An experience to snap up?

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Heading down under to Darwin – the sole Australian destination chosen by internationally renowned travel guide publishers, Lonely Planet,as one of the ‘Top 10 cities to visit in 2012?’

The tropical city famed for its crocs and crocodile hunters that is, according to Lonely Planet, “the triumph of Australia’s top end” is offering visitors to Crocosaurus Cove the chance to take part in feeding the saltwater crocs, as part of the ‘Big croc deed experience’. The new one hour tour with experienced reptile handlers also allows tourists to look down the jaws of the crocodiles and, erm, hold them. That’s not all: in addition to the crocs, visitors will also be able to help feed the whip rays, archerfish and barramudi. Tours depart daily at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm but given the price (AU$79 or £50 per adult and AU$48 or $30 per child) and the fact that I have never quite recovered from watching Crocodile Dundee as a kid, it’s not an experience I will be snapping – sorry couldn’t resist – up in these recessionary times.

But what do I know? Crocosaurus Cove’s ‘Cage of death’ – whereby visitors are lowered into a saltwater tank inside a perplex cage so as to get up close with the five metre crocs, eek, has been a big hit – and not just with adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers.

Would YOU want to get up close and personal with one of the world’s deadliest predators? Share your thoughts by posting a comment below!

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