Carolyn Reimann: Croc Spotting

Crocs. They are the most terrifying, yet most interesting animals that I have come across. I had never been exposed to crocodiles back in Detroit, we don’t have much dangerous wilderness outside of potholes back there. Since being in far north Queensland I have developed a bit of an obsession with these animals. While you are in Australia you have the unique opportunity to see some crocs, not only in captivity but in the wild.

Carolyn standing near Crocodile

There are two different types of crocs that you will find here in Far North Queensland, Freshies & Salties. It is important to be aware of crocs anywhere you go up here. Keep in mind of different spots that you swim at and take note of the warning signs in the area. But don’t let it ever keep you from exploring!

crocs

Image source: Wikihow

 

Where to spot some crocs:

Captivity

  • Billabong Sanctuary- Townsville
  • Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures- Cairns
    • This place is the biggest and fanciest croc farm that I have been to, there are cruises to go on around a man-made river, and they have croc and other wildlife shows to check out.
    • http://www.crocodileadventures.com/

In the Wild

  • Daintree River Cruises
    • There are so many cruises to choose from and you really can’t go wrong whichever one you go with. I would recommend Crocodile Express just because you get a student discount, if you book online it is the cheapest option around, and they have 2 locations which the tickets are good for use at both locations in the same day. So essentially you are getting two croc cruises for the price of one!
    • http://www.crocodileexpress.com/
    • The video and pictures that were taken were on the Daintree River
  • Eubanagee Swamp National Park
    • One of my patients in Babinda had told me about this location. It is the most terrifying 1.5km trek I have ever done in my life! That is because you are walking through a swamp and expecting a croc to jump out at you at any point in time. I would not recommend this to the faint of heart!
    • https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/eubenangee-swamp/

 

*Make sure you have your JCU Student ID on you whenever you are visiting these croc spotting places, you can get a student discount for the cruises and entry fees to the different locations. If you also have proof of being a local (any paper that would have your address) you can get a bigger discount than even the student one!

 

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