The Cage of Death -- Strong men have known to pale in the face of an attack by Chopper, a 790kg (1,742-lb.) crocodile with no front feet. At Darwin's latest attraction, Crocosaurus Cove, the very brave can get into a Perspex "cage" and be lowered into Chopper's enclosure, which also houses several huge crocs who have survived into their 70s and 80s, as well as large numbers of juveniles. These most territorial of monsters aren't always happy with the intrusion -- and the scratch marks on the 145mm (6-in.) thick walls of the cage tell the rest of the story. I confess: I have not done this and will not -- not even in the interest of research! Less scary is the chance to swim in a pool next door to the younger crocs, with just a Perspex wall between you and them. Crocosaurus Cove also has Australia's largest collection of reptiles, about 70 species, all from the Top End. Crocosaurus Cove is at 58 Mitchell St. (tel. 08/8981 7522; www.crocosauruscove.com). It's open daily 9am to 7pm (last admission at 6pm). Admission is A$28 adults, A$16 children 4 to 15, or A$57 to A$99 for families. The Cage of Death experience costs A$120 for one person or A$160 for two in the cage together. You spend about 15 minutes in the water.
Where Can I Swim? -- Crocodiles and stingers render Darwin's beaches a no-swim zone year-round. The new man-made lagoon at Stokes Wharf has solved the problem for most people. The lagoon has two parts, one a wave pool. Locals also sunbathe on Casuarina Beach and swim within view of the sea in Lake Alexander in East Point Reserve. About an hour's drive from the city, on the way to the Territory Wildlife Park, Berry Springs Nature Park has swimming holes along Berry Creek, with steps for easy access, and small waterfalls that create natural whirlpool action. They may be closed in the Wet season.
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