Whitsundays Saltwater Crocodiles
Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays are known for their stunning islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, but many people are don't know that we are also home to the famous salt water crocodiles
What are salt water crocodiles?
The Whitsundays offer the chance for people to get up close and personal to some of Australia’s most incredible water and land creatures including the infamous saltwater crocodile. The saltwater crocodile is known as being the largest reptile that currently inhabits the world, with mature males growing anywhere between 6-7 meters long. Contrary to popular belief, salt water crocodiles live in salt, brackish, and fresh water which is one of the reason they do so well in the Whitsunday and Airlie Beach region.
Why are salt water crocodiles in the Whitsundays?
In the Airlie Beach and Proserpine region, saltwater crocodile has thrived in their natural habitat of rivers, creeks and estuaries. They live and breed so successfully, that the Proserpine River has a highest density of salt water crocodiles per kilometre in Queensland! This makes the Whitsundays a premium spot for interacting with these magnificent creatures and Sailing Whitsundays has two great options for seeing these creatures up-close and personal. Choose to interact with crocodiles in the wild by taking the Whitsunday Crocodile Safari. This safari includes a full day ecotour exploration of the Proserpine River which is home to native birds, reptiles, marine life and up to 150 salt water crocodiles. If you want to see crocodiles and have an interactive day with kangaroos, koalas, and snakes, then check out the famous Bredl's Wild Farm where you can fulfil your desire to make friends with Australia's coolest and strangest animals.