Whitsundays Saltwater Crocodiles
Updated Mon 07 Mar 2022
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 infamous saltwater crocodiles that frequent the Proserpine River on the Whitsunday mainland.
Although crocodile sitings in Airlie Beach and the surrounding waters of the Whitsunday Islands are very rare, it is always important to remain croc-wise whilst visiting far-north Queensland!
What are saltwater 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 powerful 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, saltwater crocodiles live in salt, brackish, and freshwater. This is the main reason they hunt, breed and live in the Proserpine River, and rarely frequent the waters of the Whitsunday Islands.
Why are saltwater 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 the highest density of saltwater crocodiles per kilometre in Queensland! This makes the Whitsundays a premium spot for spotting these magnificent creatures in a safe, controlled environment.
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 saltwater crocodiles.
On the other hand, 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!
Ready to encounter these powerful creatures safely in the wild?
Live chat with our friendly team of Whitsunday experts or call +61 74914 2425 to find out more today!