Monday, 31 July 2017

Tour of the Week: Darwin Jumping Crocodile Tour

Darwin is renowned for its thriving population of crocodiles – in fact, it is home to the most concentrated population of them in the entire world, which makes it the perfect place to get to know these prehistoric creatures and see them enjoying their natural habitat.

On our Darwin Jumping Crocodile Tour, you can experience the majestic beasts up close while indulging in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

We’ll take you 60km outside of Darwin to the lush surroundings of the city. Here, the crocodiles make themselves at home in the peaceful waters of the Adelaide River and its surroundings. 

More than 1,600 saltwater crocodiles bask in the warm Australian sun here, feeding on the prey they hunt in the cascading waters of the river and entertaining visitors who take part in this special tour. 

This particular species of crocodile – the saltwater crocodile – is the largest reptile in the world and can grow up to a whopping seven metres in length. Weighing up to 1,000kg, their tails are made up of pure muscle, providing them with the leverage they need to powerfully jump from the murky depths of the river to catch their prey. 

On the Darwin Crocodile Jumping tour, you can see this pursuit in action as we take you along the Adelaide River on a leisurely cruise. We’ll venture right into the crocodile’s natural habitat during feeding time, so you can experience them taking these huge leaps up close and in person. Don’t forget your camera, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities as the magnificent creatures lurch out of the water to catch the dangling bits of meat we feed them as we go.

Afterwards, we’ll continue the wildlife experience with a visit to the Wetlands Visitor Centre and the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. In these two picturesque spots, you can learn all about the fascinating flora and fauna that characterises this part of Australia and marvel at the stunning beauty of the unique and magical ecosystem.
Keep your eyes peeled for various species of colourful native bird, and take a stroll around the breathtaking landscape. 

This tour introduces you to the eclectic wildlife that surrounds Darwin. You’ll get to experience the incredible power of the world’s largest reptiles, discover the picturesque scenery that the Adelaide River is known for, and discover some of the country’s other iconic creatures at popular natural hotspots.

Please visit our website to find out more information about our Darwin tours.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The 6 Best Pieces of Architecture in Adelaide City

Adelaide boasts a cultural backdrop filled with quaint cafes, international restaurants, and an eclectic selection of fun activities to get stuck into. If you find yourself with a few days to spare in the city, you won’t be bored. In fact, if you simply look up, you can easily entertain yourself w

With the impressive collection of majestic buildings that line the streets.

Here are some of the best in the city.

        Parliament House
Perhaps the most imposing and impressive building in Adelaide, Parliament House boasts a monumental colonnade that has become an icon of the city. Here, visitors can marvel at the outstanding architecture, or venture inside to learn more about Adelaide’s political landscape. 

.        Art Gallery of South Australia
Set right in the heart of the city’s cultural precinct, the Art Gallery of South Australia doesn’t just offer collections of sculpture, painting, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, and furniture. It also offers a beautiful piece of architecture to go with it. Tucked away inside an elegant Victorian building, the landmark dates back to 1881 and boasts grand colonnades to reflect the eminent works that are displayed inside.

.        State Library of South Australia
Libraries tend to be set inside impressive buildings, and the State Library in Adelaide is no different. It features a contrast of old and new, with the modern Spence Wing, which is characterised by sharp lines and a glass-fronted view, and the 1884 Mortlock Wing that is housed inside an old French renaissance exterior.
Inside, the library is just as grand, with multi-tiered galleries, wrought iron details, and ceiling-high wooden shelves packed with leather-bound books.

.       University of Adelaide
The Mitchell Building at the University of Adelaide proves popular with architecture-lovers. As one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the city, it draws in crowds for its exterior alone.

.        Ayers House
This building boasts one of the best examples of Regency architecture in the whole of the country. It once took the form of a simple and very modest house built in the mid-19th century, but it was transformed towards the end of the century into a jaw-dropping 40-room mansion that now hosts cultural events throughout the year.

.        Adelaide Festival Centre
The first multi-functional arts venue in Adelaide is also one of the most impressive pieces of architecture. Set just five minutes from the North Terrace, it features a unique, tent-like structure and cuts a memorable silhouette along the length of the River Torrens.