Adelaide River is a historic town with some World War II-era historical sites—it was bombed during the war—but most travelers use it as a base for exploring the Rum Jungle and Daly River areas, as well as to go on jumping croc cruises. On these cruises, travelers travel down the Adelaide River with knowledgeable guides, who dangle pieces of meat to entice large saltwater crocodiles to jump up and catch it. Other birds and wildlife can also be seen from these cruises, including buffalos, jabirus, sea eagles, kites, and snakes.
Many travelers visit the Adelaide River area independently, and tours also operate. Multi-day tours that include the Litchfield National Park, Darwin, and the Kakadu National Park often include a stop at Adelaide River.
Things to know before you go
- Saltwater crocodiles are present in the river, and are extremely dangerous. Listen to all warning signs and advice from guides.
- There is no Visitor Information Centre in Adelaide River, so visit the one in Darwin for local tips and advice.
- Bring plenty of insect repellent and sunscreen.
How to get there
The town of Adelaide River is at the crossing of the Adelaide River and the Stuart Highway, about a 1.5-hour drive south of Darwin. The river runs for 111 miles (180 kilometers) east of Darwin, from a point south of Adelaide River town to the northern coast of the Northern Territory.
When to get there
The Northern Territory experiences two main seasons—wet season and dry season. Most travelers prefer to come during the dry season (May-October). Temperatures are hot but less so than during the wet seasons, and humidity is lower. In the wet season, some roads and wetland areas are inaccessible due to flooding or muddy conditions. The level of the Adelaide River increases significantly in the wet season.
- Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre
- Darwin Cruise Port
- Darwin Waterfront Precint
- Crocosaurus Cove
- Lyons Cottage
- Magnetic Termite Mounds
- Parliament House
- Bicentennial Park
- Charles Darwin National Park
- Myilly Point Heritage Precinct
- George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
- Cullen Bay
- Mindil Beach
- Darwin Aviation Museum