• Friendly locals at the wetlands.
    Friendly locals at the wetlands.

While floating in the middle of a croc-laden river might not be the scenario one associates with care-free serenity, it's bliss for tour guide Dennis Miller.

Sitting on his boat in Kakadu's Yellow Water Billabong at sunrise, Dennis is at peace and wondering: could croc country be the safest place in the world right now?

"Come to the Northern Territory, it's the safest place on earth, we've got everything for you, and we're just waiting," says Dennis, talking to the ABC from his boat.

But while Kakadu National Park remains closed to the public until at least June 18 under coronavirus restrictions, and tourists remain locked out of the Northern Territory under strict border controls, Dennis says the lack of tourism means guides, and even the crocs, are getting lonely.

"The crocodiles are smiling, the ducks are whistling, and they're waiting for the tourists to come," he says.

"We'd love to have you here in this beautiful spot when it opens."

Stephen Mills, the tours manager at Kakadu Tourism, believes Kakadu will remain well-visited by tourists when border restrictions lift in the Territory.

"When you have scenery like this, you can understand why the world wants to come to Kakadu," Stephen says.

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