork on a string – the crocs jump out of the water to eat the pork – some are pretty lazy about it but some jump quite high and make an amazing crunching noise when they grab the food.
Keep clear of the rope as it flings back up and covers you in croc slobber.
Took some dorky tourist photos with the fake crocodiles.

Free Spirit is great. 3 Pools, lots of sites. Not very busy this time of year.
Parked next to the same van as ours (except theirs was single axle) first time we have seen a van on the road with the same Seka 505 written on it. They were nice!
Three similar coromals next to eachother, all with pajero’s – looks like the thing to do 🙂
Stuffed after a long drive and setting up we ordered two pizzas and rolled back into the van to pass out.

Palmerston is good – I would recommend staying near here to others.
Right on main road 10 mins from shops, 20 mins from Darwin.
Huge caravan park – 3 pools, restaurant, BP petrol station and nice slab powered sites.


Darwin NT – Free Spirit -Adelaide River Jumping Crocs

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