Crocodiles in Northern Australia

Crocodiles in Northern Australia

Crocodiles in Northern Australia are a hot topic at the moment after a yacht skipper Andrew Heard was taken from his dingy by a croc.

The attack happened at Hinchinbrook Island and was sadly fatal.

We know from experience how powerful these animals can be after getting in a perspex cage with a 5.1 metre model.

So we decided to interview croc expert Drew Melville from Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.

Drew worked with Steve Irwin on crocodiles in Northern Australia, when they were in their 20’s.

Back in the day before workplace health and safety!

We had a fantastic time with Drew at the park and it is a MUST SEE location if you come to Cairns.

The founder Pop Evans started the park in 1934 and was the first person in Australia to do croc shows.

Because we had such a great time with Drew, the interview lasted for over an hour.

We are still in edit of the full interview so this video is the highlights video and some up close and personal croc shots.

We will have the full interview in an upcoming blog in a few weeks.

Until then…

Enjoy our trailer video of Crocodiles in Northern Australia filmed at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.


Crocodiles in Northern Australia are masters of camouflage.

They use associative learning so it only takes a few free feeds for them to get the idea that humans equal a free feed.

Once they lose their fear, that is when attacks can happen.

The numbers of crocodiles in Northern Australia are increasing.

As a result it is not safe to swim or kayak in any creeks and rivers - unless you are feeling very lucky don't risk it.

The Queensland Government manage crocodiles as per the Crocodile Management Plan.

Estuarine Crocodile

The saltwater crocodile of Northern Australia is a formidable weapon and responsible for many fatal attacks on humans.

Large estuarine crocodile in Northern Australia on a Garmin fish finder.

3.8 metre estuarine crocodile as depicted by a Garmin 8412 with GT54 transducer

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Living with Crocodiles.

We have done a previous blog post on being Croc Wise in croc country which is well worth a read.

And whilst crocs were nearly shot out of existence in the 40's, 50's and 60's, their numbers have been increasing over the last 30 years.

Human populations are also increasing. As a result there are more interactions between people and crocs than ever before.

I ended up with a hook in the nose after one such encounter!

Moral of the story is to keep 5 metres from the water's edge when fishing.

Only catch live bait in shallow water so any large animal can be seen approaching.

And don't be complacent!

In fact in the NT, when helifishing beside a deep drop off at a creek mouth, we opted to "belly flop" our big barra back in the water.

Rather than go near the water's edge.

The full interview with Drew on crocodiles in Northern Australia will be released in the coming weeks.

Until then take a look at some of our previous posts.



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Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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    Reply Reply March 26, 2021

    I luv crocs they are incredibly tuned into THEIR environment and should be treated with the respect they deserve ive had a few close encounters myself one at the meunga crk boat ramp at night chaseing prawns with my cast in the dark didn’t see the croc laying out of the water across the ramp i accidentally kicked in the guts as i moved frwd to throw my net i got lucky that night i shouldnt have been there at that time that fella shouldnt have been fishing in that tiny tender late in the afternoon LEAVE THESE APEX PREDATORS ALONE i won’t move to Melbourne and whine about the weather so dont come up nth if you dont like crocs and carpet snakes im an ex CARDWELL boy and loved fishing the local crks and would look for crks with lizards in them No Crocs means no fish and crabs im sure you must have fished Meunga crk Ryan great for salmon Jacks and Good Barra i think of it often fondly TIGHT LINES MATE im very jealous Thats a beautiful part of OZ

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