Photographer's Note

Saltwater crocodiles are extremely dangerous and after the wet season, many have found their way well upstream to the base of popular waterfalls and into swimming holes. It is now considered too dangerous to swim in holes where once you could. Even after trapping and removal of crocs.

Dense foam floats coated in fish oil or similar are placed along the banks of creeks. If thereís a croc there, it will bite the float. This not only lets the ranger know that a croc is there but also gives him an idea of the size.

A trap baited with a leg of wild pig (cuts down the feral pig population) is set to catch it.

Access to Twin Falls had been opened the day before we visited. The level of water in Jim Jim Creek, which flows from Twin and Jim Jim Falls, had dropped low enough to allow 4x4ís to cross if they were fitted with a snorkel. We heard that 6 crocs had already been trapped and removed from the bottom of Twin Falls.

We hiked to the top of these falls and swam in the creek a few hundred meters upstream. Later we hiked to the base of the falls along the creek from the bottom. The first 100m is by boat. (Previously you swam) Then itís a scramble over rocks, walk along a floating boardwalk (steel mesh base and sides to protect against attack) and over more rocks.

Twin Falls drop into beautiful clear pools of green hued water which lap white sandy beaches. Definitely no swimming here! A sign warns not to go near the water (see W/S) and a baited trap floats near the bank. Returning in the boat, we spotted a far less dangerous freshwater crocodile half hidden in the vegetation on the sandy creek bank.

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