Australia's Top End spells the great outback, crocodiles and adventure
Lazily circling the cage, William is staring at me with his golden eyes. He pushes his massive snout against the cage, jagged ivory-coloured teeth jutting out of his mouth. Above water, he looks a fair size. Underwater, his armour-like body, white underbelly, razor-sharp claws and powerful tail look positively huge
We're at Crocosaurus Cove, situated smack in the middle of Darwin city. The urban park is home to the largest display of reptiles in Australia, Burt the celebrity crocodile (he has made numerous appearances, including in Crocodile Dundee and David Attenborough documentaries), and the Cage of Death, which I'm in right now, within an arm's length of William, a saltwater crocodile. It is an appropriate start to a discovery of the Top End.
AUSTRALIA'S NORTHERN CAPITAL
Sitting pleasantly on the tropical tip of Australia's northern coastline, Darwin is a city of fascinating vistas and modern allure. This city by the sea blends cosmopolitan charm with outdoor ruggedness. Darwin's rejuvenated waterfront, bustling with shops, beaches and parks, serve as the premier recreational hub near the city centre. Here you can eat seafood caught mere meters away from the lagoon.
Experience the many vibrant festivals and market scenes that litter the city on clear days. Encounter unique animals in Darwin's progressively integrated zoos. Witness the vast tapestry and grandeur of the Australian outback as it unfolds in epic fashion just a short ride out of the city. Finally, sail along the coast to behold the astonishing beauty of a Northern Australian sunset.